Beowulf’s hoard, perhaps?

Haha. Brilliant timing! Seniors, read this article that just popped up on! Be sure to look at the photos, too.

A Long Way Gone Web Quest

Here are the links you will need to complete the WebQuest assigned in class. Be sure to follow the directions on your handout! If you need a copy of the handout, you can download one here:  A Long Way Gone WebQuest




Ishmael Beah speaks to a crowd at IUPUI on March 12, 2009:

Go to and scroll down for several clips of a long interview with Ishmael Beah. (This is what we watched in class on Thursday, 9/24.)

CBS Interview with Ishmael Beah:

Ishmael discusses the issue of child soldiers:

UNICEF on children of conflict:

The following several links will treat you to the music Ishmael listened to on dubbed cassette tapes (before rap became what it is today):

Re: The President’s Speech

Regardless of anyone’s personal opinions of President Obama’s policies, the author of this article makes a very valid, quite centering point.

Students: Whether you watch the speech, read the prepared text, or choose to do neither, please be aware today of the importance your personal responsibility and genuine ambition play in your education.

Parents: Whether you encouraged your child to watch the speech or discouraged them from it, please realize what a valuable opportunity for discussion this controversy is. Take the opportunity to have a family conversation about the state of education, and of our nation in general.

As always, I remain neutral on all political policy matters when discussions arise in my classroom.

New Opportunities

I’ve added a few things to both the “Bonus Events” and “Scholarships & Contests” pages that you may find interesting. Also, the following opportunity didn’t fit into either category but you may be interested in it nonetheless. From WVIZ/PBS:

Jack Marschall, former TV Channel 5 News Anchor, will be the featured guest for our September 29th “Careers in TV Journalism and Communications” program.  Mr. Marschall is a member of the Ohio Broadcast Hall of Fame and is currently the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Mayor’s Office in the City of Parma.

Students interested in this opportunity should contact the office of John Ramicone by September 25th. His contact information is as follows:

John R. Ramicone
Director of Distance Learning Services-WVIZ/NOTA
1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
phone: 216-916-6360
fax: 216-916-6361