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  • August

    I'm so grateful to be back at school, and excited for the growing and learning in our class.  Please use this site as a springboard for some of the assignments and/or units that we study.  Contact me with any questions - mary.zirillo@beaverlocal.org

  • Romeo and Juliet Unit

    We are studying drama (Romeo and Juliet).  Students are writing thought provoking answers in reflective journals and identifying literary devices. There is an evaluation after each act of the play.  

    Starting soon, discover how dating has changed through the ages - in class, be here. Can you judge what is fact and what is opinion?

    Go to SparkNotes.com and read Romeo and Juliet in modern language in the No Fear Shakespeare section.  This is a great tutorial for the play.  Beware, spoiler alert!

  • Tolerance Unit

    We are moving forward.  In this increasingly complex and confrontational world, it is imperative to have students raise questions about the world they live in, study and analyze the past- with the Holocaust being the quintessential example of human horror and altruism during adversity, and envision what they want for their world. The poems, short stories, and biography will help students to raise questions about themselves and the world they live in, and to examine  their own behaviors. We want them to realize that they have the ability to decide what role they will play when they see an act of bigotry or intolerance or hear a racial slur, a derogatory or religious remark, or an ethnic joke. We want them to become human beings capable of making responsible choices and decisions.

     

    http://www.holocausteducationctr.org

  • The Book Thief

    Death introduces himself as the narrator of the novel. The first time he saw the book thief, he says, was on a train. The next time he saw her was when he came for a pilot who had crashed his plane. And the third time was after a bombing. He associates a color with each sighting: white, red, and black, the colors of the Nazi flag. Death then begins the story. Liesel, her mother, and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. Liesel and her mother get off the train to bury the body, and Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers. She and her mother continue their journey to a town called Molching, where Liesel will be raised by foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Death introduces himself as the narrator of the novel. The first time he saw the book thief, he says, was on a train. The next time he saw her was when he came for a pilot who had crashed his plane. And the third time was after a bombing. He associates a color with each sighting: white, red, and black, the colors of the Nazi flag. Death then begins the story. Liesel, her mother, and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. Liesel and her mother get off the train to bury the body, and Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers. She and her mother continue their journey to a town called Molching, where Liesel will be raised by foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Death introduces himself as the narrator of the novel. The first time he saw the book thief, he says, was on a train. The next time he saw her was when he came for a pilot who had crashed his plane. And the third time was after a bombing. He associates a color with each sighting: white, red, and black, the colors of the Nazi flag. Death then begins the story. Liesel, her mother, and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. Liesel and her mother get off the train to bury the body, and Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers. She and her mother continue their journey to a town called Molching, where Liesel will be raised by foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Death introduces himself as the narrator of the novel. The first time he saw the book thief, he says, was on a train. The next time he saw her was when he came for a pilot who had crashed his plane. And the third time was after a bombing. He associates a color with each sighting: white, red, and black, the colors of the Nazi flag. Death then begins the story. Liesel, her mother, and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. Liesel and her mother get off the train to bury the body, and Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers. She and her mother continue their journey to a town called Molching, where Liesel will be raised by foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Death introduces himself as the narrator of the novel. The first time he saw the book thief, he says, was on a train. The next time he saw her was when he came for a pilot who had crashed his plane. And the third time was after a bombing. He associates a color with each sighting: white, red, and black, the colors of the Nazi flag. Death then begins the story. Liesel, her mother, and her brother Werner are traveling on a train to Munich when Werner suddenly dies. Liesel and her mother get off the train to bury the body, and Liesel steals a book from one of the gravediggers. She and her mother continue their journey to a town called Molching, where Liesel will be raised by foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. 

  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm stands for any human society, be it capitalist, socialist, fascist, or communist. It possesses the internal structure of a nation, with a government (the pigs), a police force or army (the dogs), a working class (the other animals), and state holidays and rituals. Its location amid a number of hostile neighboring farms supports its symbolism as a political entity with diplomatic concerns.

     
    Critical reading is the central focus. Full 
     
    comprehension of a text requires the ability to 
     
    understand and analyze explicit and inferential 
     
    ideas so that students will comprehend, express and
     
    demonstrate learning on novel test.
     
  • The Rag and Bone Shop

    Plot Summary

    The Rag and Bone Shop was released in 2001. The author, Robert Corimer, is an award-winning author who received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His books have been translated into several different languages. The Rag and Bone Shop was Corimer's final novel before his death.

    In this novel, Trent is a famous police interrogation officer working in Vermont. He is known for his 100 percent confession rate on all of the cases he works as a police interrogation officer. While he is employed by a police station in Vermont, police stations from around the country call him in for help on important cases. When a seven-year-old girl, Alicia Bartlett is murdered in Monument, the lead detective on the case, Braxton, calls Trent in to help obtain the confession of the last boy, Jason Dorrant, to see Alicia alive. Even though the police do not have any physical evidence that connects Jason to the murder, he is their only suspect and they direct their efforts into getting a confession from him.

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