Honors 11: “The Case for Reparations” and Synthesis with other sources

We discussed the Coates article and its connections to other sources via the chart completed yesterday. You took notes in the margins as we discussed in another color. This was submitted to the inbox. Here’s an interesting’ response to Coates’ piece. Afterwards, I distributed Fences. You are reading Act I for Thursday. I will need time to introduce August Wilson on Wednesday as we have counselor presentations on Tuesday.

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English 10: Act II and “Harlem”

We first went over any questions we had regarding what happened in Act II of our play, A Raisin in the Sun. I made sure they were stamped in for completion. Afterwards, we annotated the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes (it’s where our author Lorraine Hansberry got her title). No homework. We will deal with your impromptus and the end of the play after the weekend.

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Honors 11: “The Case for Reparations”

I asked the sub to have you discuss your thoughts on Coates’ article, “The Case for Reparations” and to find 5-10 key lines to support his argument. I then had the sub have you work on this chart/questions. We will discuss and share tomorrow.

Homework: Watch and take notes on this Detroit min-doc titled “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Walls That Divide Us.” (it’s about 15 minutes long).

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English 10: Raisin Impromptu

Hey kiddos. Sorry I wasn’t there today. I hope the impromptu went well, and we can talk more tomorrow. No homework!

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Honors 11: DuBois and Stevenson

We spent the first part of the hour discussing and sharing moments of importance from DuBois’ “Strivings of the Negro People.” These were some of the significant quotes/ideas/questions derived from those conversations. We then discussed as a class. After this, we began watching Bryan Stevenson’s 2012 TEDtalk on injustice in the justice system and the concept of identity. Finish the video for homework (3rd hour left off at 10:20, 5th hour left off at 12:15, and 6th hour left off at 5:32), and continue taking notes on the back of Fortgang’s article.

Homework: Read and annotate as needed Coates’ “The Case for Reparations” for Thursday

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English 10: Act II of Raisin

We worked to finish reading Act II of A Raisin in the Sun today in class in small groups. Those who did not finish took a book home. Have all Act II questions completed for tomorrow (scene 2 and scene 3 questions are attached). We have an impromptu essay tomorrow. Here’s a handout about writing an impromptu essay.

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Honors 11: Fortgang and McIntosh on White Privilege

We started the hour in small groups discussing and sharing our thoughts/responses to Fortgang and McIntosh, the readings from yesterday. We then came back together as a class to discuss key moments in their arguments/claims, and questions that stem from their conversations about the concept of white privilege and checking one’s privilege. I then assigned W.E.B Du Bois“Strivings of the Negro People” to read and annotate as needed for tomorrow as well as Ta-Nehisi Coates“The Case for Reparations” for Thursday.

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