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Course Description


In this course, students continue their work in becoming college and career ready, grappling with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries. Students will read works that offer profound insights into the human condition and serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing. Through wide and deep reading of literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication, students will gain a reservoir of literary and cultural knowledge, references, and images; the ability to evaluate intricate arguments; and the capacity to surmount the challenges posed by complex texts.

As a writer in this course, students will refine the art of asserting and defending claims, showing what they know about a subject, and conveying what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and felt. They will take task, purpose, and audience into careful consideration, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately. They will learn how to combine elements of different kinds of writing—for example, to use narrative strategies within argument and explanation within narrative—to produce complex and nuanced writing, and use technology strategically when creating, refining, and collaborating on writing. Additionally, students will become increasingly adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner.

For more specific information about the Fall course, please see the Parent Letter and Course Syllabus. For a list of the major projects and their descriptions, you may also follow the link below.

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After much reading and discussion, this is what 4th period thinks it means to be American.

say mean matter_Founding Documents

Happy Tuesday! While we are waiting for the classes to be added to the website, I am posting your homework here. :-) (You're welcome!)

Your homework this evening (1/13/15) is to re-read the historical document that you were given in class and complete the "Say, Mean, Matter" worksheet - You will share your findings in a group tomorrow. Come prepared!
Students are engaged when the subject is relevant. Who doesn't want to share their own experiences?
As students make connections to authors and historians, they learn that everyone has a story to tell and that their own stories matter.
Students eagerly add to their own narratives as they analyze Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die.

GAME DAY! Students had to design a game during the winter break based on a topic that they studied in history during the fall semester. This game is called "Key to the Kingdom".  As players made their way through the game, they had to answer questions about the four ancient empires of Mesopotamia that we studied. If they answered the question correctly, they got a "stone" from the empire. The first to finish with four stones (one from each empire) earns the key to the Kingdom!