Language Arts – February 19 – 23

This week, we will continue to read Farewell to Manzanar. We will be thoroughly reviewing the story up until this point and track the breakdown of the family structure due to the harsh living conditions of the internment camp. Students will also be looking at the development of the characters and identify significant points in the author’s life that shaped her story. Students will have a reading quiz on Thursday. 

Important Dates:

Tuesday Homework: Chapter 17

Thursday: Quiz Chapters 10-17

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Language Arts – February 12th – February 16th

This week we will continue to read Farewell to Manzanar. We will be reviewing previous chapters and will be looking for recurring themes present in the novel that have significantly affected the author. Students will also research actual court cases that took place during this period in relation to the internment camps. We will also continue practicing paraphrasing/summarizing text and properly citing sources with MLA formatting, which is invaluable for research papers, etc.

Important Dates: 

Monday Homework: Fix Samurai Assignment Citing

Tuesday Homework: Fix Immigration Essay Citing

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 15

Thursday Homework: Chapter 16 / Court Case Worksheet

Language Arts – January 29th – February 2nd

This week we will continue to read Farewell to Manzanar. Students will have the opportunity to look further into the topics surrounding internment camps, which were utilized by US during World War II. We will also have a discussion about a topic that is as relevant today as it was in the 1940s: immigration. Students will be researching in the Information Center this week and will also be given a take home test at the end of the week.

Important Dates:

 Monday Homework: Finish Research/ Chapters 7-8

Tuesday Homework: Chapters 9-10

Wednesday Homework: Assigned Research

Thursday Homework: Take Home Exam

Language Arts – January 22nd – 26th

This week we will continue to read Farewell to Manzanar.  Last week, we discussed the morality and ethics of moving Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. This week, we will continue to look at cultural differences relating to the Japanese and those from the USA to add context to the novel we are reading.

Take note, Friday is a half-day, following the AM Schedule. We do not have class this Friday. 

Important Dates:

Monday Homework: Assigned Research and Short Answer

Tuesday Homework: Chapters 4-5

Wednesday Homework: Assigned Research

Thursday Homework: Essay due Monday

Language Arts – January 15th – 19th

This week we will continue reading Farewell to Manzanar.  We will continue to look at the themes presented in the novel and also discuss genres. Additionally, we will practice some of the new vocabulary from the book.

Important Dates:

Tuesday Homework: Chapters 1-2

Wednesday Homework: Chapter 3

Thursday: Review

Friday: Quiz on Chapters 1-3, Vocabulary

Language Arts – January 8th – 12th

Welcome Back Students!

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has had a safe and restful vacation. This week we will be slowly getting back into the swing of things.

This quarter, we will be reading Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, which is a memoir of Wakatsuki before, during, and after World War II. Wakatsuki, a Japanese-American citizen, and her family were forced to relocate shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The book follows her story and experiences moving from camp to camp during wartime.

This book will give us the opportunity to explore other cultures and focus on issues happening globally, as well as right in our back yard.

This week we will begin reading the book and explore the life of the author, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.

Language Arts. December 11th – 15th

This week, will continue to prepare for the final exam (Wednesday), which covers material from the first two partials. Students have already been given a copy of a review guide and we reviewed it thoroughly last Friday. In response to the school cancellation, there will be a more detailed study guide that will be posted to the class Google Drive folder and shared to each student via email. This will be posted as early as possible, Monday morning. I will also update this blog post with a direct link when the document is available.

Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to me and ask any questions pertaining to the class materials. I understand the difficulty in having a final exam review via the web, but unfortunately this situation beyond our control. Again, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached via email at: gpappas@discoveryschool.edu.hn

I am always available.

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday / Tuesday (December 11th/12th)  – Review for final exam. Updated / Revised study guides to be posted online and emailed to students.

Wednesday (December 13th)  – Final exam.

Language Arts – December 4th – 8th

Please note, this is a continuation of the blog post from last week with a few date changes. 

Due to the school cancellation, students should focus on the following this week:

  • Of Mice and Men: Chapter 6 (as assigned in class on Tuesday, November 28th)
    • We will review the chapter when we return to school on Wednesday.
  • Students have been sent a Take Home Test via email and it is also shared on the class Google Drive. This is due on Thursday, December 7th. 
  • Read the following article online here about Of Mice and Men. Think about #10 from the list. Does this surprise you? Why?
  • Scrap book checks (75%) to be checked on Thursday, December 7th (originally scheduled for Friday, December 1)

I am available to answer any questions about the reading through email.

Mr. Pappas

Language Arts Updated – November 27th to December 1st

Due to the school cancellation, students should focus on the following this week:

  • Of Mice and Men: Chapter 6 (as assigned in class on Tuesday)
  • Students have been sent a Take Home Test via email and it is also shared on the class Google Drive. This is due on Tuesday, December 5th.
  • Scrap book checks (75%) to be checked on Tuesday, December 5th (originally scheduled for Friday, December 1)

I am available to answer any questions about the reading through email.

Mr. Pappas