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Two Word Tuesday; Great Depression; Technology’s Effect On Our Relationships

5 Dec

9th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday

Undermine:  (Verb) damage or weaken (someone or something), especially gradually or insidiously.

Sentence: “This could undermine years of hard work”
synonyms: subvert, undercut, sabotage, threaten, weaken, compromise,  ruin, damage, hurt,

Apathy: (noun) lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
Sentence: “The quadratic formula caused widespread apathy among students”
synonyms: indifference, lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm, lack of concern, unconcern, uninterestedness, unresponsiveness,

Of Mice and Men Time Period

Notes on Of Mice and Men Time Period of-mice-and-men-time-period

12th Grade:

Two Word Tuesday

Idyllic: (ADJ) (especially of a time or place) extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.
“an attractive hotel in an idyllic setting”
synonyms: perfect, wonderful, blissful, halcyon, happy;

ideal, idealized;

Juxtapose: (Verb) place or deal with close together for contrasting effect.

“black-and-white photos of slums were starkly juxtaposed with color images”
synonyms: place side by side, compare different things,

Today we are more connected than ever. But at the same time, it can be harder to actually be in the moment with another person as our phones constantly hunt for our attention. Are you excited for the future of technology or does it worry you? How will this affect human interaction, better or worse?

Listen to this podcast to help answer the question:



Go To the Computer Lab; Of Mice and Men; Social Commentary

4 Dec

Go to room A206.

How to add pictures to a Kidblog post…

9th Grade:

  • Create a post on Kidblog about either George or Lennie.
  • Identify 3 characteristics about the character you’ve chosen (kind, funny, angry, patient, goofy, … whatever) and give a quote from the text to support your answer.  (here is an online version of the story).
  • For each characteristic, think of another character or person that shares that characteristic.
  • Post a picture of that person/character, and explain how he/she shares that characteristic with George or Lennie.


12th Grade:

Last week we spoke about social commentary. You may find this Wikipedia page helpful in defining social commentary.

  • Create a post on Kidblog in which you identify 3 examples of social commentary. This can be music, movies, tv shows, stand up comedy, photography, art, etc.
  • Explain what the message of each example is. Be specific (refer to quotes, lines, elements of the image/film/song…).
  • Add an image to your post for each of your three examples.

Fix Me Friday; STEAL Chart; Social Commentary

1 Dec

All Classes:

Fix Me Friday: Look for errors and edit this paragraph:

In the united States, if you hear someone talking about The King,” their probably talking about Elvis. Elvis Presley was known as the King of Rock-andRoll. He was born on January 8, 1935 Growing up, Elvis was shy, but he love to sing and play geetar. He sang in public for the first time and got his first guitar when he was ten. When Elvis was in eighth grade, his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis got to learn a lot more about music and meet people in the music business. Eventually, he got a record deal and become famous. Some of Elvis most popular songs were “Heartbreak Hotel, “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Blue Suede Shoes.”

9th Grade:

Create a STEAL Chart for George and Lennie in your notebook. Be sure to include evidence from the text in each section.


12th Grade:

One possible angle for your writing is social commentary, which Wikipedia defines as “is the act of using rhetorical means to provide commentary on issues in a society.”

Consider the outrage people in the 1950’s felt about Elvis’s sexually charged performance below. Then compare that with examples of edgy and explicit music of today.

Types of Pieces; Scheduling Assembly

30 Nov

9th Grade:

We will CONGREGATE in the auditorium for a scheduling assembly.

12th Grade:

We will go over some different things you can work on in class. Then we will visit the lab.

Click here for today’s notes  They are important!!


Of Mice and Men; Visit Library to Find Books

29 Nov

9th Grade:

Congregate: (verb) gathering into a crowd or group

Synonyms: assemble, gather, collect, come together, convene, rally, rendezvous, muster, meet, cluster, group

Sentence: “Huge crowds of teary-eyed supporters congregated in front of the hospital.”


Bolster: (Verb) -support or strengthen; prop up.

Sentence: “The team’s challenging practice schedule is starting to bolster confidence”
Synonyms: strengthen, reinforce, boost, fortify, renew

Of Mice and Men

Read Of Mice and Men Chapter 1 (here is an online version of the book)

12th Grade:

Writing Prompt: You discover you have 6 months to live. Now what? How does that change your plans? What will you do differently? Will it change the way you act, treat people, spend your time? What do you keep the same and what do you change?
We will visit the library to look for independent reading books.

Weekly Reports, Not Yet; Of Mice and Men

28 Nov

12th Grade:

We will go over our new weekly reports.

Watch the following video. In your notebook, summarize the message of the video. What does Carol Dweck mean by “not yet?” What is her message? Do you agree with her?


9th Grade:

We will be starting a new book, Of Mice and Men.

In your notebook, make a list of qualities for both Men and Mice. (Ex: Men- brave, strong… Mice- quiet, sneaky, weak)

The Attack of the Phones…

27 Nov

Watch this video: Are Smart Phones Making a Generation Unhappy?

Then this video:

Then answer these questions in your notebook:

  • How much time do you think you spend on your phone everyday? Do you think this is ok? Do you want to spend more or less?
  • What are some ways your phone use has improved your life?
  • What are some ways your phone use has affected your life negatively?