Category Archives: Community Theme, Text

How did The Last Lecture Inspire You?

While you may know that the word inspiration means to motivate or stimulate, the word inspiration derives from the root spiritus, which means breath. Part of the reason why we say “God bless you” to someone who sneezes, is that we … Continue reading

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Why Do You Think Solitude is Important in Today’s Culture?

The goal of this blog post is to begin a conversation during the first night of study hall tonight among students in all four of my classes about individuals’ reaction to this year’s community theme. This year’s theme of solitude … Continue reading

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Community Happens! What’s Your Take-away?

English teachers often challenge students to invest time and thought into their essays. We make handouts, write notes in the margin of essays, give pep talks, and repeatedly suggest to students the need to reflect on one’s thesis. One of … Continue reading

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How’s Your Summer Reading progressing?

While I have been having fun balancing Nathaniel Philbrick (Valiant Ambition, Why Read Moby-Dick?, and Bunker Hill) and some of his favorite non-fiction authors, such as Walter Lord, with Geraldine Brooks’ March, I have enjoyed going back to our community text, … Continue reading

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A Journey of Self-Discovery through Travel

Throughout human existence, understanding oneself has been a goal taken on by many brave individuals. In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes a detailed account of her travels throughout Italy, India, and Indonesia on a journey to determine … Continue reading

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Check Out Walter Littlemoon’s Story in Thick Dark Cloud

Enjoy this video about the movie, The Thick Dark Cloud, as it might help you remember your reading of Walter Littlemoon’s memoir this summer. Then reflect on the text and consider these two questions carefully.  What is the most important … Continue reading

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This I Believe

This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, contains the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women. The editors compiled eighty of the essays written by famous individuals, from Albert Einstein and Helen Keller to Bill Gates; the individuals … Continue reading

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Where do you find resilience in Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain?

Enjoy this interview with Garth Stein. Information on the poem he mentions is linked below in the post. Let’s begin exploring this year’s theme of resilience inside the community text. The following link provides ten ways to build resilience. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx#Continue reading

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Community Text Prompt

I am looking forward to Mawi Asgedom’s visit. Check out this video to see how he is evolving as an educator since his publication “Of Beetles & Angles.”  For homework, let’s remember our summer reading assignment and start a large … Continue reading

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An Interesting Intersection of Gratitude and a Summer Reading Assignment

Check out his hand written note from President Obama regarding his appreciation for Martel’s writing skills.  Check out this great web site. I recall Rocky showing it to me when he began having freshmen write letters of gratitude. http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/07/it-is-lovely-book.html  Also check … Continue reading

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