Preparing for Parent Conferences

We’ve been working super duper hard. We all admit you are collectively brilliant and your work has improved sooooooo very much. Therefore, it’s time to brag about yourselves to your parents, because you deserve it!


Make sure you have the following somehow on the Year 8 page and/or sorted by Humanities EAL tag so you can quickly get to it:

Socratic Seminar self reflections


Persuasive speech video

Social commentary self evaluation

Exploitation essay and self evaluation

Text protocol #2 self evaluation

Here’s the link for the parent conference planning document. Make a copy, call it _____ student conference planning, and put it in your Humani folder.

An article on gender issues helpful for the research of several of you

Hey Students,

Your research is coming along nicely. Many of you may find this article in the New York Times helpful.

POP Paper Analysis

Here’s the link for the scavenger hunt we will be using to look over the POP papers from past awesome authors…

POP Thesis Statements

Dear Students,

The time has come. You are going to write your thesis statement for your POP essay. As you know, this is very important, as you will spend your whole paper arguing this position. Furthermore, it will drive all of your research, so craft it carefully. Here’s a link to some from previous years…

Here’s the link for you to fill in your thesis statement on this year’s googledoc.


Salaam Bombay Exploitation Essay

Please post your essay as a comment to this post. We will look over them on Monday.

Here are the components of your essay:

Parts of an essay



Thesis statement

Citing Evidence (three examples from movie)

  • point

  • proof

  • comment

Restate the thesis


Exploitation essay composition planning

As we finish our character analysis, it prepares us for a discussion on exploitation in the movie, Salaam Bombay. The question we are to explore is:

What role does exploitation play as a theme in the movie Salaam Bombay? Give examples of a character or characters who are exploited. What does Mira Nair want us, as viewers, to understand about this important topic?


Welcome back and our new explorations

I hope you all enjoyed your rest and come back ready for a fabulous second semester.

We will spend much of our time coming to better understand our host country, India. We’ll explore many of the challenges and advantages the Indian people experience.

We begin with a look at exploitation.

Here’s a definition:

The self-motivated use of a resource for profit. This does result in depletion of the resource and/or damage or harm to an exploited individual. Yet it may concurrently result in some benefit to those who are exploited.

“Exploitation involves a distinctive type of cheating.¬†In most cases exploiters benefit their victims in a mutually advantageous way.¬†The latter therefore gain by being dealt with unfairly.” – Robert Mayer in¬†What’s wrong with exploitation?

We will look at examples in literature, film, and nonfiction sources.

Here are our essential questions for this unit:

How is exploitation complex?

How do different mediums deepen and inform our understanding of exploitation?

How does close reading deepen your understanding?

How can collaborative discussion enrich our understanding through alternative viewpoints?


How to get to the shared folder on a Mac

See this link for help.

Some links for your persuasive essay

Hey Happy and Dedicated Writers,

Here are some links for you:

1. The lesson using JeYoung’s research (thank you JeYoung), which also includes how to do Works Cited

2. An example of ways to write an attention-getter/hook using the true story of your teacher’s sad and pathetic skills as a cook

3. An example of ways to write a conclusion using the same

See you tomorrow for more persuasiveness…

Hey Happy Relaxed Students,

Today you’ll need these two links:

In-text citations

For those of you who would like to re-assess on articles: I will give you one of the tests on articles from this link, live, in my classroom, but you won’t know which. Therefore you’ll need to study 🙂


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