Welcome to Language Arts 10 CP! In this ocurse, we will focus on literature from around the world to help us define our society and how we fit into it.
The course is as follows:
In unit 1, we will trace the Hero's Quest throughout history; centering on mythology and fairytales before moving to contemporary superheroes. As a class, we will note how the stories of the Ancinet Greeks and Egyptians are echoed in the comic-book heroes that we know and love today.
- Why do we tell stories?
- What can be gained from reading different world myths and folktales?
In unit 2, we will read Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo anad Juliet. We will focus on why Shakespeare is still relevant and important to 21st century readers and how his works stand the test of time.
- How are Shakespeare's views on love, loyalty, and fate still relelvant today?
- Why should we read literature that is 400 years old and how can modern readers relate to the lessons they have within them?
- How can a Shakespearean tragedy mirror our own lives and our values?
A themed book club will accompany this unit.
In unit 3, we will read Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone, and we will discuss questions of how we fit in with the rest of the world. In reading the memoir, students will seek to answer the questions of:
- Why should we be concerned with global events?
- How does reading fiction and/or nonfiction help us understand ourselves and the world around us?
- What do we truly know about the world outside of ours?
- What can one learn from the stories of others? How do these stories affect our lives?
- How can experiences across all walks of life and cultures connect people together?
This text will be accompanied with independent reading centered around "coming of age" stories.
Mission Statement: Our mission in the class is to learn to think critically about our own perceptions and the world around us. Through reading and analyzing, and writing and reviewing, we will be able to meet the following standards:
NJSLSA.R1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences and relevant connections from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
NJSLSA.R2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
NJSLSA.R3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.