Work on Reading and Discussing Novels

15 Dec

Quick Write: What are your plans this upcoming vacation?  Do you have anything you want to do/accomplish? What do you look forward to?

12th Grade: Read the opinion piece “We’re Living in 1984 Today“.  Discuss connections between book and real world.

Homework:  Read part 2 of 1984 (up to page 224) by Friday.

9th Grade:  Read Martin Luther King Jr.s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Skills: anaphora, and allusion.

Allusion: reference to a work of literature, art, music, history, person, (anything)… that will call to mind large ideas quickly and simply.


“Don’t act like a Romeo in front of her.”
– “Romeo” is a reference to Shakespeare’s Romeo, a passionate lover of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet”.
The rise in poverty will unlock the Pandora’s box of crimes.
– This is an allusion to one of Greek Mythology’s origin myth, “Pandora’s box”.
“This place is like a Garden of Eden.”
–This is a biblical allusion to the “garden of God” in the Book of Genesis.
“Hey! Guess who the new Newton of our school is?”
– “Newton”, means a genius student, alludes to a famous scientist Isaac Newton.  (from

10th Grade: Reading and discussing To Kill a Mockingbird.  Read article by Maya Lane, connecting to events of Ferguson, to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Homework: Read chapters 11-19 by Friday

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