“All The Light We Cannot See” Book Discussion

During the second half of tomorrow’s first hour of English we will discuss to part Four, page 200.

Global Citizenship Philosophy

Philosophy: Let the Mystery Be

We are going to discuss the Mysterious in Philosophy on Tuesday. Why are we drawn to the mysterious and the unknowable? Can science solve all the mysteries? Should we try and solve all the mysteries?

In preparation for this discussion, please listen to (at least) part 2: The Unknowable Universe from the Our Mysterious Universe episode of the radio show To The Best of Our Knowledge. The rest of the episode is pretty good too, if you are up for it (quantum entanglement, Terry Gilliam, and a possible Dyson sphere.)


Warning: You MUST Commit to Three Things (ok, four) in order to take this Creative Writing Workshop (see prior post)

If you can’t commit to these three things then use your time for learning something else during the 9-10 hour.

*A desire to better understand yourself and your place in the world; access to writing materials and the internet; and a commitment to making time for the work of cultivating curiosity, creativity, and learning.  I will provide the structure, activities, etc… but you have to meet me halfway by being open to the possibility that using writing to explore your mind’s connective powers can help you both to think new thoughts and to think in new ways.

Also, a 4th thing: you need to be at class on-time and ready to go:).


New Workshop for groups B and C (9-10 a.m.): Creative Writing, Part 2: Habits of the Creative Mind

On Monday we will be moving on to part two of creative thinking and writing.  If you have not turned in creative writing from unit one (I may be editing or yet to edit and that’s ok), in most cases a short story, you have not allowed me to see that you understand the concepts discussed or at least that you have given them a try; however, I do appreciate your attending the class and reading the material.

I hope you all will continue on to this new workshop in writing. It won’t be so much as “write a short story” or a particular genre  but based off of the book suggested by a former student titled “Habits of the Creative Mind” by R. Miller and Ann Jurecic. We will examine a collection of essays about writing, each one written to spur reflection on what’s involved in training the mind to make the world a more interesting pace to live, and each on followed by prompts to generate more writing in return.

The end result to be considered “competent” is for you to see writing as a technology to think thoughts that are new to you.  I want you to ask questions, explore, read, discuss, lose track of time, take risks, make wrong turns, and try again. I want you to experience the essence of what it means to have a creative mind (quoted from the preface of the book).

Global Citizenship

American Politics: Two Isolated Americas

Chris Arnade asks us to consider this election from a third perspective. Take a look at Two Isolated Americas

That should force everyone, regardless of what you think your complicity in this is, to ask, what is wrong. Why are we at this point?

Why is half the country voting for a man the other half thinks is only qualified to be selling knock off perfume from a mall kiosk?

Why is half the country voting for a woman the other half thinks is a criminal, a corrupt scold?




String Art

Group A –

visit this link for some string art ideas and helpful suggestions:


Show Your Work

Creativity is a social act for most.  Share with me what you have been writing (if you haven’t already). You can share a Google doc, e-mail me, take a picture of something hand-written and text it to me, etc.  It doesn’t matter how long or short it is or how good you deem it to be – share it.  I’ll give you feedback and we will go from there.

Reading for Monday’s discussion:  

“All the Light We Cannot See” to part 3

“The Giver” to chapter 5

Other Stuff:

  • Work on your passion project
  • Work on your First Friday project


Art English

For Casper: Poetry + Robots

The Skryf Robots Write Temporal Poetry with Sand



Hey Kids, Monday is the Start of Banned Books Week….

Please read the first link and look over the second one. Think about what is happening today in regard to terrorism, violence, and the current crazy political landscape. Answer these questions in a conversation with  classmates:

  1. How does a book get “banned?”  Who bans it from whom?
  2. How does the historical context of a book affect the public’s reaction to it?
  3. Would a book considered objectionable in the 1960s or another decade be viewed more favorably today? Why or why not? Do the books banned in 2016 have a relationship with the current U.S. events and or politics?

And here is Sherman Alexie briefly talking about his books being banned:

Life Science



INSECT ANATOMY – review the basic external anatomy of an insect