October 16-20, 2017

Monday

Kahlil Gibran’s “On Talking”

Finish painting arguments

Tuesday

Details in arguments

Building an argument

Wednesday

Rhetorical Appeals

Legal Arguments

Thursday

Fallacies in arguments

Comparing Arguments

Friday

Unit Two Test

 

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October 2-6, 2017

Monday

“The Hunger of Memory”

Persona and Audience Relations

Tuesday

Socratic Seminar Questions: Be prepared to respond to the following questions related to “Grape Sherbet,” “Woman With Kite,” “Persepolis,” “The Hunger of Memory,” and if you are in honors Bless Me, Ultima or How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.

  • Why did the author choose this title?
  • Does the title fit the purpose?
  • What does the title mean?
  • What is the tone of the piece?
  • How do you know?
  • Explain if cultural identity is important to the author?
  • How does the author or characters define success?
  • Who is considered successful (Author/characters)?
  • Who is the audience?
  • In what ways does the text resonate with you?
  • Have you had any similar conflicts?

Wednesday

Varied Sentence Structure

Thursday

“Thanksgiving: A Personal History”

internal and external changes; perspective

Friday

Quiz

September 18-23, 2017

Monday

Parallel Text Book Talk

Graphic Novel Vocabulary

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Tuesday

“If You are What You Eat, then What am I?” – Geeta Kothari

Wednesday

“Grape Sherbet” – Rita Dove

“Woman With Kite” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Thursday

What are the trends? Create a Venn Diagram comparing the Narrative Elements: setting, character, dialogue, sequence of events, and point of view. Determine a theme shared by Tuesday and Wednesday’s texts.

Friday

Quiz

 

September 11-15, 2017

Honors: Continue reading How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents  by Julia Alvarez or Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Complete SOAPSTone for Alvarez chapters or study guide for Anaya chapters.

Wednesday

You should know what type of narrative you’d like to write that conveys perspective based on culture and that describes elements of culture. Keep in mind the film Living on One Dollar,  the poem “Where I’m From” and the essay “Who I Am.” Which genre is most appropriately conveys this real or fictional experience?

We will read “Funny in Farsi” by Firoozeh Dumas, paying close attention to the narrative techniques that Dumas uses to tell this memoir.

Please bring your “Where I’m From” poems to class. Be sure that you have included imagery and sensory detail describing where you are from without saying where you are from. Minimum 20 lines, decorated, due at the beginning of class. 

Thursday

We will read an excerpt from “Kaffir Boy” and examine how Mark Mathabane uses dialogue in his autobiography. We will practive writing dialogue to prepare for our submission of Embedded Assessment 1 narratives.

Friday

Quiz 1

Embedded Assessment 1 Narratives Due.

August 21-25, 2017

Essay Prompt:

Synthesis Essay using themes discussed this week, write a synthesis essay responding to the following prompt:

“To what extent does one’s culture inform the way one views others and the world. Be sure to support your claim with evidence from texts we’ve read, viewed, or listened to this unit, as well as with personal experience and insights.”

Monday

Deconstruct the Prompt

Revise Essay

Tuesday

Edit Essay

Essays are due by midnight to Krystalyn.dennis@gmail.com or shared through google docs.

Honors:  Section 2 of The Joy Luck Club study guide questions are due.

 

Wednesday

SIFT organizer

My Mother Pieced Quilts” by Teresa Paloma Acosta

Thursday

Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

Friday

“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

 

 

August 14-18, 2017

What is your cultural identity? Be prepared to answer this question in a synthesis essay this week.

Monday

Phrases vs. Clauses

Parallelism

Diction, Mood, Tone

Tuesday

3rd & 4th Blocks will take with the Student Learning Objectives Test in the 900 lab. All classes will have Binder Check 1:

  • Culture Vocabulary
  • Quickwrite
  • Appositive Handouts (2)
  • Ethnic Hash” & “Two Kinds” Answers
  • Annotations
  • “Feathers from a Thousand Li Away” Study Guide Questions (2nd & 3rd only)

How to write a thematic_statement.

Read “By Any Other Name” by Santha Rama Rau.

Wednesday

Reread “By Any Other Name” by Santha Rama Rau.

SOAPSTone

Thursday

Allusions vs. Archetypes

Read “Where Worlds Collide” by Pico Iyer.

Friday

Synthesis Essay using themes discussed this week, write a synthesis essay responding to the following prompt:

“To what extent does one’s culture inform the way one views others and the world. Be sure to support your claim with evidence from texts we’ve read, viewed, or listened to this unit, as well as with personal experience and insights.”

Due next Wednesday.

 

 

 

August 7-11, 2017

Monday

Archetypes, The Hero’s Journey and The Plot Diagram

How can a hero/villain represent a culture?

Tuesday

What happens when two different cultures collide? Begin reading “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club (pdf). 2nd and 3rd blocks are required to read the entire novel. Students in 4th block may read and complete the parallel text assignments for extra credit.

Wednesday

Hyphens vs. Dashes

“Two Kinds” part II. and Text Dependent Questions

Thursday

The Life and Times of Frida

Read an excerpt from a biography of Frida Kahlo. Examine details of the text and her art. What do they reveal about her life, her art and her cultural identity? How might she be considered heroic? Who or what was the villain in her life?

Friday

Quiz

Welcome Back! July 31 – August 4, 2017

Welcome to World Literature! In this course, we will analyze cultures around the world through informational, narrative, and visual texts. Be prepared to learn about the world around you as told by your peers, by our resources, and from your own life. Keep following this blog to find necessary information for your success in this class. Feel free to email my work gmail account Krystalyn.dennis@gmail.com with questions or concerns. You are the best of the best and this year will show it!

Monday

Review Pebblebrook High School Handbook, Classroom Expectations, & Procedures.

Vocabulary: Argument, Concession, Counterclaim, Refutation, Synthesis, Allusion, Conflict, Figurative Language, Imagery, Symbol, Syntax, Theme, Culture, Race, Family, Religion, Gender, Education, Community, Government, Tradition, Relative, Ancestry

Describe Features of a Culture

Homework:

Complete these reflection sentences:

My first day of school was __________ because_________________.

I think Mrs. Dennis’ class will be ________________ because ______.

I look forward to _______because ____________________________.

I’m not feeling_______________ because that’s just ____________.

Tuesday

“What is Cultural Identity?” by Elise Trumbull and Maria Pacheco

Text-Dependent Questions

Wednesday

Appositive phrases

Prepositional phrases

The Danger of a Single Story” – Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Thursday

“Ethnic Hash” by Patricia Williams

Text-Dependent Questions

Friday

Quiz

Write a letter that tells a story of bravery or cowardice that occurred in your life. What does that story say about your culture? What does it not reveal? Be sure to include appositive and prepositional phrases (at least 3 of each). Due next week.