Welcome Xavier English and History students

Welcome Xavier Charter middle schoolers to our English and history In Nuce blog! Pronounced in noose, the Latin phrase is translated literally as 'in nut' or 'in a nutshell'. 'In nuce' also means 'embryonic'. According to Webster, an embryo is a "young organism in the early stages of development." Appropriate, don't you think? We're in the early stages of development--the beginning of the school year, the beginning of your upper school education, and the beginning of Xavier Charter school.

So, in a nutshell, this is a place for me to communicate quickly with you and your parents or guardians, and vice versa.* You can ask questions or respond to items posted here. Homework assignments, links to on-line resources, and examples of your work will be archived on this site. I'll check it every day, though I won't post every day.

I will label the posts for easy sorting. 'All for one and one for all' means that what I have to say is relevant to all. 'Grade Six', 'Grade Seven', or 'Grade Eight' mean that I'm addressing the post to...well, I'll bet you can figure that one out yourselves.

This year we’ll be reading great literature and placing it in historical and geographical context. We'll study the structure and roots of our English language. We'll explore the ages that have led to our own. Our goal is to:
  1. Think logically and critically
  2. Discuss dynamically and respectfully
  3. Write clearly and forcefully

I can’t wait to get started!

*The phrase "vice versa" has a Latin origin. "Vice" means "in the place of" or "in succession to" as in "The Vice-President would act in place of the President". The root of "vice" is "vix" meaning "change". "Versa" is a form of the Latin verb "vertere" and is a participle. "Vertere" means "to turn". So "vice versa" means "the position being reversed". --From Google's Phrase Finder archives

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