Monday, February 29, 2016

Life Is Beautiful

Based on the Holocaust literature and poetry we have read, what connections can be made between Life is Beautiful and our reading?  What events, scenes, or situations are similar or different? What is similar or different about the mood or tone of the pieces? Analyze how differences in points of view of characters create suspense or humor.

How is life shown as beautiful throughout the film. Pull out at least two examples from different parts of the film and explain your rationale.

*4 paragraphs minimum

Poetry Reflection - 7th Grade

Based on our study of poetry, please take the time now to reflect and respond to what you have learned.

1~ Poetry can be a vital, real part of everyone's life. What place or importance does poetry have in my own life? Does poetry belong to everyone? How do I know?

2~ How does the life and experiences of a poet affect the poem he/she creates?

3~ Choose two poems (one that you have read and one that you have written yourself) and analyze how a poem's form and structure contribute to its meaning. Also, analyze the impact that words/phrases, rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and figurative language have on the poem.

At the end of your poetry reflection, please attach the links to your poems in the following order:

- Non-fiction poem
- Bio-Poem of a Literary Character
- Where I'm From Poem
- Spine Poem
- Found Poem
- Nonsense Poem
- Any additional poems that you may have written and submitted via Blogger

Friday, February 26, 2016

Character Development in Bronx

Analyze how Nikki Grimes developments the point of view of one of her characters in Bronx Masquerade by using textual evidence to show how the character changes throughout the novel. 

Also, analyze how elements of a story (plot, setting, conflicts, characters) influence each other.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Focus Question: How do Elie's experiences during the Holocaust change him as a person?
Throughout your reading of Night, you have witnessed many significant changes that Wiesel experiences as a result of his time in the concentration camps. I encourage you to delve deeply into his character and focus on important aspects, such as: his personality, morality, beliefs or values.
Your goal is to identify at least two major changes, and 'prove' using textual evidence and interpretation, how Eliezer transforms by the end of his memoir. Please use TIQA as your tool for organization.
Blog minimum: 3 paragraphs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Holocaust AoW Impressions

Today you were educated by your peers as to different topics focusing on the Holocaust.  Now take a moment to reflect upon your impressions of what you have learned from the array of articles in at least two well written paragraphs, using evidence from your graphic organizer.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bronx Perspectives: Take 1

After being introduced to several characters from Bronx Masquerade, contrast points of view of different characters that you have learned about. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Berlin Memorial Activity - 8th grade

Based on our Berlin Memorial Activity today in class, take a moment to reflect on what you learned about the Jewish decrees established during the Hitler years.

1- What did you learn?
2- Why do you think this monument was built?
3- What did you notice about the number of laws passed in certain years?
4- Which restrictions do you think you would have the most trouble dealing with and why?