I Am Letting Go.
“Words started to mean not just something, but everything.”
I’m looking forward to teaching The Book Thief, by Markus Zukas this semester. Reading and writing our way through trauma can save us, sustain us. Not just in the pages of an imaginary universe. In real life, too. I know books saved me many times.
We’re also be reading Fahrenheit 451 this semester. Our discussions will focus around knowledge & education, censorship, power and authority, fear, risk, survival, reading, story and identity. It’s going to be a fun environment with great discussions. There are so many parallels to contemporary events.
Why, for instance, do some people fear words, and books, so much so that they ban them? Why are 62 million girls out of school, globally? Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head to keep her from getting an education? What were they afraid of? And, perhaps just as importantly, why was a young Malala so willing to risk so much to go to school each day? Why wasn’t she afraid (or was she?). Either way, she risked her life to learn. To see.
We’re reading and writing about interesting other stuff too. But this is going to shape our semester.
Welcome to Spring 2016! ~Lisa
My favorite jazz artist plays trumpet in this band. 😊🎺
Let us Elevate your event.
We are Elevate Jazz, a 5 person jazz band. We play gigs in and around the Santa Rosa area. Our members include:
Luke Mott- Trumpet
Luca Trasolini- Saxophone
Jai Dhiman- Drums
John Dvorak- Piano and Trombone
Brian Barnes- Bass
We play both classic and contemporary jazz music from all genres of jazz. We all have an incredible passion for Jazz music. We’re ready to work with you to Elevate your event.
People. In case you’ve forgotten, the man can WRITE.
Although it is a very challenging text, I wanted to use this text as a mentor text to help my students address one of our year’s essential questions: How might we use writing as a tool of defiance? I owe a debt of gratitude to a member of my PLN, Jessica, who, in a thoughtful and prescient blog post, suggested that we frame powerful writing as powerful resistance. I am centering my writing coaching this year around the idea that we can and should use writing as a way to resist and reimagine anything that threatens our humanity. So, naturally, I have been reading Baldwin.
Before I geek out on all of the different teaching techniques and ideas I messed around with in this lesson, I would like…
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