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DAILY JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS: Please complete the following journal assignment, show it to your teacher, and say, “I need a grade for this day’s journal.” (If you don’t explain it to her, she may not understand that you still need a grade for a make-up journal.)

Monday, Sept. 8: Review last week’s notes and explain how you are sometimes “The Innocent” archetype and sometimes not. (Think back to your first day of school, for example, or another event where you felt like “The Innocent.”)

Tuesday, Sept. 9: Please copy the following questions into your journal, leaving room to answer each of them:

  • What was J. Bruce Ismay’s occupation?
  • Where was Ismay born, and how was he raised?
  • Describe Ismay’s “Big Four”.
  • How is J. Bruce Ismay affiliated with the R.M.S. Titanic?
  • According to Jack Thayer, how did Ismay behave after the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic?
  • How did the United States and the British government differ in their assessments of Ismay’s role in the disaster?
  • What did Ismay do in his later life to honor those lost at sea?

Wednesday, Sept. 10: How does J. Bruce Ismay fit the Hero archetype? Explain your answer. (Click on the link to refresh your memory about the biographical information we read in class about Ismay).

Thursday, Sept. 11: When newspapers reported the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic, reporters were not always objective (factual); they sometimes included their own feelings in their reports. Do you think this also happened on September 11th, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Explain your answer.

DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES: If you need extra time to read the stories in our literature book, please come in at lunch or after school (by appointment), or come to our Friday morning session from 8:00 AM to noon.

Monday, Sept. 8: We finished taking notes on the archetypes. (Use that link to find the notes. Remember that you cannot use a print-out of these notes on the final; instead, you’ll have to have hand-written notes on the archetypes.) After that, we read the biography of J. Bruce Ismay, who owned White Star Line (the company that built R.M.S. Titanic). Again, please use the link to read the material you may have missed if you were absent that day.

Tuesday, Sept. 9: In class today we did a lot of silent reading. We read “Primary and Secondary Sources,” on pages 396-397. Then we read “A Fireman’s Story” on page 411. After that, we read “From a Lifeboat” on page 412. As time allowed, we started reading “R.M.S. Titanic” on page 398.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Today we finished reading “R.M.S. Titanic” on page 398, and then we started reading “The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers” on page 525. As we read this story of September 11th events, we kept notes on each character from the story in our journals. These notes will come in handy, later, when you are tested over the nonfiction material.

Thursday, Sept. 11: In honor of those who died on September 11, 2001, today we finished reading “The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers” on page 525, keeping notes in our journals about each of the characters who appears in this story. Then we read “The 9/11 Report” on pages 545-548.


About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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