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English I

Margaret Harden
2017-2018 School Year
English/Language Arts
This English class will focus on reading analytically, thinking critically and communicating effectively.


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Each student will choose from three books and will read the novel he/she chooses at home and at school.  There will be assignments, essays and projects to be completed for each novel. The novels are available in pdf format online and on YouTube in audio form. You and your student can work from any format available.  
Speak by Laurie Halsey Anderson - After accidentally busting an end-of-summer party due to an unnamed incident, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police.  Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether,  expressing her voice through the art she produces for Mr. Freeman's class.  This expression slowly helps Melinda acknowledge what happened, face her problems, and recreate her identity.
Unbroken (YA version) by Laura Hillenbrand - In this captivating and lavishly illustrated young adult edition of her award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller, Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of a former Olympian's courage, cunning, and fortitude following his plane crash in enemy territory. This adaptation of Unbroken introduces a new generation to one of history's most thrilling survival epics. 
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - This novel is a series of short stories that deal with Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl, and her life growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is determined to "say goodbye" to her impoverished Latino neighborhood by turning to a life on the streets. The novel has been critically acclaimed, and has also become a New York Times Bestseller. 


Write a paragraph using the PEER method.  Choose two concepts from the ANALYSIS TARGET side of the READER RESPONSE JOURNAL as the topics for your paragraphs.