WHAT WE DID: 12/18

  • Students completed the iceberg. If it was nor completed today in class, it must be completed and turned in on January 4, 2016.
  • All extra credit is due January 4, 2016.
  • Late work for excused absences accepted until January 15, 2016. No exceptions.

A Night at the Ballet

Last night, I went to see “The Nutcracker Suite” at the Segerstrom Center, in Orange County. I was especially excited to see this particular performance because Misty Copeland was dancing. Misty Copeland is the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater. She is strong, athletic, and beautiful. Her performance was exquisite as well as incredibly controlled and precise. Years of training and practice were evident; watching her was inspirational to say the least. Seeing her made me wonder, what might I be capable of achieving if I had dedication such as Misty’s? What might you achieve were you to set your mind to it?

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WHAT’S DUE 12/18?

Article of the Week: “Enslaved Children Forced to Make Christmas Decorations” due 12/18.

Vocabulary Lesson 10 due 12/18. Brief definition or synonym for pp. 39/40. Complete activities on pp. 41/42.


WHAT WE DID: 12/17

  • Students created two symbols for what is “visible” and two symbols for what is “less visible,” or hidden, for both characters in “Thank You, Ma’am.” These symbols are metaphors for the characters (physical, words, actions).
  • Students explained the symbol and how it connects to the character.
  • Students drew the symbols on the “iceberg.”
  • The iceberg is due Friday, December 18th. If it is not complete by December 18th, it must be turned in on Monday, January 4th.

WHAT WE DID: 12/15

  • Students turned in their HRL
  • We read “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  • Students completed literary analysis of the story with a focus on foreshadowing, irony, symbolism, and use of simile/metaphor