Patience... patience... patience...
We have a hard time getting through some of the material now and again. Whether it be distractions, life getting in the way, understanding what is being asked, or even just trying to stay focused, there are many reasons to why we just can't get through what we have planned for the week. But, just like Esperanza is beginning to see her situation through new eyes, we can do the same.
We have tough work ahead of us. It is not easy to look at something that seems so straightforward and to take it apart to see something new; something that we never thought of in the first place. I'm talking about analyzing this story and finding the real life in it. Those connections to us, to our struggles, to our victories, to our families, our friends, our lives... How do we see that in this novel? It is difficult. So, we've slowed down a little bit. We are saving the final chapters for next week, and giving us time in class to make sense of the story as a whole. And I think this has helped us actually work more efficiently.
We have almost finished Esperanza Rising and will be doing a couple more discussions on our thoughts and beginning our projects next week. I'm giving you this time to make sure we all have a chance to truly understand this novel, and more importantly understanding what we can do to make these inferences in real life. Because this is all about real life.
I've said it a few times before, but really this book doesn't matter... in the grand scheme of things, at least. Ten years from now it's not important if you know what a potato could symbolically represent in this novel. But it does matter that we are able to see these possibilities in the world around us. We need to be able to look into something at a deeper level, and think about the not so obvious truth laying beneath everything around us.
So we slow down... take in the moment... and figure it out at our own pace... Right Now!
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.