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					Mrs. Eggleston 8th Grade Humanities Phone  (619)398-8606 *** Email ceggleston@hightechhigh.org *** DP http://staff.htmma.hightechhigh.org/~ceggleston/ Course Description: This course is constructed with the goal of helping every student connect with Humanities in a meaningful and exciting way. Through our studies, students will develop reading, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis skills. Class activities and work will be designed for individual and group work. The intentions of this class and projects, in particular, are to be able to use these skills within the content area and apply knowledge in creative and adult world situations. State standards and my life passions have influenced curriculum development. Students will also influence curriculum throughout the year. Topics, skills, processes, and concepts will be taught through the context of projects and explicitly through a wide variety of activities. Educational Philosophy: Projects: Projects allow students to integrate their studies of different curricula, and apply them to a meaningful, real-world product or process. Through the context of projects students also learn organization and timemanagement skills. Because a project is more complex than a prescribed collection of daily lessons and activities, students will learn how to manage their time and prioritize tasks. Many projects also involve students working in groups. Over the course of the school year students will hone their cooperation and communication skills, as they practice working with a variety of classmates. Cooperative Interaction: Many projects and class activities will require students to work in groups. Group work is difficult – for both students and adults – but the benefits of working together are worth the hard work. Classes in which students work successfully in groups are characterized by a strong sense of community, acceptance for others, equitable interaction, and effective negotiation. To ensure that students have successful experiences with group work, most project groups will be carefully structured by the teacher to be heterogeneous. Students will be taught skills that help them work effectively in groups and group tasks will require the use of multiple abilities, ensuring that students of different intelligences (linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, body-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal) will be able make meaningful contributions to the group‘s task. Socratic Seminar Your voice will be heard in our class: respectfully and often. You will participate in a series of Socratic Seminars which require you to use independent judgment, listen to and understand others, stand by your words, accept criticism, and actively respect yourself and others. Book Club Every month each student will be responsible for reading one of the books from the Book Club selection within our classroom (texts are listed below). Every Friday they will be responsible for having read a quarter of the book and must be ready for a discussion with three of their classmates who also have chosen to that book. Habits of Mind Every day each of us is confronted with decisions that require us to use our minds well. At High Tech High we hope to create a learning environment in which students develop and practice useful thinking habits; or as we call them, ―Habits of Mind.‖

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Habits of Mind provide the foundation upon which the High Tech High Learning Outcomes are built. They are best thought of as questions you may ask yourself when thinking about a problem you are solving, a project you are developing, a topic you are researching, or a decision you have to make. When looking at a piece of a work or creating your own work, it is important to use critical thinking skills. People who think critically ask themselves the following types of questions:      SIGNIFICANCE – Why is this important? Why should you care? PERSPECTIVE – Who says? How do the author‘s experiences influence the ideas presented? What prior knowledge are you bringing to the problem? EVIDENCE – What argument is being made? What facts are used to support the argument? How do you know they are fact versus opinion? CONNECTIONS – How does this work connect to the real world? How has it been influenced by the past? How could it affect the future? SUPPOSITION – How would life be different if this wasn‘t true or never happened? What would happen if you changed part of the problem?

Learning Objectives: Over the course of this year students will learn about: *Historical information: U.S. Government, U.S. Constitution, Divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced, with emphasis on the Northeast, South, and West, Declaration of Independence, Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Civil Rights Movement, Current Issues *Writing Genres: 1. Essay: clear, coherent, focused with students‘ awareness of audience and purpose; contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions 2. Narrative (tells a story or part of a story): specific plot structure (introduction, rising action, climax, falling actions, resolution) 3. Expository (seeks to inform, explain, clarify, define or instruct) 4. Persuasive (intends to convince the reader of a stated opinion or belief) 5. Descriptive (vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize the topic and enter into the writer‘s experience) 6. Poetry (art form that uses evocative language and form to communicate an idea or an experience; because it is highly individual, the structure and elements are varied and unlimited in scope) 7. Research Articles 8. Free Writes *Writing strategies: Organization: Create compositions that establish a controlling impression, have a coherent thesis, and end with a clear and well-supported conclusion; Establish coherence within and among paragraphs through effective transitions, parallel structures, and similar writing techniques Support theses or conclusions with analogies, paraphrases, quotations, opinions from authorities, comparisons, and similar devices. Research and Technology: Plan and conduct multiple-step information searches by using computer networks; Achieve an effective balance between researched information and original ideas. Evaluation and Revision: Revise writing for word choice; appropriate organization; consistent point of view; and transitions between paragraphs, passages, and ideas. *Presentation skills *Listening/Note taking strategies Over the course of this year students will learn how to and/or improve upon: *being confident, competent, and engaged readers *participate in book discussions *analyze information through the Habits of Mind

