- Record the vocabulary for our test on Monday. (Language Standard)
- Complete this information sheet so that I can better serve you as a teacher this year.
- Read several debateable topics such as court cases, advice columns, recent news articles, and "Running of the Bulls". With a group, jot down both sides of each issue to prove that you can argue and counterargue. (Reading Standard)
- Write a 1 page argument for one of the topics. Your argument should follow "The Essay Meal Plan" (Writing Standard)
- This semester, you will challenge yourself to read at least 500 pages of any books in our library. You will have time in class to read, but you should also read at home. Each time you finish a book, you will comment on it in GoodReads. Click here to see instructions for joining our GoodReads group. (Reading Standard)
- Write a half-page about your book so far. Must include:
*book title, author, page you're on, and total pages
*something you like about the book
*something you don't like about the book
*cited quotation from the book
The Good Braider by Terry Farish (page 51 of 221)
Rape, starvation, murder – this book is filled with every disgusting atrocity you can think of, but I really like it. It’s written so beautifully. For example, when the main character sees a boy, she says, “I walk to his rhythm of freedom, as if we had the right to imagine, as if the soldiers who occupy our city value the life of our people in Sudan” (14). This is a simple sentence, but so poignant. The not-so-great part about it so far is that it should’ve been written by an actual Sudanese person. It would
be more believable. Right now, I wonder if the author is exaggerating the danger and making us feel like the Sudanese are pitiful.