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Ravens & desks     

Posted by Katherine Putnam on March 14th, 2010

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”

And the third quarter draws to a close.

Friday was the last day of the third marking period. Now we’re in the push to get grades finished up and comments selected for the report cards which are due to go out in about a week. The process seems to be going alright for me so far, especially with the help of CCS’s director. While I won’t give a run down of my grades student by student, I can proudly say that no one is failing, and my class matches what the school average should be. Now, whether the kids are getting anything out of their English class…well, that remains to be determined. But at least they’re not failing.

Now for a quick detour through the towns of Sentiment and Mush: last Saturday marked Chris and my one year anniversary, which naturally we celebrated by going to Las Islas for trancapecho. The year seems to have flown by, yet at the same time it feels as if I have known Chris all of my life. I am very much looking forward to the coming year(s) together.

And now back to our regularly scheduled update. Last weekend we (Chris, the Donalds and myself) also journeyed outside of Cochabamba to a small town called Tarata. It was small and quaint, and we spent a few pleasant hours getting sunburnt there. On our way back to Coch we stopped at a lakeside restaurant and devoured some delectable trout. We also got to watch as a wedding party rode swan shaped boat around the lake and as the bride enjoyed a ride on a zip-line. Quite an athletic feat for a woman in a humongous wedding dress.


Speaking of athleticism, field days will be here before we know it! With field days rapidly approaching the school has been having dress up days every Friday in preparation. The first Friday was Wear Your Team Color Day (not being on a team, Chris and I wore green in support of the Lindquists). The next was Wear Your Pajamas to School Day: (teen girl squad voice) soooo good! This past Friday was Movie Character Day. Chris and I wanted to dress down so we cheated a bit by dressing as Myles Dannon and Lt. Karri Ander…or as we imagined they might dress on their downtime. So for the very few of you who actually know who those characters are: enjoy the mini joke.

Speaking of…nothing in particular, this week I’ll finally get to cover one of my all time favorite poems with the ninth graders: Poe’s “The Raven.” I can’t think of a better poem to use for a crash course in poetry; not only is does it have a crazy plot, tone and mood but it also contains an insane amount of poetic devices! Seriously. It has: an extremely strict rhyme scheme and rhythm, ridiculously structured repetition, fantastic imagery, allusions, metaphors, similes, alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia and so much more! I’m very excited to cover it.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Tune in next time for tales of how my ninth graders get themselves into trouble!


Katherine Elyse

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