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Upper School Corner - Mr. Clay Heller

Tuesday, 16 February, 2016 - 2:21 pm

As we've moved into the second semester, with the awesome board game projects done, the English classes of the Hebrew Academy have transitioned into working on some fundamentals. The students will be working extensively on their earthquake projects in math and science for the next eight weeks, which gives us a lot of time to focus on reading and writing instruction in English. So far, we've had the chance to read four short stories, including one by Mark Twain. The students have written letters to authors with constructive criticism, they've built job postings looking for athletic coaches, and they have researched careers in veterinary medicine. This is all intended to help them build real world skills and practices.

Here is a writing sample from one of our students. She was writing to the author of a story she enjoyed after we looked at character traits in his work.

2/11/2016
Dear Mr. Sedillo,
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your composition called “Gentlemen of Rio en Medio.” The story really made me impressed with the way Don Anselmo acted throughout his deal. He acted in a way that wouldn’t be seen nowadays. I don’t believe that anyone would turn down such a large sum of money. Don Anselmo made me want to be that honest when I am older. I want people to respect my word the way that the American businessmen respected him. It made me believe that I can share character traits with Don Anselmo like being; kind, honest, and trustworthy.

With Deepest Sincerity,
Hebrew Academy Student

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Mr. Clay Heller

Upper School English Teacher 

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