WHAT WE DID: 2/8

  • SEVENTH GRADE ENGLISH
    • Work in groups to answer questions for AoW; due Friday 2/10
      • What is the author’s purpose? PIE? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What are three of the most important details. Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What is your opinion of the plan to move the Raiders? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • Give one fact, one opinion, and one statistic from the article. Use complete sentences.
      • Summarize the article in five complete sentences.
    • HOMEWORK
      • Greek & Latin packet due 2/9
      • Greek & Latin quiz 2/10
  • HONORS ENGLISH 8
    • Work in groups to answer questions for AoW; due Friday
      • What is the author’s purpose? PIE? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What are three of the most important details. Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What is your opinion of the plan to move the Raiders? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • Give one fact, one opinion, and one statistic from the article. Use complete sentences.
      • Summarize the article in five complete sentences.
    • HOMEWORK
      • Take-home essay due Wednesday, 2/15 (if you want me to email you a PDF, send me an email with your request)
      • TAKE-HOME ESSAY
      • Writing Situation: Often, a short story will communicate a deeper meaning through the use of symbolism, metaphor, and allegory. “Thank You, Ma’m” is the seemingly simple story of a young boy who finds kindness and generosity from a stranger, the older woman he planned to rob.
      • Directions: Write a five paragraph essay in which you discuss the theme and explain how the symbolism used in “Thank You, Ma’m” is used to create the allegory. Use your notes to help you develop your essay.
        PARAGRAPH ONE: INTRODUCTION
      • Give a brief overview of the story and introduce the theme. State your thesis as the last sentence in the paragraph.PARAGRAPH TWO: BODY PARAGRAPH #1
      • Focus on Roger. Explain who he is symbolically. Discuss what Roger is in need of literally and figuratively.PARAGRAPH THREE: BODY PARAGRAPH #2
      • Focus on Mrs. LBWJ. Explain who she is symbolically and what she represents. What does she offer Roger, both literally and figuratively.PARAGRAPH FOUR: BODY PARAGRAPH #3
      • Bringing all of the symbolism together, explain how these work to create allegory. How does Hughes use the characters, symbols, setting as an allegory?PARAGRAPH FIVE: CONCLUSION
      • Wrap it all up. Restate your thesis. Does Hughes support the allegory with symbolism? Is it believable?
  • ENGLISH 8
    • Work in groups to answer questions for AoW; due Friday
      • What is the author’s purpose? PIE? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What are three of the most important details. Explain. Complete sentences.
      • What is your opinion of the plan to move the Raiders? Explain. Complete sentences.
      • Give one fact, one opinion, and one statistic from the article. Use complete sentences.
      • Summarize the article in five complete sentences.
    • HOMEWORK
      • Iceberg outline: seen/unseen & action/motivation due 2/9

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NOTABLE ANGELENOS

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The first African-American Mayor of Los Angeles was Tom Bradley.  Mr. Bradley was born on December 29, 1917, to Lee and Crenner Hawkins Bradley, sharecroppers, on a cotton plantation in Calvert, Texas. He was the grandson of slaves in the Carolinas. When Tom was seven, the family moved to Los Angeles.

Both parents, but especially Tom’s mother, encouraged their children to do well in school and applauded their accomplishments. For Tom, these included athletic achievements. As a student at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, Tom Bradley became a track star as well as an all-city tackle on the football team.

Following graduation from high school in 1937, Mr. Bradley attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) on a track scholarship, majoring in education. In 1940 Bradley left UCLA at the end of his junior year to join the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

While working as a police officer, Bradley enrolled in law school in Los Angeles part time, first at Loyola University and then at Southwestern University, from which he received a law degree in 1956. He remained with the police department while establishing a part-time law practice, hoping for a promotion that never came.

Bradley decided that politics offered the best chance of success. In 1963, he ran as a Democratic Party candidate for the Los Angeles City Council as a representative from the Tenth District. Later, Mr. Bradley opposed the current mayor in an election. He skillfully assembled a coalition of African Americans, Latinos, and white liberals. On Election Day, he won 57 percent of the vote, to become the first black mayor of the city.

Mr. Bradley was Mayor of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993, an era in which the city was transformed from a collection of suburban neighborhoods to what Mr. Bradley liked to call a “world-class city,” a place with glittering skyscrapers, a striking new skyline, and a vibrant downtown. In the Bradley years, Los Angeles surpassed Chicago to become the nation’s second largest city.

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On September 29, 1998, Tom Bradley died of natural causes.

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