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9th Grade English

Instructor
Bret Polish
Term
2017-2018 School Year
Department
Independent Study
Description

Welcome to 9th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Wednesday from 9 – 10 am and your attendance there is required.  Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work.  My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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Kaffir Boy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the third part of Kaffir Boy.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Kaffir Boy Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.
Journal Assignment:  If you were living in South Africa in the 1970s, would you have supported the Soweto Uprising?  Why/why not?
EXTRA CREDIT JOURNAL:  What did you like this semester?  What did you dislike?
RAP 1: Was Mark right to leave South Africa?
RAP 2: What is the main lesson of Kaffir Boy?

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Kaffir Boy Essay Final Draft

What does it take to succeed in an oppressive society? Using specific examples from Kaffir Boy, write a five-paragraph essay explaining what enabled Mark Mathabane to achieve his dreams. Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

Past Assignments

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Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.
Journal Assignment:  Does Mark go to a good school?  Why/why not?
RAP 1:  What was it like to live in the black ghettoes of South Africa under apartheid?
RAP 2:  Why did Mark ultimately agree to go to school?

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Kaffir Boy Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Kaffir Boy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the second part of Kaffir Boy.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Kaffir Boy Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Kaffir Boy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the first part of Kaffir Boy.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Is it possible to create a utopia?

RAP 1:  Is Animal Farm a realistic allegory for human behavior?

RAP 2:  What do you know about South Africa?

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Animal Farm Final Draft Essay

Is communism a realistic philosophy?  Using specific examples from Animal Farm, write a five-paragraph essay explaining whether or not Communism can ever work.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane to class.

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Animal Farm Rough Draft Essay

Is communism a realistic philosophy?  Using specific examples from Animal Farm, write a five-paragraph essay explaining whether or not Communism can ever work.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  How do dictators come to power?

RAP 1:  Why do many oppressed people accept their oppression?

RAP 2:  What do the different animals represent in Animal Farm?

Due:

Animal Farm Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Animal Farm Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the entirety of Animal Farm.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Bring your copy of George Orwell's Animal Farm to class.

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Maus Final Draft Essay

Is it possible to overcome tragedy?  If so, how?

Using specific examples from Maus, write a five paragraph essay explaining whether or not it is possible to overcome a traumatic experience.  If it is possible to overcome tragedy, explain how one can do this.  Be sure to cite at least six quotes from Maus to support your argument.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Why do people commit suicide?

RAP 1:  Is Art a good son?

RAP 2:  How has the Holocaust affected Art?

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Maus Rough Draft Essay

Is it possible to overcome tragedy?  If so, how?

Using specific examples from Maus, write a five paragraph essay explaining whether or not it is possible to overcome a traumatic experience.  If it is possible to overcome tragedy, explain how one can do this.  Be sure to cite at least six quotes from Maus to support your argument.

Due:

Maus Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Maus Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Book 2 of Maus.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Is it disrespectful to make a comic book out of the Holocaust?

RAP 1:  What do you know about the Jewish Holocaust?

RAP 2:  Is Vladek a good father?

Due:

Maus Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Maus Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Book 1 of Maus.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Bring your copy of Maus (Complete Edition) by Art Spiegelman to class.

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Final Draft Essay

Why do parents put their dreams on their children?  Using Bless Me, Ultima, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major ways Antonio’s family pushes him to realize their own goals.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Does evil exist?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  What does the story of the Golden Carp represent?  Why do you think the author includes it?

RAP 2:  What do you think will become of Antonio when he grows up?

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Rough Draft Essay

Why do parents put their dreams on their children?  Using Bless Me, Ultima, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major ways Antonio’s family pushes him to realize their own goals.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 12 - 22 of Bless Me, Ultima.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Bless Me, Ultima Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 1 - 11 of Bless Me, Ultima.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Are you religious or spiritual?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  Do you believe in magic?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  What do you think the central conflict of Bless Me, Ultima is?

Due:

Bring your copy of Bless Me, Ultima to class.

Due:

Life of Pi Essay Final Draft

Why is religion important?  Based on the Life of Pi, write a five paragraph essay explaining the role of religion in Pi’s life and how religion helps him survive his ordeal. Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment: Is faith foolish?  Should people believe in things that they cannot see?

RAP:  Is Pi a reliable narrator?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  What did we find out at the end of Life of Pi?

Due:

Life of Pi Essay Rough Draft

Why is religion important?  Based on the Life of Pi, write a five paragraph essay explaining the role of religion in Pi’s life and how religion helps him survive his ordeal. Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Life of Pi Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Life of Pi Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 51 - 100 of Life of Pi.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment: Is it ethical to keep an animal in a zoo?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  What are the world’s main religions?  What do you know about them?

