January 26 2017

Atkins v. Virginia, Argued before the Supreme Court of the United States of America, February 20, 2002–Decided June 20, 2002

Please read the following texts:

If, for some reason, these links don’t work, please go to the handouts page of our website. They are listed there, all under “Atkins v. Virginia.”

These texts may be challenging for you, but you should that you can read the actual opinions handed down by the Supreme Court.  Not bad for 13 or 14-year-olds!

For you response, please give your understanding of the case and make a judgment of your own. How would you find if you were on the Supreme Court?  Write your opinion as if you were writing for the majority or the dissenting minority.

OMM blog #8
January 25 2017

“Of Mice and Men: The Execution of Marvin Wilson” by Andrew Cohen

Tonight, please read the article “Of Mice and Men: The Execution of Marvin Wilson” by Andrew Cohen, in The Atlantic, August 8, 2012, at least TWICE or as many times as it takes for you to get a fair  understanding of the meaning of the content and context.  (It took me twice to begin to get a grasp, and the article is only seven pages of large print with a picture, so I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request.  Remember, reading non-fiction is very different from reading fiction.  It takes time to get a real hold on and understand the context.)

Once you have read the article twice, write a blog here where you explain what Mr. Cohen’s opinion is and how he supports that opinion.   This is fairly tricky!  The author may not have a clear claim or thesis provided within the first paragraph.  You may need to infer his overall claim, and then please think carefully about the methods Mr. Cohen uses to convey his opinion.  Does he use facts?  What other methods does he use?  Is his argument convincing?  Why or why not?  (Be careful!  You are not asked to give your opinion here.  Rather, you should give Mr. Cohen’s opinion and explain how he supports it.)

OMM Blog #7
January 20 2017

We are lonesome animals.

January 19 2017

“Now what ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”

Discuss the last portion and, actually, all Of Mice and Men here.   Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary, but DO NOT summarize.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #5
January 18 2017

“Jus’ foolin’. I wouldn’ want to go to no place like that.”

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 83 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary, but DO NOT summarize.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to annotate your text as you read and to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #4
January 17 2017

“I can still tend the rabbits, George?”

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 65 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #3
January 13 2017

The bunk house was a long rectangular building.

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 37 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to annotate your text as you read and to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #2
January 12 2017

“An live off the fatta the lan!”

Discuss Of Mice and Men through page 17 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Also, don’t forget to annotate your text as you read and to write two or three discussion questions for class.  Remember, though, that a discussion question should not have an answer.  Rather, it should provoke interesting conversation.

OMM blog #1
January 10 2017

Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment. –Elie Wiesel (1928 – 2016), The Perils of Indifference

Please read and listen to Elie Wiesel’s speech, “The Perils of Indifference.”   This speech was given in 1999, when the world faced perhaps different problems than we face today, but overall, I believe Wiesel’s thesis is still relevant today.

After listening and reading, consider how Wiesel’s ideas its relevance to your life, present day society, and specific events, themes and motifs in Night, and write your response below.  

As always, be sure to follow the rules of standard American English and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Link to Wiesel’s speech:  http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/ewieselperilsofindifference.html

Night blog #6
January 9 2017

From the depths of the mirror a corpse gazed back at me.

Please read pages 85-115 of  Night.  Then discuss here the passages or images that most strike you as significant in the reading.  Also, consider questions you may want to discuss tomorrow.

Please remember to use post-it notes to mark important passages and to write two or three discussion questions to direct our discussion.

Night blog #5