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11th Grade English

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

Welcome to 11th Grade English with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Tuesday from 11 am – 12 pm 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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Becoming Nicole Essay

How should adults deal with transgender children?

Using specific examples from Becoming Nicole, write a five paragraph essay explaining what rights transgender children deserve or do not deserve.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

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Notebooks due Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Should transgender children be allowed to take puberty blocking hormones?  Should they be allowed to get surgery?

RAP 1:  Should transgender people be allowed to use restrooms/lockers of the gender they identify with?

RAP 2:  What did you like about your classes this semester?  What did you dislike about them?

Past Assignments

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Becoming Nicole Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for Part 3 -- The Epilogue of Becoming Nicole.

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.

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Becoming Nicole 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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 Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Should parents allow their children to dress as the opposite gender?  If so, at what age?

RAP 1:  How are transgender people treated in the U.S. today?

RAP 2:  Why is Nicole bullied?  How should a school deal with a bully like this?

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Becoming Nicole Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for Parts 1 and 2 of Becoming Nicole.

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:

Becoming Nicole 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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.

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Zeitoun Final Draft Essay

How should the government deal with disasters? 

Using specific examples from Zeitoun, write a five paragraph essay explaining what the government should and should not do during a genuine emergency.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

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Bring your copy of Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nut to class.

Due:

Notebooks due Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment: On what grounds should a person by arrested?  How should suspected criminals be treated by the government?

RAP 1: Is Zeitoun foolish for staying in New Orleans?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Once you have finished reading the book, google Zeitoun and find out the most recent developments in his case.  Given this information, how should we view Zeitoun?

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Zeitoun 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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.

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Zeitoun Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the remaining sections of Zeitoun.

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:

Zeitoun 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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.

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Zeitoun Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the first two parts of Zeitoun.

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 Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  How can we end gang violence?

RAP 1:  Why did Luis Rodriguez leave the gang life behind?

RAP 2:  What do you know about Hurricane Katrina?

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Bring your copy of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers to class.

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Always Running Final Draft Essay

Why is it that some kids join gangs while other kids do not?  Why do some gang members leave their gangs behind?

Using Always Running, write a five to eight paragraph essay explaining at least three major factors behind Luis’ decision to form a gang.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

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Always Running 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Always Running Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for Chapter 7 - the Epilogue of Always Running.

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 Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Why do kids join gangs?

RAP 1:  What do you know about gangs in Los Angeles?

RAP 2:  How were Mexican Americans treated in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s?

Due:

Always Running 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Always Running Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the Preface - Chapter 6 of Always Running.

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 Always Running by Luis Rodriguez to class.

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X Final Draft Essay

How should oppressed people challenge oppression?

Using specific examples from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, write a five paragraph essay explaining how oppressed people can change an oppressive society.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

Due:

Notebooks due Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Can society rehabilitate criminals?  If so, how?

RAP 1:  Should the Nation of Islam be considered a hate group?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Should Malcolm X be celebrated as a Civil Rights hero?  Why/why not?

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X Rough Draft Essay

How should oppressed people challenge oppression?

Using specific examples from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, write a five paragraph essay explaining how oppressed people can change an oppressive society.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

Due:

Malcolm X 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Malcolm X Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 11 - the Epilogue of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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 Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Why do some people become criminals?

RAP 1:  What do you know about the Civil Rights Movement? 

RAP 2:  What kinds of things did Malcolm X go through as a child?  How do you think these experiences influenced him?

Due:

Malcolm X 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Malcolm X Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 1 - 10 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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 Malcolm X's Autobiography to class.

Due:

Middlesex Final Draft Essay

What does it mean to be normal?

Using specific examples from Middlesex, write a five paragraph essay explaining how society should define normality.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

Due:

Notebooks due Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  How can a person become comfortable with their own identity?

RAP 1:  How old should a person be before they are allowed to surgically change their sex? 

RAP 2:  How was Cal ultimately able to find happiness?

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Middlesex Rough Draft Essay

What does it mean to be normal?

Using specific examples from Middlesex, write a five paragraph essay explaining how society should define normality.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis.

Due:

Middlesex 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Middlesex Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 22 - 28 of Middlesex (The Oracular Vulva - The Last Stop).

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 Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences for regular English/6 sentences for honors English) and 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English/20 sentences for honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Can people be completely re-born?  Discuss the theme of re-birth in the context of Middlesex.

RAP 1:  How is Lefty and Desdemona’s relationship like Milton and Tessie’s relationship?  How is it different?

RAP 2:  Does Cal really love "the object"?

Due:

Middlesex 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Middlesex Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 15 - 21 of Middlesex (The Mediterranean Diet - The Gun on the Wall).

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:

Middlesex 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Middlesex Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 8 - 14 of Middlesex (Tricknology - Middlesex).

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:

Middlesex 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 the universality of the questions.
  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 Monday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Tuesday 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:

Middlesex Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 1 - 7 of Middlesex (The Silver Spoon - Marriage on Ice).

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 Tuesday 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 Assignment:  Should societies outlaw all forms of incest?

RAP 1:  What do you know about intersex people?

RAP 2:  Why does Cal believe he is intersex?

Due:

Bring your copy of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex to class.

Due:

The Great Gatsby Essay FINAL DRAFT

Does love conquer all? 

Using examples from The Great Gatsby, explain whether or not love has the power to overcome social barriers.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

The Great Gatsby 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

The Great Gatsby Reading Maps

 Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 6 - 9 of The Great Gatsby.

