Make A Picture Data Set

Using Wallwisher, please create a San Francisco Picture Data Set using the three categories from the data set we used in the classroom.

Find at least five pictures for each category and write a sentence describing each one. You can look for photos through Google. Then copy and paste the url address of your picture data set in the comments section of this post.

California History Murals

We have learned about the California History murals you will be seeing at the Rincon Annex Post Office in San Francisco.

You can also see a slideshow of the murals here.

After you review the mural slideshow, please use one of these drawing tools to draw one or more pictures that represent an important historical event in your native country. Post the link in the comments section of this post, and be sure to write one or two sentences explaining what the picture represents.

You can use:

Flash Paint

Draw To

Imagination Cubed

If you get done early, you can learn about other murals in San Francisco and around the world:

Play this game

San Francisco Mural Slideshow

The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around The World

Murals By Diego Rivera

Here are murals in Sacramento.

Learn About Different Ethnic Groups

This week, all the classes at Burbank are learning about the different ethnic groups at our school.

Each day, we will be coming to the computer lab and you will be learning about one group. Ms. Hull and Mr. Ferlazzo will tell you which group we are studying on each day.

Each day, please write three things you learn in the comments section.

We will be studying:

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Best Websites To Learn About The Hmong

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez

Learn About Zimbabwe

The book Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is based on a story from the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Please look at these links to learn more about African and Zimbabwe. Write three things you learn.

The Three Tests: A Swahili Tale of Choices

The Impossible Task

An African Story of Creation

Are His Parents From Africa?

Zimbabwe Slideshow

Map of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Videos

More Zimbabwe Videos

Hunger in Zimbabwe Today

More On Hunger in Zimbabwe Today

Violence in Zimbabwe’s Diamond Fields

Writing About Literature

These exercises will give you an introduction to what we will be studying next:

Learn about similes:

Starter activity

Main session part 1

Main session part 2


You can learn about Literary Elements and then take the quiz at this Thinkquest site.

Try to create similes in this not-very-easy game from the British Council.

Name That Literary Element is a game from Glencoe.

Figurative Language Interactive Activities

How Would You Feel If You Were Forced To Return To Your Native Country?

Last week, 4,000 Hmong refugees were forced by the Thailand military to return to Laos.

Read more about what happened at these links:

Thailand Evicts Hmong Refugees is the title of a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Reuters has an online video clip on the eviction.

After forced evacuation, local Hmong fear for their families in Laos
is an article that appeared in the Sacramento Bee.

Thailand deports thousands of Hmong to Laos comes from the BBC and also has links to a number of other related-resources.

Thailand Sends 4,000 Hmong Back to Laos is from TIME Magazine and also includes additional links.

The Hmong expulsion shares several photos from the Bangkok Post.

Thailand Evicts 4,000 Hmong to Laos is from The New York Times.

Thai army deports Hmong refugees is from Al Jazeera, and also includes a link to an excellent video series that network did on the Hmong.

Thai move to kick out asylum-seekers angers West is from Reuters and also includes several photos of the eviction.

Thailand Urged to Halt Expulsion of Laotian Hmong Population is an article on the site (run by the U.S. State Department)

Thailand Moves To Send Hmong Back To Laos is on the National Public Radio site.

Then, in the comments section, please answer this question:

How would you feel if you were forced to leave the United States and return to your native country, especially if you felt like your native country’s government was going to punish you for leaving? Why would you feel that way?

Create A Posterous Blog

Go to your email and send an email message to

Write “This is my first blog post.”

You will immediately receive an email back from Posterous with a link to your new blog. Make sure you use a password that is easy to remember.

After you get the link to your new blog, please copy and paste its address in the comments section of this post.