Today's class began with a quickwrite:
Respond to each of the quotes below. Write at least 3 sentences per quote. Then, conclude by stating what you feel is better life advice: live dangerously or find a safe place. Why?
“The secret of the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously!”
-Friedrich Nietzsche, The Joyful Wisdom
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
-Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
We then discussed student responses to the quickwrite. Next, we went over the questions for the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game."
After that, we revisited a story from a few classes ago, "The Open Window." Several students told me they had trouble understanding what exactly had happened in the story, so we watched a film version and discussed it.
After discussing the film version of the story, I handed out the homework. It is attached below and due next class.
We began today's class with a quickwrite. Here is the prompt:
Think of a time when you had significant pressure on you to prove yourself. What was the situation? What happened, and how did things turn out?
We discussed student responses to this prompt. Then, students got into their project groups and presented their movie pitch assignment to the class.
Next, we watched a short film version of the story, "The Interlopers."
Then, we went over the literary response questions to the story.
Lastly, I handed out your homework. It is attached below.
Have a great weekend :)
Today's class consisted of group-work time to finish up the creative movie pitch assignment. We will be presenting these assignments at the beginning of next class.
At the end of class, I handed out the homework due next class. It is attached below.
In today's class, I gave a brief intro to our first unit, "Matters of Life and Death." We then worked on an in-class creative writing assignment centered around the theme of life and death situations (link below). This assignment is in-class work, not homework. We will have more time to work during our first class meeting next week.
At the end of the period, I handed out a homework assignment consisting of a story, "The Open Window," and some questions to be completed and turned in at our next class.
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 9! 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.