Aliens in America
Tomorrow we will present our “Aliens in America” group projects. Our presentations will be the summative assessments for our Family: Comfort vs. Conflict unit. Be sure to have your copies of Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena.
On Monday, 8/31, we will conclude our “Aliens in America” presentations. Be sure to update your student blog with your reflection “What makes a family: The Good, The Bad, and the ‘Say What?'” that discusses what we’ve learned about family comforts, conflicts, and uniqueness.
On Tuesday, 9/1, we will begin our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with some Hispanic Heritage trivia. Bring your “A” game. We will also introduce the student teachers for our Hispanic Heritage mini-lessons for the month of September. We will begin discussion of Mexican Whiteboy.
We also begin Unit II: Education, Race, and Gender – Finding My Way. We discuss how people from different backgrounds grow from childhood to maturity and become their unique selves in the process. This month will definitely be a time for you all to develop your talents, personalities, attitudes, habits, opinions, and express what’s on your minds.We will explore what are our primary and secondary influences, and why they are so effective in our decision-making.
Our Vocabulary for this week:
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edify aplomb cachet stymied reparation ideographs
quintessential arbitrarily articulated ginseng monsignor synaptic
On Wednesday, 9/2, we will read “I want to be Miss America” by Julia Alvarez in our text books. With the help of our student teachers, we will talk about childhood ideals, stereotypes and various cultural standards of beauty.
On Thursday 9/3, we will review the text, engage in socratic seminar about our hot topics and review vocabulary for Friday’s quiz.
On Friday, 9/4, we will quiz on vocabulary and notes from our student instructor.