This course will explore a variety of American literature and allow students to expand their communication skills with written formats and vocabulary building.
Journals are located below
Set 3 5/10 Journal "We can only be said to be alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures" Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Do you? Describe a defining moment in your life and explain why it made a difference. 5/9 Journal 10 If you could change anything about how the social/political system works in the world, what would it be and why would you change it? 5/8/18 Journal 9 Is individuality threatened by changes brought about by technology? Is it possible to mitigate the negative effects? What about the additional threats to 21st century life ? What does it mean that Americans must synthesize the threats of this country to seek success? Can this be changed, the looming senses of destruction?
5/2/18 Journal 8 When you daydream, what are these dreams about? if you could imagine something awesome for yourself, what would it be and why? 5/1/18 Journal 7 What is the difference between shining a light on something to illuminate it or shining a light on it to obscure it? Use an example to explain.
4/25 journal 6 Describe the most important concept you derived from your novel. Why choose this one? Is it something you could apply to your own life at some point? Explain.
4/18 Read. Up to page 281 tomorrow. First 5 of notecard 6 complete. 4/17 Journal 5 Should people have to obtain a license before becoming parents? Are you doomed or set for success by the family you're born into? Why should forgiveness be granted? (What sort of person carries a grudge? How might that color how others see them?) 4/16 Journal 4 They say smart is a gift and intelligence is what you do with it. Apply this to Rex in the novel.
4/13 Journal 3 How reliable is memory? Do all people remember events the same way? Offer an example.
4/12 Journal 2 It is said that, "children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them". What are your thoughts on this? Would you parent the same way your parents do? Explain. 3/29 3/28 Novel and notecard 3/27 Read novel 3/26 Read novel
3/22 journal 1 Based on the cover and the title of your novel, predict content based on the idea that this is a realistic representation. Then, explain your definition of homeless. Where does your experience come from? How much of it has fact to back it up over hearsay?
Set 2 3/15 Journal 15 You have made it to your Expo! What skills are important to make a strong positive impression? Is there anything you worry about? What are your expectations?
3/14 No Journal
3/13 Snow Day
3/12 Journal 14 What does it mean to question the tension between individualism and conformity? Is anyone ever really a non-conformist? Explain. 3/8 Journal 13 What type of transcendentalist best reflects your opinions? Explain with an example.
3/7 journal 11 Create a definition for 'romantic'. Carefully explain your reasoning.
3/5 Journal 11 Research 10 tips for a great resume. Choose three that particularly resonate with you and explain why. 2/29 Journal 10 What is something others might be surprised to learn about you? What were you surprised to learn about someone else? Why do you think this information is not common knowledge? 2/28 Journal 9 Choose 10 adjectives, 5 adverbs and 5 nouns that describe you. What do you feel is a negative trait about yourself? Explain.
2/26 Journal 8 Reflect on your grade-level project. What was the easiest part for you? What was the most difficult thing for you to do (with the writing)? What do you remember now about MLA? 2/22 Journal 7 When writing, what is the purpose of dialogue? How is dialogue actually written into a narrative?
2/21 Journal 6 What aspects make the best story for you? What is it that appeals to you about them?
2/20 Journal 5 Identify the elements of plot structure. Choose a childhood story and apply those components to it.
2/15 Journal 4 Compare a smart phone to an old rotary phone. Have the rotary phone come out on top. 2/14 Journal 3 Summarize "Bartleby the Scrivener" in 5-7 sentences.
2/12 Journal 2 Describe a memorable dream or unusual event you experienced. Break it down into the components you feel make it memorable. Why do you think you remember those points most clearly? 2/8 Journal 1 Find an excellent aphorism and explain why you appreciate it. Then, try your hand at creating one of your own. Remember, you want to impart important information quickly and memorably.
Set 1 2/7 journal 14 Consider how you see yourself. Reflect on how you see others. Then write an epitaph for yourself and one for the person on your right in the class. Include what you consider particularly defining. 2/6 Journal 13 Jot down everything you remember about the process of persuasion. What types of literature typically demonstrate this? What real world situations require it? 2/5 Journal 12 Consider a time you were persuaded to do something you did not want to do or when you persuaded another to do something they did not want to do. How was success accomplished? What is usually your best way to get others to agree? Explain. 2/1 Journal 11 Do civil rights have dependence on our religious opinions? Without the influence of religion, would America be where it is today? What might serve as a foundation other than religion? Does that exist anywhere? 1/31 Journal 10 Is often said that fear is a great motivator. Provide an example where you were motivated by fear. Was it effective? Is it more effective than logical persuasion? Explain. 1/30 Journal 9 You have, after careful consideration, decided to join a terrorist cell supporting the end of transportation. Do you see successful purpose behind this association? What rules do you see yourself now having to follow?
1/29 Journal 8 The importance of education is your topic. Creae a body paragraph with the required components of a good, standard paragraph. Source: "How to Be Successful" By: Bob Smith. Pages: 7, 17, 32-47. 1/25 Journal 7 Reflect on the definitions of women for the colonial time period. Do you think they struggled in their expected roles? Why? How might they have broken out of those but still be accepted? How would they have been received as writers?
1/24 Journal 6 If your writing was meant only to convey that which mattered most to a society today, what would you write about? Provide an example and explain your reasoning. 1/23 Journal 5 What qualities are required in a person who would make a journey to an unknown place with little likelihood of returning? Would you be that kind of person. Explain.
1/16 Journal 4 What was the American dream originally supposed to be? How has it changed? Does anyone have the right to abjure another's claim to their own dream?
1/11 Journal 3 What types of beliefs, behaviors do you believe hold true for all cultures regardless of location? What makes these parallels? How is it they exist even when cultures have no contact? !/10 Journal 2 Every culture has a creation myth. What does this suggest about humanity in general regardless of race, location, or belief? Design a brief creation story. What aspects must be included? Why?
1/9 Journal 1 Describe what you are doing or have done for your volunteerism. Where are you in completing your hours? Have you filled out your hour sheets and gotten the necessary signatures?