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10th Grade English

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

Welcome to 10th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 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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The Kite Runner Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 14 - 25 of The Kite Runner.

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 Kite Runner 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

The Kite Runner FINAL DRAFT Essay

How does prejudice and intolerance divide societies?  Using specific examples from The Kite Runner, write a five paragraph essay explaining how Amir and Hassan represent the divisions in Afghan society, and how these divisions affect the courses their lives take.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

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

Journal Assignment: Should children have to atone for the sins of their parents?

EXTRA CREDIT JOURNAL:  What did you like this semester?  What did you dislike?

RAP 1:  Is Baba a good father? Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Does Amir find a "way to be good again"?

Past Assignments

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

Journal Assignment: Is guilt a healthy emotion? Why/why not?

RAP 1:  What do you know about Afghanistan?

RAP 2:  What does Amir feel guilty about? What does he do because of this guilt?

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The Kite Runner Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 1 - 13 of The Kite Runner.

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 Kite Runner 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

Nothing to Envy FINAL DRAFT Essay

How come North Koreans do not revolt against the Communist dictatorship that rules their country?  Using specific examples from Nothing to Envy, write a five paragraph essay explaining why North Koreans have not yet overthrown their government.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini to class.

Due:

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

Journal Assignment: What should the U.S. policy toward North Korea be?

RAP 1:  What is the meaning of the "Nothing to Envy" song?  Why do you think the author has made that the title of the book?

RAP 2:  Were Jun-sang and Mi-ran really in love? Why/why not?

Due:

Nothing to Envy Rough Draft Essay

How come North Koreans do not revolt against the Communist dictatorship that rules their country?  Using specific examples from Nothing to Envy, write a five paragraph essay explaining why North Koreans have not yet overthrown their government.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Nothing to Envy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 15 - 21 of Nothing to Envy.

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:

Nothing to Envy 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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 Thursday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment: Would you challenge the government if you were living under a totalitarian dictatorship?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  Based on the first seven chapters of the book, what is it like to live in North Korea?

RAP 2:  How does a totalitarian dictatorship affect the way people see the world?

Due:

Nothing to Envy 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

Nothing to Envy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 8 - 14 of Nothing to Envy.

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:

Nothing to Envy Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 1 - 7 of Nothing to Envy.

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:

Nothing to Envy 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

Beasts of No Nation Essay Final Draft

How can a child be turned into a killer?  Can a child soldier be rehabilitated?  If so, how?  Using specific examples from Beasts of No Nation, write a five paragraph essay explaining how children are made into soldiers in war-torn countries.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of Nothing to Envy by Barbra Demick to class.

Due:

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

Journal Assignment:  Should there be rules of war?  What should the rules be?

RAP 1:  Should the U.S. help African countries that are at war?  What should the U.S. do?

RAP 2:  What do you know about Korea?

Due:

Beasts of No Nation Essay Rough Draft

How can a child be turned into a killer?  Can a child soldier be rehabilitated?  If so, how?  Using specific examples from Beasts of No Nation, write a five paragraph essay explaining how children are made into soldiers in war-torn countries.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Beasts of No Nation 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

Beasts of No Nation Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the entirety of Beasts of No Nation.

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

Journal Assignment: Is war ever justified?

RAP:  What do you know about Africa today?

RAP 2:  Why did Agu become a soldier?  How was he able to get out of being a soldier?

Due:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Final Draft Essay 

Can an autistic person be independent?  Using specific examples from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, write a five paragraph essay explaining how autism affects those who have it.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation to class.

Due:

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

Journal Assignment: What would you do if you had a child with special needs?

RAP:  Is Christopher's father a good dad?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Is Christopher's mother a bad person?  Why/why not?

Due:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Rough Draft Essay 

Can an autistic person be independent?  Using specific examples from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, write a five paragraph essay explaining how autism affects those who have it.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 139 - 233 of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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

Journal Assignment: How does Christopher's autism affect the way he sees the world?

RAP:  What do you know about autism?

RAP 2:  Is Christopher a reliable narrator?  Why/why not?

Due:

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday 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:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 2 - 137 of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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:

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Final Draft Essay

What does it mean to be a man?  Using specific examples from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, write a five paragraph essay examining how the U.S. and Dominican cultures define masculinity and explaining what masculinity should look like.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon to class.

Due:

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Rough Draft Essay

What does it mean to be a man?  Using specific examples from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, write a five paragraph essay examining how the U.S. and Dominican cultures define masculinity and explaining what masculinity should look like.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

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

Journal Assignment: What makes someone a hero?

RAP 1:  Who is more of a "man":  Yunior or Oscar?  Why?

RAP 2:  Is Oscar a typical "hero"?  Why/why not?

