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Welcome to 12th Grade English with Mr. Polish! Our class will meet every Friday from 1 – 2 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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Song of Solomon Reading Maps

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 8 - 15 of Song of Solomon.

Find at least 10 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.

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Song of Solomon Book Club Projects

Sarah = 8 - 11

Harlow = 12 - 15

Jasmine = 8 - 9

McKenzie = 10 - 11

Miranda = 12 - 13

Isaiah = 14 - 15

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 Thursday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Friday 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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Song of Solomon Final Draft Essay

What makes a person who he or she is? 

Using specific examples from Song of Solomon write a five paragraph essay explaining the forces that shape people and the decisions they make.  Be sure to cite at least six quotes to support your argument.

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

Journal Assignment:  How important is money to you?

RAP 1:  What happens at the end of Song of Solomon?  What does this mean?

RAP 2:  What do you think the U.S. will look like in ten years?

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Students will take a vocabulary test on all of the words they found in The Working Poor, Aftershock, No Impact Man, and Song of Solomon:
 

Grandiose = impressive and pretentious (preachy)

Transient = lasting a short time

Reticent = not revealing one’s thoughts readily

Surreptitiously = secretly

Sanguine = optimistic or positive

Zenith = acme/peak

Moratorium = temporary prohibition on an activity

Congenital = present from birth

Off-kilter = not in the correct state

REPARATIONS = A PAYMENT TOWARD PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED AN INJUSTICE.

OBSOLESCENCE = BECOMING USELESS

VIRULENT = EXTREMELY SEVERE/HARMFUL

COUPS = OVERTHROW A GOVT.

WELL-HEELED = WEALTHY

INTRANSIGENT = REFUSING TO CHANGE OR DO WHAT IS ASKED

DENIZEN = INHABITANT

WELTER = A CONFUSED MASS

RESPLENDENT = IMPRESSIVE

HEDGE FUND = A POOL OF MONEY THAT INVESTORS RAISE TO PUT INTO RISKY BUSINESS VENTURES

Prophetic = successfully predictive of the future

Cornucopia = abundant supply

Mitigated = make less severe

Precipice = the edge of a very steep cliff.

Sovereign wealth fund = state owned pool of investment money.

Trajectory = course or path of something

Pundit = expert or authority

Facile = easy/effortless

Commiserations = to express sorrow for/empathize with/pity

Hobbles = restrict the activity of something

Spendthrift – spending money in an irresponsible way
Prudence – to be wise in practical affairs, sagacious or discreet
Devised – planned/invented
Precarious - uncertain
Arbitrary – based on random choice
Predecessor – a person who comes before another in a office or position
Inequitable – unfair or unjust
Smorgasbord = variety/wide range of something
Oxymoron = a contradiction
Destitution = extreme poverty
W-2 = a tax form given by employers to their employees
Predicament = a difficult situation
Hymn = religious song/poem of praise
Subsidize = to support financially
Infuriated = make angry or impatient
Affluence = wealth
Bilk = cheat/defraud an institution
Sustenance – means of livelihood
Albeit – although
Ungainly – awkward or clumsy
Prognosis – outcome of disease
Imperative – essential of urgent
Idiosyncrasies – peculiar feature/characteristic
Ornery – bad tempered
Entitlement program -- a government program that guarantees certain benefits to a particular group or segment of the population.

Acquiescence = accepting bad things

Polemic = strong verbal/written attack on something

Torentially = stormy 

Despondent = despairing/without hope

Acquisition = to get something

Dross = worthless/rubbish

Proverbial = idiom/old saying that most people accept as true

rip-roaring = full of energy and vigor

Hedonic = concerned with one’s own pleasure

Verification = to confirm something is true

Extemporaneous = done without preparation

Apparition = ghost like image

Odious = something that arouses hate

Cessation = a temporary stop

Billow = something moving

Bodice = close-fitting upper part of a dress

Contrition = sincere remorse

Hearse = a vehicle that carries coffins

Guileless = innocent

Aforementioned = something brought up before