Place your sample essay questions below:


Some of the main characters in each book have a dream. In each book there is also something or someone holding that person back from that dream. What is that tangible or non-tangible object holding him or her back? And what is significant that makes that tragic hero overcome that obstacle? - Lili and Emily Magee

compare and contrast 2 books (1 from term 2, 1 from term 3) how characters fit into societies. How do these characters fit into society? How does society influence them as individuals? What other factors influence these characters? - David Jacket and Asa

In all the text there is a guiding figure who leads the protagonist. Chose two novels we have studied this year and explain the relationship between the characters and how the guiding figure leads the story from behind the curtains? - Carly and Ben

In each book, the protagonist always feels like an outsider to his or her community, family or society. How does this character overcome feeling isolated? Does he or she join or sit back and relax?- Olivia and Tim

One of the American Dream essential questions is, Is the American Dream worth it? and What is the cost of pursuing it? Based on the text from this year how would you answer this question. Use specific examples and explain how each character went about achieving their dream. --Alexys and Diego

-Examining the books we have read this year, what are issues you see with American morality and ideologies?
-Examining the books, we have read this year what does it mean to be an american? <-----David and Lexie


In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby strives to achieve his American dream. In all of the texts we have read this year the topic of American dream has been addressed. Pick two texts that explore the idea of the American dream and explain how the characters tried to achieve them. - Adam and Jordan

This year we have studied what it means to be a good or bad American. Choose two novels that shows what their perception of a good American is.- Sean and Raven

According to all of the texts, what exactly is the Amercian Dream? Use specific examples. How do these texts apply to current American life?-Emily L. and Ivanna


Place your sample theme underneath each title:


First Term
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • -Having luxuries are not necessary, and that they distract you from the greater natural things in life.
  • -Age does not make ones life more essential than another, because each persons life has the same value.
  • -"Our life is frittered away by detail" therefore simplicity is aw way of life that is beneficial to our development and to the development for our community.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The path less traveled in life can often be much more rewarding than the path universally known.--Alexys and Diego
  • As dysfunctional as they may be, at the end of the day family are the only people that are going to be there when you need them most. --Alexys and Diego


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Without a sense of self, media creates a false identity to fill the void. -Carly and Ben
  • Though beauty can be interpreted many ways, it always has one definition. - Carly and Ben
  • The media has too big of an influence on the importance of beauty and what is considered beautiful.
  • Attempting to fit into someone elses definition of perfect is impossible and damaging. Everyone has flaws.

Second Term
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Religion holds back societies from developing a further civilization. - Jacket and Asa
  • Lies represent the fears of being accused. - Jacket and Asa


"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

"The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. LeGuin

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • Freedom is difficult to achieve but with determination one can be free. - Jordan and Adam
  • Class does not determine the goodness of a person. - Jordan and Adam

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Life is most valuable when lived in the present. Living in the past, or the future, is detrimental to living freely. - Kris
  • The American Dream, whether consciously or subconsciously, is a force that drives Americans to their paradoxical rise and subsequent fall. - Kris