• Short Story Unit (September)

    by Various: Amy Tan, Jason Reynolds, Guy de Maupassant, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl and more Year Published: Various (Classic and Contemporary stories)

    Stories we read in this unit may include...



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  • Night (October-November)

    by Elie Wiesel Year Published: 1960

    Night is a 1960 book by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War

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  • Jojo Rabbit Film Study (November)

    by Taika Waititi Year Published: 2019

    This is a week-long film study of Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit

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  • WWII Lit Circle (December-January)

    by Various Year Published: Various

    In this unit, students will be reading on the following texts: 

    -Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

    -Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    -Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac

    -Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown 

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    Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (February)

    by Sherman Alexie Year Published: 2007

    The title tells it like it is. Sherman Alexie was born a Spokane Indian. He grew up where the book is set, on a reservation - the "rez" - in Wellpinit, Washington state. He was, like his central character, hydrocephalic at birth, "with too much grease inside my skull". And in his teens he attended Reardan High School, off the reservation, near the rich farm town, where all the other students were white. Many authors hum and ha when asked if their fiction is in any way autobiographical. This one makes no bones about it and yet skillfully manages to transform his actual experience into a novel. True fiction. Absolutely.


    All work in this unit will center around Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary. We will read related nonfiction pieces and poetry 

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    Of Mice and Men (April)

    by John Steinbeck Year Published: 1937

    They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

    Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. (From Amazon Listing) 

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  • Romeo and Juliet (May)

    by William Shakespeare Year Published: 1597

    We read through the entire script and see clips from the following film adaptations: 

    Zeffirelli 1968

    Lehrman 1996

    Carlei 2014

    Gnomeo and Juliet 

    Broadway production 2014

    Royal Shakeseare Company production 

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