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It’s FRIDAY! Whew!!!

Standard: 

  • SL.9-10.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Learning Target: We will cover the expectations for the semester, take a learning styles inventory, and finish mandala presentations.

Daily Video: 

Welcome to FRIDAY!!! It’s the weekend, y’all! You officially made it through the first week! Today we have an easy sort of nuts-and-bolts day. The first thing we’re going to do is finish presenting any mandalas we might not have gotten to yesterday. When you finish presenting, come hang your mandala on the wall, and then pass the tape on to the next person 🙂 I LOVE displaying your mandalas on the wall all semester long, so I hope you guys are proud of what you’ve created!

Next thing to do is go over the class syllabus! This is the official document that explains my expectations of you throughout the semester, and which outlines what you can expect from me. Here’s the skinny:

World Literature Course Syllabus: Fall 2015

Welcome to 10th Grade World Literature! This is a thematic-based course that covers literature from across the globe. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the structural elements and critical evaluation of literature and will apply knowledge of literary terms to various works. Students will also show knowledge of strategies used to enhance understanding across subject areas, including content and contextual vocabulary. Additionally, students will show in-depth knowledge of grade-level research techniques and display a strong ability to interpret the message and effects of mass media. As well, students will show mastery of the writing process, including the usage and mechanics of Standard American English.

Units

We will complete five units over the course of the semester. Each unit will be based around a theme, rather than following a chronological curriculum. Students will be asked to complete a unit test for each unit. We will also complete several major writing assignments – an expository, a narrative, and an argumentative writing assignment at the minimum, with the possibility of other assignments added.

  • Unit 1: Animal Farm. Students will read Animal Farm by George Orwell and examine the Bolshevik Revolution and its aftermath. We will examine communism as it was in the Soviet Union and as it is in the world today.
  • Unit 2: Monsters are Out There! Students will read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and examine the idea of a monster and what makes a monster. We will likely watch a movie during this unit. I will send a permission form home if this movie is rated any higher than PG.
  • Unit 3: Julius Caesar. Students will read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and examine the play from many different angles and perspectives.
  • Unit 4: Dante’s Inferno. Students will study a famous journey through the depths of Hell and human decency. They will examine The Inferno by Dante Alighieri and read other famous morality tales like Faust and Morality Play.
  • Unit 5: The Hero’s Journey. Students will read The Epic of Gilgamesh and examine the hero quest motif and hero archetype. They will complete several creative “make your own hero quest” projects and may watch a movie if time permits.

Textbook and Instructional Materials

Textbook: Prentice Hall World Literature

We do not have enough textbooks for students to check out their own copies. Students will have access to the textbook while in class. Because of this, I highly encourage students to purchase their own copies of the following works:

If your student owns a Kindle or other e-reader, a tablet, or a smartphone, all of these texts can be sent to your student’s device free of charge. I can also email electronic copies for reading at home. Just ask!

Additionally, students must have these materials in order to fully participate in class:

  • A binder (or section thereof) OR folder OR notebook. It must have pockets for class handouts AND paper which can be torn out and handed in (no composition books!)
  • Pen and #2 pencils
  • Although not required, donations of tissues, hand sanitizer, or paper towels are very much appreciated!

Grading Scale and Weights

A = 100-90           B = 89-80             C = 79-74             D = 73-70             F = 69 and below.

A standards-based grade book is used. My grade book will list assignments by title and standard. A student’s grades can be accessed online through Synergy.

Weights:              Reading and Literature Assessment:          30%

Writing and Conventions:                             30%

Listening, Speaking, and Viewing:               10%

Language and Vocabulary:                           10%

Final Exam:                                                      20%

Daily grades in the class are taken out of 10 points, and graded on a ✔, ✔, or ✔+. A ✔ is worth full credit, 10 points. A ✔ is worth 7 points. A ✔+ is worth 12 points, and allows the student to accumulate extra credit throughout the semester. If a student does not turn in an assignment, they will receive a 0.

Larger assignments, such as tests and essays, will be graded out of 100 points, making them worth much more than daily grades. Students will receive a rubric in class for each major assignment.  Art projects will generally be worth 50 points and are graded on completion and creativity.

Cobb County’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy

In accordance with Cobb County’s BYOD policy, students are encouraged to bring their own wireless and/or portable electronic hand-held electronic equipment to school (including iPads/iPods, Kindles, Nooks, laptop computer, Android tablets, smartphones, and so on). If a student would like to participate in the BYOD program, they must return a signed letter stating they understand the policies and responsibilities that come with the privilege of bringing their device to school. A copy of this letter will be made available to students, and can always be requested from the teacher.

