Final Blog and Speech – “FAREWELLS!”

This is it, guys!  Your last blog ever!  I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading these.  I appreciate you taking the time to articulate your thoughts here with creativity and sincerity, and I hope you’ve taken the time throughout the year to read the shared ideas of your classmates as well.  Ultimately, I…

Blog Entry #12 – “Damage and Healing” – Due April 26

Beginning the first pages of Cry, the Beloved Country with a portrait of an Edenic landscape that has been marred by human abuse, Paton weaves throughout his whole novel the theme of damaged things that are in need of healing.  Beginning with his scorched up native country, he goes on to explore unjust social norms, corrupted political systems, exiled…

Blog Entry #11 – “Answering Che’s Calls to Action” – Due March 24

Although his legacy is rather messy and controversial, I think anyone can find at least something to admire in the life and vision of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.  I like that The Motorcycle Diaries book included his later speech to Cuban medical students because we are able to hear for ourselves how Che’s journey around Latin America shaped…

Blog Entry #10 – “Travel and Tourism” – Due Mar 17

ICS students are some of the most well-traveled people I’ve ever met, and I know a lot of you really enjoy experiencing new places and new cultures.  I hope that this makes you appreciate the travel-minded spirit that permeates The Motorcycle Diaries.  But, I also hope you notice that the book does not merely describe the adventurous…

Blog Entry #9 – “SE Asia Unit Reflections” – Due Feb. 13

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our SE Asian novels, and I hope that you have enjoyed our rich classroom discussions.  Like I said at the start of our unit, I think that encountering tough issues in literature — in the form of stories — can bring the complexities of our modern world into a new…

Blog Entry #7 – “Holocaust Survivors’ Stories” – Due Dec 3

The famous writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once said, “To forget a Holocaust is to kill twice.”  The more life I live and the more I learn about history, I would absolutely agree with him.  It is essential — to history, to humanity, and to ourselves — to make purposeful efforts to remember this horrific…

World War II Poetry Analysis – Due Nov 21(B,E) / 22(G)

As I hope you remember from 10th grade, Europe has been home to some of the finest poets the world has ever known.  Because I like to touch on a little poetry as we “travel the world” in each unit, I’d like you to spend today digging into some quality European poetry.  A while back,…