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Andrew McAllister's Multimedia Blog

October 2013

Blog EntryBlog: Sunday, October 27, 2013

9th Grade Literature

 Students will continue learning literary elements such as characterization, assonance, puns, metaphors, alliteration, and many others. They will also review their knowledge of various poem types and learn how to use literary elements in poetry or using literary elements to identify the message conveyed by the poems they read in class. 

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Blog EntryBlog: Sunday, October 27, 2013

10th Grade Literature

 The students will be continuing their reading of "Night" by Elie Wiesel. They will also learn more about the historical context of the novel such as Survivors of the Holocaust, Concentration Camps, the prejudice against Jews by Nazi Germany and Elie Wiesel himself. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Writers' Workshop

 Students will be focusing on the function of Linking Verbs to decrease their dependency on American Sign Language to guide their grammatical structure. They will learn how to use the words am, is, are, was, and were correctly in creating more grammatically correct sentences where the word sequences make better sense. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, October 21, 2013

9th Grade Literature

Students are currently focusing on learning various types of poems and literary elements. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Monday, October 21, 2013

10th Grade Literature

 This week, the 10th Grade Literature class will be reading the novel "Night" by Elie Wiesel. It is a story about a Holocaust Survivor and his experiences in Concentration Camp. Students will also gain background knowledge on World War II and how it dramatically changed the world. 


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Blog EntryBlog: Sunday, October 6, 2013

10th Grade Literature

 Students will continue reading "Cry, The Beloved Country" this week and focus on the theme of "Forgiveness". With so much hatred, crime, oppression, a void of values in the daily lifestyles of South Africans, Forgiveness becomes necessary to survive in the world of Apartheid. Students will explore "Forgiveness" through a written essay. Students will also learn more about various writing strategies such as properly using connector words and how to vary sentences. 


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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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