Friday, January 18, 2019

"Common Ground"

As we observe the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which coincides with Tu B'Shevat, I am struck by the beauty of what these two days have in common:

  • strength - for as a tree grows, it gets stronger, able to withstand more powerful storms, and so it was with the Civil Rights Movement
  • courage - trees don't choose where to live. Dr. King was raised in a segregated community. He didn't choose the rules his family was forced to live under. He and his family had the courage to "bloom where they were planted."
  • stability - Trees in groups send out root systems that work together for the entire grove, enabling a tree weakened by disease or insects to receive aid through its roots from other trees. Don't believe me? Read for yourself: TREES 
          The Civil Rights Movement was a stabilizing force in the lives of its many participants of all races and colors. Citizens fought for tzedek - for righteousness for ALL people.
As you enjoy the time off from school, take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices made for you, and those who are still suffering.

THIS WEEK:
In class we will honor Dr. King and Mt. Everest through poetry and continue with the verb unit and study of conflict.

NO SCHOOL DAY 1
Day 2: "I am..." poetry
Day 3: Verbs - subject complements (P.A./P.N./D.O.)
Day 4: Causes of conflict (this is not the same as types of conflict)

HOMEWORK

  1. 30 minutes of Membean by 1/27
  2. Study unit 7 roots
  3. Continue reading and annotating Peak
No writing this week.