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*communicate clearly and effectively orally and in written form *improve writing in terms of focus, coherence, and style *improve grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation *work cooperatively and productively with their peers to complete projects and daily work *work through difficulties within groups and when working individually *delegate and handle responsibilities within groups *ask for help/support when needed *engage in small and large group discussions *participate in decision-making within groups *work productively with a variety of individuals *find, analyze, and interpret historical information Challenge Yourself: There will be many options to challenge yourself throughout the year during projects, book club, homework, tests, and quizzes. I will give you ‗challenge options‘ and you will have the opportunity to create challenge options for yourself. Supplies: At all times you must have the following supplies with you in class: Planner Mechanical pencils (no sharpener in my room) Pens (blue or black) Red pens (please, no markers) 3-ring binder 3-ring pencil bag 8 dividers Lined/College ruled paper Highlighters (at least 5 different colors) Book Club Book (not for you to purchase) Homework/Work needed for class Flash Drive Not having these items will negatively impact your grade and class privileges. Absences and Late Work: In the event that you are absent, you will be required to turn in missed work after the amount of days that you missed. For example, if you were absent for 2 days, you will have 2 days from the date of your return to class to turn in all missed work. You will receive a zero in Powergrade until the work is turned in on time. If you were not absent and simply did not bring your work to class, you will receive a zero and will not be allowed to turn it in for any credit later. Grade Breakdown: Rather than weighing portions of my class (example: Projects 70%, Homework 10% Tests/Quizzes 20%), I assign points. Saving Work: You must save all of your work onto your ‗My Documents‘ and your flash drive, NOT the Desktop. SCHEDULE for Trimester 1 Due to the nature of project-based learning, this schedule will likely change and shift. Week August 25-29 Subjects Welcome back to school! Syllabus, Classroom Expectations, Routines Querencia Project (what is descriptive writing?) Book Club

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September 1-5

September 8-12

September 15-19

September 22-26

September 29 – October 3

October 6-10

October 20-24 October 27-31

November 3-7

November 10-14

November 17-21

Vocabulary Quiz No School Monday – Labor Day Querencia Project (sensory details, simile, metaphor, draft #1, critique #1) Book Club Vocabulary Quiz Querencia Project (draft #1, critique #2, draft #3, teacher‘s critique, design clipboard) Book Club Vocabulary Quiz Querencia Project (presentation in class & with 6th grade) 1st Native Americans Beginning of the United States Tribal Challenge Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz U.S. Government-Structure Tribal Challenge Project Book Club Vocabulary TEST U.S. Constitution Tribal Challenge Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz Declaration of Independence Tribal Challenge Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz 8th Grade Retreat 21st-24th No School Monday – Staff Day Civil War Election Project/ What If Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz Reconstruction Period Election Project/ What If Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz No School Monday and Tuesday – Veteran’s Day Industrial Revolution Election Project/ What If Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz Media Night on Friday Preparation for Media Night Election Project/What If Project Book Club Vocabulary Quiz WHOLE CLASS BOOKS

Title: Animal Farm Author: George Orwell Summary: George Orwell's timeless fable--a parable for would-be liberators everywhere, glimpsed through the lens of our own history As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a

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downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors. Review: ―A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable for our times.‖ –The New York Times BOOK CLUB BOOKS Title: Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America Author: Fizooreh Dumas Summary: In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas's wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies? — a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey? — an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh's parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don't get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi). Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing — without an accent. Review: "Today, as Middle Easterners in the United States are subject to racial profiling, stereotyping, and sometimes violence, this book provides a valuable glimpse into the immigrant experiences of one very entertaining family." -Library Journal Awards: Finalist Thurber Prize for American Humor 2005, Finalist for PEN/USA Award in Creative NonFiction 2004

Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Author: Mark Haddon Summary: Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He is obsessed with math, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbor‘s lawn he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery gets - for both Christopher and the rest of his family. Review: ―Haddon‘s book illuminates the way one mind works so precisely, so humanely, htat it reads like both an acutely observed case study and an artful expression of a different ‗mystery‘: the thoughts and feelings we share even with those very different from us.‖ –Entertainment Weekly Awards: 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award 2003 Whitbread Novel Award

