See It Through

This week in class, we’re reading “See It Through” by Edgar Guest.

In this poem, a speaker encourages one to face any challenge and “see it through.”

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

“How does a person overcome adversity?”

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English 10 Final Exam: Decisions

We must constantly make decisions in daily life. Some decisions are simple choices (e.g., Coke or Pepsi) while others affect people’s entire lives. Furthermore, every decision has consequences and often there is not a clear alternative. Decisions involve weighing alternatives and considering the consequences. This is an opportunity for students to examine values, beliefs, and pressures that surround decision making.

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. -William James

Write either a narrative or an essay examining the pressures we face when making an important decision.

 

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

This week in class, we’re reading “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman.

In this poem by the “father of free verse,” the speaker prefers nature to the astronomer’s cold, organized lecture.

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

“What are the costs and benefits of technology?”

Ways to support your child:

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Trick Shot Challenge

Complete the following Trick Shot Challenge.

  1. Film yourself executing a trick shot, any trick shot. Basketball, ping pong ball, queue ball. Be creative, unleash your imagination, be safe. Post your clip to your ECAC YouTube account. or
  2. Create a short-short story in which your main character completes a trick shot. 

Need Inspiration? Check “Dude Perfect Trick Shots” on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Trick+Shots+%7C+Dude+Perfect

One trick shot can change the world ….

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The Man in the Well

This week in class, we’re reading “The Man in the Well” by Ira Sher.

Ira Sher is a contemporary author who writes short fiction. In this story, a man in a vulnerable position asks a group of children for help.

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

“Why do people do bad things?” and “How does power corrupt?”

Ways to support your child:

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The Dangers of Tradition

This week in class, we’re reading “The Dangers of Tradition” by Bakari Bosa.

In “The Dangers of Tradition,” Bakari Bosa discusses how traditions work in society and the potential dangers involved.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityMorality, and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How are communities formed?”, “Why do people follow the crowd?”, and “What is good and how do we know?”

Ways to support your child:

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Conformity

This week in class, we’re reading “Conformity” by Charlotte Harrison.

The drive to conform to group norms is a powerful force in most people’s lives. This informational text about conformity helps explain why people tend to match their beliefs and behaviors to those around them.

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

“What are the effects of following the crowd?”

Ways to support your child:

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How an 11-Year-Old Boy Invented the Popsicle

This week in class, we’re reading “How an 11-Year-Old Boy Invented the Popsicle” by Shelby Pope for NPR.

In this article, the young innovator responsible for inventing the popsicle at 11 years old is discussed.

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

“Why should we value our youth?” and “Why do people succeed?”

Ways to support your child:

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Examination Day

This week in class, we’re reading “Examination Day” by Henry Slesar.

In Henry Slesar’s short story “Examination Day,” a boy takes an intelligence exam administered by the government.

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

“How does fear drive action?”

Ways to support your child:

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The Veldt

This week in class, we’re reading “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury.

In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” Mr. and Mrs. Hadley become concerned when they realize how dependent their children are on the technology in their futuristic home.

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

“What are the costs and benefits of technology?” and “What makes a family?”

Ways to support your child:

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