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STAAR English I EOC Project

Monahans High School

English I EOC Project

All needed articles and blackline masters are available here:  http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2265423

Independent Study Guide: 2017-18 EOC Project

In accordance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English I coursework, you will be required to complete the following English I EOC Project.  This project will be supported and graded by the English Department at MHS.

To recieve a 100 (or a maximum 110) to satisfy the graduation requirements:

  1. You must do each assignment from each point category.
  2. Design a cover page for the project. (Coloring some of the activities may be helpful, useful, and exhibit signs of creativity.) Cover page includes title, name, class period, English I EOC along with a design.  All assignments must be stapled together or put in a folder.
  3. Time will be spent out of class working on the project.  We will observe to make sure that you are managing your time and completing this project on time.

Criteria:  Each activity that you complete will be graded on the following:

  • Following directions
  • Accuracy
  • Organization
  • Appropriateness
  • Alignment to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English I EOC

Required Reading:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fiction Novel)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Fiction Novel)
  • “Ferguson: A Shooting That Caused a Nation to Shudder” NY Times (Online; Photography)
  • “The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism” (Online; Expository) from The New Yorker by Malcom Gladwell 
  • “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Won’t Die” by Sam Tanenhaus (Online)
  • “I, Too” by Langston Hughes (Poem)
  • “The Watchman Fraud” by Joe Nocera (Persuasive-Op Ed Piece) (Online)

Begin by September 12, 2017

Obtain a copy of Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird.  (MHS Library Media Center has a copy or listen to it online.)

  • Read the novel and complete chapter summaries using a flow map with sub-categories to include important details.  Then type your chapter summaries from the information on your flow map.
  • Complete and type answers for two Depth and Complexity Task Questions on each chapter.  (These are available from the English Department or online)

Must be completed by October 14, 2017


Begin by October 17, 2017

Obtain a copy of Harper Lee’s book Go Set a Watchman.  (MHS Library Media Center has a copy.)

  • Read the novel and complete chapter summaries using a flow map with sub-categories to include important details.  Then type your chapter summaries from the information on your flow map.
  • Complete and type answers for two Depth and Complexity Task Questions on each chapter.  (These are available from the English Department or online.)

Must be completed by November 28, 2017


Begin by November 28, 2017

“Ferguson: A Shooting that Caused a Nation to Shudder” NY Times Photography

“The Courthouse Ring: Atticus Finch and the Limits of Southern Liberalism” by Malcom Gladwell

  • Look at the series of photographs published by the New York TimesWrite a reflection paragraph that describes the theme of the photos.  Be sure to include specific details about the photos that support your answer.
  • Read and annotate the article.  You must show evidence of a close reading.
  • Create a double-bubble map to show how this article and the series of photos compare and contrast to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Using your double bubble map, write a two page reflective essay in which you compare and contrast the article and photos to To Kill a Mockingbird.  Use MLA Format.

Must be completed by December 23, 2017


Begin by January 16, 2018

“Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Won’t Die” by Sam Tanehaus

  • Read and annotate article.  You must show evidence of a close reading.
  • Write a one page essay in which you defend To Kill a Mockingbird and its popularity and importance in modern society.  Use MLA Format.

Must be completed by February 10, 2018


Begin by February 13, 2018

“I, Too” by Langston Hughes (Poem)

  • Read and annotate the poem.
  • In 10 typed lines, answer the following question:

What are the character’s feelings toward America?  Provide evidence to support your thinking. 

  • Write your own poem that has a similar theme and follows the same elements.

Must be completed by March 10, 2018


Begin by March 20, 2018

“The Watchman Fraud" by Jo Nocera (Persuasive-Op Ed Piece)

  • Read and annotate the article.  Make sure to point out the specific persuasive elements the author is using in this opinion piece.
  • Write an essay using the following prompt:

Do you believe we are living in a society that mirrors the themes and ideas in both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman?

**This essay must be a minium of two pages; cite specific details from both novels, include a strong thesis statement and follow MLA Format.

Must be completed by March 31, 2018


Begin by April 3, 2018

Final Essay:  Use both To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.

  • Write a 4 page essay in which you answer the following prompt:

What are some ideas, characteristics, or elements from both reading selections that will continue to be relevant or important in the future?

Must be completed by April 7, 2018


*This project will address the process skills and readiness TEKS for English I.

**All of the needed articles and resources for this project are available here: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=2265423