What does it mean to be an American? We’ll explore this question by reading works by a diverse group of Americans, each giving a different perspective on the “American” experience. Fall semester will focus on writers from the 1800s. Spring semester will focus on writers from the 1900s.
Vocabulary: Study a new root word each week. Brainstorm words using root, and write sentences with the root word.
Develop an understanding of open and closed questions.
Research historical context of each book we read.
Practice skills of annotation, outlining, compare & contrast
Create a collage of images from a Walt Whitmen poem. Add text describing literary elements and major theme of the poem.
Create a class map of the Mississipi River with the locations of events in each chapter of Huckleberry Finn
Create a TV Show about the events on the Mississippi River (“Mississippi River News”). A student host interviews other students who pretend to be characters from Huck Finn.
Study a Woody Guthrie song, and create an illustrated poster depicting summary and theme of song.
Study a song from the Vietnam War era and present it to the class.
Develop presentation and spoken English skills through various activities.