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The focus of this course is to develop reading, writing, and language and critical thinking skills through two units of study:
Unit 1-“Landscape: The Spirit of Place”: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, poetry, Transcendentalist literary movement through the works of Emerson, Thoreau, Heaney, and Robert Frost poetry, and argumentative and literary analysis writing.
Unit 2-“Individualism: The Journey Within”: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, related multimedia texts, narrative essay and/or poetry.
Unit 1- Travel: Taking the Road
We will be reading the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and writing a research CERS synthesis essay during this unit. Students will be conducting research and looking at informational articles in connection to themes of the novel.
Unit 2- Living the Literate Life and Independent Reading
During this unit we will be looking at the idea of persuasion in advertising, what makes a story newsworthy, and analyzing informational texts and news sources. Students will complete a literacy journal and a literacy final project. Additionally, students will read an independent novel and complete a project on their novel. We may be reading Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
This debate course will focus on the development of oral critical thinking, listening, reading, and writing skills within the context of learning persuasive communication strategies. We will study fundamental debate theory and technique, demonstrating this knowledge through a variety of learning activities: researching selected topics, constructing written arguments, participating in class debates, and evaluating written and oral debate presentations.
Most of our class time will be spent working on the 2019-2020 Talon, but first you will need to learn these fundamental skills:
- Developing a theme
- Investigative research
- Finding the right source and interviewing
- Writing true, accurate, and entertaining copy for captions and headlines
- Taking well-composed photographs
- Using the online desktop publishing program