2024 MS107-2 Sunday Evening Class-Rising 8th Grade

Sunday 7:30 PM-9:00 PM ( 06/30/2024- 09/8/2024) (No class on 7/7)

Class Outline and Expectations

In this course, students will be introduced to literature from a variety of genres: tragic play, fantasy, mystery, and satire novels, and journalistic pieces. Additionally, students will develop short story writing for the scholastic competition, critical analysis, literary analysis, and journalism. Each week I will provide materials (generally in a PPT) posted to the Slides and Resources folder to guide students in completing their homework.  Students will be writing 1 full piece (short story, essay, or article) every two weeks, but will have other supporting assignments (plans) along the way. Writing assignments are due 48 hours before class. Additionally, most weeks students will be required to answer 1+ short book questions to help facilitate our in-class discussions. These responses will be due any time before class. While individual grades won’t be lowered as a result of late submissions, their final grade may be lowered if late work becomes a pattern. Each student will receive a letter grade (A/B/C/D) on each assignment as well as a final grade. Individual assignments and final grades will be determined according to the guidelines below.

Summer Book List for MS108, Rising 8th Grade
  1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo (5 hours)
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (6 hrs) 
  4. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry
  5. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe 4 hrs

Summer Extra Reading
  1. In the Penal Colony
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (6 hours) 

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