It’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it? Although the class has finished To Kill a Mockingbird, our thoughts on the novel are long from over. In the next few weeks, students will discuss a myriad of topics around the classroom. Here are just some of GHenglish topics bloggers will be seeing: Character … More Books We’re Reading: Today and Tomorrow with To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel about 1930s Maycomb, Alabama. 281 pages encompass the life of Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, a young girl investigating her complicated town. Mysteries encompass her home, her neighbors, and her family – all pointing to the question of what is going on behind the scenes? The shadows of Boo Radley, … More Books We’re Reading: Hiding the Self with To Kill a Mockingbird
“Part history book, part Scheherazade, astonishing as only true stories can be, Persepolis gave me hope for humanity in these unkind times.” – Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street 70,000 mosques. 1,000 political prisoners. One cry of “Independence, Freedom, Islamic Republic.” This is life in the Islamic Revolution. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood … More Reading: Witnessing Revolution with Persepolis
Redesigning a system that has been used for centuries is hard. That’s why in GHEnglish, students assessed podcast episode Joshua Medcalf on Living that Life of Purpose by StartEdUp. The podcast, of Don Wettrick and guest Joshua Medcalf, assessed the modern-day school system. Ideas included students needing to act in “burning the boats,” and going … More Other: School, the Design that Needs Less Design
“Haroun: You’re a girl?! / Blabbermouth: (Choking Haroun) If you tell anyone I’ll kill you! / Haroun: I think I’m in love.” – Excerpt from Student Project regarding Haroun and the Sea of Stories The end of Haroun and the Sea of Stories came and passed like the constant revolutions of the moon. As per GHEnglish tradition, … More Project: Make Way, It’s the Haroun and the Sea of Stories Student Play!
“I know what I / know I know what / I see none of you / is that different / from me.” – David Elliott, Bull What happens to the innocent bystander when Greek gods strike their wrath? What makes the hero a hero, and the villain a villain? Bull by David Elliott answers these … More Reading: Bull, the Sympathy for a Monster
“You can melt Dark Ships, You can melt what’s shadowee, You can melt Ice Castles, but You can’t melt me!” – Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories The class has ended Haroun and the Sea of Stories for the second time. As the class reread, and some used the lens of monomyth, the … More Reading: Turn the Moon, Goodbye Haroun
“His hands were moving furiously in something like a dance of rage or hate. Faster and faster, more and more emphatic grew his hand movements; and then, in what might have been disgust, he let his hands drop, and began (horror of horrors!) to speak.” – Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie Rereading … More Reading: A Lie, a Failure, and the History of Both with Haroun and the Sea of Stories
“There were delicious pomfret in the sea at that time of year, so people could have a break from the glumfish; and the air was cool and clean, because the rain washed away most of the black smoke billowing out of the sadness factories.” – Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie Haroun and the Sea … More Reading: Taking a Swim with Haroun and the Sea of Stories
“The crowd has gotten back in line. The registers have started beeping again, and no one could ever know that a guy might have just croaked on the floor we’re all standing on.” – Jo Knowles, Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines is a realistic fiction novel written by author Jo Knowles. Despite … More Reading: Can Read Between the Lines cause people to make more of a change?