RAP 2:  What religion is Pi?  Why is this his religion?

Due:

Life of Pi Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.

Due:

Life of Pi Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 1 - 50 of Life of Pi.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Students and parents/guardians must print and sign the attached Student Success Contract/Parent/Guardian Permission Slip and turn it in to Mr. Polish.

Due:

Bring your copy of Yann Martel's Life of Pi to class.

Due:

9th Grade Final Project:  Junior’s Graduation Speech

Junior is now in 12th grade and has been chosen to give the graduation speech for his class.  Now that you have completed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for your final project you are going to write and perform Junior’s graduation speech.  What should Junior tell his peers?  What lessons will Junior want to impart to future 9th graders?

Though you may include personal pronouns in the speech, the speech should follow proper essay writing format and must, therefore, be a minimum of five paragraphs and include 6 examples from Junior’s 9th grade year.  You must also use at least 6 quotes from other characters in the book.

10% of your grade will be based on how you perform the speech on the day of your final.  Make sure to practice reading it out loud beforehand!

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Final Draft Essay

Why do people judge?  Using examples from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major ways that people judge and why they do this.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Rough Draft Essay

Why do people judge?  Using examples from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major ways that people judge and why they do this.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each) and 1 journal (10 sentences).
Journal:  Was Arnold trying to be "white"?  Why/why not?
RAP 1:Is Arnold's father a good father? Why/why not?
Rap 2: Do you identify with Arnold why/why not?

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 21 - 30 of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

Summarize your assigned chapter(s).

Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.

Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme.  An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.

Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes.  Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”

Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions.  For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”

Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.

Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.

Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 11 - 20 of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

Summarize your assigned chapter(s).

Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.

Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme.  An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.

Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes.  Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”

Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions.  For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”

Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.

Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.

Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences), and notes from every day of class.
Journal Assignment: Have you ever been ostracized? If not, do you know anyone who has been? What does this feel like?
RAP 1: Is Rowdy a good friend to Arnold? Why/why not?
RAP 2: Why do the other Native Americans on the reservation resent Arnold so much?

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 1 - 10 of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

Summarize your assigned chapter(s).

Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.

Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme.  An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.

Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes.  Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”

Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions.  For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”

Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Tuesday.

Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.

Come to class Wednesday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

Bring your copy of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to class.

Due:

Tolerance Unit Essay Final Draft:

What can stereotyping and dehumanizing a group of people lead to? Is it ok to stereotype and dehumanize others?

Write an essay in which you craft a coherent argument using evidence from three works of literature that we have read in class. You may provide examples to support your argument from The House on Mango Street, “To Create an Enemy,” “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” “The Man I Killed,” “Indians are People, Not Mascots,” and “The Space Traders.”

Here are a few hints for writing your first essay:

Introduction: Answer the question in a sentence and state your argument. What works will you use to support your argument?

First Body Paragraph: Define stereotyping and dehumanization. Using your first work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Second Body Paragraph: Using your second work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Third Body Paragraph: Using your third work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Conclusion: Re-state the thesis in different words and sum up the main points of your essay. Create a closing statement that looks to the future.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences), and notes from every day of class.
Journal Assignment:  What are your strengths and weaknesses as a writer? What would you like to improve about your writing?
RAP 1: What do you know about essay writing?
RAP 2: What do you know about how Native Americans live today?

Due:

Tolerance Unit Essay Rough Draft:

What can stereotyping and dehumanizing a group of people lead to? Is it ok to stereotype and dehumanize others?

Write an essay in which you craft a coherent argument using evidence from three works of literature that we have read in class. You may provide examples to support your argument from The House on Mango Street, “To Create an Enemy,” “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” “The Man I Killed,” “Indians are People, Not Mascots,” and “The Space Traders.”

Here are a few hints for writing your first essay:

Introduction: Answer the question in a sentence and state your argument. What works will you use to support your argument?

First Body Paragraph: Define stereotyping and dehumanization. Using your first work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Second Body Paragraph: Using your second work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Third Body Paragraph: Using your third work of literature, explain why it is or is not ok to stereotype or dehumanize.

Conclusion: Re-state the thesis in different words and sum up the main points of your essay. Create a closing statement that looks to the future.

Due:

"To Create an Enemy" HW
Read "To Create an Enemy" and answer all 14 questions.

Due:

“The Man I Killed” Homework
Read “The Man I Killed” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

1. Who is the narrator of this story? Does he really know all of this information about the man he killed?
2. What is Kiowa trying to tell the narrator about the man he killed? What is he trying to stop the narrator from doing?
3. What is this message of this story? What is the story saying about dehumanization and war?

