Monday, September 30, 2013

9/30 RASH

Lots of paperwork today: Culture Vulture response sheets, signed ROAR and syllabus, vocab quiz #3

We also introduced the acronym RASH, and how we will RASH on literature throughout the year. We start with The Old Man and the Sea, and will get you ready for a research paper where you RASH on your own!

9/27 Paradox of Memory pt.3

Our DO NOW asked us to reflect on how we and/or our families have dealt with the events of the past. For some, there is a rawness to our hurt and anger. For others, there is an amnesia in dealing with trauma.

We shared our Paradox of Memory posters, briefly introducing those places where we have a responsibility to remember and forget.

Revise your MCAS "pressure to succeed" essay for Tuesday (10/1) by 10pm

  • Content
    • thesis sentence at the end of first paragraph
    • three mentions of topic (pressure) in each paragraph
  • Formatting
    • 12 pt, Times New Roman font
    • double space (no extra space between paragraphs)
    • 1 inch margin, on all sides
    • indent new paragraphs (tab, 1/2 inch)
    • book titles

Thursday, September 19, 2013

9/19 Paradox of Memory pt.2

We started to unpack some places of memory that can become uncomfortable quite quickly. Continue to think how there have been perpetrators and victims in your past cultural, religious, and political history. Tomorrow we delve into the personal places of pain where we need to have a paradox of memory.

Remembering the past, Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd addresses the "Stolen Generation"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

9/17 Paradox of Memory pt. 1

Revise your Forgotten Fire paragraph, upload to by 10pm 9/19

  • 1) avoid "I, you, my"
  • 2) introduce quotes with context- no stand alone quote sentences
  • 3) use author's last name- Bagdasarian describes/writes/shows/depicts
  • 4) last sentence should connect to theme/main idea in the book
  • 5) MLA formatting- double space, parenthetical citations, Forgotten Fire

Our mini unit on the Paradox of Memory started with watching an interview with Desmond Tutu and his work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Armenian Genocide Extra Credit

To honor the memory of Vahan and the Armenian Genocide, take a pilgrimage to the Boston memorial to the atrocities of 1915.

1) Find it

2) Go there

3) take a picture!

9/16 Culture Vulture/ROAR/The Real Me

After reading a selection from The House on Mango Street, we wrote about the places unseen by teachers and students.

Culture Vulture!
-be sure to propose an activity before heading out

-find your biography by 9/24

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/12 1st Vocab Quiz/Literary Analysis paragraph

Best wishes to all who studied well; best of luck to those who did not for the 1st vocab quiz. Use today's quiz to guide your work for the quiz next week.

For the literary element paragraph, please follow the following guidelines:
  1. direct quote from Forgotten Fire 
  2. parenthetical citation 
  3. mention of book title 
  4. mention of author’s name 
  5. two sentences of plot context 
  6. one sentence of literary element description 
  7. one sentence of literary element effect 
  8. one sentence of connection between quote and the book’s overall theme/message
  9. clear handwriting + skip lines, or double spaced typed

Remember to bring your Forgotten Fire graphic organizer for the test tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11 Spiraling into Genocide

After watching the PBS documentary "The Armenian Genocide," we traced 3 reasons for the sudden shift from reform under the Young Turks into killings.

Here is the Forgotten Fire literary analysis handout for homework

Thursday, September 5, 2013

9/5 We and They: roots of the Armenian Genocide

Guiding Questions:

  • Who are the Armenians? 
  • What is the Ottoman Empire? 
  • What rights did Armenians have in the Ottoman Empire?
  • How did the Ottoman government respond to Armenian political demands? 
  • What challenges do minorities face when they demand for more rights? 
  • How is religion & nationality used to create distinctions of "we" and "they"?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Welcome to ELA 10

Thanks for visiting the blog!

1) Your Vocabulary Words are linked here, and also on the right column
2) Click "Lesson 1" and make your flashcards for Friday: word, definition, part of speech (you may need to use a dictionary)
3) If you wish, play some of the Quizlet games and start studying