Our storyline is about climate change and how we might have to find a new planet just in case we mess this up, but we already kind of have you know with the hole in the ozone lair. Anyway here's what we have made.
.i hope your as happy about thanksgiving break as we are. this week we have been working on a fictional writing project, they range from zombie apocalypses to time machines and superheros. heres a little example of the beginning of a story by Poppy Schoedinger.
What a big day for us all! Everyone did an amazing job at the Runnaissance and at the art and music show. So proud of these people!!!
Students have been bringing in their finished science fair displays and they look awesome!!!
I'm very excited for everyone to see each other's display.
Displays can be brought in anytime tomorrow, the earlier the better.
Thanks to Debra and Eduardo we have a screen donated and installed! A great addition to our ever-improving classroom. This will be so helpful!!
...for our story line. We have been diving into a deep and complex story line about what it was like to work in a factory in America in 1915. This was before we had luxuries such as minimum wage, workers comp, a five day work week, over time pay and child labor laws.
Students have created characters that work in a t shirt factory that has been built by our students. Every character has a background story and a family. We've been doing extensive research on conditions of work environments from this era and what a day to day life was like for these workers. Some are parents, some are children.
I have created a character named Evan Fletchberg, the head CEO of Fletchberg T Shirt Co. Thursday Evan Fletchberg let his group of factory workers know that 16 out of 23 workers had become very ill and have not shown up to work. They were over worked to the point of exhaustion due to the 12 hour days and working 6 days a week and are physically ill from the unsafe working conditions. Evan has fired these 16 workers and has already replaced them with eager to work people.
The fired workers were outraged. How were they supposed to survive without their pay of $0.20/hour? They were already struggling to make ends meet on such a low wage. How could a boss fire someone for being sick for one day? If the conditions of the factory were up to code and they had a weekend to recover, they may have been able to continue to work and support their families.
The fired workers were inspired by stories we have read in class and research we had done on people like Clara Lemlich and incidents like the Shirt Waist Fire of 1911. They felt that the only way to get their voices heard was to go on strike.
I let them know about strikes that happen now a days. Strikes are tricky business and can cause quite the stir. I told them about the teacher strike in Portland last year and how difficult it was for a substitute teacher like myself to choose between siding with the teachers or getting paid. I taught them what a "scab" means in a strike. The factory workers who were not fired were having a very difficult time deciding between crossing picket lines of their peers to continue to work in poor conditions for minimal pay to support their families or to support their fellow factory workers and risk it all for a strike. In the end, the class went on strike and it was great.
Even Fletchberg however is not a very well liked man.
I was able to be in a commercial for eBay recently. See if you can catch the glimpse of me!
Together For Trillium has arranged our Harvest Festival which will take place in the multipurpose room on Thursday evening (tonight).
All ages are welcome!
Pie Toss (starring KIERAN) will take place at 7pm!
Vegan & Vegetarian soups, bread and hot cider will be served!
Caramel apples and popcorn will be had!
Enjoy live music, face painting, haystack treasure hunt,photo booth and more!
Take part in your community and have fun!
We hope to see you there!