St. Jude- Check out the homepage for a persuasive essay that a former student wrote that might help you get a few more pledges for the St. Jude's Fundraiser. See what you think? Were you persuaded? Why? Why not? Do some of your own research if you like.
Math- Choose 3 challenging choice pages in your blue binder to complete.
November 20th, 2015
The fifth grade is taking part in various social action activities. This year I joined up with Jane and her Green Dreamers. Our combined classes meet once a week where we read articles, watch videos and have discussions related to topics like sustainability and green living. We also would love to have our students carry out some small action every week. This is where we hope you will come in.
We have partnered up our students and have assigned each pair or trio a class in the school. It is our hope that they could come in once a week to talk to your class for no more than 5 minutes about some particular action or idea. We will work with the students so that it is appropriate across the grades. The key is we do not want to be a bother to you, the teachers. We will accept whatever time or day that works best for you. Maybe after lunch for five minutes or in the morning, or any other time. Our partners are very flexible.
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot them our way. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
November 17th, 2015
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Word Study: Today we free wrote about our experience at M.S 88. The following list contains words that were commonly misspelled in our writing pieces. Please review and study these words, as there will be an upcoming mini spelling test.
Paintbrushes, markers, and paint are materials you need for art class. Materials
Choose your answer wisely. Choose
I want to learn more about dinosaurs. Learn
His mother made an appeal for the return of the ring.
Against all expectations, we became good friend. Expectation(s)
You can type your essay on the computer. Computer
Where did you grow up? Where
The train station is close to the library. Close
The crocodile is a protected species. Crocodile
Here are some strategies to help you learn the spelling:
Say the word
Spell the word
Cover the word
Write the word
Check the word
*Reminder: Send your typed letter about M.S 88 to me on google docs.
Important Notices: Please complete and return The P.S 10 Cell Phone Policy Student Contract and please return the report card in the original envelope that was given to you, and I will send home a copy. Thanks in advance!
November 5th, 2015
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Sarah was born on November 26, 1792, and Angelina was born on February 20, 1805. The sisters grew up in a wealthy slave-holding South Carolina family. They had all the privileges of Charleston society – the heart of ante-bellum Dixie -- but grew to strongly disapprove of slavery. Their large family so strongly disagreed with them that the Sarah, the older, did not tell anyone when she secretly taught slave children to read, something that violated state law.
In 1821, Sarah moved to Philadelphia and became a Quaker, and Angelina followed the same path a few years later, moving to Philadelphia in 1829. Angelina joined the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and wrote letters to newspapers protesting slavery from a woman’s point of view. This attracted the attention of abolitionists, who enlisted the Grimkes in the cause because they knew the cruelties of slavery firsthand.
The sisters were attacked most strongly when they began to make public speeches to audiences consisting of both genders, a practice that was considered shocking. In 1836, after Sarah was reprimanded for speaking at a Quaker meeting about abolition, the sisters moved to New York to work for its Anti-Slavery Society.
New York was even less fertile ground for abolitionists than Quaker-based Philadelphia, however, and the sisters continued to be criticized for their “unnatural” behavior in public speaking. They also began to write. Angelina’s Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836) was truly a courageous work. She not only discussed how slavery hurt blacks, but also how it damaged white women and the institution of the family. Southern society condoned male sexuality outside of marriage, with the result that “the faces of many black children bore silent testimony to their white fathers.” Postmasters seized and destroyed many of the copies, and hostility towards the Grimke sisters was so great that they never again would be able to visit their South Carolina home.
Despite this uproar, they continued. Sarah addressed another audience withEpistle to the Clergymen of the South (1836), and Angelina followed withAppeal to the Women of the Nominally Free States (1837). They toured Massachusetts in the summer of 1837, attracting hundreds of listeners every day; in the town of Lowell, 1,500 people – both men and women – came to hear them speak against slavery. Again, though, many people denounced them for having the audacity to speak to “promiscuous meetings of men and women together.” Clergymen in Massachusetts formally condemned their behavior, pointing out that St. Paul said women should be silent.
Undeterred, Angelina Grimke set another precedent in February of 1838, when she became the first woman to speak before a legislative committee; she presented an antislavery petition to Massachusetts lawmakers. In the same year, Sarah published Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman (1838). That work predated other feminist theorists by decades.
In May of 1838, Angelina married fellow abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld of Boston, and Sarah moved in with the couple. The next year, Sarah Grimke and Theodore Weld published a remarkable collection of newspaper stories that came directly from Southern papers. American Slavery as It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses (1839) used the actual words of white Southerners in describing escaped slaves, slave auctions, and other incidents that demonstrated how routinely gross inhumanity was accepted as a natural part of the plantation economy. Again, the effect was shocking.
Like the Grimkes, Weld was a member of a prominent family, but wealthy conservatives in both the North and South rejected such idealistic rebels, and the three suffered financially in the next decades. Angelina was 33 at marriage, and her health also deteriorated with the birth of three children, Charles Stuart, Theodore, and Sarah. The three farmed and operated schools in the 1840s and 1850s, moving several times within New Jersey and Massachusetts. During this period, the sisters also experimented with the practical pantsuit-style clothing promoted by Amelia Bloomer, but – like other women’s rights leaders – they gave it up when their appearance distracted from their ideas.
They finally retired to the Hyde Park section of Boston in 1864. By then, the Civil War was in its last full year, and the sisters’ activism would switch to women’s rights. When the U.S. Constitution was amended to give civil rights to former slaves after the war, the Grimke sisters were among those who tested the gender-neutral language of the Fifteenth Amendment that granted the vote. They attempted to cast ballots in the 1870 election, but male Hyde Park officials rejected them and other women.
They also continued their efforts on behalf of racial equality. In 1868, Angelina and Sarah discovered that they had two nephews, Archibald Henry and Francis James, who were the sons of their brother Henry and a slave woman. In accordance with their beliefs, the sisters welcomed the boys into their family. One of them would marry Charlotte Forten, an outstanding Philadelphia black woman, and the sisters’ feminist legacy would continue through Charlotte Forten Grimke.
Sarah was nearly 80 when she attempted to vote for the first time, and she died three years later, two days prior to Christmas of 1873. Angelina Grimke Weld suffered a debilitating stroke and died on October 26, 1879. Weld lived on until 1895, but he never was as radical as the women.
In the process of fighting against slavery, the Grimké sisters discovered the prejudices that women face, and their cause joined abolitionism and the early women’s rights movement together. They showed more courage than any white person in the South of their times, sacrificing both luxury and their family relationships to work for African-American freedom.
October 26, 2015
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Editing and Mechanics- In Class 5-403 we will be italicizing all book titles, newspapers, and magazines (but not the articles from the magazines).
Dedication ceremony for FDR Four Freedoms
- Extra Credit- Challenge your parent or a friend to a game of 3- In -A- Row! If you want credit for this, I need to see the work from the game.
- Writing- Extra Credit- Write a memoir on the topic of your choice. This will be due on Thursday. Final draft will be due on Friday.
15.More science + chemistry related books and animal related books
28.Making a book club with my family