Monthly Archives: February 2020

Friday 28 February

First of all, something funny.

Today’s Black History Month spotlight is Prince.

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“Prince’s early music career saw the release of PrinceDirty Mind and Controversy, which drew attention for their fusion of religious and sexual themes. He then released the popular albums 1999 and Purple Rain, cementing his superstar status with No. 1 hits like “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” A seven-time Grammy winner, Prince had a prodigious output that included later albums like Diamonds and PearlsThe Gold Experience and Musicology. He died on April 21, 2016, from an accidental drug overdose.”

“Prince.”, A&E Networks Television, 22 Oct. 2019,

English 9H– Work day! I will be around to check your paragraphs from “Wild Honey”.

English 9 SWS– Mango chapters continue.

AP Lang– Work day!

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Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Uncategorized


Thursday 27 February

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“Goldie Brangman was a part of the emergency surgical team at Harlem Hospital that was responsible for a successful emergency heart surgery that was performed on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after he was stabbed during an assassination attempt in 1958. Many present that day argued for moving King to a different hospital since they were under the assumption that the staff at the Harlem Hospital weren’t up to the task. It was finally decided that King could not survive the move and needed help immediately. Brangman was responsible for physically operating the breathing bag that kept King alive during surgery.”

Walker, Angelina. “12 Leaders in Nursing and Medicine To Honor This Black History Month.”,

English 9H– Finish up with “Wild Honey”. Use the rest of the hour for research.

English 9 SWS– 10 minutes revision on your poem. Continue with Mango.

AP Lang- WL– Overlooked (Kellen)

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Posted by on February 26, 2020 in Uncategorized


Wednesday 26 February

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Today’s Black History Month spotlight is the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. Editors. “Tuskegee Airmen.”, A&E Television Networks, 9 Nov. 2009,

English 9H– “Wild Honey” notebook activity.

English 9 SWS– 10 minutes for editing your poem. Continue reading House on Mango Street.

AP LangWeaponized Lies “Identifying Expertise” (Ignacio). And some Big Magic.


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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Uncategorized


Monday 24 February

“Recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the twentieth century, Romare Bearden had a prolific and distinguished career. He experimented with many different mediums and artistic styles, but is best known for his richly textured collages, two of which appeared on the covers of Fortune and Time magazines, in 1968. An innovative artist with diverse interests, Bearden also designed costumes and sets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and programs, sets and designs for Nanette Bearden’s Contemporary Dance Theatre.”

Romare Bearden Foundation website

English 9H– This week’s goals–> Write this in your notebook! You can use the left side for this if you’d like. Check off your progress as you go.

* Two more quality sources and notes
* Read “Wild Honey” for class on Wednesday.
* Interview questions written.
* Interview done.
* Annotated bibliography (FW#20) done.

English 9 SWS– Mango. We will continue to do 3-2-1 notes for each chapter.

AP Lang- WL “How Do We Know?” p.123. Bring Big Magic on Wed. Also, by the end of the week, you should have 2 sources with notes for the SJ research paper.

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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Uncategorized


Friday 21 February

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“Will Smith is ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts. As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion at the global box office. He has received Best Actor Oscar nominations for Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Braham, Akram. “Will Smith.” IMDb,,

English 9H– Work time. Be gathering more sources if you are finished with the 2 for this week. And get your interview scheduled and questions planned.

English 9 SWS– Write out “Where I’m From” in your notebook. Then, take a pic and put it on the doc for FW#19. And turn it in.

AP Lang– WL “Probability” with Emily. Social justice topics! What have you got?

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Posted by on February 21, 2020 in Uncategorized


Thursday 20 February

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For the first time in his long and exemplary career, Spike Lee was nominated in 2019 for Best Director for his work on the film BlacKkKlansman, a crime dramedy based on the true story of a black police officer’s successful infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan. This is the same Spike Lee who made Do The Right Thing in 1989 and Malcolm X in 1992—both of which have been selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry—yet it took the Academy three decades to decide that his directorial efforts warranted a nomination.

