"Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it." is a quote by Merle Miller
I see this quote as a message to us all to take make the best out of our own circumstances Orrrr to take lemons and make lemonade.
In "Thank you M'am" by Langston Hughes, we meet Roger and Ms. Jones. Roger tries to steal from Ms. Jones and instead of bringing Roger to jail, she brings him home. She brings him home and feeds him and talks to him. She is not a woman who has lots of money and she too has had hard times but instead of wallowing in her own self-pity, she chose to help out a young boy who needed guidance. She helped Roger out when he needed it the msot. She chose to help make Roger's life a little better because he obviously had no one looking out for him in his life.
Roger was not her responsibility. She took responsibility because she knows what it is like to be in need of help and assistance. She decided add Roger and his needs to her own personal burdens in an effort to save him.
The quote "Survival of the fittest" by Herbert Spencer refers to a contest, game of life experiences in which the person with the greatest resources will win. Whether those resources are wits, tools, weapons or support, the person who is the fittest, strongest or smartest will will the contest.
In the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, we meet Rainsford and Zaroff who are pitted against each other and battling for their lives. Rainsford finds himself on Zaroff's island and at his mercy but manages to pull out a win although the odds are against him. General Zaroff had the resources to be the fittest BUT in the end Rainsford's quick thinking helped him to defeat his better armed opponent.
Obviously Rainsford was the fittest even though he did not have the best resources, weapons or support. He was able to out think his opponent and come back from behind and steal the win. General Zaroff thought that Rainsford was dead when he jumped off of the cliff and Rainsford was able to use this to his advantage and he launched a surprise attack on General Zaroff.
What happened this week?
Started the new semester.
Met my new kids.
Read and Responded to "The Purpose of Education"
Began our Short Story Unit.
Read and Discussed "The Initiation"
Students made posters for the story