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10th GRADE WORLD LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Ms. Aneisha Davis
10th Grade World Literature and Composition
Tutorial days: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45PM & by appointment
Text alerts: text @msdaviss10 to the number 81010
Course Description and Objectives
The goals of this course are to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
Georgia Standards of Excellence
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
The Common Core Standards for high school students emphasize writing in all subject areas. Students will learn the writing process as well as how to research using APA/MLA citations. Required writing products will include expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative text. Published writing samples will be collected for portfolios.
Unit #1 - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Purchase by 8/15/16)
Unit #2 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Unit #3 – Julius Caesar or Hamlet by William Shakespeare (TBA)
Unit #4 – Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Students must purchase their own copies of these books, so they may annotate the text.
RECOMMENDED: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Unit 1 (9 weeks): The Center Can’t Hold
This unit stresses theme development, literary elements in a fictional text, and author’s purpose; in addition, this unit emphasizes a focus on argumentative writing, close reading, analyzing text through text-dependent questions, and citing evidence to promote critical thinking.
Unit 2 (9 weeks): Lost
Unit #2 places an emphasis on how story elements (individuals, events, and ideas) develop and interact over the course of a text and how representations of a text are portrayed through multiple artistic mediums. Throughout the unit lessons will connect students to the concepts of survival, man versus nature, and relationships that make us human.
Unit 3 (9 weeks): The Politics of Responsibility
This unit is thematically organized by “the politics of responsibility,” a common thread throughout many works of world literature. Students will come to understand how persuasive claims are developed and how rhetoric is used to persuade others in both literature and contemporary issues.
Unit 4 (9 weeks): Moral Courage and Strength
We will explore how story elements (individuals, events, and ideas) develop and interact over the course of an informational text. Additionally, students will study author’s purpose and theme.
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Violations
Students found guilty of academic integrity violations will receive a discipline referral and parents will notified.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Information
This course is part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at North Atlanta High School which aims to help IBMYP learners to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The learning experiences will allow students to gain analytical skills to promote informed decision-making, engage in teamwork and collaboration, frame their own inquiries, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and have persistence to achieve them. Students will work towards a deepening of their conceptual understanding as they approach concepts from a range of perspectives. As concepts are studied throughout the year, the following global contexts will be in constant consideration: identities and relationships, orientation in time and space, fairness and development, globalization and sustainability, scientific and technical innovation, and personal and cultural expression. IBMYP Assessments aim to support and courage student learning by providing feedback and promoting deep understanding of subject content by supporting students in their inquiry in real-world contexts. Specific assessment criteria with subject objectives will be provided. A year-long IBMYP personal project accompanied by a journal is to be produced at the end of the 10th grade year. The personal project enables students to engage in practical exploration through a cycle of inquiry, action, and reflection. Timelines and descriptions of tasks will be provided.
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