This weekend, students should read "Inside Out and Back Again." Take notes as you read (using the structured notes format in your notebook. Think about themes and challenges that refugees face.
If you have the book, read pages 135-157. If you are using the pdf. link above, read the following poems for Monday:
Black and White and Yellow and Red
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HOMEWORK 13: 10/15/19: For tonight's homework, create a visual representation of Ha. You can include information from her past, as well as present images (while at sea). You can do this on computer paper (copy paper) or in your notebooks. If you make this on looseleaf or copy paper, then we can post them around the classroom. Have fun with this project. In your visual representation, show how Ha is a dynamic character. Include symbols from the book which reveal how she is dynamic.
Homework 12: 10/10/19 - 801 & 804 10/11/19 - 802 & 803 Students in all classes should read the poems Brother Khoi's Secret, Last Respects, One Engine, and The Moon. If you have the book, you will read pgs. 83-90. Or, if you are using the pdf. link above, simply scroll down the first few pages and look for PART 2: the click on the title Brother Khoi's Secret and read until you reach the end of the poem, The Moon. As you read, take notes in your notebooks, or on the Structured Notes graphic organizer. _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Homework 11: 10/09/19 (ALL CLASSES) Read or Listen to the NPR article (link below). https://www.npr.org/2016/04/17/474525392/attention-students-put-your-laptops-away After reading/listening to the article, do you feel that it is better to take notes by hand? Why or why not? Respond in your ELA notebook. Do not write on loose leaf, and do not tear the page out. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 10/08/19 & 10/09/19/ 802 ONLY HOMEWORK 10: Prepare for assessment! Tomorrow we will have an assessment. To prepare, please read Saigon is Gone (below), and the NPR article we read in class today (link to the audio is below) Saigon Is Gone (Excerpt below) I listen to the swish, swish of Mother’s handheld fan, the whispers among adults, the bombs in the ever greater distance. The commander has ordered everyone below deck even though he has chosen a safe river route to connect to the sea, avoiding the obvious escape path through Vung Tau, where the Communists are dropping all the bombs they have left. I hope TiTi got out. Mother is sick with waves in her stomach even though the ship barely creeps along. We hear a helicopter circling circling near our ship. People run and scream, Communists! Our ship dips low as the crowd runs to the left, and then to the right. This is not helping Mother. I wish they would stand still and hush. The commander is talking: Do not be frightened! It’s a pilot for our side who has jumped into the water, letting his helicopter plunge in behind him. The pilot appears below deck, wet and shaking. He salutes the commander and shouts, At noon today the Communists crashed their tanks through the gates of the presidential palace and planted on the roof a flag with one huge star. Then he adds what no one wants to hear: It’s over; Saigon is gone. Link to NPR (You can listen to the audio) https://www.npr.org/2010/08/31/129484369/forgotten-ship-a-daring-rescue-as-saigon-fell _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 10/04/19 HOMEWORK 9 (QUICKWRITE 7) . Complete this paragraph in your notebook. Throughout our reading of Inside Out & Back Again, we have discussed that the papaya is a symbol of hope. At the end of the poem “Wet and Crying,” what has happened to hope?
How does the author’s specific word choice help us understand the main message of this poem? Use evidence from the text to write a paragraph that answers this question. WET & CRYING My biggest papaya is light and yellow, still flecked with green. Brother Vu wants to cut it down, saying it's better than letting the Communists have it. Mother says yellow papaya tastes lovely dipped in chili salt, You children should eat fresh fruit while you can. Brother Vu chops; the head falls; a silver blade slices. Black seeds spill like clusters of eyes, wet and crying. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HOMEWORK 8 (QUICKWRITE 6) - IN YOUR NOTEBOOK OR ON THE HANDOUT. The title of the poem you studied in class today was called “Left Behind.” Choose a specific character you studied during our class today, and explain the more symbolic aspect of what that person had to leave behind. The characters discussed today were, Mother, Brother Khoi, Brother Vu, and Brother Quang.
Write a complete paragraph.
Answer the prompt completely
Provide relevant evidence (from what you recall from the novel)
09/25/19: Homework 5 - Lesson 10: Quick Write (One paragraph only. Students should complete this assignment in their notebooks.)
Homework: QuickWrite 5 How is Ha’s mother being impacted by the war? Use specific evidence from the text to write a paragraph to answer this question. - You may use your text and the notes you collected to help you write this paragraph. - A complete paragraph will meet all criteria: *Answer the prompt completely *Provide relevant and complete evidence *Paragraph includes the following: *A focus statement *Evidence from the text (If you do not have the text, simply cite the evidence you recall). *For each piece of evidence, an analysis or explanation *A concluding sentence 802 DID NOT MEET TODAY AND IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
09/24/19: Homework 4 - Lesson 9: The Vietnam Wars: Questions and Notes: A Battleground in a Much Larger Struggle." Students began this in class. This assignment requires students to use two articles from the The Vietnam packet Articles: - The final question requests you to summarize the main idea of these two paragraphs
Students should reread their selected article from "The Vietnam Wars" packet. After rereading each paragraph (min. of 3 paragraphs) students should write the central idea from the paragraph on a post-it note. This activity was started in class today. Many students requested to complete at home.
All students should be reading for approximately 20 minutes of a selected text each evening: a novel, newspaper, or article from NPR.org, PBS, National Geographic, reading for another subject, etc.
Students should reread the article, The Chinese Dragon, by Tod Olson. After reading the article, complete the notes section of the packet on pgs. 14&15. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________