English III AP

Currently in our class, we are reading two novels.

The first is part of much larger project that spans the entire length of the first semester and into February.
Ultimately, we will end up with a project modeled after the memoir we are reading.
This project encourages students to meet with people who have impacted their lives and get to know them beyond the surface, learn from them.  Each week, students have a topic or a question to discuss with the person they have chosen.

We present: Tuesdays with Morrie.

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Additionally, we are currently reading The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller.

This play is giving us insight into what things were like during the mass hysteria and fear of the Salem Witch Trials.  Prior to reading the novel, students did projects that helped build background knowledge of the Puritan society as well as why the play was written: a response to the Red Scare and McCarthyism.

Generally, students love reading this as they can relate it to things they are seeing in the world around them.  The relationships remind them of the Kardashians, the drama reminds them of high school, and the fact that they are just generally messed up people helps to remind them that nobody is perfect.

With this play, we are able to analyze drama as well as begin working on our argumentation.  We are looking at gaps in logic with the arguments the characters make which helps build our familiarity with logical fallacies.

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