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Welcome to 10th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Thursday from 9:15 – 10:15 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 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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Nothing to Envy Reading Maps Assignment

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

Find at least 10 English words that you do not know, write the sentence in which you found each word, and define the words.  Make sure to put down the page you found each word and that your definition makes sense in the context of the reading. At the end of each book, you will have a quiz with the words you and your classmates have come up with.

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 your own words in at least two sentences.  How does this quote represent the theme?  What is the author saying about this issue?  You must find at least eight quotes/explanations per section.

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


Nothing to Envy Book Club Projects

ARIANNA = 15 – 16

AYANNA = 17 – 19

JORDAN/HALEY = 20 - 21

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 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.


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. 


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?