Grammar Gambit today is a new set of spelling words.
We are going to write our first personal response to text assignment. This is your first marked assignment (though you will have the opportunity to learn and rewrite it). You will have 50 minutes to write in class and then the opportunity to finish it for homework if you need to. We will do some discussion and editing in class tomorrow and then you will submit it for marking.
After writing the personal response, we are going to watch an autobiography of Malcolm X and discuss the black civil rights movement in the United States and the role of leaders such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. We'll talk about the idea of "arming the spirit" and how it may have related to those enduring the holocaust as well as those enduring the constraints of racial prejudice. We will watch 2 documentaries - One a 10 minute beginning to a PBS video and the other a short 4 minute summary of his life.
We will then read the essay "Homemade Education". We will continue to work on our skills with annotation and discuss the type and style of essay it is. You will be asked to compare this essay with "Arming The Spirit" and you will be asked to identify the thesis of the essay.
If there is time remaining at the end of class, we will discuss the power of words.