Due:

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Reading Maps Assignment

 Fill out the following three charts for Chapter 6 through the end of the Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 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.
  1. 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?”
  1. 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?”
  2. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Wednesday.
  3. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  4. 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 Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Reading Maps Assignment

 Fill out the following three charts for Act 1, Preface -- Chapter 5 of the Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 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.
  1. 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?”
  1. 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?”
  2. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at bpolish@champscharter.org by 6 PM Wednesday.
  3. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  4. 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 Thursday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment:  Do you believe in "fukú"?

RAP 1:  What makes someone a "nerd"?  Is it good or bad to be a "nerd"?

RAP 2:  What kind of relationship does Oscar have with Yunior?  Is this a healthy relationship?  Why/why not?

Due:

Parent Permission Slip due the second week of school.
 

Due:

Bring your copy of Junot Diaz' Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao to class.

Due:

The Namesake Essay

Does culture and family make a person who they are?  Using examples from The Namesake, write a five-paragraph essay explaining the impact of culture and family on identity.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

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

Journal:  Why were you given your name?  What is the family/social/religious/cultural significance of your name?

RAP 1:  Why does Gogol hate his name?

RAP 2:  Should Gogol have changed his name?  Why/why not?

Due:

The Namesake Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 7 - The End of The Namesake

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 Namesake 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 Wednesday.

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

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

Due:

The Namesake 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 Wednesday.

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

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

Due:

The Namesake Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 1 - 6 of The Namesake

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 Thursday 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:  Why do immigrants come to the United States?

RAP 1:  Was Lourdes right to leave Enrique in Honduras?

RAP 2:  How do Enrique’s feelings toward his mother change over the course of the book?  Why do you think his feelings change?

Due:

Enrique’s Journey Essay (Final Draft)

What should the U.S. immigration policy look like?  Using examples from Enrique’s Journey, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how the U.S. should treat immigrants as well as who should/should not be able to come to the United States.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Bring your copy of The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri to class.

Due:

Enrique’s Journey Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts the entirety of Enrique’s Journey (either the young adult or the adult version is fine).

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:

Enrique's Journey 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 Wednesday.

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

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

Due:

Zoot Suit Final Draft Essay

How should victims fight against injustice? Using specific examples from Zoot Suit, write a five-paragraph essay explaining the best ways of challenging inequity.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the play to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Thursday 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:  How should a trial work?

RAP 1:  Which life path do you think Henry Reyna will ultimately take?

RAP 2:  What does El Pachuco represent in Zoot Suit?

Due:

Bring your copy of Enrique's Journey (either the young adult or the adult version is fine) by Sonia Nazario to class.

Due:

Zoot Suit Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the entirety of Zoot Suit.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Zoot Suit 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.
  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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

The Bluest Eye Final Draft Essay

What is internalized oppression and what causes it?  How does it affect people?  Using specific examples from The Bluest Eye, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how internalized oppression works.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Notebooks due Thursday 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:  Why do you think Toni Morrison chose to tell The Bluest Eye from multiple perspectives?  How does the use of multiple perspectives affect the way we see the characters?

RAP 1:  Should we sympathize with all of the characters in The Bluest Eye?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  What do you know about Los Angeles in the 1940s?

Due:

The Bluest Eye Rough Draft Essay

What is internalized oppression and what causes it?  How does it affect people?  Using specific examples from The Bluest Eye, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how internalized oppression works.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

The Bluest Eye Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for chapters 6 - 11 of The Bluest Eye.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Bluest Eye 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.
  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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

Notebooks due Thursday 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 messages did black girls receive from society about themselves in the 1940s?  Do black girls still receive the same messages that Pecola got in the 1940s?  Why/why not?

RAP 1:  Why does Pecola want blue eyes?

RAP 2:  What points does Claudia make in the last chapter about how people see Pecola?  Why do you think Toni Morrison ends with these observations?

Due:

The Bluest Eye Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the first 6 chapters of The Bluest Eye.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

The Bluest Eye 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.
  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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower Final Draft Essay

How can a person become comfortable with their own identity?  Using examples from Perks of Being a Wallflower, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how people can learn to accept themselves.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

 Bring your copy of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye to class.

Due:

Notebooks due Thursday 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 do you think Charlie’s life will look like after high school?

RAP 1:  How does Charlie change over the course of the book?  Are these changes good or bad for him?

RAP 2:  Can memories actually be repressed and be brought back?

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower Rough Draft Essay

How can a person become comfortable with their own identity?  Using examples from Perks of Being a Wallflower, write a five-paragraph essay explaining how people can learn to accept themselves.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the first parts 3 - 4 of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower 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.
  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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.

Due:

Notebooks due Thursday 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 does Mr. Anderson mean by “we accept the love we think we deserve”?  Do you agree with this quote?

RAP 1:  In general, do you feel that you “fit in”?  Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Are Sam and Patrick good friends for Charlie?  Why/why not?

Due:

Student Can and Will Succeed Contract/Parent Signature due the second week of school.

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower Reading Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for the first two parts of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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 the section in no less than 20 sentences.

Due:

Perks of Being a Wallflower 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.
  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 Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.