Me & the World

Teacher: Lise Brody
Extra Help: Mondays or by appointment (Room 302)

Current Homework

Course Overview

In this course we will come together to write, think, discover and take action. We will start with the personal and move out from there to find out how our unique experience fits into the world around us. Have other people's lives been touched by some of the same issues, questions, problems or realities as ours? Is there something that needs to be said? Is there something that we can change for the better? Our exploration will happen in three parts:

Unit I. Writing My Life

This unit is a personal narrative workshop. We will draw on our own experience and work together as community of writers to explore what makes personal writing powerful. At least 90 minutes a week of class time will be dedicated to in-class writing and individual teacher conferencing.

Unit II. Research

For this unit you will look back at your stories and identify an experience or issue that has personal relevance to you, then educate yourself about it. Your research questions will include: What is the history of this issue? How has it affected other people? How is it being talked about in the media, in science and social science? By the end of your research you will be an authority on this issue.

Unit III. Making a Difference

In this unit you will draw on your research to take action. You will write at least three different pieces – these might be a letter to elected representative or newspaper, a leaflet with a call to action, a blog, an educational pamphlet. This is your chance to talk to the world about something you care about.

Skills Assessed

Content (25%); Structure (25%); Language & Conventions (25%); Work Habits (25%)

Policies & Housekeeping

Risk taking and respect

You will be sharing your writing in this class.. That means that everybody needs to feel safe and respected. It is important that we give both others and ourselves permission to take risks, and that we be enthusiastically, critically, supportively engaged in one another's process.

Academic Honesty

Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s words or ideas as your own. That means:

  • copying/ pasting something from the internet or another source without quote marks and citation

  • paraphrasing something from any source without citation

When in doubt, CITE! If it’s in the gray area, it IS plagiarism. I take this very seriously.

Part of engaging in lively, meaningful conversation is building upon one another’s thoughts. If we do this without giving credit to other thinkers, no matter whether they died 200 years ago or are sitting in class with us, we are not participating in this collective process in a constructive, respectful way.

For more information on the Academic Honesty policy, please refer to the student handbook. Please know that I will take cases of plagiarism to Mr. Orpen with the first offense.

Late Work Policy

In order for an assignment to be eligible for revision, it must be turned in on time. If you would like an extension, you must ask for it before the end of the school day at least two school days before the assignment is due. If you do not have an extension, I will accept late work up to one week after the due date, but the grade will suffer. If you are failing the course due to missing work, please do not ask me to design special extra credit assignments for you.


Honors work for this course is TBD.

Extra Help

Please come see me!  My extra help is on Monday afternoons or by appointment. You can reach me at

Saving work for Exhibition Night, POLs, and college recs

I will only approve work for exhibition night or POLs if you bring me the original version with the original rubric and notes. Do not just save it on the computer. Likewise, if you think you may ask me for a college rec, please save any work you are especially proud of with my comments. Much as I always believe I'll never forget a thing about your beautiful paper, sadly, I very well might. Bringing it without the notes and rubric is asking me to do my job twice.