Due:

Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each), 1 journal (10 sentences ), and notes from every day of class.
Journal: Is war ever justified? Why/why not?
RAP 1: Was the Space Traders a realistic story?  Why/why not?
RAP 2: Have you ever created any “enemies”? Why/why not?

Due:

The Space Traders Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for The Space Traders.

First, write down and describe each character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes in total.

Finally, summarize the reading in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

“Space Traders” Fictional Story Ending Project
Use your imagination and write an ending to the “Space Traders.” Remember: this is a story, not an essay.
 
You must have characters, setting, and plot. You may tell the story as a first person narrative (you are a character in the story and are telling the story) or as a third person narrative (you are not a character in the story).

Your story must be 3 to 5 written pages and deal with the themes of racism and tolerance.

Due:

Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each for Honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English).
Journal: Is the U.S. still a racist society? Why/why not?
RAP 1: Should sports teams be able to use Native Americans as mascots? Why/why not?
RAP 2: Do you think a U.S. President would ever take up the Space Traders on their offer? Why/why not?

Due:

"You've Got to Be Taught" HW
Read the "You've Got to Be Taught" Poem and answer the attached questions.  The extra credit portion does not apply to this class.

Due:

"Indians are People, Not Mascots" HW
Read the "Indians are People, Not Mascots" article and answer the attached questions.

Due:

Notebooks due Wednesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each for Honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English).
Journal: What makes a neighborhood good or bad?
RAP 1: Why do people join gangs?
RAP 2: Is the House on Mango Street in a good or bad neighborhood?

Due:

The House on Mango Street Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following charts for The House on Mango Street (the whole book). The book is available online at

https://westernhs.bcps.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4204286/Image/Grade9%20HouseOnMango.pdf

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across. Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”. Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme. Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences. You must find at least eight quotes for the whole book.

Finally, summarize the book in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

"On the Sidewalk Bleeding" HW
Read "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" and answer the six questions in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper.

Due:

“One Crime, A Million ‘Hispanic’ Suspects” HW
Read “One, Crime, a Million ‘Hispanic’ Suspects” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

1. Why does writer Luis R. Torres have a problem with police using a suspect’s race/ethnicity in their description? Why does he find the term “Hispanic” to be problematic?
2. What does Torres think that the police should do when they “disseminate physical descriptions” of crime suspects? What point is he making in the last paragraph of the article?

Due:

Notebooks due the third week of class with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each for Honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English).
Journal: Have you stereotyped others? Have you been stereotyped?
RAP 1: What makes us who we are?
RAP 2: What kinds of "little boxes" is Anthony Wright put in?  What kinds of "little boxes" have you been put in?

Due:

"Stereotyping" HW

Read “Stereotyping” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

1. Define stereotypes, ethnic group, prejudice, and discrimination.
2. How is a stereotype like a first impression? How is it different?
3. What did Suina learn from his experiences with stereotyping? What did Jeanne Park learn? How did their experiences shape their identity?
4. How do stereotypes affect the way you see others? How do stereotypes affect the way you see yourself?

Due:

"Race and Science" HW

Read “Race and Science” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

1. Who told Susie Phipps that she was not who she thought she was? How important is that opinion?
2. What does Johnson mean when he says “what things objectively are is often less significant to human beings than what things mean in cultural frameworks of beliefs, values, and attitudes”?
3. Why do you think people still accept the idea of race if it is scientifically meaningless? What kind of power do ideas – even mistaken ideas – have to shape the way we see ourselves and others?
4. What do you think race means? What do you think racism means?

Due:

"Little Boxes" HW 

Read “Little Boxes” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

 

1. List everything we learn in this article about Anthony Wright’s identity.
2. Why did Anthony Wright call this essay “Little Boxes”? Why does he find it so difficult to classify himself?
3. What is the message of Wright’s article? Do you agree with this message? Why/why not?
4. How can generalizing be useful? How can generalizing be harmful?

 

Due:

Students and parents/guardians must print and sign the attached Student Success Contract/Parent/Guardian Permission Slip and turn it in to Mr. Polish.

Due:

"Who am I?" posters due the second week of class with all three questions answered on the back of the poster.
 

Due:

"The Bear that Wasn't" HW

Read “The Individual and Society” and “The Bear that Wasn’t” and respond to the following questions in two complete sentences per answer.

1.  What distinguishes the Bear from all other bears?  What distinguishes the Bear from all other workers at the factory?

2.  Why didn’t the factory officials recognize the Bear for what he was?  What is the story’s author saying about the relationship between an individual and society?

3.  How does our need to be a part of a group affect our actions?  Why is it so difficult for a person to go against the group?

4.  Write a short story (at least one page) with the same moral as The Bear that Wasn’t.