In today's class, we went over the homework questions for "Tribal Scars" by Sembene Ousmane. Then, students completed a self-reflection on their own past writing experiences and current strengths and weaknesses as writers. Then, we began our unit on happiness. We watched this Ted Talk video as an introduction:
After watching the video, I handed out the first assignment for our happiness unit and gave some time to work in class. Page two of this worksheet explains your homework. The 3 paragraph-long source summaries are due in our next class.
Be happy this weekend!
Today in class, we went over the response to literature questions for the African folk tale, "Anansi's Fishing Expedition." Then, in small groups, we read 1 of 6 different African folk tales and completed summaries of each story and its message before sharing out all of the stories with the whole class.
Then, some classes did an additional activity based around cultural stereotypes and the importance of understanding a culture through its own lens instead of through a strictly outsider perspective. If your class did not do this activity, we will be doing it soon.
Lastly, I handed out a short story and some response to literature questions. The story starts on page 102 according to the page numbering of the PDF.
This class, we shared out our "Desire" personal narratives in groups. Then, we had a short lesson on African literature. Lastly, I handed out the homework and gave some time to work on it in class. This homework consisted of a story
...and some questions.
Have a nice weekend!
Due to the extreme heat, the 16th and 17th were minimum days. In our shortened class periods, we started by going over your answers to the questions for "The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses." Then, we had in-class writing time for your "Desire" personal narratives. If you did not finish your narrative in class, it is your homework. You will be turning in a final draft of your narrative, clearly handwritten or typed, at our next class meeting. I did not assign any additional homework.
Today in class, we went over your answers to the questions for the short story, "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart." Next, we read in class an excerpt of Isak Dinesen's memoir, Out of Africa, entitled, "The Iguana." Here is a link to the text:
After reading, "The Iguana," I introduced an in-class narrative writing assignment centered around the concept of desire, which is explored in "The Iguana." Here is a link to the the in-class writing assignment. This is not intended to be homework, and we will have more time to work on it in class at our next class meeting.
Lastly, I gave a homework packet with a short story and some questions. This will be due at our next class meeting.
Today in class, we discussed Saki's story "The Interlopers." At the end of the class, I handed out a packet with a short story, "You Are Now Entering the Human Heart," and some questions. Here is the story:
Here are the questions:
Please read the story and answer the questions, with at least two sentences for each answer, and bring them with you to our next class.
1. Please read through my introductory letter and class syllabus. Gather and bring all of the required materials on the first day of class.
2. Read the short story, “The Interlopers,” by Saki.
3. Complete the assignment for “The Interlopers.” If you are unsure about any of the questions, try to the best of your abilities, and we will discuss your responses and any questions you may have in class.
4. Write the 4 paragraph “Introductory Essay” in MLA format. MLA formatting info can be found in resources.
5. Select a book that you would like to read on your own over the course of the semester. You need parent permission for your selfselected reading choice. I have provided suggested reading lists on my website (located in resources), or you may pick something off the list if you run it by me first.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.