Friday, January 6, 2017

Hearts on Fire, Upstanders In Action

Hi everyone,

This week we will learn from the visionaries featured in the amazing book, website and movement called Hearts on Fire.

Please click on this link to see all the amazing upstanders featured in this project.

Select three and then use this form to share what you've learned.

Finally, to read the entire book, please go to this link, and then use the code bethespark2016 to get the ebook for free.


Ms Mann

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Week of January 3, Our Final Exam Letters

Hi everyone,

Please upload your final exam letters, final drafts, to this file.

You will need to use your Newcomers HS gmail account in order to do this.

If you have a problem, please let me know.

Thank you,

Ms Mann

Friday, December 2, 2016

Week of December 2, American Dreamers

Hi everyone,

We are about to begin our post-election reflection unit.

Please visit this blog called American Dreamers. There are MANY stories here, all very powerful, so scroll through the whole blog before deciding which ones you will read.

Pick at least three stories to read and analyze.

Then complete this form in which you analyze the stories you've read.

Finally, feel free to share your story and let me know if you do!!!! That would be WONDERFUL!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Week of November 9, Writing for a Cause

Hi everyone,

This week you will be making cards for senior citizens who have no family to share Thanksgiving.

Please go to this website to learn more about the project.

Then create your card following the instructions and bring it to school next week.

Please follow these simple guidelines:
  • Greeting: "Dear Friend" or "Dear Senior."
  • Introduce yourself, but leave out last names.
  • Write about your families and holiday traditions.
  • Write about your favorite subject, book, sport or activity.
  • Remind the seniors to enjoy the delicious meal and let them know that they are not alone.
  • Please include a bright, colorful illustration. 
  • Keep it brief and sweet.
  • Make sure the writing is legible! 
  • Seniors have an easier time reading larger print on light backgrounds!
  • Get creative and have fun!

Thank you and have fun!!

Ms Mann

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week of October 28, #SellBuyDate

Hi everyone,

What a great trip we had!! Here is a link to some photos from today.

Now that we've seen the incredible #SellBuyDate, here is a link to see a TED Talk given by Sarah Jones. This way you can see all of her talents again!!

Now, let's visit some of the websites Sarah Jones recommended as NYC resources working with girls and women in the sex industry:

  1. Gems
  2. Exploitation Intervention Project
  3. Sanctuary for Families
Visit each website and then click on this link to answer questions about each one.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Week of October 24, Bully Awareness Month

October 19, Bully Awareness

Hi everyone,

October is Bully Awareness Month.

Please visit the Bystander Revolution website and watch 3 of their films.

Then visit the Not in Our Schools Bully Awareness Film Festival and watch 3 of their films.

Then click on this link to write your responses.

Thank you and take a stand!!

Ms Mann

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Week of October 11: Sex Trafficking in the US

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to learn more about sex trafficking in preparation for seeing the play Sell/Buy/Date.

Please watch the following short videos and listen to the podcast:

  1. Hidden America
  2. Children for Sale
  3. Sex Trafficking How it Works
  4. Optional podcast (only audio) Against Their Will
Complete this form to share what you learned from each video/podcast.

Then use Carmyn's character profile handout to create a character based on all of our class readings, the films, and other material we've explored about sex trafficking. 

This will be graded as a test, and it is due before our second class with her on October 19.

It will be graded using this rubric:

What it means
Possible points


Does your character represent the issue or topic clearly?
Do you include facts, details from the materials used in class?


Can the reader/audience understand the topic or issue based on how you created this character?


Is your grammar, spelling and punctuation accurate? Did you proofread your work?
Did you work hard to create an interesting and relevant?
Is this your best work?
Total score