This and that

Ah, winter break — family time, catching up on pleasure reading, walking in the snow, sleeping in until 8 AM, drinking way too much coffee…

It’s been a week since I’ve seen any of you, so the number of things I want to share is mounting. Hence this post, filled with a smorgasbord of updates and observations.

First, I should remind sophomores that I was a big meanie and scheduled vocabulary quizzes for our first day back (that’s one day from today). You know what to do with that information.

And seniors, I hope you’ve read and responded to your article of the super-mega-extended week by now.

Next, BOOK NEWS:

While it won’t be as spectacular as when I returned from the NCTE convention in November, there will be another deluge of new books on my classroom shelves next week… Santa was good to us. We also have a WORKING electric pencil sharpener and BATTERIES for the light saber.

I’ve read (to be honest, I should say finished — I was halfway through three of these before break started) a few very attention-grabbing books so far over break: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, London Under by Peter Ackroyd, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, and Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. I recommend them all.

And finally, a great quote from a cartoon I read today:

“People aren’t ‘disappeared’ in America! Only in lawless dictatorships can intransitive verbs be used to make passive verb forms.”

(source: “Tom the Dancing Bug” by Ruben Bolling, posted 12/20/11 on the blog http://boingboing.net)

Enjoy your second half of break. I look forward to seeing you when we return on January 5th!

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