Sunday, November 20, 2016

Weekly overview - week of November 14

From now on, I'll be sharing my weekly overviews (the summaries that go out in Walter's Friday emails) here on the blog, too.

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In English this week, students presented their group poetry exhibitions on either Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” Langston Hughes’ “I, Too,” or Elizabeth Alexander’s “Praise Song for the Day.” Students were asked to analyze the poem, learn about the poet’s background, and examine the poem’s relevance in light of the election season and the current political climate. Using poetry as a lens through which to view America’s “songs” at different key moments (around the Civil War, during the Jim Crow era, and at the inauguration of President Obama) gave students a chance to think about our current “song” and ways in which we can encourage civil conversation among people with a wide variety of voices and opinions. We also completed The Red Pencil, a novel in verse that we’ve been reading for the last several weeks. Students have been working to identify examples of figurative language in the text and to answer comprehension questions about the plot. Finally, we wrote letters of advice to our new president as part of Teaching Tolerance’s “Students Speak” campaign.

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