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Junior High English 6: In-Depth

Sample of the Reading List

Classical Writing Series, Animals and Heroes

Aesop’s Fables – additional selections

D’Aulaire, Greek Myths

Ludmila Zeman, Gilgamesh the King, The Revenge of Ishtar, and The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

Padraic Colum, A Children’s Homer

Linda Fang, Ch’i-Lin Purse’s A Collection of Ancient Chinese Stories

Roger Lancelyn Green, Tales Of Ancient Egypt

Ian Serraillier, Children’s Beowulf

Content Course Goals

  • A working knowledge of the conventions and structure of fable
    • Timelessness in a story
    • Personification of animals
    • Moral
    • Analogy (creating analogies for fables)
  • A working knowledge of the conventions and structure of mythology
    • Credibility and the Suspension of Disbelief
    • Etiological myth
    • Cosmogony
    • Oral Tradition and the transfer to written record
    • Deus ex machina
  • A working knowledge of the conventions and structure of narrative
    • Standard plot structure and its variations (see also: analysis)
    • In media res
    • Character arc (development) or the lack thereof
    • Genre study of the “Quest” narrative
  • Thorough knowledge in the mythology of Greece and Rome
  • Appreciation for historical context and cultural conventions in narrative (see also: analysis)
  • Understanding the limits of a narrative as distinct from reader response and projection (see also: analysis)

Analysis Course Goals

  • Comprehend, retain, and relate what is read in a narrative in a test environment
  • Analyze a narrative scene According to Theon’s Six Elements of a narrative scene
  • Distinguish the essential from the accidental in a narrative, and summarize larger portions into smaller
  • Outline a narrative according to Acts and Scenes
  • Map a plot according to the standard sequence of: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution (denouement), and recognize variations on this pattern
  • Identify the purpose of a paragraph in a narrative
  • Distinguish text supported ideas from personal ideas generated by the narrative
  • Offer supporting evidence for answers and opinions from the text itself
  • Distinguish the “moral” in narrative as well as fables
  • Construct analogies for “the moral of the story” from both fables and narratives
  • Draw conclusions about the culture that created such narratives from clues within the body of the literature read.

Composition Goals

  • Copybook
  • Proofing Marks
  • Reading aloud
  • Re-telling of a Fable
  • Re-telling a Fable with amplification, particularly dialogue and description
  • Learn to use a dictionary and study vocabulary
  • 6-sentence shuffle
  • Theon’s 6 components of a scene (Person, Place, Time, Action, Cause, Manner)
  • Outline of a narrative according to scenes
  • Re-telling a narrative scene either amplified or condensed
  • Summarizing a paragraph in a single sentence
  • Theon’s 4 types of paraphrase applied to the paragraph
  • Creative narrative writing using vocabulary lists
  • Creative writing of “analogy” stories
  • Simple Sentence, Compound Parts, and Fragments
  • Complex Sentence and Subordinate Conjunctions
  • Reading quiz short answer form: 1) No pronouns without an antecedent in the answer; 2) Complete sentences; 3) Detailed versus general answers
  • Punctuation for dialogue, compound, and complex sentences

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