Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

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One of my students who goes to New Traditions Elementary School is doing a report on California Missions, specifically Mission San Gabriel Arcangel. I’ve been helping her learn about the mission. One thing that we read in Wikipedia today, I wish I had known about before:

Legend has it that the founding expedition was confronted by a large group of native Tongva peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the priests laid a painting of “Our Lady of Sorrows” on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives, designated by the settlers as the GabrieliƱos, immediately made peace with the missionaries, because they were so moved by the painting’s beauty.[1] Today the 300-year-old work hangs in front of and slightly to the left of the old high altar and reredos in the Mission’s sanctuary.

If I had known about this legend while I was going to U.C.L.A., I probably would have visited the mission.

Reading Animal Farm

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One of my students who is a freshman at Raoul Wallenberg High School is reading Animal Farm in her English class. Today, we read the first few pages of the book together. By reading out loud, I was able to identify the words in the text that she was not familiar with. Towards the end of our session, I had her look up the words and write down their definitions. At the end of the session, I asked to look up who Karl Marx was and tell me in our next tutoring session.

Reading Plato, The Republic, Book VII, The Cave Allegory

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This week, I’m helping a student read Book VII of the Republic. It was written by Plato in 360 B.C.E.. We are reading the translation by Benjamin Jowett. It is available online at the Internet Classics Archive.

My student’s project, for his Global Studies class at San Dominico School, is to create a video in which he explains the Allegory of the Cave and its moral.

Here is a good Wikipedia page on the Allegory of the Cave.