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      We finished up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  We said some good things.  I think at the end I was overdoing it.  As I said in class, it is a good book that tells a great story and helps us to think about some important things.  I hope you enjoyed it.  We move on.

      You finished your Hero Essay this week.  I look forward to reading them.  We keep getting better with the writing: keep it up.

      We started To Kill a Mockingbird.  In the reading in class, I got you to the point where the action begins.  It is a such a great book: one of my favorites.  It is challenging in terms of style and vocabulary, as we have already seen.  But is is certainly doable for all of us.  Give it time.  Finish Chapters 1-3 for Tuesday; write in your journal.  We will have a quiz and start our discussions. Be open; ask questions.  As we move along, stay on top of the reading.  The schedule I gave you is brisk, but the reading will be our main focus the next 4 weeks.  Enjoy it.

      Do Vocabulary unit 11 for Wednesday.

      We are already a full week into Lent. Our journey toward Easter is a long one.  As we everything else, be present to the moment: don't jump the season.  As Fr. Ralph said, we are working on 3 things: being better human beings; treating each other more compassionately; and working on our relationship with God.  Try to do one thing every day on those fronts.  Please be generous with the Lenten drive.  God bless us all.

      During the weekend, be sure to have time with your family and friends.  Take time to go to religious services.  Get outside. Be sure every day to exercise, eat well, and sleep.  Have a great week ahead.  Do your best.  God bless you.

* Always complete the homework for the day indicated.

MONDAY, 18 MARCH: Today is a professional day for faculty.  Enjoy your 3-day weekend.  Use it to enjoy the reading!

TUESDAY, 19 MARCH:  Read Chapters 1-3 in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Journal: Write about what you think of Scout so far.  We will have a quiz and start our discussions.  Bring the novel.

WEDNESDAY, 20 MARCH: Bring the novel. We will continue our discussions.
- Do Vocabulary unit 11 for today.
* Today is the first day of Spring.  Yay!!

THURSDAY, 21 MARCH: Bring the novel.  We will continue our discussions.

FRIDAY, 22 MARCH: Read Chapters 4-5 in To Kill a Mockingbird for today.  Journal: Write about what you have learned here about Boo Radley.  We will have a quiz.  Bring the novel.

MONDAY, 25 MARCH: Read Chapters 6-8.  Journal: Write about some theories you now have about Boo Radley.  We will have a quiz.