Dear Parents,

Please review the list below as it is an outline of the 1st nine weeks.  I am planning to cover a lot of material but it will be fun and interesting!!  We will discuss racism, stereotypes, equality, and many other thought provoking topics.  I like to engage my students in classroom discussions!!  The essential question for the 1st nine weeks is "How do we learn about ourselves by reading and discussing the struggles and stories of others?"  This questions causes students to look at the world through a different lens.  I will encourage them to look through the eyes of others.  It is important that we understand the struggles of others, and the challenges they face in life.  My hope is to create a trusting learning community, where students feel free to share and debate their ideas and feelings.

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 1/2 inch Three Ring Binder
  • Pack of 5 Dividers
  • Two pocket folder for homework

1st 9 WEEKS AT-A-GLANCE

GRAMMAR:

  • Nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Adverbs
  • Coordinating Conjunctions
  • Simple Sentences
  • Complex Sentence
  • 4 Types of Sentences
  • Capitalization
  • Comma
  • Period

BOOK:

Bronx Masquerade 

POEMS:

'Let America Be America Again' by Langston Hughes

'A Dream Deferrred' by Langston Hughes

WRITING:

  • Journal
  • Cite Textual Evidence
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Narrative
  • Response to various types of literature
  • Poems

VOCABULARY:

Students will work out of the Sadler-Oxford vocabulary workbook.  We will cover a unit every two weeks.  The vocabulary is geared towards Pre-AP students and will be challenging and reguire lots of study. 

We will also cover vocabulary from the various reading listed above.

SHORT STORIES:

  • "Charles" by Shirley Jackson
  • "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes

36 WEEK JOURNAL:

Each week students will analyze a quote.  They will write about the quote and illustrate it.  At the end of the nine weeks students will receive a grade for their journal.  It is EXTREMELY important that students do not lose their journals.