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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
What is your initial impression of this custom in Portugal? Explain the Epihany Celebration. Expalin the problem with Guilhermina Mateus' logic in why this custom is not a problem. Do you feel that the custom should or should not be ended? Why?

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What is your initial impression of Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globe Awards? Who is Oprah talking about when she says, "Their time is up!" There has been talk in the last few days about Oprah Winfrey running for President. Eplain what you think of this.

Daily Paragraph #4
Research the place you would like to travel to most in the world. How would you get there and how much would that cost? What would you pack to bring with you? What would you do while you were there? What advice could you apply to this trip from Planning Your Trip to Gold Country?

Daily Paragraph #5
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/ &
What is your initial impression of Martin Luther King Jr's speech in acceptance of his Nobel Peace Prize? What is the Nobel Peace Prize? What do you notice about the audience at this speech? What are the specific topics that he discusses in this speech?

Daily Paragraph #6
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/politics/government-shutdown-daily-life/index.html &
What is your initial impression of the Federal Government's shutdown. What does it mean for the government to shutdown? What needs to happen for the shutdown to end? Using the first link, expLain the three most important ways that the shutdown could affect you.

Daily Paragraph #7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb4WLZlV0eM &
http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/27/50-years-of-state-of-the-union-in-five-minutes/ &
What is your intial impression of the State of the Union Address? What is the State of the Union Address and how often is it given? Who is sitting behind the President on the dais? What is a 'Skutnik'? What kinds of topics would you like to hear President Trump discuss tonight?

Daily Paragraph #8
What is your initial impression of last night's State of the Union Address? What did you agree with? ("Nothing" is not an acceptable answer;l some of the topics were not politically charged)? What topics were not discussed that are important to you? What do you believe needs to happen to improve the State of our Union? Finally, why is it important to listen to the people you disagree with or dislike?

Daily Paragraph #9
& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXfR_TIlEE
What is your initial impression of Mardis Gras / Carnivale? Where did this celebration start and why? When is the celebration always honored and why is it then? What is the significance of wearing a mask? Do you think you would ever want to go to one of these celebrations? Why or why not?

Daily Paragraph #10
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 Paragraphs 1 -10 submitted on February 15, 2018

Daily Paragraph #11
Zodiac Explanation & Zodiac Explanation Cartoon & Holiday Details and Description & http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year/videos & 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 of it means good luck for you in the New Year? Why?

Daily Paragraph #12
What is your initial impression of Martin Luther King Jr's final year? What is the Poor People's Campaign? What do we know about how his assassination took place (details)? After 50 years, what are some of his 'dreams' that have been fulfilled? What are some of his 'dreams' that have yet to be fulfilled?

Daily Paragraph #13
What is your initial impression of Jay Z's interview? What did you learn about him? What did you find surprising? Explain his ideas about 'emotional tools.' What does Jay Z cliam is good about the Trump Administration?

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Summarize, with as much detail as possible, chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby.

Daily Paragraph #15
Describe each phase of the writing process. (5 seperate sentences)

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What did you learn about writing essays by writing this essay? What is included in each of your paragraphs? Why does using quotations straight from the text make your writing stronger? What are some of the rules you follow when writing an essay? What could you have done to make your essay better?

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What were your favorite parts of this year? What were your least favorite parts of this year? What are you looking forward to this Summer? What are you looking forward to next year? What will you be doing a year and a half from now?

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Where will you be in twenty years? What will you be doing for work? Describe the things that you woulsd like to accomplish between now and then? Describe the places that you would like to visit? Do you think you will be happy? Why or why not?

Daily Paragraph #19
Write one sentence about what you need to complete for each of your classes. If there is no exam, explain when your exam time is and any materials that you need to manage or turn in.

Daily Paragraph #20
Draw a picture of Mr. McCluskey

Grading Rubric
1 point
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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.

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