• What will we study this year?

    Below is a brief overview of this year's units of study. Below each unit is a preview of some of the novels, short stories, informational texts, films, and poems we will use to dig in to each of the thematic units for the year.

     

    UNIT ONE: The Choices We Make

    • Novel: The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
    • Poetry: "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost
    • Poetry: "Choices," by Nikki Giovanni
    • Personal Narrative: "The Scholarship Jacket," by Marta Salinas
    • Memoir: excerpt from Bad Boy, by Walter Dean Myers
    • Personal Narrative: "Why Couldn't I Have Been Named Ashley?," by Imma Achilike
    • Myth: "Phaethon," by Bernard Evslin
    • Myth: "Arachne," by Olivia E. Coolidge
    • Fable: "The Burro and the Fox," by Angel Vigil
    • Informational Text: from In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World, by Virginia Hamilton
    • Creation Myth: "Huveane and Clay People," from Voices of the Ancestors: African Myth, by Tony Allan, Fergus Flemming, and Charles Phillips
    • Creation Myth: "Mbombo," from Voices of the Ancestors: African Myth, by Tony Allan, Fergus Flemming, and Charles Phillips
    • Creation Story: "The Creation of Earth, Sky, Animals, and Man," by Edward Morris Opler

    UNIT TWO: What Influecnces My Choices?

    • Informational Text: "How Kids Can Resist Advertising and Be Smart Consumers," by Caroline Knorr
    • Informational Text: "Mobile Kids," from Nielsen
    • Informational Text: "Statement of Commissioner Michael J. Copps," from teh Federal Communications Commission
    • Online Film: The Myth of Choice: How Junk-Food Marketers Target Our Kids
    • News Article: "marketing to Kids Gets More Savvy with New Technologies
    • Essay: "American the Not-So Beautiful," by Andrew A. Rooney
    • News Article: "Another Study Highlights the Insanity of Selling Junk Good in School Vending Machines," by Karen Kaplan
    • Speech: "Ain't I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth
    • Speech: "Nobel Lecture," by Malala Yousafzai
    • Essay: "Should We Live Life, Or Capture It?" by Marcelo Gleiser
    • Essay: "The Joy of Instagram," by Megan Garber
    • Student Essay: "Screen Time?"

    UNIT THREE: Choices and Consequences

    • Novel: Tangerine, by Edward Bloor
    • Poetry: "To an Athlete Dying Young," by A.E. Housman
    • Film: Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood
    • Biography: The Nobel Peace Prize 1993, Biography of Nelson Mandela
    • AutoBiography: excerpt from Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela
    • Informational Text: Landmarks of Nelson Mandela's Life
    • Poetry: "Invictus," by William Ernest Henley
    • Nonfiction: excerpts from Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, by John Carlin
    • Speech: excerpt from Nelson Mandela's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
    • *Speeches by Great Leaders

    UNIT FOUR: How We Choose to Act

    • Poetry: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost
    • Poetry: "maggie and milly and molly and may," by E.E. Cummings
    • Poetry: "Mother to Son," by Langston Hughes
    • Poetry: "Haiku" by Jose Juan Tablada
    • Poetry: "Homesteaders," by Rosemary Catacalos
    • Monologue: "The Paper Avalanche," by Mary Hall Surface
    • Monologue: "Dreams," by Mary Hall Surface
    • Monologue: "Study Tips," by Mary Hall Surface
    • Monolgue: "The Children's Crusade," by Jenny Lyn Bader
    • Poetry: "The Raven," by Edgar Allan Poe
    • Poetry: "Little Red Riding hood and the Wolf," by Ronald Dahl
    • Informational Text: "The Highwayment of Hounslow Heath"
    • Poetry: "The Highwayman," by Alfred Noyes
    • Poetry: "We Wear the Mask," by paul Laurence Dunbar
    • Drama: excerpts from Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare