•  Finding Home: Defining ourselves

    This unit focuses on the analysis of texts inspired by local and national environments. Students in this unit will become better acquainted with the relationship between themselves and their environment. Students will sharpen their close reading skills necessary for the literary and rhetorical features of various texts. The culminating activity asks to students to create a narrative collection that reflects students’ uses of literary and rhetorical strategies.


    ·       How does cultural and social background influence identity?

    ·       How do different authors define their own identity?

    ·       What figures and places have significantly contributed to your identity?

    ·       How does worldview influence your decision-making?


    ·       How do authors use language to reveal the purpose and tone of their writing?

    ·       What is the relationship between purpose and medium (the author’s chosen vehicle of expression)? In what ways can we use medium to achieve a desired effect?


    ·       In many cases, people—fictional and non-fictional—are products of their environment, and as such, adopt—both consciously and unconsciously—characteristics associated with the local geography. Investigate how environment shapes who you are.


    ·       Writers use word choice (diction), sentence structure (syntax), style, and other rhetorical strategies to help convey their purposes and tone.

    ·       By comparing different literary selections, students will recognize how an author’s approach to a subject—the language style, the details selected, the tone—changes the author’s purposes.

    ·       As a result of examining different literary selections, students will recognize the environmental influence that shape one’s identity.


    ·       Speaker

    ·       Occasion

    ·       Audience

    ·       Purpose

    ·       Subject

    ·       Tone

    ·         Rhetoric

    ·         Diction

    ·         Syntax