WHAT WE DID: 2/28

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Students turned in their HRL
    • ERWC MODULE III: Students drafted the memo re: limiting parent access on campus
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Students turned in their HRL
    • ERWC MODULE III: Students drafted the memo re: social robots on campus

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS

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Madam C.J. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867, near Delta, Louisiana. After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905. She promoted her products by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Her savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. She was also known for her philanthropic endeavors including donating the largest amount of money by an African-American toward the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA in 1913.

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WHAT WE DID: 2/27

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN AMERICANS

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Jacqueline Woodson’s awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award — both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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If you would like to learn more about Jacqueline Woodson, go to her website: http://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/all-about-me/my-biography/

WHAT WE DID: 2/24

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • ERWC MODULE III – Helicopter Parents: Help or Hinderance?
      • Article
      • Survey
      • Quick write
    • HOMEWORK
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/8
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • ERWC MODULE III – ROBOTS IN THE CLASSROOM
      • TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE: “I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC”
    • HOMEWORK
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/8

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN-AMERICANS

Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.

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Born in Ohio in 1997, Simone Biles has become one of America’s top gymnasts. After dominating at the junior elite level, she won her first U.S. and world all-around titles in 2013. In 2015, she claimed a record third straight world all-around title. She went on to lead the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed “The Final Five,” to win gold at the 2016 Summer Games, and dominated the competition, winning gold in the women’s individual all-around, vault and floor exercise and bronze in the balance beam. With 19 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast.

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WHAT WE DID: 2/23

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Students began ERWC Module III: Helicopter Parents
    • Homework:
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/28
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Students began ERWC Module III: Robots in the Classroom?
    • Homework:
      • HRL due Tuesday, 2/28

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

Acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland is the first African-American performer to be appointed as a principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre.

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Born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland endured a tumultuous home life to find her way to dance, eventually studying under California ballet instructor Cindy Bradley. Copeland joined the studio company of American Ballet Theatre in 2000, becoming a soloist several years later and starring in an array of productions such as The Nutcrackerand Firebird. An icon whose star shines beyond the world of classical dance, in late June 2015 Copeland became the first African-American performer to be appointed as an ABT principal dancer in the company’s decades long history.

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WHAT WE DID: 2/22

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Students turned in their odes and Open House invitations
    • Small group to answer AoW questions
      • Provide a brief summary of the article.
      • What is the most interesting detail? Explain.
      • How did the “black computers” become famous?
      • What is the author’s purpose? PIE? Explain.
      • What message did YOU take away? Explain.
  • ENGLISH 8 & HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Small group to answer AoW questions
      • Provide a brief summary of the article.
      • What is the most interesting detail? Explain.
      • How did the “black computers” become famous?
      • What is the author’s purpose? PIE? Explain.
      • What message did YOU take away? Explain.

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE AFRICAN-AMERICANS

Percy L. Julian (1899 – 1975) is known as the “soybean chemist,” for his extraordinary success in developing innovative drugs and industrial chemicals from natural soya products. The firefighting solution he devised, known as “bean soup,” helped save the lives of thousands of sailors and naval airmen during World War II. His discoveries earned him more than 130 chemical patents and many professional awards.

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His spirit lives on in dozens of lifesaving discoveries, as well as in the halls of Percy L. Julian Junior High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Julian was quoted as saying, “I have had one goal in my life, that of playing some role in making life a little easier for the persons who come after me.”

INTERSECTIONALITY

Intersectionality (or intersectional theory) is a term first coined in 1989 by Americn civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw. It is the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. All of us have a public persona (seen) as well as our private persona (unseen). What people know, or think they know, about us is not all there is to us.

 

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