SCI-FI and Eco-Warrior
Narrative Author Focus: Ray Bradbury
In the first semester, students will read from Ray Bradbury's classic book, The Martian Chronicles. Additionally, students will ready Ray Bradbury's Science Fiction short story, "A Sound of Thunder," making connections to "The Butterfly Effect" and themes relating to how nature is interconnected -- how what we do today impacts the future.
For the Narrative writing project, students will create their unique ECO-WARRIORS art pieces, and team together to write creative fictional Sci-Fi narratives highlighting their
Eco-Warriors' positive environmental impacts in their Sci-Fi imaginary worlds!
SUSTAINABLE CITY PROJECT
After being introduced to a few "real life" sustainable city models, students will research sustainable methods that cities can implement to positively impact the world. They will use their research when working in groups to create their Sustainable City Projects. Using Geometry concepts learned in Math, students will be able to choose how they want to design and build cities to scale. Projects will be displayed and presented in Spring.
TOUCHING SPIRIT BEAR
by Ben Mikaelsen
"Nature is a pervasive theme in Touching Spirit Bear. The wilderness island setting for Cole's banishment and the Native American traditions surrounding the place demonstrate the centrality of nature to understanding the environment, culture, and personal healing." (Gradesaver: Classic Notes)
Students will read Touching Spirit Bear, then reflect, analyze and share thoughts relating to the books' events, themes and development of characters. They will also create artworks and written analysis that reflect the book's theme and the setting's influence on character development.
Click here for the entire text for the book Touching Spirit Bear
Community circles are important in proactively building positive relationships, a supportive class culture, and skills students need to support one another and collectively address the challenges they face. Students will engage in "Class Community Circle" in English class numerous times throughout the year. Often, circle topics will relate to themes studied in English units and current events, while also relating to students' lives.
Inspirational individuals from all walks of life share their visions and experiences in TED Talks. Throughout the year, students will analyze talks, make conclusions and identify effective presentation elements to prepare themselves to write and present their own TED TALKS.
Big Question: Why does what we eat matter?
Research Project including The Omnivore's Dilemma
Explanatory and Argumentative Focus
Students will conduct individual research and read The Omnivore's Dilemma as they search for answers to the question: Why does what we eat matter? Students will reflect, make inferences, identify textual evidence to support conclusions and statements, and discuss thoughts with others as they learn about how the food we eat affects the environment, the animals, and our health.
Students will be treated to a series of four interactive presentations from a Guest Speaker from The Ethical Choices Program. They will write expository responses, leading to essay creations. Additionally, students will participate in a "Town Hall Meeting," defending a position within the agricultural community, and compromising towards a resolution that would benefit all members of the community. Students will also watch documentary films, such as POLYFACES - A World of Many Choices and various TED TALKS. Those not attending the Catalina Field Trip will be treated to a field trip to Underwood Farms in Moorpark. There, students will engage in positive practices studied in this unit.
Research, Argument, Presentation
Students will work in small groups creating their own Arguments relating to teens using technology. After researching a variety of several credible sources to support their arguments, they will present their arguments to the class in a variety of ways. Students will use presentation techniques they have acquired from watching TED TALKS, and apply effective elements from Argument writing to their presentations.
by Francisco Jimenez
An honest and powerful account of a teenage boy and his migrant farm working family's journey in the fields of California. Through his memoir, Jimenez eloquently describes his experiences in vivid details of hope, sacrifice and determination as he "breaks through" his obstacles for a better life.
Students will experience this memoir by reflecting on character development and identifying vivid examples of figurative language. They will also engage in an "Empathy Project" relating to their reading and discussions of the book. Project creations will be shared on Flipgrid for other students to view and comment upon. Additionally, students will watch documentary films, such as The Harvest and Food Chains to make connections (book and film) that relate to the lives of migrant farm working children and their families.