We are already done with the first six weeks – wow! That certainly flew by. And unlike last year, I feel like I actually have taught my students a few things. One of my young ladies took the SAT on Saturday, and reported to me this morning that some of my vocab words were on the test. Score.
We wrapped up the Crucible last week; the test was a creative essay. Students had to choose one of the characters and write a piece from that character’s perspective, using details from the play. Their options were:
I need to finish grading them tonight, but the ones I’ve read so far were very entertaining.
At the end of last week we began The Scarlet Letter. As I was describing the love triangle of Hester Prynne, her husband, and her unknown lover, students again made the comment about how everything we read seems to deal with love triangles and adultery. I said that perhaps much of American history was based on such triangles and love, and gave Benjamin Franklin as an example – “Franklin was often known for being well-liked among women. He was probably a player.” To which one young man, without missing a beat, says, “Well duh – how else do you get on the $100 bill?”
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