We've been writing quite a bit in here lately. We don't spend a lot of time on it - maybe 15-20 minutes once a week.
Yesterday, students read an article on a girl born with 4 arms and 4 legs. After they read it, they had to put it away and write a summary of the article without looking back at it.
Today, students graded the summaries.
Here's the article.
It's been a while since that story first appeared, so I wondered if there was an update. Turns out there is. Here it is, in case you're interested.
The story ties in with a lot of our social studies content. For instance you've got the religious aspect - a girl being born with extra limbs in a country with a religion that often depicts deities as having extra limbs.
You've got family and cultural values.
Standard of living comes up often - the family lived on $1 a day.
The fact that we can hear about this story here in the United States is a testament to globalization.
We also worked on maps of India. There may have been 5 students out of 150 who did not compete this. If you are one of the 5, make sure it's turned in tomorrow.
If you want extra credit for reading and discussing the blog today, write 3 beliefs of Hinduism on a piece of paper from memory, then have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the paper.
Make sure your name, date, and hour are on it.
Then, turn it in tomorrow.
In case you're wondering, I hung up all the civil disobedience pictures. Doesn't the hallway look much nicer?