Welcome to Mrs. Evans' Classroom! This is what you will find in this website:
- There is a page for every grade. Click on the appropriate grade from the blue menu above to find your class's homepage.
- There is a page for every unit. When you hover over the link for your grade, a menu with all the units for our course will appear. Click on the correct title to go straight to the current unit's site. There, you will find assignments, resources we use in class, and suggested resources for use outside of class time.
- Agendas, Do Nows, and Homework. Each grade has a blog page with the current agenda, Do Now instructions, and homework assignments. This is the first place you should go if you are absent.
- Choice Books and Classroom Library. In these pages you will find information about checking out books from our classroom library, helpful guidance in choosing a Choice Book, student reviews of Choice Books, and assignments associated with Choice Books.
- Helpful Resources is the place to go for information about writing, reading, college entrance, and other academic concerns.
- The Parents Page is the place for parents to ask questions and find out how they can support their children in this class.
- In the Teacher's Blog you will see occasional announcements, and other information from Mrs. Evans.
Current Unit: The Odyssey
In our studies, we will apply Joseph Campbell's theory of The Hero's Journey to The Odyssey in order to gain a greater understanding of how stories are told, and how universal stories can permeate cultural differences. We will also look at The Odyssey as an epic; we will examine that characteristics of epic poetry and epic heroes in The Odyssey.
As The Odyssey is a story that has been re-told countless times through out history, we will be using a combination of translations and interpretations as we follow Odysseus on his epic journey. The resources we will be using include, but are not limited to, the following: poetry, prose, graphic novel, song, and film.
Furthermore, we will familiarize ourselves with relevant elements of Ancient Greek culture and history, Greek Gods and Goddesses, Greek root words, and other appropriate contextual information.
Go to The Odyssey Page for assignments and additional resources..
Agendas & "Do Now's"
Absent? Find the latest class agenda, "Do Now" and homework here.
About this Class:
This course introduces freshmen to the rigors of high school writing and reading so that every student moves forward equipped with the critical thinking skills and essential academic knowledge necessary for success in college. We will be studying a variety of challenging and enriching academic texts with the focus of the following theme: The Hero’s Journey. Students will also be writing on a daily basis. Writing assignments will range widely and deeply, including reflective journal entries, creative writing, persuasive essays, explanative writing, timed in-class essays, process pieces and more. Students will also be asked to develop sophisticated group discussion skills (both listening and speaking) during group projects and Socratic discussions.