I post here daily about what we accomplished in class each day, including handouts and links available to students on my CANVAS site.
Honors Classes: We started with notes on sentence variety and a challenge to take one sentence and start it 5 different ways without adding or deleting any words. Then, we worked on analysis of the poem "Shema" from our poetry packet. For the final third of class, students used laptops to work on the research assignment for this week: reading/annotating and then creating note cards from three articles about tricksters. Homework: Continue reading/annotating chapters 6-9 in Night and summarizing notes for the Canvas assignment due tomorrow. If you have not completed annotation and note cards for one full article, you need to catch up on that tonight as well.
Academic Classes: We started our next unit today, "Man's Inhumanity to Man." During this unit, we will be reading the Holocaust memoir Night and working on a research project learning about other historical events connected to this same theme. We began with a discussion of the research project. Students have a list of world conflicts which represent man's injustice to other men. They must propose their top three choices from this list in writing by tomorrow (12/1). We will begin our research on Monday, 12/5. I also introduced to students our core text, Night. We discussed the ideas of responsibility, perpetrators, victims, and bystanders and debated how those terms apply to some of the actors in WWII and the Holocaust. I gave out copies of the book, and we looked at our reading assessment of this text: a double entry journal. Students will complete two journal entries for each chapter of the book (9 chapters, 18 total entries) following specific guidelines and requirements (see assignment handout). Homework: Read pp. 13-23 (started in class) and complete one characterization entry about Elie or his father.
Allison Houck, MAT