Today's class began with a quickwrite:
-What role does tradition hold in your life? Explain.
-What effects (positive/negative) does it have on your experience?
-Are you more grateful for or tired of the traditions that are a part of your life?
After writing, we discussed student responses to the quickwrite questions.
Then, we did an activity on the issue of identity. I have attached the activity below. If you were not in class, please complete the activity at home.
Next, we turned in the response to literature assignment for "The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses."
Lastly, I handed out the homework. It is also attached below.
We began today's class by going over the literary response questions for Anansi's folktale.
Next, we watched a video by a professor of African literature on the craft of storytelling:
Afterwards, students wrote about these related questions:
-What kind of stories are a part of your life? What do these stories bring to your life?
-Do you think stories should do more than just entertain? What else should they do in today’s society?
We discussed student responses to these questions. Then we watched a video of a storytelling telling a traditional African story:
Then, students responded to these questions:
-Does this story remind you of any others you have heard or read?
-What is the lesson that Sokufo Seriba learns?
-In Baba’s tale, the ruler says, “When you have experienced life’s pain, then you truly know how to sing.” What do you think he means? Do you agree?
We discussed student responses, and I handed out the homework. It is attached below.
Have a great weekend :)
Today's class centered around African folktales from the African oral tradition of storytelling. We began with a quickwrite:
-What are the different purposes of storytelling? List as many as you can think of.
Then, in groups, students read different folktales, wrote a summary of the folktale they read, and explained the purpose or message of the tale. We shared these out as a class.
Then, I assigned the homework. It is attached below.
In today's class, we began our African literature unit. In class, we read an excerpt from Isak Dinesen's memoir, Out of Africa, entitled, "The Iguana." Here is a link to the text:
After reading, "The Iguana," I introduced a personal narrative writing assignment centered around the concept of desire, which is explored in "The Iguana." The final draft is due at our next class meeting.
The short story that we have been studying over our last few classes, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," involves a man being hanged for a war crime. This story naturally leads into a discussion of the death penalty in our society.
We began class with students getting into groups based on their opinion on the death penalty (for, against, somewhere in between, etc). Then, groups worked to discuss and compile a list of the most convincing arguments for their group's position. Each group then had a chance to share their strongest arguments with the class.
I was very impressed with the level of maturity and respect shown in these discussions. We will be doing more current topic discussions like this in the future, and I will be expecting the same level of maturity in future discussions.
Your homework is to read the attached article on the events of 9/11 and complete the comprehension questions.
In today's class, we looked at the historical context of Ambrose Bierce's short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." I have attached the in-class work below. Your only homework is to complete the writing piece on the death penalty that was assigned last class.
Today in class, we discussed some of the homework questions for the short story, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." Then, we watched the film version of the story and compared and contrasted the film and the story.
One issue "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" gets us thinking about is the death penalty. Your homework, due in one week, is to look into this issue, determine where you stand, and explain why.
Instructions for the class work and homework are included in the attached document.
Hi Students and Families,
The inspection of our new site has been moved to 9/9, so we will not have classrooms available this coming week. Thus, we will not be having onsite classes on 9/8 or 9/10. I have attached a packet of at-home work for the week. It includes instructions. This packet does require internet access, so please plan accordingly. I'm looking forward to seeing you all in class on the 15th!
Hello and welcome to English 10! Below, you will find links to two documents. The first document includes our class syllabus and our first week's assignments. The second document is a short story. Instructions are included in the first week's assignments.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking forward to seeing you all in class!
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.