Monday, February 26, 2018

Text to Text Connections: Historical Fiction Read Alouds & Dr. Seuss

His books consistently reveal his sympathy with the weak and the powerless and his fury against tyrants and oppressors. Many Dr. Seuss books are about the misuse of power - by kings, or other rulers, including parents who arbitrarily wield authority. His books teach children to think about how to deal with an unfair world. Rather than telling them what to do, Geisel invites his young readers to consider what they should do when faced with injustice.

The Sneetches (1961), inspired by Geisel's opposition to anti-Semitism, exposes the absurdity of racial and religious bigotry. Sneecthes are yellow birdlike creatures. Some Sneetches have a green star on their belly. They are the "in" crowd and they look down on Sneetches who lack a green star, who are the outcasts. Eventually, they all realize that neither the plain-belly nor star-belly Sneetch is superior. The story is an obvious allegory about racism and discrimination, clearly inspired by the yellow stars that the Nazis required Jews to wear on their clothing to identify them as Jewish.

6: Four Perfect Pebbles by Marion Lazan
5: Daniel's Story by Carol Matas
4: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SRMS Guidance Counselor


Students were sent home with a Program of Studies booklet today.  In the next two weeks, a course selection sheet will be mailed home. Please check their website for more information -  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 

Thank you!

Friday, December 15, 2017