Title: Make Lemonade Author: Virginia Euwer Wolff Summary: Jolly is seventeen. She can't really spell. She doesn't have much of a job. And she has two little kids from two different, absent fathers. Jolly knows she can't cope with Jilly and Jeremy all by herself. So she posts a notice on the school bulletin board: BABYSITTER NEEDED BAD. No one replies but Verna LaVaughn,

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who's only fourteen. How much help can she be? For a while, Jolly, Jilly, Jeremy, and LaVaughn are an extraordinary family. Then LaVaughn takes the first steps toward building her own future, and Jolly begins the longs low process of turning the lemons of her life into lemonade. Review: ―Radiant with hope.‖ –Publishers Weekly Awards: Oregon Book Award, The Golden Kite Award for Fiction, ALA Notable Children‘s Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Top of the List Winner Title: Hiroshima Author: John Hersey Summary: On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic " that stirs the conscience of humanity" ("The New York Times"). Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima. Review: ―Everyone able to read should read it.‖ –Saturday Review of Literature Title: American Born Chinese Author: Gene Luen Yang Summary: Three seemingly unrelated stories blend into a memorable tale of growing up Chinese American. The book begins with the ancient fable of the Monkey King, the proud leader of the monkeys. He is punished for entering the god‘s dinner party by being buried under a mountain for five hundred years. Second is the story of Jin Wang, the son of immigrants struggling to retain his Chinese identity while longing to be more Americanized. The final story is that of Cousin Chin-Kee, an amalgamation of the worst Chinese stereotypes. Chin-Kee yearly visits his all-American cousin Danny, causing so much embarrassment that Danny must change schools. The final chapter unifies the three tales into one version of what it means to be American-born Chinese. This graphic novel first appeared as a long running Web comic on the Modern tales {Professional Webcomics} website, where it enjoyed an enthusiastic following. Review: ―[American Born Chinese] is more than just the story of a Chinese-American childhood: it‘s a fable for every kid born into a body and a life they wished they could escape.‖ –Publisher‘s Weekly Awards: Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Title: Touching Spirit Bear Author: Ben Mikaelsen Summary: Within Cole Matthews lie anger, rage and hate. Cole has been stealing and fighting for years. This time he caught Alex Driscal in the, parking lot and smashed his head against the sidewalk. Now, Alex may have permanent brain damage'and Cole is in the biggest trouble of his life. Cole is offered Circle Justice: a system based on Native American traditions that attempts to provide healing for the criminal offender, the victim and the, community. With prison as his only alternative, Cole plays along. He says he wants to repent, but in his heart Cole blames his alcoholic mom his, abusive dad, wimpy Alex -- everyone but himself -- for his situation. Cole receives a one-year banishment to a remote Alaskan island. There, he is mauled by Mysterious white bear of Native American legend. Hideously injured, Cole waits for his death His thoughts shift from from Anger to humility. To survive, he must stop blaming others and take responsibility for his life. Rescuers arrive to save Cole's but it is the attack of the Spirit Bear that may save his soul. Ben Mikaelsen paints a vivid picture of a juvenile offender, examining the roots without absolving solving him of responsibility for his actions, and questioning a society in which angry people make victims of their peers and communities. Touching Spirit Bear is a poignant testimonial to the power of a pain that can destroy, or lead to healing. Review: ―Cole‘s journey to self-realization and truth through hardship, confrontation, and ritual will fascinate.‖ -VOYA Awards: Book Sense 76 Pick, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Flicker Tale Children‘s Book Award,

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Nevada Young Readers Award, California Young Reader Medal, Beehive Award Title: Sold Author: Patricia McCormick Summary: Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut in the mountains of Nepal. Her family is desperately poor, but her life is full of simple pleasures, like raising her black-andwhite speckled goat, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family‘s crops, Lakshmi‘s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid working for a wealthy woman in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India and arrives at ―Happiness House‖ full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family‘s debt – then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Lakshmi‘s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother‘s words – ―Simply to endure is to triumph‖ – and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision – will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life? Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs. Review: ―Hard-hitting … poignant. The author beautifully balances the harshness of brothel life with the poignant relationships among its residents.‖ –Publishers Weekly Awards: A National Book Award Finalist, A Quill Award Winner, An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults Title: 9/11 Author: Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon Summary: On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government‘s fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission‘s investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn. Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson‘s text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission‘s final report card. Colón‘s stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American‘s fingertips the most defining event of the century. Review: "All told, a thoughtful — and by no means dumbed-down-approach to events still very current." -Kirkus Reviews

