Wear Sunscreen


Hi Everyone,

Well it’s a beautiful, sunny and warm Friday here – a great start to Memorial Day Weekend! We began this morning with a quick review of the 8 parts of speech:

We talked about when to use them and discussed some examples. Then we split up into small groups and did a crazy exercise using parts of speech and putting them into a short story. Great work everyone!

Today’s topic was Wear Sunscreen. This is Memorial Day weekend, and in addition to honoring those who served and died for our country and freedom, Memorial Day is also the unofficial start to summer, and a time of lots of graduations from the schools, colleges and universities in the area. We talked about our experiences with graduation ceremonies and all the tradition and activities. One important part of the graduation ceremony is the commencement speech. This is the speech given to the graduates which congratulations them for their academic achievements and also offers advice, empathy, and sometimes, humor as the graduates embark on their futures. Here is a short video we watched of 2015 commencement speeches –

We talked about many adjectives that describe these commencement speeches, and how they make us feel. Then we watched this video made from a commencement speech in 1997 (almost 20 years ago). There is a lot of advice offered in the video. Take another look here – 

After watching we discussed the advice given, which we liked the most and the least. We agreed that it was all good advice, and even after 20 years it was still valid and valuable. Wear Sunscreen!!

Words of the day

shut-eye (noun) : {informal} sleep                                                                                           After all the late nights and graduation parties, I’m sure there are lots of students that could use some shut-eye.

smidgen (noun) : {informal} a small amount                                                                           That cake looks so yummy, but I’ll have just a smidgen of it with some ice cream.

breezy (adjective) : windy : informal and lively                                                                     Students may have a breezy outlook on life, now that school is over for the year.

Happy Memorial Day!

Remember to relax and practice.

Don’t forget the sunscreen!