My students feel the same way as I, I'm sure.
I give almost no homework during Easter Break. When I was in school, I despised having to do school assignments during a break and promised myself that I wouldn't give mountains of homework during Christmas Breaks and Easter Breaks. Besides, many of my students are involved in Easter services at their churches and need to have time to participate fully.
We managed to finish our study of King Lear with only one interruption from the long winter, and student essays on the play are not due the day that classes resume. Prior to reading the play, each high school student was assigned one of the following questions about which to write a response of 600-900 words:
1. What imagery is used for Goneril and Regan, and what is its significance?King Lear is my favorite Shakespearean play! So many levels of interpretation!
2. What commentary on justice and injustice does the play make?
Middle school students are working on their research papers. Students who have been keeping up with the various interim deadlines for their papers will have little to do during Easter Break.
I will be spending Easter Break doing spring cleaning, shuttling Mr. AOW back and forth for physical therapy, entering students' grades into the digital grade book, reading — and blogging.
Right now, the books on my reading table are Miss Hargreaves (1940) and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America (2014). The former is delightful, and the latter is food for thought.
On Easter Sunday, Mr. AOW and I have brunch reservations at our favorite restaurant. We'll be making a memory!