Courses taught:

English 1A



 Mrs. Evelyn Uyemura
English 1A

Welcome to English 1A! During the next 16 weeks, we will be exploring some exciting ideas, as we read, discuss, analyze, and write. We will be working with two intertwined themes: family relationships and the hero journey story. In addition, we will research and learn more about the racial tensions that linger in the United States and the history behind those tensions.

You will write:
  • an in-class narrative essay based on our reading of "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
  • a fairy-tale analysis essay
  • a character analysis based on The Secret Life of Bees
  • a 5 to 7 page research paper on a topic connected to The Secret Life of Bees
  • an analysis of a film or story using Joseph Campbells's Hero Journey motif
  • an in-class essay comparing themes in the two novels we read
  • 7 journals in which you respond to specific thought-provoking questions about the readings
  • a 3-5 minute presentation to help your classmates understand one aspect of the novel Big Fish

Required Texts:

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Student Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, you should be able to do this:

Given an out-of-class writing task in which students find multiple sources related to a particular topic, students write a research report that shows the ability to support a single thesis using analysis, to synthesize and integrate materials effectively from a variety of sources, and to cite sources in MLA format (including a works cited page). The report is organized, technically correct in paragraph composition, sentence structure, grammar, spelling and word use, and demonstrates a thoughtful treatment of the subject


The Secret Life of Bees Journal Questions

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