LaSane, Andrew, and Andrew. “6 African-American Filmmakers Who Have Achieved Cinematic Milestones.” Insider, 12 Aug. 2019,

English 9H– Work time. Many of you didn’t use your time wisely yesterday. Don’t ruin work time for everyone.

English 9 SWS– Chapter selection for Mango. Revisions of “Where I’m From”. Hand write your poem in your notebook.

AP Lang– “Hijinks” with Isaac and “Numbers” with Roop.

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Posted by on February 19, 2020 in Uncategorized


Wednesday 19 February

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When the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on its second mission, it carried the first African American woman into space. But Mae Jemison is more than an astronaut — she’s also a physician, a Peace Corps volunteer, a teacher, and founder and president of two technology companies.

Redd, Nola Taylor. “Mae Jemison: Astronaut Biography.”, Space, 4 Oct. 2018,

English 9H– Work time. Try to get at least 2 sources read and notes taken. I will post information about the interview later today.

English 9 SWS– Mango intro. Chapter sign-ups.

AP Lang– Finish scoring student samples. Read a few pages in Big Magic.

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Posted by on February 19, 2020 in Uncategorized


Tuesday 18 February

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“Patricia E. Bath, an ophthalmologist and laser scientist, was an innovative research scientist and advocate for blindness prevention, treatment, and cure. Her accomplishments include the invention of a new device and technique for cataract surgery known as laserphaco, the creation of a new discipline known as “community ophthalmology,” and appointment as the first woman chair of ophthalmology in the United States, at Drew-UCLA in 1983.”

“Changing the Face of Medicine | Patricia E. Bath.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 3 June 2015,

English 9H– Finish “The Swimmer”. Wrap up writing in your notebook (Whole Class Reads). You need to have 2 sources and notes this week. FW#19 will be about those sources and notes. Be working on that.

English 9 SWS– Freewrite- 5 minutes. What do you want to learn about?  In CommonLit, “Abuelito Who”.

AP Lang– Synthesis prompt and research paper. Similarities? Differences? You need to have a topic finalized by Friday.

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Posted by on February 17, 2020 in Uncategorized


Friday 14 February

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Check out this fun map of birthplaces of 50 famous African Americans.

Alice Ball

“Alice Augusta Ball was an African American chemist who developed the first successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Ball was also the very first African American and the first woman to graduate with a M.S. degree in chemistry from the College of Hawaii (now known as the University of Hawaii). Tragically, Ball died at the young age of 24. During her brief lifetime, she did not get to see the full impact of her discovery. It was not until years after her death that Ball got the proper credit she deserved.”

Worthen, Meredith. “Alice Ball.”, A&E Networks Television, 15 Jan. 2020,

Finish up Friday!

English 9H– Finish up and turn in FW#18. You can also use this small chunk of time to work on your research. We will finish up “The Swimmer” discussion on Tuesday.

English 9 SWS– Finish up Country Project. Finish up and turn in FW#18.

AP Lang– FD Argument Analysis. James will tell us about “Axis Shenanigans”.

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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in Uncategorized


Thursday 13 February

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

“In addition to his work at the planetarium, Tyson has found other ways of improving the nation’s scientific literacy. “One of my goals is to bring the universe down to Earth in a way that further excites the audience to want more,” he once said. Tyson has taken his message to the airwaves, serving as the host of NOVA ScienceNow documentary series from 2006 to 2011. In addition to breaking down barriers between scientists and the general public, Tyson has brought diversity to astrophysics. He is one of the few African Americans in his field.”

“Neil DeGrasse Tyson.”, A&E Networks Television, 22 Jan. 2020,

English 9H- “The Swimmer”- Use the grid posted in Classroom for taking notes.

English 9 SWS– Need to finish and turn in the Country Project by tomorrow afternoon. Use the checklist in the assignment doc to be sure you have everything done. You need to have a citation on every slide showing what source you got the information from. Also, you need to have the information in your own words, NOT copied directly from the website.

AP Lang– HOPE presentation. FD of argument analysis due tomorrow. And tomorrow James will talk about “Axis Shenanigans”.

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Posted by on February 13, 2020 in Uncategorized