We have been practicing writing personal stories using memories about our scars, our homes, and our playlists to draw inspiration.
Here are some student blogs that model good narrative writing--look through them and see what story telling devices inspire you, and then try using some of those ideas in your own writing.
The Heroic Journey
Here is Ms. Macceca's lecture on the Heroic Journey.
Introduction to Greek Mythology--lecture
Introduction to the Odyssey--lecture
Epithet form. Click here to submit your personal epithets.
Our Communities/ Our Stories
Click here for the directions and due dates for your personal narratives.
Absolutely True Diary: Character Map
Click Here for the link to the handout.
"30 Days: Life on the Navajo reservation"
Click here for the link to the episode.
.Letter to parents regarding Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Dear students and parents,
In Freshmen English we are in the midst of a unit where we are considering issues of identity. We have read short stories, we are writing and reading daily as we gear up for our culminating activity where the students will write their own narrative piece. We are also reading the award winning novel by Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. From amazon.com:
“Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.”
I chose this book because I believe it speaks to the isolation that many ninth grade students experience as they begin high school. I believe it allows kids to feel empathy for a disabled student who is trying to fit into a world he does not understand. It speaks to poverty and loneliness, as well as opportunity and hope. However, this book does have some controversial elements in the text. It contains descriptions of alcoholism and bulimia, and deals with issues of race without any sugar coating. In class we will have respectful conversations and work on building empathy for others who are different.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss further the rationale for teaching this book. You can also check out the American Library Association’s website for more information about banned or challenged books. If you feel like this novel is inappropriate for your child, I will happily provide another book for them to explore.
I look forward to working with you this year.
Name Poem Directions
Feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come find me in room T14.
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