• ELA Quarter 3-

    Please check our Google Classroom for daily updates.

    We are moving on to our 3rd module!! Students will be exploring the life of Frederick Douglass and reading his narrative as our central text in order to better understand the focus question of author's purpose and what makes stories powerful.  Students will also be reading a collection of short stories and poems. 

    Guiding Questions for this module are:

    • What gives stories and poems their enduring power?
    • How did Douglass's purpose and audience shape how he told his story?
    • When you write a story, how do your purpose and audience shape how you tell that story?  How can you use language, images, and theme to give the story you write enduring power? 

    Google Classroom Codes:

    • 1st period ELA- dtk7hut
    • 4th period ELA- cotqjmj
    • 5th period ELA- pq7mzry


    All assignments and resources are for both remote learning and face-to-face can be found on our Google Classroom. 


    ELA Quarter 2

    Students will begin the year by reading the novel, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. All students will be assigned a book and will be responsible for keeping track of it and having it with them every day during ELA class.  In addition, students should have a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper inside, a divider, a pencil, and their agenda.  All supplies are expected to go home with students during Remote Learning days and return to school during Face-to-Face days. 


    Guiding Questions for our first module

    • How do individuals survive in challenging environments?
    • How do culture, time, and place influence the development of identity?
    • How does reading from different texts about the same topic build our understanding?
    • What are the ways that an author can juxtapose two characters?

    Students will explore the real-life experiences of people of Southern Sudan both during and after the Second Sudanese Civil War. They will build on their skills in citing evidence, drawing inferences, and analyzing and contrasting the points of view of the novel's two central characters.   

    Click on the following link to research more about the real-life work of one of the novel's characters, Salva. http://www.waterforsouthsudan.org/ 

    ELA Quarter 2

    In this module, students will begin exploring the concept of personal identity formation and transformation in both historical and modern day societies.  We will be reading a wide selection of first person narratives that focus on various social identifiers, as well as a selection of informational texts  in order to analyze how author’s develop a claim.  Students will then move on to read George Bernard Shaw’s play, Pygmalion, and further explore the idea of identity transformation by studying the play’s main character, Eliza Dolittle.  As an end of the unit assessment, students will be writing an argumentative essay on whether or not Eliza Dolittle’s character changes internally and externally, or if she remains the same, after Higgins’ experiment is finalized. 

    Guiding Questions for our second module:

    • How do individuals define themselves?
    • When people change their external appearance, do they necessarily change on the inside too?
    • How are ideas about gender communicated in today’s society?
    • How can I be a savvy consumer of media and create a strong sense of self despite media messages about my gender?