This week in Ms. Alba’s Class: 9.30-10.5

Period 1:  Mexican American Literature & Culture

This week, Mexican American Literature & Culture will study the context IDENTITY in Mexican American Literature and analyze it in “Senior Picture” by Michelle Serros, “Silence Concerning an Ancient Stone” by Rosario Castellanos.


Tuesday: 1. Who was Michele Serros? Why did she write “Senior Picture”: Background video 2.  Close Read “What does the short story “Senior Picture Day” reveal about the narrator’s identity and her relationship to an “Indian” heritage?

Wednesday: 1. Quote Response 2. Close Read a Summary “Senior Picture”

Thursday: “A View From the Melting Pot” an Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Friday: 1.  3-2-1 Check In 2. “Silence Concerning an Ancient Stone” a poem by Rosario Castellanos: Making Sense of Poetry  2.) Turn in Notebooks: Rubric

AP Seminar: Period 2-3

Monday: 1. What are the power stance and glance? How can I use these to perform with effective poise, eye contact, and gestures?  2.  The Effective Opening: What are some strategies to get my audience’s attention and engagement? 

Tuesday: PVLEG Practice: students will present an argument using PVLEG strategies.

Wednesday:PVLEG Practice: students will present an argument using PVLEG strategies.

Thursday: PVLEG Reflection

Friday: The What If… Project: Introduction & Outline


English 3P Honors, Period 5-6

Monday: Progress Check 1.2 Irony and Anecdote in Amy Tan’s Mother Tongue & Richard Rodriguez’s “Blaxicans and Other Reinvented Americans”

TuesdayProgress Check Revision and Progress Check Reflection Log

H.W.) Read Viet Thanh NguyenThe Immigrant’s Fate is Everyone’s”

Wednesday: Socratic Seminar #2 Prep: Collection 1 Socratic SeminarSocratic Seminar Question Stems

Thursday: 1.) Collection 1 Socratic SeminarSocratic Seminar Evaluation Guide

Friday:  Cultural Exchange at the Library Media Center

H.W. Read Ch. 1-2 The Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriSummarize Chapters 

  • Big Question for Chapter 1-2 (pp. 1-47): How does Lahiri’s characterization of Ashoke and Ashima begin to introduce the idea of ASSIMILATION to the reader? How does it compare to Richard Rodriguez’s stance in “Blaxicans and Other Invented Americans”?