A: The purpose of this course is to help you to become a more effective reader, writer and thinker. To this end, we will study literature from a variety of genres, time periods and places. We will look at literature while asking ourselves:
- Why do we tell stories?
- How can fiction reveal truth?
As we study and discuss the content of this course, you will also be honing your reading and writing skills. This course seeks to answer the following skills-based questions:
- What are the skills and habits that help a reader understand any text?
- How do themes emerge from patterns and details in a text?
- How does a writer develop a successful interpretive claim about a text?
- What constitutes strong evidence to support a claim?
A: Major works include Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Oedipus Rex, Romeo and Juliet, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and a variety of short stories, essays, myths and poems.
A: All LHS 9th graders are expected to complete four major pieces of writing each quarter. These pieces will not all be expository essays, but the focus of this class will be on analytical writing. We will start the year with shorter, paragraph-length pieces and slowly build to more complex essays. You will get the opportunity to do some creative writing as well.
A: Your work will be marked down by 1/3 of a letter grade for each day it is late (from a B to a B-, for example). If you anticipate a problem, you need to come see me as soon as possible to work out a solution. I am much more amenable to giving extensions when there is a thoughtful plan in place.
Q: How will iPad use differ my experience in middle school?
A: In middle school you were able to take your iPad home with you everyday, and customize the device to your preferences. However, in 9th grade you will be sharing the iPad with three other students. The iPads will remain in the classroom and you will not be able to take it home.
Q: Whoa, Nellie! How will we manage this?
A: You will learn how to manage your account. You will make sure you are in your own drive before you start working and quit all apps at the end of class everyday.
Q: Can I share my work with other people?
A: The biggest challenge of working in a digital environment is protecting the integrity of your work. You are responsible for managing the sharing settings of all of your work. I expect that you know who has access to your work. I suggest giving peer editors, parents, and tutors “Suggesting” privileges rather than “Editing.”
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