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Blog EntryBlog: Sunday, October 6, 2013

9th Grade Literature

 This week, students will be learning about Sonnets. They will evaluate three primary forms of sonnets: Shakespeare/English, Italian and Spenserian. Students will also learn more about the components of a Sonnet: Quatrains, Couplets, Iambic Pentameters, Rhyme Schemes, and 14 lines. After learning the basics, students will learn how to analyze poetry using the TPCASTT form. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Friday, October 4, 2013

Writers' Workshop

 The students are focusing on the pre-writing process, specifically using Thinking Maps (e.g. the Circle Thinking Maps) and Outlines. By using Thinking Maps and Outlines, they are improving their ability to organize their writing and ultimately increase their scores in organization on the Georgia High School Writing Graduation Test. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Friday, October 4, 2013

9th Grade Literature

The Students in 9th Grade Literature recently had a test to conclude "The Odyssey". They really enjoyed reading about the journey that Odysseus experienced in trying to reach Ithaca (his homeland) after being cursed by the Greek Gods. 



This week, the students began to learn about sonnets, specifically the ones authored by William Shakespeare. They learned about various components of the sonnet: quatrains, couplets, rhyme schemes, iambic pentameters and meters. 





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Blog EntryBlog: Friday, October 4, 2013

10th Grade Literature

Students in the 10th Grade Literature class are currently reading "Cry, The Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. It is a fascinating story that takes place in South Africa during Apartheid. The protagonist, Reverend Kumalo, sets on a journey to the biggest city in South Africa to find his sister and son. During his journey, Reverend Kumalo experiences the effects of Apartheid such as: crime, poverty, and fear. As the novel progresses, people begin to speak up against Apartheid and start fighting for their own rights. 

The students have really related to the story as they understand the experience of fighting for your own rights. Being deaf or hard of hearing, they understand the mandate of speaking up and teaching people about deafness. Education is the best weapon against ignorance, just like how education led people to speak up and eventually eliminated Apartheid in South Africa. Education includes teaching self-advocacy as well, and the students are relating to self-advocacy by describing their experiences in speaking up and teaching others that disability is not always an obstacle. 

"Cry, The Beloved Country" also focuses on establishing your own identity as a person. The students engaged into a discussion in how to establish your own identity and always remain in your own element. They discussed various ways that you can determine one's identity (e.g. South Africans really relate to the land and their tribal background). 






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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, January 28, 2013

Update 1/28/13

We are currently reading two very beloved pieces of literature, Romeo & Juliet and In The Time of The Butterflies, in our 9th and 10th Grade Literature courses respectively.

The 9th Grade Literature class will be reading a William Shakespeare classic in Romeo & Juliet and discussing the influence of this original text on Modern Literature. William Shakespeare can be credited for many original common expressions and the class will be exploring the wide-spread impact of his writing on our culture. Not to mention, they will be creating their own common expressions while honoring the legacy of William Shakespeare.

The 10th Grade Literature  class will be reading a piece of literature close to my heart. Part of my family are from the Dominican Republic, where the story takes place, and the Mirabal sisters are widely adored in our culture.  In The Time of The Butterflies  is a story about the Mirabal sisters, a group of strong women, who protested against the terrible Trujillo Regime and paid the price of their lives. Their Martyrdom has become a source of strength to many in the Dominican Republic.  

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