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Melodious Monday

A good Monday – (Thankfully!) – It began in second period with our Romeo and Juliet introduction to the rhythm of the sonnet - which for the first time I equated to “the old soft-shoe” ["Tea for Two"]. Everyone had a hat, and choreographed her/his own Chorus Line-style moves (arms straight out; foot-kicks). Then we got down to business with a quick-write.

Later, in third period, American Lit, my Grapes of Wrath Unit really took off (the Joads are at the government camp) as “families” comprised of 2-3 smaller reading groups met and began discussing human rights. Fur flew further than off a jack-rabbit crossin’ Route 66. Then, to complete our block period, students modeled a democratic process in decision-making about how to establish criteria for journal entries. They have selected themes and essential questions pertaining to the American Dream and Order vs. Chaos, and I was somewhat surprised at how effectively today’s all-class meeting was facilitated, and at the high standards students seemed to aim at, desiring both autonomy and skills that will help them prepare for college. Good job, AmLit!

Finally, my Pride and Prejudice sophomore class split into two groups last week, based on personal preference as to pace, and today met and demonstrated almost total engagement as they shared journal entries, collaborated on vocabulary words they selected from the reading, responded to the prior reading and worked to set future goals. It is about the first time I have seen students reach for my new dictionary and thesaurus on their own. Great things are happening :)

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2 Responses to “Melodious Monday”


  1. 1 Kia Jane Richmond
    November 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Gordon, It was lovely to meet you at dinner last night! Stay in touch- my email is krichmon@nmu.edu
    note, here is the website for Teaching Family Homes, where I’m on the board and volunteer with the youth to promote literacy (sometimes using Sara’s books).

    http://www.teachingfamilyhomes.org/about-us/

    Happy thanksgiving to you and Sara!
    Kia Jane Richmond, Professor of English Education
    Northern Michigan University
    310 Harrison St.
    Marquette, Michigan 49855

    817-683-4980


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