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9th grade books-readings

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Elements of a Story

*Guiding Questions:

  - How can one better understand what one reads?

  - How do authors' choices affect how one reads?

Short Stories/Works:

"The Story of the Three Bears"

"38 Who Saw Murder" or online at: http://www2.southeastern.edu/Academics/Faculty/scraig/gansberg.html

"The Lovers: A Halloween Tale of Horror"

"The Cask of Amontillado" or online at: http://www.literature.org/authors/poe-edgar-allan/amontillado.html

"Lather and Nothing Else

"The Sniper"

"The War of the Wall"


Creative Fiction

*Guiding Questions:

  - How can one find positive ways to express their culture?

  - How is one shaped, as a person, by their environment?

Creative Memoir:

-Introduction: "A House of My Own"

-The House on Mango Street


Independent Reading/Read Aloud 

*Guiding Questions:

  - How can reading help one be a better thinker?

  - How can being a better thinker help one be a better student?

  - How can being a better student help one lead a more productive life? 

Classic Fiction:

-Of Mice and Men

Contemporary Fiction:

-The First Part Last



*Guiding Questions:

  - How are cultures connected through shared ideas?

  - How can one use their voice to help inform others?

  - How can one responsibly use information collected from others? 

Intro Video/Readings:

What makes a hero? by Matthew Winkler

Hero movie The Lion King



Myths - Short form Classic Hero:



Film Adaption:


Myths - Long form Classic Hero: 

The Odyssey

The Odyssey (graphic novel): 

Book 1  Book 2  Book 3  Book 4  Book 5  Book 6  Book 7  Book 8 
Book 9  Book 10  Book 11  Book 12  Book 13  Book 14  Book 15  Book 16 
Book 17  Book 18  Book 19  Book 20  Book 21  Book 22  Book 23  Book 24 

 Film Adaption:

The Odyssey



*Guiding Questions:

  - What is the responsibility of one community to another?

  - Why do we care about some things more than others?

  - What is ones responsibility to the past? 

Primary Source Video:

Fox News Flashback 9/11: As It Happened Video

Graphic Novel:

The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaption

Intro & Ch 1: "We Have Some Planes..." Ch 2: The Foundation of the New Terrorism Ch 3: Counterterrorism Evolves Ch 4: Responses to Al Qaeda's Initial Assaults Ch 5: Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland
Ch 6: From Threat to Threat  Ch 7: The Attack Looms Ch 8: "The System was Blinking Red" Ch 9: Heroism and Horror Ch 10: Wartime
Ch 11: Foresight -- and Hindsight Ch 12: What to do? A Global Strategy Ch 13 & Postscript: How to do it? A Different way of Organizing the Government  

Bold = US focused chapters               Italicized = Terrorist focused chapters          Bold/Italicized = Both

 Film Adaption:

Flight 93


Shakespearean Drama

*Guiding Questions:

  - How does ones actions impact those around them?

  - How much control does one really have over their life?

  - How can universal ideas/themes endure over time? 

Background Video:

Shakespeare in the Classroom 


Romeo & Juliet



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