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Overview -- War and Literature: Self, Others and the World
Building upon the work of the first semester, students continue to strengthen their skills as readers, writers, thinkers, researchers, speakers and listeners as they "build bridges" to college and to the ever-changing 21st century global society.
This semester, students will read works of literature which focus on the subject of war. Across genres and time periods, students will engage with literature by asking questions and finding meaning. Many of these questions will relate to war; others will relate to life and literature more generally. In this way, students will deepen their abilities to read literature and to find relevance in what they read. Students will participate in a variety of full-group, small-group and independent projects that offer them opportunities for choice and engagement.
Students will also build upon their first-semester study of Psychology and Literature, as they apply psychological lenses to the war literature they read. Additionally, students will continue to apply concepts of "Self, Others and the World" to the literature they read and to literacy projects in which they engage.
Unit I: Developing Lenses for Reading War Literature: We begin the semester by developing lenses for reading war literature. We reflect upon, and share, our own associations with war. We share perspectives and questions. We consider the lines of inquiry we might thread through our reading of war literature. (sample inquiry questions)
Unit II: Shared Reading of War Fiction
Unit IV: Small-Group Reading of War Novels (also see "Current Work" page)
Unit V: The Literature of Specific Wars: in Poetry and Short Story
Some Guiding Questions (Framework for Transferring Learning)
Some 21st Century Skills We Will Exercise and Build
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