11 / 12 English
What summative assignments will be expected this semester?
- Global Health Paper [washington state contest]
- Read 2-4 Novels/ Novelas/ Short stories all by Native American authors
Indigenous Author Readings
Learning Intention: For most of us, we are reading multiple Indigenous authors back to back for the first time in our life. How does how we read and where we come from impact how we understand story? During the next six weeks, you are practicing, and showing your ability to read deeply. To grow your thinking in ways you did not know you could.
This looks like understanding story, as well as inciting questions and connections. This does not look like—stating the obvious. Deep thought requires that you think critically and analytically about the piece being studied.
• During the course of reading, rereading and discussing your book you will be examining your understanding using a variety of processes, some you may be familiar with, and some not as much. Alternate between the different processes; never doing the same one back to back. Please see the list below for some suggested activities. However, remember you may always ask to try some of your own.
• You will complete a different assignment for the five passages you marked while reading.
• Always remember that though you have the freedom to choose what you do and how you do it, higher marks will be earned by those who take risks, and put pride and effort into their work.
Book 1: Due You may use the thoughts, problems, questions, and observations you make from any of the chapters and parts in between, however you need only produce one assignment for each of the five passages that you chose as long as they cover the entirety of the book to demonstrate your deep learning. Even though your passage may be a few lines, include the entire page or the context around it to complete the assignments.
Book 2 (and 3 for some): You will repeat this cycle but be asked to do more assignments for your second book.
1. Six Word Stories
Make sure the six word story shows the central themes and ideas through the lens of your own perspective.
A six word story must have all the elements of story within six words. This means plot, character, conflict, theme, and setting. It must convey a tone, and illicit the intended feeling; short order for six whole words. Legend has it that master writer Ernest Hemingway was challenged by his friends to write a story using no more than six words, and he took the bet and penned a compelling story that he claimed up to the day he died was his best work.
Go through this story and you will find it meets all the criteria of a short story. You need to be careful; the danger with making a six word story is that they can easily turn into statements rather than stories. This is why you must make sure it encapsulates all the elements of short story writing within the six words.
2. Author's Tribal affiliation(s) and context reflection
Research your author and their Indigenous histories. Write a one paragraph summary of what you learned and a paragraph reflection on how this research taught you, helped you connect some dots, made more clear something in a chosen passage.
3. Story Telling technique
How has the author’s way of narration, way of sharing story impacted your understanding of what is going on in the book? How is it the same as you have read before and or how is it different? What would you ask the author about their writing style if you had the opportunity?
One paragraph is the minimum, and two is the max.
3. Literary Devices
It is not enough to say what literary devices were used. You must also explain how they impacted the story. Adding to its overall tone, mood etc. Details are important. So take the section of writing and look at how the author used the literary device to move the story on, or make you care about the character, or to connect ideas. There are countless reasons authors use literary terms, through deep reading and analysis you will bring their thinking to light.
4. Ten Word Summary
The 10 word story is a summary of what took place. You can summarize one chapter or more. Because you are only doing an assignment every four chapters, you may sometimes be able to summarize the ideas of multiple chapters. What’s important here is unlike a six word story a ten word summary is actually grabbing the essence of the meaning and summarizing it in ten words. Therefore it is not necessary to use the key elements of short stories.
5. Original Poetry
You may choose to write an original piece of poetry that either expresses your thoughts and feelings about the chapters, or is inspired by a big idea from the chapters. For guidance on types of poetry and how they are created copy and paste the following URL into the search bar: http://www.shadowpoetry.com/
6. Original Song
A song is similar to poetry, with one distinct advantage; the music helps to set the tone. If you choose to write a song you may perform it or record it..
7. Artistic Piece
Choose to create a drawing, painting, clay sculpture, digital media, or some other form of art to express your feelings from the passage.
8. Paragraph Analysis After Close Read
A paragraph analysis is your opportunity to show your analytical thinking process. What have you noticed? how has it impacted you? One paragraph is the minimum, and two is the max.
9. Letter to a Character
“Write a letter to a fictional character. If you could say anything to a fictional character what would it be? Would you send advice or warnings? Fan-mail or hate-mail? Would you ask questions and demand explanations? If you have unresolved issues with a fictional character now is your time!
11. Your Own Great Thing!
As with any other assignment, if you can think of another clever method of showing your understanding of the book then you may. Perhaps you want to a book review and put it on youtube, maybe you want to do an interpretive dance, or an essay. Just remember the big idea; you are showing your ability to think deeply about a piece of writing. So make sure that whatever you choose, you have met that criteria.
Make each moment count!
Due Dates: You will turn in 1 or 2 assignments each day, and I will give you feedback.
April 23 Kiribati documentary
April 29 Start new book
April 30 Start new book