Fans of Divergent (Especially during Women’s History Month!)

Hey all!

I know Women’s History Month has been really turned down at CMSA. It’s often difficult to decide how to honor such a complicated celebration. I hope all of the young men and women of CMSA have been reflecting on who they are and want to be, and especially thinking about how that compares with what they are expected to be.

I wanted to share with you all this very interesting article I found that I think relates especially well to modern women’s issues, as well as a very popular film and novel. The Divergent series has been especially popular among young women, but a lot of people compare it to a twilight-like love story involving a confused young girl in the throes of young love. CLICK HERE to read an article about how Divergent is an important step in changing and re-imagining how we (as a society) think about women. The article contains spoilers form the movie and a discussion of sexual assault. Ask an adult to read with you.

Both boys and girls have the power to change this situation. As we discuss the media and perspective, I think we should all consider how we’re trained to think about and treat one another. How should women be treated? What can we do about the marginalization of females all over the world?

Enjoy the food for thought and the remainder of your weekend.



Hey all!

I hope you are enjoying this weekend’s reading of pages 43-53 of the novel MAUS. Don’t forget to pay attention to the frame narrative – we are in modern day with Artie narrating when Vladek is wearing glasses. We are hearing the inside frame, Vladek’s narration, when Vladek is young and not wearing glasses. While there may be a quiz on Monday regarding these pages, I want you to read and enjoy. Pay special attention to the way that Vladek’s perspective changes throughout the chapter after his experiences with the Nazi soldiers (Compare: how does he feel about shooting at the start? How does he feel after he discovers the body of the soldier that he killed? I will award an extra credit point to anyone who can answer this question in written form).

I hope everyone enjoyed Crash Course history on Friday. If you’d like to watch the video again, click here. (I will also award an extra credit point to anyone who summarizes Hitler’s Hunger Plan in 3-5 sentences). I also recommend taking a look at other Crash Course videos about topics in which you are interested. Isn’t the internet a beautiful thing? It can be used to learn about so many different people, places, and ideas. Speaking of which, I’d like you to consider how the internet has changed the way that we interact with our world, both the good and the bad. This will be a major topic of discussion as we approach the middle of this unit.

I hope you all enjoy the reading and have a fun, safe first weekend of spring!

Inquiry Learning About the Holocaust

Inquiry Learning About the Holocaust

Use pages on this website to explore the following questions, as well as questions that we will write together in class:

ž Who are the SS, the SA, and the Gestapo?
ž What were the Nuremburg Race Laws?
ž Who were the targets of the Nazis, besides the Jews?
ž What is a ghetto and how were they used?
ž What were some of the ways that Jews were killed during the Holocaust?
ž How did the Nazis rise to power?
ž How did the Nazis control public opinion?
ž What was the purpose and result of the boycott of Jewish stores?
ž What part did Jews play in Germany before the Holocaust?
ž Who were sent to concentration camps, and what did they do there?