Quarter 1: Journal 1 due 9/19 9/26

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Junior English Assignment List  
Quarter 1:


Journal 1  due  9/19 - 9/26

Topic 1:  What are the various ways people define the American Dream... how do I personally define this concept?

Topic 2:  What are the obstacles that hinder or prevent people from achieving the American Dream and living a meaningful life?  How does American society and its institutions help people achieve the American Dream and live a meaningful life?  How do they hinder, or fail to help?

Notes and reflections on Martin Luther King's speech "I Have a Dream"

Notes and reflections on Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem"

Notes and reflections on Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise"

Notes and reflections on Marge Piercy’s poems “Barbie Doll” “A Work of Artifice” “The Woman in the Ordinary”

Notes and reflections on Clint Eastwood's film Million Dollar Baby

Notes and reflections on excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-reliance

Notes and reflections on Emily Dickinson's poem "Much Madness is Divinest Sense"

Experience Memoir entry

     Personal Reading reflections

Project 1 Dream Project   due  9/23 - 9/30

Journal 2  due  10/17 - 10/24

Topic 3:  What are the causes of social injustice?  How should a person respond to injustice, both when it is a single act and when it is systemic?

Topic 4:  What does it mean to be in a state of anxiety or anguish? What causes us to experience this state?

Notes and reflections on Wade Goodwyn’s article “Family of Man Cleared by DNA Still Seeks Justice”

Notes and reflections on Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

Notes and reflections on Susan B. Anthony’s speech “On Women’s Right to Suffrage”

Notes and reflections on Emeline Pankhurst's speech "Militant Suffragists"

Notes and reflections on Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Notes and reflections on Malcolm X's speech "After the Bombing"

Notes and reflections on Louie Psihoyos and Ric O'Barry's film The Cove

Experience Memoir entry

     Personal reading reflections


Quarter 2:

Journal 3  due  11/21 - 11/28

Topic 5:  What are healthy ways of defining and pursuing the American Dream, and what are unhealthy ways of defining and pursuing it? In terms of health, you may consider this physical, emotional, psychological, social, moral, spiritual, environmental, etc.

Topic 6: What are the greatest virtues of American society and culture?  What are the most harmful failings or flaws of our society and culture?

Notes and reflections on excerpt from David Cay Johnston’s book Free Lunch

Notes and reflections on Abraham Lincoln's 1st and 2nd Inaugural Addresses

Notes and reflections on Mohandas Gandhi’s “Seven Sins”

Notes and reflections on T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men”

Notes and reflections on William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth

Notes and reflections on Pink Floyd's song "Dogs"

Notes and reflections on Andrew Niccol's film Lord of War

Experience Memoir entry

     Personal reading reflections


Project 2 :  Social Commentary Project   due  12/5 - 12/12

Journal 4  due  1/6 - 1/13

Topic 9:  How would you describe the relationship between the individual and society as a whole in America?

Topic 10:  How do I understand the concept and the experience of loss? What role does the experience of loss play in our learning, understanding and growth?

Notes and reflections on Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed

Notes and reflections on Daniel Woodrell's novel Winter's Bone

Experience Memoir entry

     Personal reading reflections

Experience Memoir: Finished Draft due 1/6 – 1/13

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