Saturday, November 19, 2011

Smith Period 5-Friday, November 18, 2011

"Hello Class!" "Hello Smith!"
The entire class was excited, as we anticipated the fast-approaching and much-earned Thanksgiving Break! So, without wasting anytime, we got started on the many tasks that would be completed on this final Friday.

We started out by turning in our SAT 10 exercises, while Mrs. Smith passed out the SAT 10 quiz.

After conquering the quiz, we went online to Mr. Fisch's blog in order to fill out a form on what WE thought the purpose of school was. Here is the form that we filled out:
If you were not in class, feel free to leave your thoughts. There are no requirements, this is just to express your opinion.

For the rest of the period, we proceeded to read books 21, 22, and 23 of The Odyssey.

Here is a short recap of what took place:

Odysseus returns to his home on Ithaca, only to find it overrun by suitors trying to marry his wife, Penelope. He disguises himself as a beggar, and then devises a plan with his son and most trusted servants.
Eventually, he exposes his true identity, and defeats the suitors, killing them all for their arrogance and disloyalty.
Finally, when he reveals himself to Penelope, she tests him to see if he is bluffing. She orders a servant to move his bed, which is not possible. Odysseus expresses his knowledge that the bed cannot be moved, ensuring Penelope his true identity, and they are finally reunited.

Homework: The 1984/Little Brother letter is due as soon as possible, if you have not turned it in already. You can also begin reading 1984 over break if you wish.

We will begin reading 1984 in class after break.

Finally, here are some fun facts about Thanksgiving:
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration took place in 1621
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920s
  • The President has pardoned a turkey every year since 1947

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