We will be following two main paths until the end of January. We will work on Ainu material and we will create original narrative stories based on photographs. By the time you read this, you will already have your photo assigned to you.
“A picture is worth a lot of words”. You will be writing fiction that tells a story (this is a narrative) and using your photograph as a basis. What you must do: Give the photo some context, a backstory, an explanation that goes beyond just describing what is in the picture. This is a creative writing assignment. Nothing is off limits, but whatever you decide to write, it must reference the photo and use description and detail. What you must not do: Write a description of the photo. A simple description of the photo is not acceptable. The HIS writing rubric will be used to grade this assignment.
DEVELOPING LANGUAGE: Your tale must be at least 400 words in length. Your story must have at least five paragraphs and each paragraph must have at least three sentences. All Stories have a title.
STANDARD LANGUAGE: Your tale must exceed 650 words. Your story must have a minimum of five paragraphs. All stories have a title
HONORS LANGUAGE: Your tale must exceed 800 words and have a minimum of five paragraphs.
Until the end of the semester, we will be reading and thinking about the Ainu, Hokkaido’s original inhabitants. This ties in with the stuff you are studying in Mr. Ratzliff’s class. The overall question, as always, is “What can literature/stories/art and crafts tell us about a particular people?”
There are seven class days between the end of winter break and the end of the semester
Wednesday 1/14 – Begin Ainu book. Read to P.13. Claims and proof in journal: “What can literature/stories/art and crafts tell us about the Ainu?”. Also, photos for narrative assigned on this day.
Friday 1/16 – Continue Ainu book p.13-end. Claims and proof in journal: “What are the Ainu attitudes toward the Japanese?” “What more can we tell about the Ainu relationship with the natural world” and What can we tell about the Ainu relationship with the spiritual world and the idea of Kamuy?” Begin brainstorm for photo narrative ideas.
Tuesday 1/20 – Begin the story writing process. Brainstorm and compare with classmates.
Thursday 1/22 – Continue stories. On this day you are finishing rough complete versions of your narratives. You will have the lab.
Monday 1/26 – You will read and edit each other’s papers on this day. Bring a complete rough draft and your photo. HAVE THESE. Don’t expect to stay in class without them. The rough version is worth 10 points.
Wednesday 1/28 – This is the day that the final version of the story is DUE with your photo at the beginning of class. It will be TYPED, have your NAME, 1.5 or 2.0 spaced with WORD COUNT. I WILL NOT ACCEPT HAND WRITTEN VERSIONS.
Friday 1/30 – The Trip.
Three Short Stories. Today You will read a short story online. It is by Rudyard Kipling, a British man who spent most of his life working in India. The stories are from “The Jungle Book”, which some of you may already know because it is a famous movie from Disney.
Developing Language needs to read the story called Mowgli’s Brothers.
Standards need to read Rikki Tikki Tavi
Honors please read Toomai of the Elephants
In your journal book, answer the following:
1. What is the story about? Give a basic summary
2. What are the major characters in the story?
3. How does the author describe the major characters.
4. Give at least 5 examples of descriptive language and imagery from the story.
5. Here’s some questions that might take some time to answer: Why would the author write this kind of story? What is his purpose? What could have influenced him?
Please write your responses in MULTIPLE COMPLETE LEGIBLE sentences. Your heading should read “JUNGLE BOOK STORIES” and be dated 2/2