In celebration of Banned Books Week (September 22-28th) I have attached a link to the American Library Association’s curated list of frequently banned and challenged novels!
Choose one particular column of interest from your graphic organizer and write a one- to two-paragraph response comparing and contrasting Rowlandson and Equiano’s captivity narrative (e.g. Comparing and Contrasting each captive’s perspective of his/her captors). You should have a clearly stated topic sentence and you should include a minimum of two smoothly integrated and cited quotes and use transitions throughout your paragraph for fluidity. (Due before 8:00am, Sept. 23rd).
As I do my end-of-the year retrospective, with mug of coffee in hand on this overcast Los Angeles morning in Highland Park, I can’t help but think of each and every LACHSA student who has helped me through my first year of full-time teaching. I think of the nascent relationships and rapport that we had at the onset of the semester, and the fully blossomed teacher-student relationships that we built through our block-scheduled classes and through attending your wonderfully advanced and sometimes avant-garde performances that you all composed and crafted with proverbial “blood, sweat, and tears.”
Through my studies I always had reverence for one particular educational thinker who argued against the traditional teacher-student hierarchy . Paolo Freire posited that “mutual humanization” must be evident in all classrooms. We must collectively, both teachers and students, be critical thinkers. There must be a mutual sense of respect and a general sense of earnest caring between teachers and students. I feel that we accomplished this idea of “mutual humanization” this year. I can say wholeheartedly that this year was a humbling and humanizing experience for me as your teacher.
As a teacher, young artist myself, and a human being I must thank you LACHSA for pushing me to be a better educator, person, and thinker. You are all infinitely talented and intelligent. Keep pushing.
Thank you, LACHSA for the best year of my life.