Today we continued our discussion of sexual assault. Tomorrow we will move on to discussions more specific to the book, and will wrap up our reading of HOMS so that on Thursday we can begin an outlining assignment.
Good afternoon, and welcome to the weekend!
Today we had a lively discussion in class about the sexual harassment that Esperanza faces in the most recent stories. She is harassed in The Family of Little Feet, and suffers an actual assault, albeit a minor assault (if there is such a thing) in The First Job. Esperanza is learning what it means to grow up as a woman in her community.
We discussed what the purpose was of including this information, and had a general discussion on these topics including who is responsible when women are cat called, and how these norms differ from one community or culture to the next.
Homework: read "Sally," "What Sally Said," and "The Monkey Garden" for Monday.
What are taboos? What are euphemisms and why do we use them? What happens to Angel Vargas in There Was a Lady Who Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do?
Today we discussed all of these things in detail. After, we talked about the norms for our up-coming conversations. Tomorrow we will start with a discussion of sexual harassment and how it is portrayed in the stories that are due tomorrow. Students should read and write short summaries of each of the four stories listed in the slide show and on the main and assignments pages.
Today we worked on our 4 panel project, and discussed where we are headed next week with HOMS. We are nearing the end of this book, though we have a bit more work to do.
Due Tuesday - 4 panel project
Today we worked quite a bit on Thesis statements. We will continue to work on them, but I highly recommend looking at the slideshow and asking any questions you may have.
Today we started class by discussing what honors work looks like. If you missed this discussion I highly recommend reviewing the slideshow under class notes. We then moved into talking about who Sandra Cisneros is, and what her purpose was in writing this book. After, we reviewed characterization, and I asked that students go back through the first few stories in the book and take notes on direct and indirect characterization that is used.