Category Archives: Summer Reading

Every year our department assigns summer reading. In the age of screen time, summer reading is so important because students have to take the SATs, which is essentially a reading test. Summer reading can also open a new door to curriculum.

Reflect on and Locate Chinua Achebe’s Post Colonial Novel, Things Fall Apart

Let’s enjoy this informative interview with Nigerian author Chinua Achebe that was recorded fifty years after the publication of his novel, Things Fall Apart. View this interview and take notes on a few items. First note what was Achebe’s first … Continue reading

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What’s Your Takeaway?

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 our community text, Mark Shriver’s  A Good Man. Please reflect … Continue reading

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Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Welcome to reading Anne Tyler. For our conversations, we’ll locate how this is a modern text in that we understand the family story from multiple points of view. What favorite book or movie has a similar structure? Anne Tyler is … Continue reading

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Reflect and Locate Chinua Achebe’s Post Colonial Novel, Things Fall Apart

Let’s enjoy this informative interview with Nigerian author Chinua Achebe that was recorded fifty years after the publication of his novel, Things Fall Apart. View this interview and take notes on a few items. First note what was Achebe’s first … Continue reading

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Reflect Over Chinua Achebe’s Post Colonial Classic, Things Fall Apart

Let’s enjoy this informative interview with Nigerian author Chinua Achebe that was recorded fifty years after the publication of his novel, Things Fall Apart. View this interview and take notes on a few items. First note what was Achebe’s first … Continue reading

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Let’s Continue Our Conversation About Jamie Ford’s Novel

Our first digital classroom endeavor will be to continue our class conversation of the community text in the “comment” thread of this classroom blog. Enjoy this short video made by our upcoming visitor, Jamie Ford. Then, reflect over the novel and consider … Continue reading

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Clyborne Park as a Provocative Riff on Raisin in the Sun

Review this video before class to help you come to terms with the construction of the plot, the importance of the set as well as how Norris makes central attitudes of race in the last fifty years of American cultural … Continue reading

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Clyborne Park as a Provocative Riff on Raisin in the Sun

Review this video before class to help you come to terms with the construction of the plot, the importance of the set as well as how Norris makes central attitudes of race in the last fifty years of American cultural … 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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