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Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Break!

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

After a grueling winter, both academically and meteorlogically, I am sooooo ready for this break, which lasts from today through April 21.

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?

2. What commentary on justice and injustice does the play make?
King Lear is my favorite Shakespearean play!  So many levels of interpretation!

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!


  1. Good girl ... I remember my teachers trying to ruin every holiday there was.

  2. Well, I do make my students work very hard during the school term. They earn their vacations.

  3. 1. What imagery is used for Goneril and Regan, and what is its significance?

    Stage it in the 20th century and make them hedge fund managers.

  4. Stage it in the 21st century and make them Obama campaign bundlers.

  5. ...or IRS officials reviewing 501c applications.

  6. Short version of imagery in King Lear:

    Shakespeare uses metaphors, similes, and other figures of speech to compare Regan, Goneril, and other characters to animals. This imagery shows that human greed and lust for power, as well as other negative qualities, turn people into rapacious or poisonous beasts. It also demonstrates that the dilemmas people create for themselves can lower them to the status of beasts.

  7. AOW, Many people are beasts. I'd take animals over a large number of people.

  8. Enjoy your break, AOW, It's good for the soul!

  9. NO ONE deserves that vacation as much as YOU, AOW.

  10. Enjoy the brunch AOW and Mr. AOW.

    We celebrated yesterday with a night of music for the community at our church. Hubby plays the bass guitar in the band, the selections were fantastic, the choir at their best. On Easter Sunday they will also play and sing. Our daughter and her family were with us last night at the performance. Very nice.

    Right Truth


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