Author Archives: Mr. D. Sader

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Parent Guide: The Rose that Grew from Concrete

This week in class, we’re reading “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur.

In Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fate & Free Will and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “Can we control our fate?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good

This week in class, we’re reading “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” by Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee.

In the informational text, “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind to others can improve your mood.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is good and how do we know?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Discover Writing Prompts

Here’s the deal for this OPTIONAL writing activity.

Students can create a new “Discover” post in their iBlog. They can then use the score I give on that post to replace any other “Work From Home” mark in Google Classroom – if that is fair. A mark already in PowerSchool can only go up I offer.

Some students will see the prospect of writing a post as a burden, others will see it as a challenge, while others may see it as a relief. Participation in “Discover” writing prompts is optional.

I offer the choice to “Discover” as an outlet for working through complicated thoughts and feelings during a chaotic time. Students can respond in a variety of genres, media, or format – discover.

Each “Discover” prompt begins with a single word and a few suggestions for getting started.

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask you child if there are any “Work From Home” marks they’d wish to improve.
  • Encourage your child to make the writing personal, the prompts are optional and can be adapted. Be creative, be original, discover.

 

Parent Guide: Characteristics of Resilient People

This week in class, we’re reading “Characteristics of Resilient People” by Set to Go.

The informational text, “Characteristics of Resilient People,” explains how to build resilience by discussing the qualities that resilient people share.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“Why do people succeed?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Parent Guide: City Systems

This week in class, we’re reading “City Systems” by Barbara Radner.

In the informational text “City Systems,” Barbara Radner discusses government workers and the city systems that help a city run.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Parent Guide: Grit

This week in class, we’re reading “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Lee Duckworth.

In the TED Talk “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Education & Knowledge and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the goal of education?” and “What makes you who you are?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Parent Guide: Altruism

This week in class, we’re reading “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others” by Kendra Cherry.

In the informational text “Altruism: Why We Risk Our Own Well-Being to Help Others,” Kendra Cherry discusses various theories for why humans act altruistically.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityEducation & Knowledge, and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the importance of community?”, “How do we understand the world around us?”, and “What is good and how do we know?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: A Lifeline for Lions

This week in class, we’re reading “A Lifeline for Lions ” by Pamela S. Turner.

In the informational text “A Lifeline for Lions,” Pamela S. Turner discusses an outbreak of a disease that negatively impacted Serengeti National Park’s lion population in 1994.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityMan vs. Nature, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “How do people create change?”, and “What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

This week in class, we’re reading “Coping Mechanisms” by CommonLit Staff.

In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How does a person overcome adversity?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Working at the Hospital

This week in class, we’re reading “Working at the Hospital” by Barbara Radner.

In the informational text “Working at the Hospital,” Barbara Radner describes the different jobs at the hospital.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child: