The Shared Experience of Absurdity! :)

Published on: Author: Ms. Allesandrine 1 Comment Hello!  Watching this TED Talk is one of the neatest ways I can suggest that you spend 12 minutes of your day in front of the computer—or whatever screen it is on which you are reading this.  Charlie Todd is the creator of Improv Everywhere, a group that creates absurd and joyful public scenes.  He cares… Continue reading


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Here are some resources to help us think about Hiroshima by John Hersey.  These will help us with divergent thinking, which means that we’ll generate many different ideas about the book in a short period of time.  Such thinking involves discussing various component parts of the book in order to gain insight about issues, setting, writing style, and people in the book.  Ultimately we’ll… Continue reading

Big Day Love

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To all my sophomore students: You all do great things each day.  You’ve made me proud and grateful to have been your teacher.  I’ve had a wonderful, memorable, heart-warming, challenging, and important year with you.  Thank you. As we prepare to celebrate each other and make good on the promise I made to you in… Continue reading

Five Important Moments or Sights in Your Day

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Hello!  Here is another topic you might pursue (when you’re not working on your Mockingbird essay, of course). What are five meaningful/important moments or sights that you observe in a typical day?  Consider what you see each morning on your way to school; your daily interactions with family, friends, and teachers; behaviors you observe in others; the places where you spend… Continue reading

What if…?

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In your own authentic voice, write a monologue in which you first ask, and then respond to a question that begins, “What if…?”  You may select any topic you wish (keeping in mind that this is a public forum!).  Perhaps you’ll comment on an issue of importance to you.  Or imagine that you’re a superhero. … Continue reading

Monologue from a painting…

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“Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper, 1942 “Snap the Whip” by Winslow Homer, 1872 “Piano Lesson” by Romare Bearden, 1983 Above are three famous paintings.  Select one of the individuals in one of the paintings.  Adopt the persona of that individual and write a monologue from your new point of view.  Challenge yourself to write at least… Continue reading