Memorial Day Monday… 14 days and counting :)

Sorry so late, but better late than never.  Hope you enjoyed the weather this weekend and took the time to thank those serving to protect the rights and freedoms we have in our country! SO In honor of Memorial Day… if you comment on the blog in regards to the daily heading, I will give you e.c. so here we go. Also, if you look under your grade level, there are some other options for E.C. Take advantage of the opportunities!  Please comment below-

For Memorial Day Monday, please comment or share, your favorite military moment. What do I mean, I’ve seen many movies and read many books that feature Military Moments. These moments can include the soldier who comes back after the war, the war epic, the female receiving correspondence from her man, or military training. My favorite military moment is pretty classic- Tom Cruise, “We want the truth!” Jack Nicholson, “You can’t handle the truth!”  from A Few Good Men.That was some good script writing! Then there is this poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen which questions the heroic stigma that is associated with those who serve. Amazing imagery and really showcases the reality of war.  Makes me even more grateful for those who fight the good fight. Now,  it’s your turn!!!

Dulce et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen1893 – 1918
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

As we reach the END, please keep working diligently towards our end of the year goals! Please see me if there are any assignments you are missing or grades that you feel need improvement. Continue the hard work as we reach the final stretch towards SUMMER.


Finish your FINAL Blog typed and ready to go  due TOMORROW at the beginning of class!!!

Bring your Independent Read Book and To Kill A Mockingbird to class.

Don’t forget to turn in any LATE work!!!

 Extra E.C. Best quote from TKAM!


Click here for the In the Time of the Butterflies Calendar In the Time of the Butterflies Reading Calendar (1)

Begin Ch.12 Read to page 277.

Extra E.C. Best quote from ITTOTB!


  • CHECK YOUR GRADES AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!! You can always raise your grade by going to lunch tutoring or Scholar Hour. See me for more details and a pass. Then, I will send you down during lunch or after school.
  • Build On Meeting Tuesday!
  • Build On Year End Celebration on May 31. 9-2
  • Culinary Club Food Tour May 31. 12-4
  • Culinary Club meeting on June 4 after school!!!

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Here's a little info about your teacher. I worked really hard to become your teacher. I went to UIC to get a degree in English, but decided to work as a writer in California. While I was there I realized I would rather work with kids than work in an office all day, so I decided to come back to Chicago and become a licensed, fully certified teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Dominican University and got my first job at Hancock. During my 4 years at Hancock, I have taught English at every grade level. I started the Culinary Club and also sponsor BuildOn, both clubs do community service projects all over the city. I also have a cat named Duke that I rescued during one of our BuildOn service learning projects and a dog named Duchess.

19 responses to “Memorial Day Monday… 14 days and counting :)

  1. Omar De La Torre

    In 6th grade a man from the military I think Jones? We (as a class) wrote letters to him back and forth. At the end of the year we got to meet him and welcome him home 🙂

  2. gerardo

    Favorite military moment uhh the movie act of valor in the end the guy jumps on a grenade to save his comrades so sad yolo. (-(-(-(-(-(-.-)-)-)-)-)-)

  3. Mandi ♡

    The movie ‘Forrest Gump’ when Forrest went to Vietnam. ♡ c:

  4. salina

    In the movie Act of Valor the guy jumps on a grenade to save his team because they did not see it. By the way Gerardo stole mine

  5. Yasmin

    In the movie Forrest Gump when Forrest goes back to save his sergeant when the bombs start going off.

  6. Susana Ortega

    “And on the third day He rose again …”

  7. Sandra Rojas

    In 4th grade we read the book Number The Stars by Lois Lowry. It’s about a young girl who lives in Copenhagen during World War 2 and it’s probably one of the most emotional books I’ve read that has to do with war world 2 or with any type of military themes in general .

    • Such a great book! Everything by Lowry is amazing, even if you go back and reread her work now that you are older, you will fall in love with it all over again 🙂

  8. Julia Rivas

    My favorite militar moment is in the movie
    Full Metal Jacket watching how the guys in the army are trained to fight in the wat.

  9. Carlos Hernandez

    The movie “dirty wars” when a man says “America unleashes the special forces on us, and the special forces beat and kill innocent people. We call them the American Taliban”.

  10. leslie

    Mine Is Also ‘Forrest Gump’ when Forrest went to Vietnam. ❤ ❤ ❤

  11. Lexxss

    “I wanted you to see what real courage is , instead of getting the idea that courage is from a man with a gun.”

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