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Growing Literature

suggested for grades 7th-9th



Reading fictional stories is not merely for entertainment. We gain knowledge and empathy through reading these stories, plus improve critical thinking and response skills. Students in this class will first review the elements of literature, then learn about plot, character, purpose, and theme. Next, students will engage in response by understanding literary devices, making connections, and asking questions, while expressing opinions and observations backed by evidence from the story. Students will complete the class by writing a full literature response outline and either a book report or book review as their final project.  (NOTE: students will respond to two books of their choice! We do not assign books for this class.)

PREREQUISITE:   Essay Basics or equivalent five-paragraph essay experience required.

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Poetry is a beautiful yet often overlooked form of writing. At times, poetry can seem boring, confusing, and difficult to both read and write. However, a study of poetry and its forms can be enjoyable and interesting. Poetry is a story crafted through literary devices such as repetition, rhyme, and metaphor. Students will learn about the elements of poetry as well as the various forms of poetry structure. Students will have the opportunity to analyze poems and write poems of their own.

(NOTE: all poetry will be assigned for this class; some poetry will be provided within the lesson material, while other poems will need to be easily accessed via the internet.)