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Course Description

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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Freedom Final Essay

How should freedom be defined?

In this essay, you are to explain what freedom should and should not be using specific examples from Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  You must provide at least six quotes from the book to support your argument.

Due:

Students will take a vocabulary test on all of the words they found in "The Trouble We're In," A Hope in the Unseen, and Freedom:
 
Brocade = a fabric woven with an elaborate design

Paragon = a perfect example of a particular quality

Vexing = annoying

querulous = complaining

oeuvre = works of an artist

Garb = clothing

Ubiquitous = present everywhere

Nonchalant = casually calm

Corduroy = type of fabric

Cravenly = weakly
 
Egalitarian = equality-minded

Paradox = a contradiction that is true

Contemptuous = hateful

Subjugated = oppressed

Corollary = a logical proposition that follows from something that has already been proven

Epistemic = relating to knowledge

Triage = the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and other resources can be best used

Blighted = neglected/destroyed

Proclivity = tendency

Anomalous = abnormal

Placid = easygoing

Paltry = small/meager

To gall = to annoy/to irritate

Drudge = to do dull work

Zeitgeist = the mood of a certain period of history

Stratum = a class assigned to people based on social status

Gregarious = sociable/talkative

Ostentatious = showy

Mantra = a statement repeated frequently

Verities = a true principle or belief

wry = using dry/mocking humor

Benefactor = a person who gives money or help to a cause

Conundrum = a puzzle/riddle/tough problem

Jocular = characterized by joking/humorous

Homogeneous = alike/of the same kind

Monogamy = the practice of having only one romantic partner at a time

Discourse = written or spoken communication or debate

Gambit = a maneuver to gain an advantage

Discord = disagreement

Acerbically = sarcastically

Intrepid = fearless/adventurous

Appraise = to judge the value of something

Candor = honesty

Vouchsafe = to speak good on behalf of somebody

Disconcerting = unsettling (disturbing)

Calendrically = to follow the calendar

Stalwart = loyal/reliable

Largess = generosity/generous donation

Bespectacled = to wear glasses

Eschewed = to abstain from

Degenerate = a criminal/bad person

Lurid = unpleasant/shocking/nasty sexual

Benevolent = well-meaning/kind

Subsidize = support financially

Indignant = angry

Strenuous = difficult

Taciturn = uncommunicative

Prowess = skill

Bemoan = express sorrow/discontent

Intravenous = through a vein     

Jostle = push/elbow

Hapless = somebody with bad luck

Wheedle = using compliments to persuade someone to do something

VERBATIM = WORD FOR WORD THE SAME

UNABRIDGED = NOT CUT OR EDITED (THE FULL VERSION).

SANCTIMONIOUS = FEELINGS OF MORAL SUPERIORITY

SHREWD = CLEVERLY

PARAMOUNT = EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

CALAMITOUS = CATASTROPHIC (DISASTROUS)

OUTLAY = EXPENSE ($ SPENT)

ANGST = ANXIETY

OBDURATE = STUBBORNLY RESISTANT

DEPLORABLE = DISGRACEFUL

ADORN = MAKE A THING BEAUTIFUL

Noxious = harmful/bad
Adamant = refusing to change one’s mind
Chasm = a big difference/hole that separates things.
Flouting = openly disregard
Feebly = weakly
Pro bono = work done for free
Divinations = predicting the future through magic
Quandary = dilemma
Profiling = predicting things about a person because of their psychological, physical, or behavioral characteristics.
Pulpit = a podium for a preacher

Due:

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

Journal:  Should families always stay together?  What should parents do to keep a family together?  What should children do?

RAP 1:  Should Patty and Walter get back together?  Why/why not?

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