In English Literature and Essay Writing class with Molly Lou Freeman, we have been learning a range of things: we have been learning how to memorize and dramatically recite selections from great literature, in this case: The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Drama teacher, Eileen Rogosin has also been wonderfully coaching us. For many of the students, this has been a new experience and everyone has enjoyed learning formal recitation skills.
by Victor Chavez, 10th grader
With the guidance of our teacher, Molly Lou, we continue to analyze literature for its key features--understanding the concept that texts are defined by key features. We have focused on organization of the plot, themes, messages, character, authorship and the deeper message of the text. We have learned how to write a blurb. This particular activity was especially fun and challenging. My classmates and I wrote some first drafts of our personal blurb and a blurb for The Life of Pi. We enjoy the analytical and creative exercises of this class. We are also doing a big project on writing 5 to 8 personal essays on subjects inspired from The Life of Pi. Topics for our essays include: My personal relationship to an animal; The origin of my name; What inspires me?; A favourite smell; What Am I on a quest for?; 3-5 Cities I will visit in my lifetime; A Place Permanently Far Away; The Cultures that Fascinate me; An Experience of Being Lost; A Setting That is Meaningful to Me; An Important Relationship to an Animal; How Do I Feel At Home Anywhere?; What Is My Relationship To God? What Do I Care about?
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