Course Overview

WORD POWER AND HEROES

Mr. Michael F. Dwyer

 WORD POWER COMPONENTS:    

                                                Word histories

                                                Word changes over time

                                                Dictionary skills: word usage and classification, pronunciation, spelling. 

                                                Vocabulary building:      High frequency words

                                                                                                Roots, prefixes, and suffixes

                                                                                                Context clues

                                                                                                Synonyms and Antonyms

                                                                                                SAT preparation

                                                Word culture:                  Allusions from World Religions

                                                                                              Classical allusions

                                                                                              Expressions

                                                                                              Foreign words and phrases

                                                                                              Quotable quotes                                                                                            

HEROES                                                                             Defining heroes

                                                                                                Analyzing myths

                                                                                                Comparing myths

                                                                                                Retelling myths

                                                                                                Creating myths

 

DAILY REQUIREMENTS:                                  Text: Building an Enriched Vocabulary

                                                                                                Organized folders in work stations

                                                                                                Notebook

                                                                                                Completed homework assignments

                                               

STUDENT OUTCOMES:                                                Learn basic word list and complete activities

                                                                                                from Building an Enriched Vocabulary

                                                                                                Create/play word games

                                                                                                Do crossword puzzles

                                                                                                Adopt three words, terms, or phrases

                                                                                                from each of the Word Culture categories

                                                                                                Distinguish various types of American usage

                                                                                                Recognize impact of geography and history

                                                                                                on language

STUDENT OUTCOMES:          Learn SAT strategies

                                                           Understand relationship between language and literature

                                                           Compare and contrast themes in world mythology

                                                           Write an original myth (Culminating activity)

GRADING:                                     Class activities and participation      (15%)    

                                                            Homework       (25%)

                                                            Quizzes             (35%)                                                                                             

                                                            Unit tests/major projects                    (25%)

 

CLASS NORMS

 Please be respectful of others, courteous, and on time to class.

 Please come to class prepared each day with your notebook, pen, and book.

 Please help keep the room clean and neat.

 Please remember it is your responsibility to make up all work during an absence.

 Thank you!

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