In today's class, I collected your homework for chapters 5 and 6 of Things Fall Apart. Then, we did an in-class writing assignment. It is attached below. Your homework is to read chapters 7-8 of Things Fall Apart. We will be doing an in-class assignment on those chapters next class.
Note: If you are one of the students who spoke with me today about your reservations regarding the novel, you should be getting another novel from the list I provided; it can be a library copy, an online or PDF copy, or a purchased copy. Please get ahold of your book and begin reading it ASAP. We will talk more about what you'll be doing with these books next class.
We began today's class with a brief quickwrite:
-What do you think of the novel, Things Fall Apart, so far? What do you like and/or dislike about it?
We discussed student responses and then went over the homework for chapters 1-4 of Things Fall Apart.
Next, I gave a powerpoint presentation on the historical and cultural context of the novel. It also covered some of the themes of the novel. It is attached below.
Next, we read an article by a social psychologist and applied his theories to Things Fall Apart.
Your homework is to read chapters 5-6 of the novel and complete the attached homework.
In today's class we focused on some current events involving whistleblowers and the US government. We began with definitions and a quickwrite:
A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, dishonest, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public.
Whistleblowers have emerged from different government agencies, such as military and intelligence agencies (like the CIA), to expose wrongdoings on the part of the US government.
1. Why do you think a whistleblower would be willing to come out against activities of the US government even though they will be labelled a traitor and face serious criminal charges?
2. Who is Edward Snowden? What is he famous for?
3. Why do you think people seek positions of power in the government? Think of as many different reasons as possible.
We discussed student responses to the quickwrite questions and then read an article on the disclosures of a recent whistleblower on the US's military drone program. Students read the article and wrote a one-paragraph summary of the main points. In groups, we then read a few other articles and discussed the implications of what the anonymous whistleblower revealed.
All of the articles from this class are available in the "Resources" section of the website.
In today's class, I handed back all of your work from LP 1.
Then, I handed out our class novel, Things Fall Apart. If you chose to read the book on the computer instead of checking out a hard copy, an online version of the novel is located in the "Resources" section of this website.
We then did an activity involving some of the main topics and themes of the novel. We wrote about and discussed these topics.
Lastly, I handed out your homework. It is attached below.
Today, we finished the film that we began last class. After completing the film, students had time to finish the questions for the film that were handed out last class. After that, students were divided into four groups and each group had one question to answer in depth with examples from the film. Each group discussed their assigned question and presented an answer to the class. The questions were as follows:
Group 1: How does Chaplin characterize the relationship between people and machines? How does he specifically do this through the use of on-screen images and character interactions?
Group 2: What do you think is the message of this movie? Do you agree or disagree with it? How did Chaplin communicate this message? What scenes or events particularly helped him communicate this?
Group 3: How does Chaplin manage to create comedy without sound? Compare to today: how do most comedy movies today make you laugh?
Group 4: What kind of social issues are involved in this film? Why do you think Chaplin wanted to take on such serious issues in a comedy movie?
Lastly, I handed out the homework. It is attached below and due next class.
Have a nice weekend :)
In today's class we did something a bit different. I was sick, so we watched a silent comedy film called Modern Times. This film was released in 1936, right in the middle of the Great Depression. I have attached a page of background information about the film and questions to be completed after the film.
We watched the majority of the film today, and we will finish it next class.
Here is a link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLHVT0-GgM
We began today's class with a quickwrite. Here is the prompt:
-What do you most dream of being, doing, or having in the future that you don’t have today?
-Why do you want it?
-What stands in your way?
We then discussed student responses to the quickwrite.
Next, I introduced an article on an emerging piece of technology. Click the link here to access the article. If you were not in class today, watch the video at the bottom of the page before reading the article.
Link to article and video
Students worked in groups to complete the questions for the article. This assignment is due on the first day back from the week off.
Next, TLCs guidance and college counselor, Ms. Peterson, gave a presentation on college and the high school work necessary to get to the college and career path of your choice.
Lastly, I handed out the homework for the week of no onsite classes. It is attached below.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.