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9th Grade – Day One Notes

You can find the notes from class here — 

 

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2013-2014 Transcendentalist Projects

Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture -Final Project

as adapted from http://www.readwritethink.org
Look at all the resources in pop culture that you have access to. You can consider genres such as sitcoms, television dramas, children’s
cartoons, movies, commercials, newspaper editorials, and so forth.
• Provide an example for each of six characteristics of transcendental thought.
• Choose a different quotation for each category. You  can repeat the sources that you choose but should find different
example quotations or actions.  All quotes should come from RWE, HDT, or MLK (Dickinson and Fuller are possibilities as well).
• Look for examples from multiple genres. Include at least three different genres in your project. (Not all movie clips or editorials or comics).
• Be sure that you provide explanations for the quotations or examples that you’ve chosen that show why each is an example of transcendentalist thought.

 

Rubric

Examples of Student-Selected Song Titles and Artists that Reflect Transcendental Thinking

An article that includes examples of Transcendentalism in pop culture

Excerpts from Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and “Nature

Examples of explanations of found items

Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories – updated

Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories
and Then Some

  1. The Lorax  –  take care of your space – “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things are not going to get better, they’re not”
  2. Yertle the Turtle – remember the little people- “And the turtles, all the turtles are free. Like turtles, and all creatures should be”
  3. Helen Keller – you can do anything with a good teacher “W.A.T.E.R”
  4. A Wrinkle in Time – exploration of self and the universe -“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. “
  5. Bridge to Terebithia – fairy tales are closer than you think  – “You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like.”
  6. Little House on the Prairie – adventure, family, self-reliance – “You should never be ashamed of work you have done only work that you haven’t.”
  7. Sailing around the Room – the mundane is beautiful – “It seems only yesterday I used to believe there was nothing under my skin but light. If you cut me I could shine.
    But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life, I skin my knees. I bleed.”
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – people need to be judged on the content of their character -“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
  9. Cat’s Cradle – Religion is a mess, the world is upside down, crazy people are in charge-
    “Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
    Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’
    Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
    Man got to tell himself he understand.”
  10. A Prayer for Owen Meany – we all have a little greatness in us – ” ‘DON’T SOUND SO ASHAMED,’ he said. ‘READING IS A GIFT.’
    ‘I learned it from you,’ I told him.
    ‘IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU LEARNED IT- IT’S A GIFT. IF YOU CARE ABOUT SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT IT. IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A WAY OF LIFE YOU LOVE, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE COURAGE TO LIVE IT.’” 
  11. The Color Purple – the world is dark, but there are bright spots to be found- “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
  12. The Great Gatsby – Against all things, there is hope
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

In-text Citations

MLA Guide – for your own information when formatting your in-text citations

Multi-Genre Research Project Requirements

See requirements here – 

Information for Transcendentalist Project

Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture -Final Project

as adapted from http://www.readwritethink.org
Look at all the resources in pop culture that you have access to. You can consider genres such as sitcoms, television dramas, children’s
cartoons, movies, commercials, newspaper editorials, and so forth. Continue reading

9th Grade Short Story Project Guidelines

Guidelines Here 

Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories

Ms. Bernier’s Twelve Stories and Then Some

  1. The Lorax  –  take care of your space – “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things are not going to get better, they’re not”
  2. Yertle the Turtle – remember the little people- “And the turtles, all the turtles are free. Like turtles, and all creatures should be”
  3. Helen Keller – you can do anything with a good teacher “W.A.T.E.R” Continue reading

Information for Transcendentalist Project

Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture -Final Project

as adapted from http://www.readwritethink.org
Look at all the resources in pop culture that you have access to. You can consider genres such as sitcoms, television dramas, children’s
cartoons, movies, commercials, newspaper editorials, and so forth. Continue reading

9th Grade Book Talk Script

Book Talk Script