9th Grade English SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE THROUGH A HUMANITIES APPROACH Daily Goals for Each Student To learn something about yourself To learn something about the way the world works To learn something about how language works Essential Questions Why is it important that we study art forms such as philosophy, literature, art, and music in concert? How can studying the humanities help us to find our common humanity? How does a study of past art forms help us to understand our modern world? Why is the “personal journey” a recurrent feature of myth, and how do elements of myth manifest themselves in contemporary literature? How does this speak to a sense of common humanity or the common human experience? What is the relationship between our stories and our identities? Units of Study Mini-unit on Intro to the Humanities Hero’s Quest (The Common Human Experience): Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi The Odyssey by Homer Night by Elie Weisel The Impact of Culture (The Significance of Situated Knowledge): Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston Krik? Krak! By Edwidge Danticat Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Approach to Writing National Writing Project Writing is a not only a means to express ideas, but a way to GET ideas. (Writing is thinking!) Good writing skills are not simply “natural” – they are learned. All students can become more skillful writers if they are taught the processes and techniques of quality writing. Writing Improvement Logs (students should earn credit for improvement/progress) Approaches to Writing Developing writers should regularly be exposed to quality texts. Developing writers should have diverse and frequent writing experiences. Narratives Literary analysis essays Poetry Articles/news writing Multi-media projects Grading Each marking period: 21% of total grade Writing 35% Tests 30% Quizzes 20% Homework 15% Authentic Assessment: 8% of total grade Final Exam: 8% of total grade Equality vs. Equity Homework Practice for assessments/reinforcement of concepts Agendas and Handouts on First Class No “daily” homework late (4 points or fewer) Authentic Assessment “This I Believe” Essay Based on “word of intention” A culmination of a year’s worth of analysis/exploration of this personally meaningful word/idea Examples: uncertainty, risk, companionship, commitment, travel, education, beauty, acceptance, protest, etc.