Welcome to Thursday!


  • SL.9-10.5. Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Learning Target: Students will complete their mandala project in a creative and artistic way, as well as compose a paragraph explaining or justifying the symbols they have used to represent themselves.

Daily Video: 

Welcome to day 3! Today we are continuing with the mandalas we began yesterday. You should have composed your sun sentence and shadow sentence yesterday – remember, these sentences will go around the edges of your circle, forming a frame for your mandala. After your sentences are written in (I suggest using pencil) you can start to fill your mandala with symbols that represent yourself.

We’re going to spend the entire class working on these, and you guys are welcome to use any of the art supplies I have (markers, crayons, colored pencils…) so get to it!

When you finish, I want you to flip your mandala over to the back, write your name on it, and write a short paragraph (5-7 sentences) that explains your mandala. You will be sharing this with the class 🙂

Here’s some inspirational examples 🙂





(Source: http://www.rodrigonarciso.com.br/blog/human-nature-mandala-my-final-icm-project-sketch/)

As we finish up the mandalas, I want to revisit the summer reading information and go over the class syllabus 🙂

World Literature Course Syllabus: Fall 2016

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.


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, December 9th. After that date, 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.

Assessment: Mandalas will be graded

Differentiation: Content: Student choice in their own symbols; Product: students may choose different media or approaches to the mandala assignment.


  1. Tammy Kennedy says:

    I like what you are doing in your class. May I borrow? I will give you credit.

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