Welcome to English 8: American Literature A little about Mrs. Zaldana ▶ Background • Texas • Stanford University-B.A. and M.A. English • Notre Dame de Namur-Single Subject Teaching Credential ▶ Professional Experience • • • • Peninsula Covenant Church Ralston Summit Denali TKA Overview of English 8 ● Students connect literature to history and their lives → see common themes across centuries ● Focus on American literature aligned with their US history studies ○ Personal narrative ○ Dystopian novels (The Giver, The Maze Runner, and Legend) ○ Chains ○ The Crucible ○ Hamilton: An American Musical ○ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ○ Social justice project Focus for the year Reading ● Close reading & analysis of character development, theme, central idea, figurative language, and tone ○ ○ Small and large group discussions of the text Fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry Focus for the year Writing ● Revising and editing for conventions ● Detailed analysis supported by textual evidence ● Tone and style ○ ○ ○ In-class essays, timed written assignments, group projects Small group workshops targeting skills Teacher feedback Focus for the year Speaking & Presenting ● ● ● ● Group and individual Persuasive speech Slam poetry Sharing work with class Dystopian Novel Unit ● ● ● ● The Giver, The Maze Runner, and Legend Focus on theme How are these texts commentaries on society? How do these texts compare to God’s plan for creation? The Crucible by Arthur Miller ● ● ● ● Drama Salem Witch Trials Argumentative writing (put the characters on trial) Focus on integrity and forgiveness Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson ● ● ● ● Historical fiction Revolutionary War Compare/ contrast characters and their experiences Coupled with nonfiction texts Hamilton: An American Musical by LinManuel Miranda ● Inspired by the 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton (Chernow) ● Slam poetry ● Poetic elements and figurative language ● Write their own slam poetry ● How do poets use word choice and structure to convey their message? The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain ● ● ● ● American classic Focus on satire and social commentary Reconstruction Era Analytical writing Social Justice Project ● ● ● ● ● Research skills Persuasive speech & presentation Student passions and interests Actionable! God’s calling to serve others How can you help? ● Encourage reading for fun ● Check parent portal ○ Assignments-posted by Mon 3:00pm ● Ask about current projects ● Encourage students to meet with Mrs. Zaldana fo writing conferences Mrs. Sarah Zaldana Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You are dismissed for your next class!