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  • September
    We are concluding with a project to design a new school that is conducive to multiple intelligence learners, contains elements to entice the community, addresses technology and 21st century learning, is sustainable, flexible and energy efficient.  Students have a rubric for the project as well as a self-assessment guide. This project is due on September 13th.
  • 11th Jan./Feb.

    Argumentative Practice                                                                                


    Essay and Essay Revision 

    Of Mice and Men - Two migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been let off a bus miles away from the California farm where they are due to start work. George is a small, dark man with “sharp, strong features.” Lennie, his companion, is his opposite, a giant of a man with a “shapeless” face. Overcome with thirst, the two stop in a clearing by a pool and decide to camp for the night. As the two converse, it becomes clear that Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. George finds that Lennie, who loves petting soft things but often accidentally kills them, has been carrying and stroking a dead mouse. George angrily throws it away, fearing that Lennie might catch a disease from the dead animal. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie, but the reader senses that their friendship and devotion is mutual. He and Lennie share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and, much to Lennie’s delight, keeping rabbits. George ends the night by treating Lennie to the story he often tells him about what life will be like in such an idyllic place.


  • 11th - Oct./Nov.
    Students will demonstrate knowledge of nineteenth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more biographical and factual accounts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.We will work to determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary while analyzing a complex set of ideas and sequence of events to explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop.
  • 11th - Sept./Oct.
    We are studying drama (The Crucible).  Students are researching The Red Scare and the present IRS Target Scandal in order to compare them to the Salem Witchcraft Trials. Our unit includes identifying motives, and includes assessments after each act.

    Utilize SparkNotes.com as a tutorial of the play when gaining understanding and comprehension for quizzes or test.

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