Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Grade 8 students will begin reading George Orwell’s famous satirical novel, Animal Farm. We will study elements of a satire not only in the novel but in contemporary media, sometimes even analyzing satire in television series’ such as Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. By the end of the unit, students will understand how comedy and humor are used in satire to communicate larger ideas or criticisms about issues in society.


“The Raven”

Here’s a satirical take on Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Raven.” If you don’t take your time in reading his poetry, you’ll get a good grade, ‘nevermore.’

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry

Gothic Literature-Dracula: The Graphic Novel and Edgar Allan Poe's poetry

In this unit, we will be studying Gothic literature. We will look at Gothic elements through the reading of Dracula: The Graphic Novel, as we also study elements of a graphic novel. We will also study the poetry of American Gothic poet, Edgar Allan Poe. During this unit, students will learn about poetic devices, how to identify them within a poem, and present a higher-level analysis of the work. We will look at what makes Gothic literature so enticing and it’s large influence on modern literature and film.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

In Grade 7, we are studying elements of the graphic novel through the reading of American Born Chinese, a great story following the lives of three characters, all facing the same issues of identity and wanting to be accepted by their peers. The novel will help us to think about a lot of important themes like prejudice, stereotypes, friendships, and heritage. I’m sure it will be a very engaging novel in such a diverse and multicultural school!