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Human Nature in Literature 

Hybrid Class - Fall 2020 

Course / Content Area: The objective of this class is to learn how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, determine a theme or central idea of a text, determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings, analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events with it, and manipulate time affects the story as a whole. 



In this class, students will work to improve their critical reading skills and analysis. We will read a variety of different texts including novels, short stories, poems, and plays that explore human nature. There is also a strong emphasis on learning new vocabulary. Students will discuss the author’s choices, look for literary devices and keep a journal of their observations, thoughts and reactions.



At the end of this course, you will 

  • know the strategies to improve reading comprehension, accuracy and fluency
  • understand how writers control the experience of a reader
  • be able to identify themes, literary devices, and techniques 



Daily Schedule

Whether you are Remote or In-Person, you will have the same routine Monday through Thursday.


Class begins at 9 am. 

→ Login to Human Nature in Canvas to look at today’s topics. Attendance will be taken at 9:05 AM. 

→ Complete the daily warm up activity 

→ Live reading 

→ Group discussion based on a daily or weekly essential question

→ Short assignment

→ Sanitize party 


Calendar of Topics and Projects

Students will keep a journal of all writing warm ups, and responses to text. The journal will be graded. Students will also produce projects and essays for assessment. 


Unit 1) Short Stories

09/08 - 09/25

Assessment: Additional Chapter on one Short Story 


Unit 2) Full Novel: The Hate U Give 

09/28 - 10/29

Assessment: Compare and Contrast Movie and Book 


Unit 3) Full Novel: Fahrenheit 451 

11/2 - 11/25

Assessment: Reading Quizzes 


Unit 4) Play: 12 Angry Men 

11/30 - 12/11

Assessment: Diorama


Unit 5) Play: Oedipus Rex 

12/14 - 01/15 (Includes winter break)

Assessment: Puppet Show 



General Rules:

  • Students are permitted to miss no more than 15 classes for the semester - all absences beyond this point must be made up before or after school, 5 tardies = 1 absence
  • Students must use art supplies correctly and with respect
  •  Respectful and kind behavior and language is expected at all times, students will be asked to the class if this does not happen
  • If students miss days, they must talk with teacher about making up all assignments
  • COVID-19 Saftey rules


Grading Policies:

When students are absent, they are expected to make up all work they missed within 5 class days of their return to school. 



97 - 100


87 - 89.9


77 – 79.9


67 – 69.9


0 – 59.9


93 - 96.9


83 – 86.9


73 – 76.9


63 – 66.9




90 - 92.9


80 – 82.9


70 – 72.9


60 – 62.9




  • Marianne St-Laurent, English Teacher at Ledyard Charter School
  • (603) 727-4772, available by phone on school days 8-9am, 3-4pm
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