New Year, New Beginnings

The school year has begun and here in Israel we have just enjoyed our New Year’s festivities, including Rosh Hashana, which we celebrate with the beginning of the Hebrew Calendar.  I wanted to share with my readers some excellent Literature units that student teachers created over the Summer holidays. I hope that you will find them useful in your high school classrooms this year.

The first set that I am uploading deal with issues that have to do with Good and Evil. Literature is a wonderful vehicle for encouraging our students to think about values and how to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. Also, if we do nothing, if we choose not to get involved, is this also a choice? The following units were created by one of our English teachers at the boys Yeshiva where I work. Her name is Lisa Melamed and she is both talented and passionate about her teaching. We should all have teachers the caliber of Lisa, both as colleagues and in our classrooms. I hope that you will enjoy teaching the following units!

They include:

Musee Des Beaux Arts  By W.H. Auden (poem)

One Ordinary Day with Peanuts  By Shirley Jackson (short story)

Negro Mother  By Langston Hughes (poem)

negro mother for mekor haim as a pdf file

OneOrdinaryDaywithPeanuts pdf

one ordinary day with peanuts log for mh 2018 as pdf

musee des beaux arts for mekor haim as a pdf file

Updated Summative Assessment for Musee des Beaux Arts PDF – created by Lisa Melamed for Mekor Haim 2018

Wishing you all a successful and enjoyable year!


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