Email Updates

Updates are provided on a daily basis at www.osborne10thlit.com. I will periodically (every three weeks or so) email all parents who provide an email address with an update on the class. Providing an email address is optional but highly encouraged.

Conduct and Participation

  • Active participation is required to excel in this course.
  • Appropriate language should be used in class. Academic English should be used on all formal writing assignments, whether typed or hand-written.
  • Be on time to class and ready to start when the bell rings. We will start every class with a video. If students are not on time or are not quiet and ready to start, I will discontinue the daily videos.
  • No passes will be issued during the first or last 15 minutes of class.
  • Passes will be issued to one student at a time – no exceptions!
  • Bring everything you need – assignments, pencils, paper, etc. – to class with you every day.
  • Late work: Students are not penalized for turning in work late; however, all work is due on Friday, May 6th. After May 6th, late work will not be accepted.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. A 0 will be given for the assignment and an administrative discipline referral will be issued.
  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • All school policies in the OHS Handbook are in force at all times.
  • Finally, treat people as you would like to be treated. Be courteous and respectful.

A graduated discipline policy includes a verbal warning, time out of class, detention, parent contact, parent conference, and administrative referral.

Finally, we are going to take a little quiz called a learning styles inventory. Don’t freak out! There are no right or wrong answers on this quiz; the idea is to give me and Mr. Carlson an idea of how you learn best. For example, we might find that we have a class with a whole lot of kinesthetic learners, or people who learn by doing. If that’s the case, we will do a lot more hands-on, manipulative, or physical activities. Make sense? Great! Take your quiz, then come up and write your name on the board in the part of the venn diagram where you fall. This will give us a visual aid that shows how our class shakes out (if you didn’t guess, I’m a visual learner :))

Here’s the quiz, if you’re following along at home: Learning Styles Inventory

Assessment: Mandalas will be graded; syllabus can be returned for extra credit.

Differentiation: Learning styles inventory will allow for future differentiation throughout the semester.

Mandala Tuesday!

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will share their letters of introduction and begin working on their “sun and shadow” mandala.

Activator: Grammar School with Snooki

Welcome back to day 2, everyone! First things first, we’re going to share our letters. This is nothing formal, just go around the room and say your name and share something you wrote. Really, this is just to help me remember your names. When you’re done, turn your letter in. I’ll read it in full and write back to you 🙂

Today we are going to start working on our mandalas. I have made mandalas with my classes before, but this time we’re going to do something a bit different and work on what’s called a “Sun/Shadow” mandala. What the heck am I talking about, you ask? Great question!

SUN-SHADOW MANDALA PROJECT

Directions: Mandalas are one of the oldest art forms known to humanity. They are one of the oldest symbols in the world and one of the few universal ones. Translated from Sanskrit, mandala means circle – a symbol of completeness – the most perfect medium in which to present a picture of yourself. One type of mandala is called the sun-shadow mandala, and it represents, in part, the contrasts between one’s sun qualities – what is visible and projected – and the shadow qualities – what is interior and inward. I. The first step in making a mandala is writing two sets of answers to the questions below. One set represents the sun answers; the other set represents the shadow answers:

Sun-Images: How do you appear on the surface to the world? This is the part of you that is seen or projected to others.

1. What animal are you most like?

2. What plant are you most like?

3. What color are you most like?

4. What shape are you most like?

5. What number are you most like?

6. What mineral or gem are you most like?

7. What natural element are you most like?

Shadow-Images: The part of you that is not shown. The shadow images can be considered the direct opposites to the sun images.

1. What animal are you like internally?

2. What plant are you like internally?

3. What color are you like internally?

4. What shape are you like internally?

5. What number are you like internally?

6. What mineral or gem are you like internally?

7. What natural element are you like internally?

Remember:

Sun Image – what is visible and projected (what is seen)

Shadow Image – what is interior and inward (what is hidden; the opposite of the sun image)

 

Once the questions are complete, the next step is to write a sentence for each of your symbols. The most important part of your sentence is the “why” part. Through your sentences you will share why you feel a certain symbol represents you. In the end you will have a total of 14 sentences. Here are some examples:

Sun Sentence Frame:

I am like a/the (sun image), because like the (sun image), I __________________________________.

Ex: I am like poison oak, because like poison oak, I’m harmless until stepped on.

Shadow Sentence Frame:

I am like a/the (shadow image), because like the (shadow image), I ___________________________.

Ex: I am like a Venus flytrap, because like a Venus flytrap, I want to capture you and make you a part of me.

 

The next step is to write a single sentence containing all of your sun signs; and, a single sentence containing all of your shadow signs. This requires you to get creative. Consider it word play. You may add words necessary to complete your sentence. You will write both of these sentences around the outside perimeter of your mandala.

