Wednesday, 1/20 (Periods 1,2,3) – Thursday, 1/21 (Periods 5,6)


Welcome to the Second Semester! (And a fresh start!)

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Check in in Chat (PUBLIC): What did you do for FUN this past weekend?

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Homework for the “Week.”  Only Vocab and the NEWSELA article.  KBARR resumes Monday, 1/25.

Euphemism (noun – U FEM ISM): 
A “nice” way of saying something  unpleasant.
The prefix eu- means “good.” Example: “passed on” = died, “put to sleep” = killed

IN CHAT (PRIVATE): What do you think these euphemisms mean?

  1. visually disabled =
  2. solid waste =
  3. governmental revenue ($) enhancement
  4. encore telecast
  5. economically disadvantaged =
  6. undocumented transborder migrant =
  7. vertically challenged =
  8. intentionally inaccurate statement  =
  9. friendly fire =

IN CHAT (PUBLIC) – Why would we use euphemisms? 

The Forecast. by Dan Jaffe

Perhaps our age has driven us indoors.
We sprawl in the semi-darkness, dreaming sometimes
Of a vague world spinning in the wind.
But we have snapped our locks, pulled down our shades,
Taken all precautions. We shall not be disturbed.
If the earth shakes, it will be on a screen;
And if the prairie wind spills down our streets
And covers us with leaves, the weatherman will tell us.


In Chat (PUBLIC):

  1. The word forecast in the poem refers to the weatherman’s forecast, but it also adds another meaning for the poem. What else is the poem forecasting?
  2. This poem was written in the 1960’s! How does it relate to our world?

Everyone talks about the Freedom of Speech and the “1st Amendment.”  Why is the sixth one especially important too?
The Sixth Amendment establishes a number of rights of the defendant in a criminal trial:

to a speedy and public trial
to trial by an impartial jury
to be informed of criminal charges
to confront witnesses
to compel witnesses to appear in court
to assistance of counsel[109]

“Old Glory”

The average Londoner (before COVID) was caught of surveillance cams 300 times per day!

IN CHAT (PUBLIC): Is that ok?



What is “Old Glory” a nickname for? What is Uncle Sam the nickname for?

Read aloud together.

“Old Glory” Document.

What would a “Civic Responsibility” class be all about? Note the title and date!





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