Using "Indian Education" as your model text,
you'll be composing a creative non-fiction memoir piece that describes a time you went through an experience that allowed you to make a realization - to learn something.
You are also expected to incorporate the creative and grammatically correct elements of writing that we have been reviewing: capitalization, punctuation, and figurative language.
Have fun with this task, but be sure you can check off EACH of the required elements!
Assignment was distributed in class, but can be accessed by clicking HERE, or see below.
ROUGH DRAFT IS DUE TUESDAY 10/3
In the style of Sherman Alexie’s “Indian Education”, you will be writing a creative nonfiction piece that addresses the education you received during one grade or time-period of school. Consider that education may refer to an academic lesson, a life lesson, or a lesson about yourself. This task asks you to synthesize the narrative style we’ve been reading and discussing with the grammatical foundations and writing process we’ve been practicing.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
ROUGH DRAFT is due in class on Tuesday, October 3.
→ Rough draft will be returned with feedback from your teacher on Friday, October 6.
FINAL DRAFT is due in class on Tuesday, October 10.
→ Final draft must be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double-spaced.
→ Final draft must be submitted together with the rough draft and and rubrics.
Before class tomorrow (Thurs. 9/28), finish reading Sherman Alexie's "Indian Education." As you read, highlight examples of FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE. If you know what literary device is being used (metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, etc.), label it. If you don't know, put a little question mark (?) in the margin!
If you misplaced your copy of the short story, click HERE to access a digital copy.
This weekend, use your rough drafts and the peer feedback you received to identify and polish up ONE of the six-word memoirs you came up with.
Remember! It should tell a "story" - your words should have a tone or emotion behind them, and make a reader wonder about the character and event behind the 6-words. Be creative and precise with your use of diction and punctuation to maximize what you're able to stay with just those six words!
YOUR TASK --> "Publish" your memoir onto a piece of paper at least as big as printer paper, adding an image that goes together with the words to tell the story. Bring your illustrated memoir as well as your peer-feedback sheet from Friday! DUE MONDAY 9/25
Check yourself! Make sure that...
___ there are exactly six words! And they're all spelled correctly!
___ it is properly capitalized and punctuated (including end-punctuation). Remember, you are writing sentences, NOT titles - not every word should be capitalized!
___ the image illustrates the memoir: the text and the image work together to tell the story.
___ the image & text are placed together on a piece of paper at least 8.5” x 11” (printer paper).
* Be prepared to share your work with a small group of your classmates!
Goal: to convey a little "slice of your life" in just 6 words!
STEP 1 - BRAINSTORMING
FIRST, make a list of moments in your life or aspects of your life that really show something about who you are.
THEN, pick 3 to 5 of those items on your list and try to write 6 words that tell each of those stories... or at least hint at the story behind each item :)
Bring your brainstorming lists/drafted 6-word memoirs with you to class!
You need to keep TWO things in mind to be prepared for Monday!
1) Your group MUST assemble and put the finishing touches on your poster in the first 30 minutes of class on Monday! Whatever task(s) YOU committed to doing must be completed this weekend so that you don't let your group down.
2) Classroom supplies check on Monday:
FOR YOURSELF --> binder OR notebook, pens, pocket-folder, highlighter(s), and a pack of post-it notes.
FOR THE CLASS --> either a box of tissues or a bottle of hand-sanitizer (from $1 store is fine!)
1. Ordinary World:
--> Hero's comfort zone, where they are when we first meet them - where they're from.
2. Call to adventure:
--> A disruption of that comfort zone, through a message, arrival, challenge, or realization!
3. Refusal of the Call:
--> Hero believes s/he is not ready for the challenge and tries to ignore the call.
4. Meeting the Mentor:
--> A person or belief that gives the hero confidence to set out on their journey.
5. Crossing the Threshold:
--> hero leaves "ordinary world" and enters the "special world" - no backing out now!
6. Tests, Allies, Enemies:
--> In the "special world," hero must learn rules, and identify who to trust & who to avoid.
--> Although hero is learning, things go downhill with more challenges & tough situations.
--> Hero must face their biggest fear, their greatest challenge ("life-or-death" moment).
--> Successfully overcoming the ordeal, hero obtains reward: education/prize/honor, etc.
10. The Road Back:
--> Hero has reward, but is far from home. SOMETHING requires hero to return home.
--> Hero faces one more challenge - s/he must be accepted as changed/reborn.
--> Must prove him/herself HEROIC to the "ordinary world" community!
12: Return with Reward:
--> Celebration! Hero is accepted and acknowledged!
--> Hero may be able to share the reward with "ordinary world" community, healing or at least inspiring his/her people.
HOMEWORK TONIGHT: make sure your notes are complete by comparing them to the brief notes above. THEN! Fill in the chart we started in class today, showing how Junior's story in Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian maps onto these 12 stages of the Hero's Journey. DUE in class tomorrow, Thursday 9/14
In class you each received a letter in which I've introduced myself to you. (If you need another copy, click HERE.)
Okay, now that you know about me, it’s your turn!
STEP 1: Write a letter introducing yourself to Ms. Rush. The letter may be typed or handwritten.
Your letter should be 1 – 2 pages long, and it should begin with a salutation and end with an appropriate closing. (10 points)
Things to include in your letter:
This letter does not have to be formal in tone, like an essay, but it IS the first piece of your writing that I will have the chance to read, so be thoughtful about your word choice and grammar, and look over your work before handing it in. I’m looking forward to learning about you! ☺ - Ms. Rush
STEP 2: Sign up for REMIND, an app that lets us stay in touch throughout the year. (3 points)
“WHAT IS REMIND AND WHY IS IT SAFE? Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students & parents. Subscribe by text, email or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs.”
- Check out our class website: www.rushclassroom.com. Once there, please go to the student resources page to find the sign-up information specific to your block. Based on how you sign up, you can choose to receive remind messages from me via text OR email! Make sure you’re signed up by 8PM on Monday 9/11 for an extra credit opportunity…
9th Grade Foundations
This class serves as a gateway course to our choice-based English Language Arts curriculum! It is a foundational course which will ensure the readiness of your reading and writing skills to support your learning throughout the rest of your high school career.