The Yellow Literature Class is geared towards 7th-8th grade readers and writers. During the 2018-19 ODE school year we will read works by authors from America and around the world. The historical emphasis will be 1600s through 1800s. Our reading selections will include books written during that time period, historical fiction, and more modern takes on that era. We will also dip into fantasy and biography to create a well-rounded year of reading. Writing assignments will be a regular part of our class. These assignments will run from the creative to the thematic to the five-paragraph essay. I will walk the students through the process of producing an essay and provide support in these efforts.
And my ultimate goal is always to foster a love of books and a joy in learning!
Yellow Class Syllabus 2018-2019
Session One: Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends/Laying the Foundations
We will start the year out by exploring Native American and African myths. From there we will look at some legends and fairy tales from around the world. For those who are interested, there is a National Mythology Exam in February. A group of students prepared for this exam in years past and received medals for their studies. I am hoping that our book selections will inspire some of this year’s students to give it a try! Our writing focus will begin with review of notetaking and paragraph construction.
Week One- August 31: Welcome and Introduction
Week Two- September 7: American Indian Myths and Legends by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz. This book is easily found on the SWAN library system. Parents, please look ahead to the upcoming books so that your student is prepared for class. For example, ask your library to send American Indian Myths a couple of weeks prior to the class. I know it is not always easy to stay on top of this, but it will greatly increase your student’s involvement and enjoyment! (Another option would be to purchase the books so that your student can interact with the text. Many of these books can also be found online for free!)
Week Three- September 14: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry. Easily found on SWAN.
Week Four- September 21: Call It Courage
Week Five- September 28: Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Probably best viewed online. I know that some of the original tales are pretty gruesome by our modern standards for children’s stories, so I have handpicked PG friendly tales for us to look at.
Week Six- October 5:The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis. Easily found on SWAN.
Week Seven- October 12: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis.
Week Eight- October 19: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis.
Session Two: Journalism The students will learn the elements of journalism and produce their own newspaper
Week One- November 2: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare. (This story is not about an actual witch.) There are many copies on SWAN.
Week Two- November 9: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Week Three- November 16: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Off for Thanksgiving
Week Four- November 30: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. Easily obtained through SWAN.
Week Five- December 7: Johnny Tremain
Week Six- December 14: Johnny Tremain
Off Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4
Week Seven- January 11: George Washington’s Rules of Civility or George Washington’s Rules to Live By; Poor Richard’s Almanack These can be found online or in the library.
Week Eight- January 18: See Week Seven.
Session Three; Our Stories: Memoirs and Biographies
Through exploring others’ stories and the stories in our own families, we will write a short story based on biography.
Week One- February 1: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Many copies on SWAN.
Week Two- February 8: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Week Three- February 15: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Week Four- February 22: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I bought several copies at the library sale. I will bring them to class if you want to purchase a copy for $1.00.
Week Five- March 1: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Week Six- March 8: Tom Sawyer
Week Seven- March 15: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. Many copies available.
Week Eight- March 22: Esperanza Rising.
Session Four: Mystery and Students’ Choice
This session we will read a couple of mysteries and a book selected by the class. The writing assignments will be varied. The students will lead the classroom discussion and assign writing in conjunction with their book choice.
Week One- April 5: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler. Available on SWAN.
Week Two- April 12: The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.
Off April 19 for Good Friday
Week Three- April 26: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Available on SWAN.
Week Four- May 3: Students’ Choice!
Week Five- May 10: Students’ Choice!
Week Six- May 17: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. Many available on SWAN.
Week Seven- May 24: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper.
Week Eight- May 31: End of year party and review!