Today we will begin watching the movie we have all been talking about: Food, Inc.
Questions to ponder:
I have asked students to use this day as a creative writing day for their short stories, to be handed in to me by Wednesday, March 28, and to be submitted to Mrs. Klucznik by Friday, March 30.
Aren't you glad that Sinclair has given us the one and only answer to corruption and greed? SOCIALISM!!
Today we discussed Sinclair's organization to his book.
I will give you FIVE BONUS POINTS on an assignment (not a writing assignment) of your choice IF you COMMENT on this blog to tell me how socialism could have changed Jurgis' life
Today in class we took a quiz on chapter 25. No, it was not your everyday quiz. Did you expect something like a multiple choice? Ha!! (No. Not going to happen.)
You had to answer a question using three pieces of evidence from the text. Of course, I expect all of you used excellent word choice, varied sentence structure, demonstrated logical organization, allowed yourself powerful voice, and used correct grammar.
So... We saw that Jurgis' life was almost good in chapter 21. He had an interesting job, money to live on, and a strong child that reminded him of what it was like to actually LIVE. But then it was all taken away from him (once again) when little Antanas drown in the street.
(The street had no sidewalks and was 5' below the entrance to the house, so the rain came in a river across their doorway, and they had to put rotting boards down to walk. Antanas was playing on the boards and drowned in the muddy water.)
Jurgis chose to start a new life instead of caring about people. He left the city and started into the country.
Read chapters 22&23 for homework.
Today we read silently in class. I suggested to you to take notes and know your brush strokes because you will be using them tomorrow on a quiz.
BTW - I will not be here tomorrow because I have conference at the district office with the other ELA teachers.