Finding a Rhyme and a Reason

Embark on a journey of teaching and learning with Ms. Hayes' class at Georgetown K-8, Savannah, Georgia

“Nelson Mandela’s Life Story”


A lot of information about Nelson Mandela is provided in this video. Whose point of view is presented? How might you deternmine if the information provided is reliable?

Complete Exit Ticket #1

Here is a link to Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela in a pdf.

He Say, She Say: “She what had happened was…”


Is it possible for two people to witness the same event and have a totally different perspective of what occurred? How is it that eye-witness-accounts can be so different? What is this called in literature?

What is your greatest strength and weakness? What would you say is Katniss and Peeta’s?


Where I’m From Identity Portraits


After viewing this video, we invite you to read, in their entirety, our poems inspired by George Ella Lyons in the post below. Check back to hear us read excerpts aloud!

“Where I’m From” – poems inspired by George Ella Lyons


Using George Ella Lyons’ poem “Where I’m From” as a model, write a poem that emulates her style while capturing your experience, personality, and heritage.

Is it possible to die from a “broken heart”? In other words, can devastating sadness or grief kill someone?


What do you think it would be like if you were a child living in a war-torn country?


In the novel Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi, our protagonist and narrator Sookan was born in North Korea when it was occupied by the Japanese. Forbidden to speak, worship, dress, or celebrate their Korean heritage; their oppression is a reminder of some of the cruelties inflicted upon Africans when they were enslaved by Americans.

Most of you only know of such injustices through the historical accounts of others; however, I want to encourage you to imagine what it might be like for a child living in this situation. How would you cope? How would you survive?

Mental or Physical Pain: Which is More Detrimental?


In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Jonas experiences mental and physical anguish. Which one causes him more pain? Which one compels his actions?

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.” Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter


Each time we experience the reaction to Jonas’ revelation about warfare in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, I am reminded of Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize 2002 Acceptance Speech that was delivered on December 10 in Oslo, Norway. What is Carter’s argument about war and peace? Based upon his speech, do you think that war can ever lead to lasting peace?

“Bam! I gotcha!”


When confronted with the realities of warfare in The Giver, how does Jonas, Lois Lowry’s protagonist, react? Using textual evidence, explain why you think he responds the way he does.

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