I’m listening to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and enjoying the savory smell of turkey curry casserole drifting through my house as I write! I’m also enjoying having working electricity after last week’s windstorm.
For starters, students will complete journal entries 60-63 this week. Words include idle, immoral, immune, and impetuous!
In Language Arts, students will finish reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ bildungsroman, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, a coming-of-age story about a nomadic Pakistani adolescent in the Cholistan Desert. Students will read chapters 16-23 and answer a variety of discussion questions.
Students will start writing an essay this week, “A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teen,” about how Muslim beliefs and practices influence a fictional, devout, Muslim teenager. To prepare for the essay, and gain background information on the difficulties modern-day Muslims face in the United States, students will watch and discuss two spoken word poems: “I Am a Muslim Teen” and “What If I Told You the Truth About Islam?” A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager Essay
Zahra Abukar did a fabulous job presenting about Islam to my two core classes, and she and her cousin, Samrana Munye, have offered to return to my classes to talk more about remaining questions students might have about Islam, now that they’ve had the chance to study it a bit more in class. I’ll work on scheduling that for January, before the end of second quarter.
For those interested in exploring travel options for their children, I’ve scheduled another informational meeting this Tuesday, December 16th, at 4:00 p.m., about Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera EF Tour. This will provide me with the chance to answer any additional questions and assist anyone with registration, should they need help.
This Tuesday, December 16th, teachers will finalize second quarter midterm progress report grades. Please make sure your to check your child’s grades in Synergy so there are no surprises.
This Friday, December 19th, I’ll hold a “Friday Fun Day” in my classroom, where students’ ticket in the door will be completion of all work in my Language Arts and Social Studies classes. Students in both core classes have voted to watch the movie, Elf. Students with missing work will attend study hall in another room on Friday to complete missing assignments.