Title: Maus I Author: Art Spiegelman Summary: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust "(The Wall Street Journal). The first volume introduces readers to Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and history itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), succeeds perfectly in shocking us out of any lingering sense of familiarity with the events described, approaching, as it does, the unspeakable through the diminutive. Tragic and comic by turns, it attains a new complexity of theme and a precision of thought new to comics and rare in any medium. The two volumes tie together two powerful stories: Vladek's harrowing tale of survival against all odds, delineating the paradox of daily life in the death camps, and the author's account of his tortured 7 relationship with his aging father. Awards: Pulitzer Prize

Title: Warriors Don‘t Cry Author: Melba Pattillo Beals Summary: In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year he became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chose to integrate Little Rock‘s Central High School. Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob‘s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down. Awards: Congressional Gold Medal

Title: Into Thin Air Author: Jon Krakauer Summary: Reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion, Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996. He hadn‘t slept in fifty-seven hours. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds … This is the terrifying story of what really happened that fateful day at the top of the world, during what would be the deadliest season in the history of Everest. In this harrowing yet breathtaking narrative, Krakauer takes the reader along with his ill-fated expedition, step by precarious step, from Kathmandu to the mountain‘s pinnacle where, plagued by a combination of hubris, greed, poor judgement, and plain bad luck, they would fall prey to the mountain‘s unpredictable fury. Review: ―Ranks among the great adventure book of all time.‘ –The Wall Street Journal Awards: "Book of the Year" by TIME magazine, one of the "Best Books of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review, a finalist for a 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of three finalists for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction

Title: A Long Way Gone Author: Ishmael Beah Summary: THIS IS HOW TOO MANY WARS ARE FOUGHT NOW: by children, hopped up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. It is one of the great evils of our time, this arming of children. But we know little about it, because most of the young soldiers-hundreds of thousands of them-are swallowed up in their wars, never to be heard from again. But Ishmael Beah, who is now twenty-six, made it back from hell. And in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, he provides a rare and mesmerizing account of what it is like to be thirteen years old and living a life where, it seems, you have only two options: "to kill or be killed." Equally important, he shows us that children who have been traumatized by war-and turned into the most soulless of killers-can also, with help, have their humanity restored. Ishmael Beah is living proof, and his memoir is already being hailed as a classic. Review: ―A Long Way Gone is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced the wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril.‖ –Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea Awards: Time magazine's Lev Grossman named it one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007

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Title: Enrique‘s Journey Author: Sonia Nazario Summary: In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in he United States. When Enrique is five years old, his mother, Lourdes, too poor to feed her children, leaves Honduras to work in the United States. The move allows her to send money back home to Enrique so he can eat better and go to school past the third grade. Lourdes promises Enrique she will return quickly. But she struggles in America. Years pass. He begs for his mother to come back. Without her, he becomes lonely and troubled. When she calls, Lourdes tells him to be patient. Enrique despairs of ever seeing her again. After eleven years apart, he decides he will go find her. Enrique sets off alone from Tegucigalpa, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother‘s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he will make the dangerous and illegal trek up the length of Mexico the only way he can–clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. With gritty determination and a deep longing to be by his mother‘s side, Enrique travels through hostile, unknown worlds. Each step of the way through Mexico, he and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. Gangsters control the tops of the trains. Bandits rob and kill migrants up and down the tracks. Corrupt cops all along the route are out to fleece and deport them. To evade Mexican police and immigration authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call El Tren de la Muerte– The Train of Death. Enrique pushes forward using his wit, courage, and hope–and the kindness of strangers. It is an epic journey, one thousands of immigrant children make each year to find their mothers in the United States. Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique’s Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves. Review: "A meticulously documented account of an epic journey, one undertaken by thousands of children every year...[Nazario] covers both positive and negative effects of immigration, illuminating the problem‘s complexity....In telling Enrique‘s story [she] bears witness for us all." -San Francisco Chronicle Awards: Pulitzer Prize

Title: The Glass Castle Author: Jeannette Walls Summary: Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict." Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town -- and the family -- Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape.

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He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story. Review: ―Walls has joined the company of writers such as Mary Karr and Frank McCourt who have been able to transform their sad memories into fine art.‖ -People Awards: Christopher Award, Books for a Better Life Award, New York Times Notable book, Over a year on the New York Times Bestseller List, 2005 Elle Reader‘s Prize, 2006 American Library Association Alex Award

NOTE TO PARENTS: If your student loses their book club book they are responsible for buying a new one for the classroom.

THIS SYLLABUS IS FOR YOU TO KEEP. PLEASE SEND YOUR STUDENT BACK WITH ONLY THE NEXT PAGE.

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