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This month, in honor of Valentine's Day and Black History month I told the students that "I'm lookin' for love in all the right places". Carmen and Angelina actually got the reference as I sang the song. After the giggling subsided I explained about the difference between romantic love and brotherly love (feelings of humanity and compassion toward one's fellow humans).
Mick and Caleb entered a contest this month!
English: The Hashtag is Mightier than the Sword
The term "Hashtag Activism" refers to the use of Twitter hashtags for internet activism. We read an article about the public outcry over the female Jedi being excluded from the new Star Wars Monopoly game (#wheresrey). The class was really interested in the topic, so I decided to find some more hashtags to be explored.
In the lessons that followed, I wanted the students to not only get some additional practice on identifying the main idea in non-fiction text, but also see how the Internet can be another form of non-violent protest. The discussions about the main ideas of the articles that I heard happening at each table was amazing. I was really impressed with how the students were able to discuss controversial issues, about which they had different opinions, in such a scholarly way.
I introduced the class to Pharrel wearing Native American clothing in #nothappy, we looked at affirmative action in #staymadabby, and racial profiling in the media in #iftheygunned me down.
A Valentine's Day Extra Credit Project
Feb. 4th @5:15 Boys' Basketball (home)
Feb. 8th No School (Lincoln's Birthday)
Feb. 12th First Semester Awards Assembly for Honor Roll and Principal's Honor Roll
*Invitations were sent home with your student if they will be getting an award at this 8:30 assembly.
Feb. 15th No School (Presidents' Day)
Feb. 17th Digital Learning Day
Feb. 18th Science Carnival @CMS from 5-8 P.M.
Feb. 22nd @4:15 Boys' Basketball (home)
Feb. 24th @4:00 Boys' Basketball (home)
Student store items: Snacks, school supplies, tape
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