ALA Fusion


Bellwork: Write a love letter (or break-up letter) to your favorite/least favorite Thanksgiving food.

Today in class we offered the following class activities:

  1. Read chapters 19-20 with Miss Newman and discuss that section of the book and how it relates to the main themes.
  2. Read through the Confucian Analects with Mr. Duffin

Students who chose not to participate with us were given time to work on their assignments on Canvas.  All of the work you need to do with the history and English assignments right now can be found on Canvas, so class can be an Independent Study if desired.  Use your class time well!



Bellwork: What great thing are you going to do today?

Today in class we finished reading and analyzing The Great Learning and had work time on the assignments currently posted on Canvas. Be sure you’re caught up on your grades and know what assignments are due soon.  Check your calendar on Canvas for help.


Bellwork: Why do you think Harper Lee chose to write a scene in which Scout and Jem go to church with Cal? How does this scene help us think more deeply about the themes of the book? How does it teach us about the characters in a new way?

Turn in Bellwork, please 🙂

Today in class we read through chapter thirteen of To Kill a Mockingbird.  You will need to read chapter 14 on your own at home.  The discussion boards are up for the rest of the book, so you can work ahead if you need to?

We also began reading through The Great Learning by Confucius.  You will want to get notes on this reading.

Be sure to check Canvas for assignments!


Caught Ya #9: and in fact he has sent hermia so many trinkets she could open a gift shop and make a pretty penny this knave so convinced her that she defied me and gave me this note egeus concluded his complaint as he brandished a short note under theseuss nose

Today in class we read through chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird, then gave time for students to work through assignments they are missing.  Students who come in after school for help sometime between now and Friday the 17th will be allowed to waive one late assignment for each day they come in.  This is a limited time offer.  Take advantage of it!


Bellwork: What is the purpose of including the scene where Miss Maudie’s house burns down? In what way does Miss Maudie exhibit the principles discussed on your Theme Tracker?

Today in class we reviewed the assignments currently listed for you on Canvas, including the test reflection and what you need to do for the Bhagavad Gita assessments depending on if you are doing a Yoga assignment or not.  If you have questions about what is currently assigned on Canvas, feel free to contact us.

We also read through chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird and added to our theme tracker.  This is a super important chapter, so don’t get behind or skip it.  Chapter ten is also important.  Make sure you come prepared to discuss the symbolism of the rabid dog.

Finally, we reviewed the Eight-Fold Path and how it functions in Buddhism.  You’ll need to know the steps and how to apply them in your own life.


Today was our field trip to the Hare Krishna Temple.  If you did not attend this trip, you will need to make up the assignment posted on Canvas.


Bellwork: What influences our moral development? What experiences have you had that lead you to determine what is right or what is wrong?

Today we read through chapter seven of To Kill a Mockingbird in class.  You need to read chapter eight by next Monday.  We have adjusted the reading schedule since we are going to the Hare Krishna temple on Wednesday, so you do not need to read chapters 9-10 as written on the schedule.  Check Canvas for discussion board assignments!

We also introduced the basic tenants of Buddhism today.  You will want to get a copy of these notes from a neighbor.

Make sure you do your weekly report, catch up on your reading, and stay up to date on assignments that are posted on Canvas.


Caught Ya #8: my noble lord my most disobedient daughter hermia has been bewitched by lysander egeus said. this lysander has sent her poems and love tokens and he has sung under her window feigning love and he has stolen her heart with presents and cunning he continued

Today in class we discussed chapter four of To Kill a Mockingbird and read chapter five.  While reading, we added to our theme tracker and reviewed the discussion board questions that are available.  You will want this information.  You can pick it up from us or get it from a friend.

We also talked about the alternate assessment opportunity for the Bhagavad Gita.  Specifically, you can assign yourself something that will rid you of a sense object that is controlling you (consider a temporary fast from your phones, from sugar, from something else.  Don’t do something that would go against doctor recommendations!)

Come talk to us if you have any ideas or aren’t clear on the requirements.

Check Canvas for assignments and make sure you do your weekly report!


Bellwork: How does our membership in various groups (families, schools, neighborhoods, nations) affect how others think about us? How does it affect how we think about ourselves? Are those impressions ever accurate?

In class we handed out the field trip permission forms for the Hare Krishna temple.  You will need this form ASAP–we need it back by next Monday!

Today in class we read through chapter three of To Kill a Mockingbird as a group and filled out a bit more of the theme tracker.  You will have a discussion board quiz on Canvas for the chapters we’ve read thus far, so keep up on your reading! (Check your reading schedule.)

We also had an in-class reading/pondering activity with the Bhagavad Gita.  Go talk to Mr. Duffin about what sections of the Gita you need to read and what discussion questions you need to be prepared to respond to.


Caught Ya #7: as egeus waxed angrier and angrier he explains that his daughter hermia a diminutive ball of fire is being wooed by two dudes lysander and demetrius and she would not except his choice of the 2

Today in class we continued our discussion of the Bhagavad Gita and took notes on the next few pages of your reading.  You will need to get these notes from us or from a neighbor.

We also started reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  We passed out the theme tracker and reading schedule, both of which you will need to pick up so you know what reading to do.

For Monday, you need to finish reading chapters 1-2, make sure you’ve done your weekly report and Caught Ya quizzes, and be prepared for a reading quiz on Canvas.