Raised by Women
I was raised by
Cornbread so good you want to lay
down and die baking
"Go on baby, get yo’self a plate"
Kind of Women.
Some thick haired
Angela Davis afro styling
"Girl, lay back
and let me scratch yo head"
Some big legged
High yellow, mocha brown
Hip huggers hugging
"I know I look good"
Type of Women.
Some tea sipping
White glove wearing
Got married too soon
in just the nick of time
"Better say yes ma’am to me"
Type of sisters.
Say it loud
I’m black and I’m proud
James Brown listening
"Go on girl shake that thing"
Kind of Sisters.
Some face slapping
Hands on hips
"Don't mess with me,
Pack your bags and
get the hell out of my house"
Some PhD toten
"I'll see you in court"
Stand back, I'm creating
Type of queens
I was raised by women
Kelly Norman Ellis
First off, I want to say I'm so proud of each of you and endlessly inspired by your willingness to dig in and work -- to choose heavy duty topics, to research, learn, read, and write about what you've learned. Watching you grapple with your topics and thinking, your writing and its publication has been pretty cool.
I think everybody has at least one element of their multigenre project they can be proud of. You've spent class time and out of class time reading, thinking, and writing, and the time is finally here to show off your hard work!
There are a few loose ends to post here for record keeping and good form. Here are the...
AVID in-text citation worksheet
And Nearpod mini lessons...
Otherwise, I'm looking forward to a day of you showing off your hard work!
Day 1: Let's do it!
Today's goal: Dig for ideas you think are interesting and relevant.
Please have a list of at least 10 questions by tomorrow.
So far, you've done a GREAT job with our Hidden Figures reading challenge. The majority of you have been focused, on task, and reading - in the best sense - as readers.
We've carved out almost two weeks of classtime to read this text before we head off next Friday to see the film with STEAM Academy. Reading is a rewarding experience, but seeing a new film based on the book you're reading...even better. :)
Here's what you need to take care of this weekend.
Also, here's your Reading Challenge guide:
BestWelcome back all! We're going to kick off this semester with one more writing project before we're back into a heavy duty literature study.
One of my favorite things about the year's end is the wealth of "Best Of" lists published all over the place. I love reading folks' ideas of the Best Books, Best Movies, Best Gadgets, Best Memes, Best Twitter Fueds, and so on. For me, it tends to be a bit of delectable brain candy and a pleasurable way to think back on the past year's trends, hits, and misses.
I thought it might be fun for us to create our own Best Of lists.
First, check out some of the mentors below, and FEEL FREE to find some on your own!
The Top 10 of Everything - TIME Magazine
The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016 - Vulture
Best sports moments in 2016 - Sports Illustrated
Best Writing Advice in 2016 - The Atlantic
Best Political Ads of 2016 - LA Times
Best Albums of 2016 - Paste Magazine
The Best Songs of 2016 - NYT
Best Books of 2016 - NPR
Best Videogames of 2016 - Paste Magazine
Are you sensing a theme here? I admit: it's been a bit of a challenge this year maintaining www.hilliardsclass.com for my APs and hanging out here on the STEM Weebly for you lovely Stemmies. But, alas, there are updates to update!
First off, I want to LOVE YOU UP SO MUCH for your House on Mango Street work. You wrote deeply and with care, and you used the mentor text to guide and inspire your writing. I was impressed to say the very least. You can read more about my teacher perspective on this assignment HERE on the teacher blog I contribute to.
Since then, we've been plugging away at poetry strategies and Poetry Out Loud. We spent a day or two getting after the Five S Strategy for Passage Analysis, and then getting into teams to read #allthepoetry and work toward a deeper understanding of the tribute's poem for recitation.
Here we are today, on the eve of Thanksgiving Break, and we're having our classroom competitions, saying our holiday fond fare thee wells, and gearing up for a Food Lit mini unit upon your return.
November has gone quickly, and I suspect the rest of our time before Winter Break will as well. Let's make the most of it, and let's keep working hard and using our big awesome brains.
Cheers to you for doing just that in the month of November!
Hooray for writing and hooray for you, young writers!
Let's cut to the chase and check out what we've been working on this past week and a half.
As a quick reminder, remember that YOUR vignettes should show the footprints of Cisneros' work and capture the essence of Mango Street in some way. Remember to borrow from the writers' moves, to piece together these tiny little stories as windows into your lives, and to deliberately and intentionally craft your writing for effect.
I've been SO IMPRESSED by what I've read in conferences. Can't wait to see your final products! (Speaking of which, Monday -- all parts DUE. Print at home if you can; if not then in class Monday. And prepare yourself for something mango on Monday for a celebration of our work! woo!)
Your teacher, Mrs. Hilliard :)