Sun Sentence: The playful kitten jumped up into the spider plant to stare up at the sky blue heavens with round, amethyst eyes before pouncing back to earth, scratching his claws in the dirt seven times.

Shadow Sentence: The fierce lion roared in agony as he stumbled into a diamond shaped thorn bush, his eyes black with rage and his breath as hot as fire, as his square jaw picked out thirteen painful needles.

 

Once you have your sun and shadow sentences written, I will give you a template to trace a circle and begin working on your mandala. You should incorporate all of your sun and shadow symbols into your mandala.

We will work on this all day in class, and we will have all day tomorrow for coloring your mandalas in. Enjoy, everyone!

One day down, a zillion to go… day 2!

Good morning, my lovely students! I hope you’re enjoying the semester so far, or if not, I hope it gets better for you!

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will continue writing their letters of introduction, and when finished, will start brainstorming for their circle map / mandala project.

Activator: Daily video! Grammar School with Snooki

Welcome to day two, kiddos! Some of you I met yesterday (hopefully most of you!) and some of you are meeting me for the first time. Either way, welcome! I think the semester is off to a good start already :)

Anyway, today in class we’re going to continue working on our letters of introduction from yesterday, and start a new project. We’ll share the letters tomorrow, so if you guys weren’t in this class yesterday (or weren’t in a lit class at all yesterday) you’ll still have plenty of time to get everything finished up and ready. I really care about what you guys have to say, and I do want to use the information (especially about your reading and writing preferences, strengths, and weaknesses) to tailor this semester to what you guys like.

Right, so that second project! This is another all-about-me project, and I think it’s pretty fun. Remember when I said yesterday I love creative things? Well, today we’re being creative. Right now it’s just brainstorming, and you guys will learn this quickly about me, but I really like the thinking maps. So when we do brainstorming, note-taking, review… all that jazz, we’ll likely use a thinking map to do so. Today’s thinking map? A CIRCLE MAP!!! They look like this:

However, I’d like you guys to make a circle map about yourself. So, draw a little circle, write your name, then draw a BIG circle around it, and start filling it with everything you know about yourself. Draw pictures, write words or phrases, whatever. This brainstorming will become the basis for your Mandala, which we’ll begin coloring tomorrow. Bon appetit!

Welcome to Day 2!

Good morning, my lovely students! I hope you’re enjoying the semester so far, or if not, I hope it gets better for you!

Standard: W.9-10.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: Students will continue writing their letters of introduction, and when finished, will start brainstorming for their circle map / mandala project.

Activator: Daily video! Grammar School with Snooki

Welcome to day two, kiddos! Some of you I met yesterday (hopefully most of you!) and some of you are meeting me for the first time. Either way, welcome! I think the semester is off to a good start already :)

Anyway, today in class we’re going to continue working on our letters of introduction from yesterday, and start a new project. We’ll share the letters tomorrow, so if you guys weren’t in this class yesterday (or weren’t in a lit class at all yesterday) you’ll still have plenty of time to get everything finished up and ready. I really care about what you guys have to say, and I do want to use the information (especially about your reading and writing preferences, strengths, and weaknesses) to tailor this semester to what you guys like.

Right, so that second project! This is another all-about-me project, and I think it’s pretty fun. Remember when I said yesterday I love creative things? Well, today we’re being creative. Right now it’s just brainstorming, and you guys will learn this quickly about me, but I really like the thinking maps. So when we do brainstorming, note-taking, review… all that jazz, we’ll likely use a thinking map to do so. Today’s thinking map? A CIRCLE MAP!!! They look like this:

However, I’d like you guys to make a circle map about yourself. So, draw a little circle, write your name, then draw a BIG circle around it, and start filling it with everything you know about yourself. Draw pictures, write words or phrases, whatever. This brainstorming will become the basis for your Mandala, which we’ll begin coloring tomorrow. Bon appetit!

One day down, 179 to go! Welcome to day 2!

I hope everyone had a good first and second day of school! I know I’ve had a lot of fun so far.

Today in class we continued working on our letter of introduction from yesterday, which we shared. Here’s my introductory letter to the class:

MyIntroLetter

We also started brainstorming for our first project, the Mandala. The finished project will be on a circle, displayed on the walls of our classroom. Here are the instructions for the project. Today, we just started brainstorming, and we will work more on the mandalas tomorrow in class.

Creating Mandalas

Don’t forget our class video! Today we watched John Green’s Grammar 101 with Snooki.

Grammar School with Snooki

Enjoy! I can’t wait to see you all in class tomorrow!