Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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There are a number of ways to earn extra credit in our English class. Let's start with grammar.
It is surprising just how many grammar mistakes we pass by every day. Signs that are missing their apostrophes (or have apostrophes when they shouldn't). Newspaper articles with obvious misspellings. Advertisements littered with dangling modifiers and prepositions left to fend for themselves at the end of sentences. So why not point out these mistakes and get some extra credit in the process!
See a sign with a grammar mistake? Take a picture, email Ms. Ward with an explanation of the mistake, and she will post your pic here. We're looking for local examples here, not pictures that you pull off of a Google search or random websites. Keep it local.
Every day there will be a new word of the day posted on our board. Use it in a sentence, find it in song lyrics, find it in a book and you'll earn a point of extra credit. Write down the sentence where you found our used the words of the day and bring it for the next class period to earn a point of extra credit.
Finally, you can earn extra credit by using our unit vocabulary words outside of class. So head into World Cultures and use our vocabulary words when you talk with Mr. McCauley. If you do, write down the sentence you said, have your teacher sign it, and you earn a point of extra credit. Find your vocabulary words in books or lyrics, and it is extra credit!
This is our space to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and reflect on the themes of our 10th grade honors English course. Adding content and sharing has never been easier! We will build the knowledge on this site together by:
Overall, this site should help us reflect on the themes and goals of the 10th grade English course, celebrate our accomplishments, and streamline how we share and learn information.
We will be using ThingLink to created and share our research and writing about our SSR novels. So, head on over to ThingLink to create your account.
Would you like to see how this is done? Here's a video tutorial for creating your first ThingLink:
You will create a Works Cited in Google Docs to keep track of the following links which you will be adding to your ThingLink:
three well-written literary reviews of your selected book. These are not Amazon reviews. Find three scholarly reviews that incorporate more than mere opinion of the book and instead analyze the literary elements and merits of your SSR text. Here’s an example.
a well-researched source that connects to the setting/context of your book. Did you read a book about Civil War in Sierra Leone? Find a reputable source that explains the historical context of the war to link to your creation. Did you read The Great Gatsby? Find a scholarly source about the nouveau riche during America’s depression era.
a well-crafted introduction to the author. If the author of your SSR text has his or her own website, this would be perfect to link to your creation. If not, find a well-written introduction to the author and his/her background.
three well-produced audio/visuals to enhance our understanding of your SSR book. Consider looking for a high-quality image of a scene from the book which you can link and briefly explain in your creation. Find a podcast interview with the author to link. Locate a video of the author speaking about his/her book. Make sure you have a mix of media. All three should not be the same type of media.
Roll over the image below to see links to last semester's SSR ThingLink projects.
Throughout the month of April we will be reading, reflecting, and discussing the novel The Kite Runner. Set in Afghanistan, this powerful story focuses on the friendship of two young boys and how betrayal can be devastating and life-change for both boys. We'll be connecting our reading with our previous discussions of themes from our SSR novels and our most recent reading of The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Holocaust memoir Night. And we'll also be using literary criticism to aid in our interpretation of the pivotal events of this story. Below are resources to supplement your reading of this amazing novel.
Click on the images below to watch each presentation.
Donna Nordmark Aviles visits with 2nd block students on Monday, March 2nd.
Christopher McDougall, journalist and author of the best-selling author of Born to Run visited students on Thursday, February 26th.
Zachariah OHora, author and illustrator, visited with students on February 10, 2015.
Cameron Conaway, mixed martial arts fighter and poet, spoke with students on January 13, 2015
Dave Patten, singer/song writer, novelist, actor, and Haverford High alum, met with students on December 22, 2014.
Three young adult novelists speak with students on November 6, 2014.
Holocaust survivor Mr. Michael Herskovitz speaks with students about his experiences in three death camps on September 29, 2014.