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Daily Paragraph #1
Using a minimum of five sentences, describe your Winter Break. What did you do? What went well? What did not go well? What will you remember when you are old like Mr. McCluskey?

Daily Paragraph #2
1. MLK VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmtOGXreTOU&t=625s
a. Watch from 3:00 – 11:00.
b. What are your first impressions of MLK’s speech to high school students?
c. What is your blueprint?
d. What is one memorable quote from the video?
2. OBAMA MLK DAY VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qP0ItrX3jg&t=30s
a. Watch from 21:24 to the end of the video
b. How is President Obama’s message similar to Dr. King’s? How is it different?
c. What is one memorable quote from this video?

Daily Paragraph #3
Zodiac Explanation & Zodiac Explanation Cartoon & Holiday Details and Description & Read: 5 Things to Know About Chinese New Year
What is your initial impression of the Chinese New Year celebration? How did the Chinese Zodiac animals get decided? What are some of the ways people celebrate Chinese New Year? How much of the world celebrates this holiday? Can you go a whole day without saying anything bad to anyone if it means good luck for you in the New Year? Why?

Daily Paragraph #4
What do you think To Kill a Mockingbird will be about? Look at the cover, flip through the pages, use what you may already know. Guess and do not be afraid to be wrong. Use your imagination!

Daily Paragraph #5
Obama Farewell Speech Highlights & Obama Farewell Speech Atticus Finch
What is your initial impression of President Obama quoting Atticus Finch in his farewell speech as President? What is the quote he uses and where can it be found in the novel? To what situation is Atticus applying this advice for Scout? How can this advise be applied in your everyday life?




Daily Paragraph #6
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month/videos/origins-of-black-history-month &
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-facts/videos & https://www.biography.com/video/frederick-douglass-mini-biography-2078942083 &
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md5l-MQHWsk&spfreload=10&edufilter=zGUy2baYqkDZkZN3MS9B7Q (Obama speech about BH Month)
What is your initial impression of Black History Month? Do you think that there should be a Black History Month? What man was pivotal in ensuring African American history would be remembered and how did he do it? Why does Black History month happen in February? How do you think Black History Month should be celebrated?

Daily Paragraph #7
Bio: Nelson Mandela & BBC Aparthied & Noah Trevor on Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday & PBS News Hour: Remembering Mandela
What is your initial impression of Nelson Mandela and his role in attaining equal rights in South Africa? What was Nelson Mandela's childhood like and how did that differ form his adult life? What was Apartheid? What were the rules of Apartheid? What did Nelson Mandela do to end Apartheid?

Daily Paragraph #8
Summarize Ch. 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Why does Jem have to go to Mrs. Dubose's house and what does he have to do while he is there? Describe Mrs. Dubose and how she treats people. Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is a model of real courage rather than “a man with a gun in his hand.” What does he mean? Do you think he is right? Chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. Explain why you think Harper Lee chooses to end the first part here.

Daily Paragraph #9
What is your initial impression of what Scout and Jem learn about Calpurnia in Chapter 12? In a paragraph describe TWO things about Calpurnia that contradicted the kids original view of her. Conclude by predicting how this visit to Calpurnia’s church may change the kids relationship with Cal. Make sure to cite textual evidence to support your answer.

Daily Paragraph #10
In at least five sentences, summarize Ch. 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird. What does Scout learn and how does she learn it? Also, explain your feelings on group reading? Was it a good use of time? Did you enjoy it more than indiviual, silent reading? Explain.

Grading Rubric
1 point
Assignment has been completed in a thoughtful and sophisticated manner.
1/2 point
Question has not been fully answered, only partially addressed or not long enough to convey a complete answer.
0 points
Question has not been answered, answer demonstrates little or no thought and effort is minimal.

Any questions or concerns should be discussed with Mr. McCluskey no later than three class meetings after assignment has been returned to students.
Mr. McCluskey wants you to earn the most possible points and wants you to ask questions about why points may have been deducted.




Daily Paragraph #1
What happened on September 11, 2001? Explain the events of that morning. Who was responsible for the attacks? What effect did these attacks have on our country?

Pearl Harbor: What happened?
& Pearl Harbor Disaster for Japan National Geographics Documentary Military & War
& Look back at how September 11 unfolded
& The world remembers September 11 as 18th anniversary nears
& In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11
& 9/11 Timeline: The Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City

Daily Paragraph #2
Describe the different functions of Creation Myths.

In your opinion, are Creation Myths important? Explain!

Daily Paragraph #3
What is your initial impression about the documentary, America before Columbus? Describe what the living conditions in Europe were like for the Europeans? Describe the harsh conditions that made moving to 'The New World' scary for Europeans? Even though those conditions made survival uncertain, why did so many people decide to gao anyway? Do you think you would have moved to what is now America to get a chance at a better life? Explain.

Daily Paragraph #4
The Mayflower Song
What is your initial impression of the Pilgrims' journey accross the ocean? When did the Mayflower sail? How many people were on the ship? Why did the people decide to go to the New World? What happened during the first winter? How did they survive that first winter? Describe their relationship with the Native Americans.

Daily Paragraph #5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyHqafC740Q&edufilter=zGUy2baYqkDZkZN3MS9B7Q &
What is your initial impression of Maya Angelou's life? What did you know about her before you watched this video? What did you learn about her from this video? What do you think are the most impressive parts of her life? What do you think Maya Angelou meant when she said, "when you know better, you do better?" Is there anything you would like to do to stand out like Maya Angelou?

Daily Paragraph #6
PSAT Tips Video
What is your initil impression of the PSAT (Practice SAT)? What should you bring to the test? What kinds of things will be on the test? How long will the test take? What can happen if you do very well on the test? What will happen if you don't do very well on the test? What could you do to prepare for the PSAT?

Daily Paragraph #7
What was your initial impression of the PSAT? What did you bring and was it everything that you needed? How long was the test and what were the different sections? Which sections did you feel you can do well in and why? Which sections will you need to work on? What did you learn from the testing experience? What can you do to score higher next time you take the PSAT?

Daily Paragraph #8
Based on previous knowledge, discussions in class and the first page of the play, what is your initial impression of The Crucible? What do you think the play will be about? What is the difference between a play and novel or a short story? Given that it takes place in a different time period than you live in, is there any chance that you might actually like it?

Daily Paragraph #9
What is your initial impression of The Crucible based on the introduction and the first part of Act 1? Describe what we know about Reverend Parris. What does not seem quite right about him? What seems to be the matter with her? Describe Abigail. What do you think got Abigail fired by Goody Proctor? Describe Betty. What do you guess will happen next?

Daily Paragraph #10
Summarize Act 1 of The Crucible.

Daily Paragraph #11
Halloween History & The Raven
Where does Halloween come from? How has it become the holiday it is today? Who is Edgar Allen Poe? What are Edgar Allen Poe's most famous works?
What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Daily Paragraph #12
In a minimum of five sentences, summarize Act 3 of The Crucible.

Daily Paragraph #13
Describe the essay writing process. What did you learn writing this essay? What do you think you did well? What do you think you need more work on? If you had more time, what would you change about your essay?