Have a great summer!

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all this year. You’ve done a fabulous job with this blog—I’m so impressed! Enjoy your summer holiday, and remember to read every day. Even if you are not coming back to SSIS in the fall I hope you will stay in touch and let me know how you’re [...]

Ideas about justice

These are the ideas about justice that came up in our class discussions:

equality, fairness, law, power, prejudice, needs, desires, money, rights, social status, social justice, economic justice, legal justice

justice for individuals (may not be good for the group)

justice for groups (may not be good for some individuals)

political justice (forms of government; corrupt vs. honest government)

You won’t be able to discuss all [...]

Congratulations! :)

Hello everyone,

I think you’ll be pleased to know that we have been named on a list of great school blogs, as part of the Edublogs blog challenge. It works something like a chain letter: each recipient nominates another ten blogs. Judging will occur “later this year”. The following message came as a comment [...]

More book recommendations

Looking for a good book? Try this:


Two lists, one for guys, one for girls.

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How to Submit Your ‘Names & Faces’ Project

I have finally decided to use the SSIS Wiki to host the ‘Names & Faces’ project. You can see the homepage here:


As you can see, each project will have a thumbnail photo on the homepage. The thumbnail will link to that project’s page in the wiki.

Every project page will have a [...]

Advice on writing from a 'real writer'

I know that some of you are serious about writing and have begun working on long writing projects of your own. If you are interested in ‘being a writer’, you will benefit from this post by Marjorie Liu:


Her ‘About’ page on her blog provides this short profile:

I was born [...]

I'd just like to say . . .

. . . that what you all are doing on this class blog knocks me out. You guys are fabulous!

And I’m not alone. Here’s a comment from an English teacher in the U.S.:

Your students are doing well with expressing their thinking for a real audience. It’s awesome, isn’t it, when we let [...]

The power of stories: Elias Khoury and Amos Oz

Here’s a story from the New York Times that shows the power of stories:


Mr. Khoury’s story itself is very dramatic: his family’s land is confiscated by the Israelis, and his father denied the right to work. Then his father is killed in a Palestinian terror attack. Years later, his son is murdered [...]


Just a note to say that, with very few exceptions, everyone who has posted a personal response to ‘The Merchant of Venice’ has demonstrated an impressive capacity to think deeply about the important questions raised by the play. I am delighted to see so many of you doing such great work. BRAVO!

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Florida man wins conch-blowing contest

From the Associated Press, March 2010:

KEY WEST, Fla. – A sixth-generation Key West resident, who first blew a conch shell as a child, played two shells simultaneously to take top honors Saturday in the island’s 48th annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest.

Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100307/ap_on_re_us/us_conch_blowing_contest

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‘Names & Faces’ Now Online!

Have a look at our Names & Faces project, where we introduce members of the SSIS support staff to the school community.

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