Happenings in Mr. Arias's Classroom

March 14, 2018

       Hello reader! Thank you for tuning in to another exciting excerpt of Mr. Arias’ classroom. I have the distinct pleasure of teaching English 1, Reading 1, and Speech. These classes generate so much positive energy and I feel blessed to get this opportunity to share even a glimpse of what that looks like. In English 1 we’ve been working on a short Shakespeare unit; we’ve read some condensed versions of Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. During this time students also had time to work on their Kearney Bound Applications. The result has been great: Students genuinely enjoyed making contemporary connections using Shakespeare's work. Our world is all connected somehow. As we move towards the end of the year we will be diving into a research paper that will focus on societal issues. In Reading 1 we have continued working through the scaffolded program: Read 180. To change things up this quarter we will be reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, that brings to light the issue of isolation and bullying. We hope to generate some good discussions while improving reading skills.

         Speech class has been working on using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in verbal argumentation. As we begin this fourth quarter we will also be working on developing advertisements that use these techniques to push forward different products. Our Speech team has been doing very well this season. We had a good showing at the district qualifying national meet in South Dakota. Nia Martinez will be representing the Minutemen in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her message is centered around the idea of “Stereotype threats,” and the significant effect they have on our society. Four students will also be attending Nebraska State Speech: Darlene Gomez, Christopher Gomez, Edvin Ortiz, and Nia Martinez. Darlene and Chris are bringing back H.G Well’s The Time Machine in their duet. Nia Martinez will be using her national piece for this as well. Edvin Ortiz will be taking his poetry program that centers around prayer and the LGBTQ community. Overall, I’ve had a really interesting second semester. I am excited to see how our team does in these last two events. I am also excited to end this school year on a good note on the school front. Thank you.


Mr. Daniel Arias