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Course materials for freshman English (EN09).
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"Where dreams come true"

   -Walt Disney

"Just do it"


"Where Valor Proudly Sleeps"

   -Arlington National Cemetery   

Most businesses and historical figures have a motto. Motto's are a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution.

Throughout this unit you will read several pieces that display the motto of the author or give you in site into the philosophy of the characters. You will be asked to compare and contrast philosophies and motto's as well as create your own.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


"I know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Online


The Most Dangerous Game

"The Most Dangerous Game" on page 4 in the purple textbook.

Keep notes about the physical setting as we read. You will need these for a later assignment.

Class Discussion: 
After reading 
Agree/disagree on topics related to hunting and value of life
1.      Hunting is a great sport.

2.        2.     Animals deserve to have the same rights as humans.

3.        3.     A good story needs a sinister villain.

 4.    People are treated differently based on their looks, jobs, levels of education, location.


The Lady or the Tiger?

The Lady or the Tiger? is on page 297 in your purple text book. 

Complete vocab assignment BEFORE you read then complete the plot diagram while reading.


After we have read The Lady or the Tiger? and have completed the plot diagram to go with it, we will discuss author’s structure and how it creates tension and surprise


I Have a Dream


I Have a Dream

After we have read/watch the speech, come to class prepared to discuss equality, treatment of others in a class discussion. Have support from the text to back up your statements. 


Declaration of Independence


D of I

After listen to the Declaration of Independence and reading "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Lady or the Tiger" you're going to compare/contrast Zaroff's, The King's, and Jefferson's motto's philosophies (what is each’s view of freedom, of the value of human life?)


You are also going to work with a small group to create a list of grivences that you have against an orginization.


Real Life Example- A special friend


"Thank You M'am"

On page 86-90 read Langston Hughes' (one of my FAVORITE authors) "Thank You, M'am."
On a sheet of notebook paper, using the plot formula write the plot.
Next, on the same sheet of paper write a theme statement (thinking back to "The Big Orange Splot")


The Sniper & A Country Divided

First read "A Country Divided" on page 231. Then read  "The Sniper" in the purple textbook on page 212-215. Answer questions 1-9 on page 217.


The Cast of Amontillado


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