Students will read novels that tackle tough topics being discussed around the world and at the dinner table. Topics like Bullying, racism, diversity, and equality. Students will be taught to think analytically, discuss with respect using logic and evidence, and apply what they learn to their own lives and future dreams.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
While reading the novel:
Compare and contrast various characters
Studying the effects of bullying in schools and what schools are doing to stop them by reading articles and conducting research.
"Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon
Analyze the poem to learn more about how George Ella Lyon grew up.
Write your own poem
Understanding Point of View, Mood & Theme, and Conflict
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Introduce to students the concept of a Dystopia and Utopia.
Students will learn how to recognize a dystopia in literature, the rules of its society, and how to survive.
Students will study the Dystopian world of The Hunger Games and the rules created by that society for survival.
Students will watchThe Truman Show. This was a society that was supposed to be a Utopia, but failed. They will analyze the rules of that society and analyze what went wrong.
Then students will create their own False Utopia with a set rules for their society. We'll then look at it with a critical eye to see if it would succeed or fail.
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Students will study advertising techniques, such as bandwagon, celebrities, slogans, and testimonials.
Students will then learn how companies use stealth advertising, stereotypes, and targeted social media on specific audiences.
Finally students will be given a product and two different audiences. They must craft an advertising campaign for this product targeting the specific audiences using multiple techniques and multiple platforms.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
March by John Lewis
Students will read the autobiographies of Malala and Senator John Lewis to learn what life was like for them growing up in an oppressed system.
Malala fought for girls to receive the same education as boys in a country run by the Taliban.
John Lewis fought for Civil Rights alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s.
Students will learn about ethos, pathos, and logos and how these strategies are used in persuasive writing, while analyzing the speeches made by Malala and John Lewis. Then students will practice many forms of their own persuasive writing.
Holy mackerel - he LOVED the story today. I don't know if he told you, but he wanted so badly to imagine how the main character got to be so mean and wanted to know what happens to her after the story ends. Two thumbs up!!