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Reading Update

posted Dec 23, 2016, 12:28 PM by
We are continuing to read A Night Divided and have become increasingly aware that the law in East Berlin and East Germany is different than ours in the U.S.  We have begun to research the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and we are comparing our society today in the U.S. with that of 1960's East Germany.  Periodically check the Board on the hallway of the middle school wing to see what we are working on. Right now it is "Search and seizure." We have been discussing how we have a right to expect our homes to be secure except if there is "probable cause." It has been an eye opener for students to realize that in some places on earth the rights that we enjoy here are not available to people elsewhere. 
At the beginning of each chapter is a quotation by a poet, a philosopher, an actress,  a variety of people who stated something in a way which resonated with those who read it. This last chapter 13 began with a quote by Albert Einstein, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
Naturally, we had to learn something more about Einstein, so, we have begun to search for other quotations of his which we like.  We will be putting some on our "wall."