What does it mean to be an immigrant in America?
After exploring various texts throughout the first quarter, you displayed your collective knowledge in a Socratic Circle to discuss our essential question above. Although any text read this quarter was viable, everyone should have four specific texts analyzed prior to the discussion:
“Blaxicans” by Richard Rodriguez (essay)
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan (essay)
HMHFYI.com article (from “A New Birth of Freedom” section)
one article from a credible source (your choosing)
Note- You could have incorporated our other relevant texts (“Immigrant in Our Own Land” – Baca (poem) or “Song of Myself”- Whitman (poem))
Reminder: You should have…
a bulleted list of the major points from all the texts of your group members
a stance on the essential question that you can explain in one concise sentence
created five (5) questions to utilize during the scholarly discussion
Notes from Socratic Circle on Immigration in America
Find notes from our class discussions below.
Over the first quarter, we have discussed the immigrant experience. Based on both the texts we have examined and our Socratic Circle discussion, what does it mean to be an immigrant in America? In three argumentative paragraphs, fully address your stance on the immigrant experience incorporating at least four correctly cited pieces of textual evidence. You must address a minimum of two (2) counterarguments presented during the discussion.
Dead Word Tombstone Assignment
In order to improve our vocabulary skills and minimize repetitiveness, we are going to eradicate our elementary terms.
- Create a tombstone for a dead word according to the list below. No words may be reused. Check with your teacher for availability.
- At the top of your tombstone, write the deceased word.
- Honor’s Students: Write a eulogy to accompany your term. Your eulogy may be a piece of prose, poetry, or rap. (optional for other classes)
- Use your thesaurus to locate at least three (3) adequate replacements for the departed word. Include your replacements at the bottom of your tombstone.
- Please be creative and proofread your work.
- I will grade you on grammar and the adequacy of the three alternative words you recommend.
Dead Words List:
- a lot
- like (I Like)
- thing/ stuff
Dead Word Funeral
The following class period we will have a funeral for our fallen words. Please dress in black to create a somber mood in the classroom.Dead Word Funeral
There are so many sites out there and so little time to look through them all. I have often found a site in the middle of lesson planning only to lose it by accidentally hitting the infamous “X” in the top right hand corner. You’re probably familiar with what happens next. That brilliant idea, that phenomenal resource is gone to the internet gods.
In order to avoid that frustrating experience, I am creating a list of helpful websites for teachers. If you have any suggestions, please mention them in the comment section and I will add them.
Finding/ Sharing Lesson Plans
New Florida State Standards and Resources
Language Arts Resources
Grammar Specific Resources
Classroom Organization/ Reminders
Lectures via Technology
Professional Development Online
There are moments when you simply want to listen to a beautiful story instead of reading each word the old fashioned way. If you find yourself in one of these moods, try to find an intriguing text via audiobook. There are many sites to choose from, but here are a few suggested sites.
If you try one out, tell me about your experience in the comment section. Happy Listening!
First Lady, Michelle Obama, makes a plea for education.