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:

http://www.c-t-l.org/high_school_readers.html

Two lists, one for guys, one for girls.

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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 [...]

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement at the White House

You will recognize several of the song titles and artists’ names here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/10/arts/music/10concert.html

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Daily Writing Tips

I have added a new link to the list under “Resources”, at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. The Daily Writing Tips blog provides a nice service: if you subscribe by email or RSS you receive an interesting little writing tip plus a vocabulary word every day. Most of them are quite good, and [...]

'Birmingham Sunday' pastiche

Come gather round students and listen to me A really good pastiche is something to see The sounds are important, including the rhymes, And the words should have power and meaning.

If you want to imitate somebody’s song, It can’t be too short and it can’t be too long. The rhythms and stresses [...]

Writing tips: Don't choose to lose!

If you still think that English spelling makes sense, consider loose, lose, choose, and chose.

Loose means ‘not tight’. It looks like moose, and sounds like it, so perhaps this will help you remember:

The moose is loose!!

Lose looks like it should rhyme with hose and close, but it doesn’t. Instead it rhymes [...]

About Mockingbirds

If To Kill a Mockingbird has made you curious about real mockingbirds, have a look at this page about them. It has enough information, I think, for most of you, with links for those who want to know more.

—etm

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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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