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Gifted English 9 Unit 1

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Unit 1: Travels and Journeys

 

Essential Questions:

  • What inspires individuals to embark on journeys?
  • What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?
  • How can a physical journey produce psychological change?
  • What archetypes are central to journeys as portrayed in literature?

Literary Texts:

  • The Odyssey 
  • The Inferno
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • memoir of student choice: The Basketball Diaries; Eat, Pray, Love; Girl, Interrupted; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; Into Thin Air; A Long Way Gone; Rocket Boys; Run with the Horsemen; Running with Scissors; Three Cups of Tea; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 

Week of 2 August

  • student information 
  • introduction to voice through art (PPT)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Lesson 1
  • alliterative adjective introduction & summer reading activity (instructions, personality trait adjectives 
  • 8/5/10 summer reading assignment DUE (instructions)
  • discussion of course policies (PPT

Week of 9 August

Week of 16 August

  • 8/17/10 QUIZ: modes of discourse 
  • 8/17/10 summer reading novels Socratic seminar (essential question)
  • 8/19/10 TEST: summer reading timed-writing prompt 
  • 8/19/10 Vocabulary Lessons 1 & 2 review: cartoon creation DUE (instructions)  
  • memoir independent reading selection in media center  

Week of 23 August

Week of 30 August

Week of 6 September

Week of 13 September

Week of 20 September

Week of 27 September 

  • 9/27/10 memoir independent reading assignment 3 DUE (instructionsmemoir PPT, double-entry journal) 
  • 9/27/10 Vocabulary Workshop Lessons 5 & 6 review activity Part 1 DUE (instructions
  • independent work on Their Eyes Were Watching God portfolio (portfolio project instructions)
  • reading and analysis of The Odyssey: "The Meeting of Father and Son," "The Beggar and the Faithful Dog," and "The Test of the Great Bow" (Odyssey sections, timeline assignment
  • The Odyssey Books 17 & 21 multiple-choice analysis  
  • 9/29/10 Vocabulary Workshop Lessons 5 & 6 review activity Part 2 DUE (instructions)
  • reading and analysis of The Odyssey: "Death at the Palace" and "Odysseus and Penelope" (Odyssey sections, timeline assignment)
  • viewing of The Odyssey film and analysis of epic traits depicted (Epic PPT
  • 10/01/10 QUIZ: Vocabulary Workshop Lessons 5 & 6
  • discussion of fall break BONUS assignment (instructions)    

Week of 11 October 

  • independent work on Their Eyes Were Watching God portfolio project (instructions)
  • The Odyssey Books 21 & 23 multiple-choice analysis  
  • 10/14/10 fall break BONUS assignment DUE (instructions)  
  • viewing of The Odyssey film and analysis of epic traits depicted (Epic PPT)
  • reading and analysis of The Odyssey: "The Meeting of Father and Son," "The Beggar and the Faithful Dog," and "The Test of the Great Bow" (Odyssey sections, timeline assignment)   

 Week of 18 October 

  • 10/18/10 Their Eyes Were Watching God portfolio project DUE (instructions)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Lesson 7
  • reading and analysis of The Odyssey: "The Meeting of Father and Son," "The Beggar and the Faithful Dog," and "The Test of the Great Bow" (Odyssey sections, timeline assignment) 
  • 10/20/10 The Odyssey Part 2 timeline DUE (Odyssey sections, timeline assignment
  • 10/22/10 RCPS English 9 benchmark assessment 

Week of 25 October

  • 10/26/10 RCPS mock writing test (GHSGWT prompt)
  • introduction of The Odyssey travel brochure project (assignment & rubric)
  • media center work on The Odyssey travel brochure project (assignment & rubric)

Week of 1 November

Week of 8 November


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