 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 for the whole section.

 Finally, summarize the entire section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Notebooks due Tuesday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each for Honors English), 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English), and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Why do some men abuse women?

RAP 1:  What do you know about the 1920s?

RAP 2:  Why does Gatsby love Daisy?

Due:

The Great Gatsby 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

The Great Gatsby Reading Maps

 Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 1 - 5 of The Great Gatsby.

 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 for the whole section.

 Finally, summarize the entire section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Bring your copy of The Great Gatsby to class.

Due:

The Color Purple Essay Final Draft

What is love? 

Using examples from The Color Purple, explain what love is and what love is not.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Tuesday 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 Assignment:  Why do some women stay in abusive relationships?

RAP 1:  Why do you think Mr. ______ acts the way he does? 

RAP 2:  How does Celie and Shug’s relationship change over the course of the novel? 

Due:

Color Purple 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

The Color Purple Reading Maps

 Fill out the following three charts for pages 148 - the end of The Color Purple.

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 for the whole section.

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

Due:

Color Purple 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

The Color Purple Reading Maps

 Fill out the following three charts for pages 1 - 147 of The Color Purple.

 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 for the whole section.

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

Due:

Bring your copy of Alice Walker's The Color Purple to class.

Due:

Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each Honors English), 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal:  How did slavery affect the psychology of black men and women?

RAP:  How should we view crimes that are committed by the oppressed?

RAP:  What was life like for black people after the end of slavery?

Due:

Beloved Essay Final Draft

How did slavery affect Americans?  Using examples from Beloved, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how slavery warped the American psyche.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Beloved Essay Rough Draft

How did slavery affect Americans?  Using examples from Beloved, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how slavery warped the American psyche.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each Honors English), 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal:  What kinds of things did enslaved Africans endure?

RAP:  Why did Sethe kill Beloved?

RAP:  Is Sethe able to heal by the end of the book?  Why/why not?

Due:

Beloved Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 20 - 28 of Beloved.

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 in total.

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

Due:

Beloved 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

Beloved Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 10 - 19 of Beloved.

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 in total.

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

Due:

Beloved 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each Honors English), 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal:  Should the U.S. government do anything today to make up for the sin of slavery?

RAP:  What do you know about slavery in the United States?

RAP:  Who is haunting Sethe's home?  Why doesn't she just find another house?

Due:

Beloved 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 Monday.

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

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

Due:

Beloved Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the first nine chapters of Beloved.

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 in total.

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

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Bring your copy of Toni Morrison's Beloved to class.​

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Twilight Los Angeles Essay Final Draft

How can riots and other forms of social unrest be prevented?  Using examples from Twilight Los Angeles, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major things that can be done to prevent riots and other forms of social unrest.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

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Notebooks due with 2 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each Honors English), 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English) and notes from every day of class.

Journal:  What should the government do about police brutality?

RAP:  What caused the L.A. riots?

RAP:  Should the government offer help to people after riots?  Who should the government help?

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Twilight Los Angeles Essay Rough Draft

How can riots and other forms of social unrest be prevented?  Using examples from Twilight Los Angeles, write a five-paragraph essay explaining at least three major things that can be done to prevent riots and other forms of social unrest.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

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Twilight:  Los Angeles Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the last three parts (War Zone, Twilight, and Justice) of Twilight Los Angeles.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart. 

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 entire section in no less than 20 sentences.

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Twilight Los Angeles Book Club Projects (ALL STUDENTS)

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 Monday.

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

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

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Twilight Los Angeles Book Club Projects (HONORS STUDENTS ONLY)

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 Monday.

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

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

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Twilight:  Los Angeles Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for the first three parts (Prologue, The Territory, and Here's a Nobody) of Twilight Los Angeles.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart. 

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 section in no less than 20 sentences.

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Notebooks due the third week with 3 RAPs (3 sentences each for regular English/6 sentences each for Honors English) 1 journal (10 sentences for regular English and 20 sentences for Honors English), and notes from every day of class.
Journal: Is police brutality still an issue in the United States? Why/why not?

RAP 1:  What are riots?

RAP 2: What do you know about the L.A. riots of 1992?
RAP 3:  Why do you think Anna Deveare Smith played all of the roles in the stage version of Twilight Los Angeles?  Was this an effective artistic decision?

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

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"Twilight Los Angeles" Introduction Questions

READ THE “TWILIGHT LOS ANGELES” INTRODUCTION AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.

1. Who was Rodney King and what happened to him? What led to the 1992 Riots in Los Angeles?
2. What were some of the underlying causes of the L.A. riots? Explain at least two causes.
3. How long did the L.A. riots last? Why did the jury reach the verdict it did in the Rodney King trial?
4. How were Latinos involved in the L.A. riots? How were Koreans involved in the L.A. riots?
5. How did Anna Deveare Smith write “Twilight Los Angeles”? Why is the play called “Twilight”?  What is the point of Twilight’s poem?

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“The Tale of the Tub” Homework
READ THE “TALE OF THE TUB” STORY AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.

1. Why did the scientist dislike the rats? What did he learn from putting them in a tub?
2. How did the scientist justify the way he treated the rats? What did the younger scientists forget when the original scientist died?
3. Why did the scientists “congratulate(d) themselves on their generosity”? What happened in the tub that was not foreseen in the first experiments?
4. What happens at the end of this story? What does this imply?
5. What is this story an allegory for? What is the message of the story?