Telephone Conversation

This week in class, we’re reading “Telephone Conversation” by Wole Soyinka.

In Wole Soyinka’s poem “Telephone Conversation” the speaker is asked to disclose how dark they are when they attempt to rent an apartment.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Prejudice & Discrimination as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What are the effects of prejudice?”

Ways to support your child:

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If

This week in class, we’re reading “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

In “If,” the speaker sets out a list of rules by which he thinks his son should live.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family, Growing Up, and Honor & Courage as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”, “What does it mean to be brave?”, and “What makes a family?”

Ways to support your child:

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Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech

This week in class, we’re reading “Winston Churchill’s ‘Never Give In’ Speech” by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Winston Churchill’s speech “Never Give In,” discusses the recent successes of the United Kingdom in World War II.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “Why do people succeed?”

Ways to support your child:

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We Wear the Mask

This week in class, we’re reading “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was an influential African American poet, the son of freed slaves, and friend of Frederick Douglass. In “We Wear the Mask,” Dunbar introduces the idea of hiding behind a metaphorical mask.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Prejudice & Discrimination and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What are the effects of prejudice?” and “How does a person overcome adversity?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: The Bet

This week in class, we’re reading “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov.

A young lawyer and a banker make a fifteen year, two million dollar bet to determine which is more humane, capital punishment or solitary confinement for life.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Loneliness & Isolation and Power & Greed as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Does money buy happiness?” and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

Ways to support your child:

 

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Parent Guide: The Value of Being Confused

This week in class, we’re reading “The Value of Being Confused” by Barrett Smith.

In the informational text “The Value of Being Confused,” Barret Smith discusses the benefits of allowing yourself to be confused.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Education & Knowledge, Identity, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes you who you are?”, “Why do people resist change?”, and “How do we understand the world around us?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Cell One

This week in class, we’re reading “Cell One” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “Cell One,” a girl’s brother is arrested and is changed by the injustices he witnesses in prison.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Growing Up, Justice, Freedom & Equality, and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”, “What is good and how do we know?”, and “What is fair?”

Ways to support your child:

 

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Parent Guide: The Danger of a Single Story

This week in class, we’re reading “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

In “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of not allowing one story to construct your understanding of the world.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Identity and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes you who you are?” and “How does prejudice emerge?”

Ways to support your child:

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