Middle School Language Arts
Apr 15, 2024 to Jun 10, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Teacher: Nadia Akhtar
This course is designed to develop the communication skills needed for
success in secondary school academic programs and in students' daily lives. Students will
develop critical and creative thinking skills as they analyze texts, interpret ideas and
information, and create texts in a variety of forms. An important emphasis throughout the
course is to develop strategies that contribute to clear, correct, and effective communication
through debates, discussion and writing.
This course will involve a debate-based on the true story - The Long Walk to Water
Novel: The Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times bestselling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.
A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay.
Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.
If you choose to withdraw from the course, please see below:
March 10th: 90% refund
April 1st: 50% refund
After the first class: 50% credit or 25% refund
Please note Monday May 20th is a public holiday
In short stories, we learned how to identify different parts of a story and the themes in the story. I enjoyed reading the short stories and found them quite interesting. In novel studies, I enjoyed reading the books and afterward having debates about topics in the book.
It was really fun when we did impromptu debates because we learned how to prepare a small speech on any topic in just a few minutes.