Equiano-Rowlandson Paragraph Response (American Lit. Period 3)

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). Image

An English Teacher’s Perambulations around Western Europe

Köln Cathedral

Köln Cathedral

Berlin
Free karaoke for the masses in Berlin. This was quite a sight to see (and hear) as local Berliners and tourists alike were all singing pop songs from around the globe! Can you imagine the wait list to sing a song?

Free karaoke for the masses in Berlin. This was quite a sight to see (and hear) as local Berliners and tourists alike were all singing pop songs from around the globe! Can you imagine the wait list to sing a song?

Mauerpark located in the Prenzlauer Berg district

Mauerpark located in the Prenzlauer Berg district

Holocaust Memorial, designed by Peter Eisenmen

Holocaust Memorial, designed by Peter Eisenmen

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

The crystalline waters of the island of Favignana.

The crystalline waters of the island of Favignana.

Wabi-sabi found art on the country road of Favignana

Wabi-sabi found art on the country road of Favignana

My family's hometown, of Trappeto, Sicily

My family’s hometown, of Trappeto, Sicily

The cathedral located in Monreale Sicily, near the capital of Palermo.

The cathedral located in Monreale Sicily, near the capital of Palermo.

The Buen Retiro Park

The Buen Retiro Park

The Buen Retiro Park

The Buen Retiro Park

Favignana, Sicily

Thank you, LACHSA.

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. ImageImage

Thank you, LACHSA for the best year of my life. 

With love, 

Mr. Boskovich.