Welcome to ENG 1DI:  Coming of Age

Unit Two: Romeo and Juliet



This play is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.  It is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays.

Unit Three: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (novel)


This novel has won many literary awards such as the prestigious National Book Award, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, an ABC Best Book for Children and has garnered many positive literary reviews.  It examines the ideas of coming of age in a fresh and unique way. 



    TED Talks


Students will watch a TED Talk video that is related to the above class novel and they will decide upon a thematic connection. They will analyze the video in terms of the message it presents, make connections to the novel and present their information to the class using some type of audio-visual component.

Final Exam



This exam will involve a short story site passage and the students will answer questions based on that story. All questions types will have been practiced throughout the semester.

“Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It's one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they're the four hugest words in the world when they're put together.


You can do it.”


Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Unit One:  Cue For Treason



Cue for Treason is an historical novel written by Geoffrey Trease.  It is set in Elizabethan England at the end of the 16th century.  Two young runaways become boy actors, at first on the road and later in London, where they befriend William Shakespeare.  They become aware of a plot against Queen Elizabeth’s life and attempt to prevent it. 


We will also examine the film Shakespeare in Love and make comparisons to the novel.