I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Today's class was pretty much phase 2 of yesterday's class. We needed almost all of the class period to finish our seminar topics 4-6. Students turned in irony song lyrics and seminar rubrics in class today. First period (only) got a 2nd page of compound sentence punctuation review exercises to complete for homework. No other homework tonight, but we will discuss the ACECES paragraph tomorrow and that will finally be due on Thursday of this week.
It's Pi day! How better to celebrate than with a poem? (See, English and Math can sometimes coexist.)
Pi by Wislawa Szymborska
The admirable number pi:
three point one four one.
All the following digits are also just a start,
five nine two because it never ends.
It can't be grasped, six five three five , at a glance,
eight nine, by calculation,
seven nine, through imagination,
or even three two three eight in jest, or by comparison
four six to anything
two six four three in the world.
The longest snake on earth ends at thirty-odd feet.
Same goes for fairy tale snakes, though they make it a little longer.
The caravan of digits that is pi
does not stop at the edge of the page,
but runs off the table and into the air,
over the wall, a leaf, a bird's nest, the clouds, straight into the sky,
through all the bloatedness and bottomlessness.
Oh how short, all but mouse-like is the comet's tail!
How frail is a ray of starlight, bending in any old space!
Meanwhile two three fifteen three hundred nineteen
my phone number your shirt size
the year nineteen hundred and seventy-three sixth floor
number of inhabitants sixty-five cents
hip measurement two fingers a charade and a code,
in which we find how blithe the trostle sings!
and please remain calm,
and heaven and earth shall pass away,
but not pi, that won't happen,
it still has an okay five,
and quite a fine eight,
and all but final seven,
prodding and prodding a plodding eternity
Allison Houck, MAT