COURSE SYLLABUS

TOPIC

SELECTED READINGS: Some are subject to change throughout the school year.

PROJECTS/ASSIGNMENTS

Identity

Poems: “Identity” “Knock, Knock” “If” “The Road Not Taken”

Stories: “Raymond’s Run” “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” “TheMedicine Bag” “Sucker” “The Zodiacs” “The Mysterious Mr. Lincoln”

Articles: “Sleeping Under a Roof, but Homeless Nonetheless” Grit TEDTalk

Memoir Writing Assignment

House of Memories

Surprising Twists in Life

Poems: “The Raven” “Boots of Spanish Leather” “The Lesson of the Moth”

Stories: “The Tell-Tale Heart” “Johanna” “The Monkey’s Paw” “The Ransom of Red Chief” “The Hitchhiker” “Elevator”

Articles: “Dia de los Muertos” “Ronald Reagan on the Challenger Disaster” “Stress for Success” “The REAL Stories Behind These Disney Movies Will Ruin Your Childhood”

Mock Trial

The Hero’s Journey

NOVEL UNIT

Choices: The Outsiders, House of the Scorpion, The Secret Life of Bees, Ender’s Game, Serafina Series

Poems: “Paul Revere’s Ride”

Articles: “Joseph Campbell: The Hero’s Journey”

Hero Essay

Motivation

Poems: “Mother to Son” “My Father’s Song”

Stories: “Flowers for Algernon”

Articles: Ethics TEDTalk, “IQ tests are 'meaningless and too simplistic' claim researchers” “Limits of Empathy”

Multiple Assignments

BENCHMARK

Tolerance and Compassion

NOVEL UNIT

Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird

Poems: “Incident” “We Wear the Mask”

Stories: “The Birthday Party”

Articles: “Ain’t I a Woman” “On Being Informed” “Growing Up White in the 1930’s” “Who was Jim Crow?” “Herd Behavior” “Codeswitching” “The Scottsboro Boys”

Taking a Stand Project