In my junior English class, we move through American literature chronologically. So in the fall we start with some foundational writers —Crevecoeur, de Tocqueville, Douglass — and finish the semester with Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The second semester starts with Hemingway stories. We read The Great Gatsby and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Interspersed throughout those readings are miscellaneous poems and stories. As we read, we continually hearken back to the earliest writers we encountered. How are the ideas we see expressed now related to those from the past? How are we supposed to live as Americans according to those who came before us? Finally, late into the spring semester, students write a personal narrative in which they develop their own voice for the time and place in which they live today.
Through a close reading of culturally sensitive and humanizing literature,
students will develop tolerance and compassion for others. De Smet graduates will be able to think, speak, and write clearly, cogently, and effectively as they enter the world as mature and responsible young men for others. The De Smet Jesuit High School English Department provides a college preparatory curriculum that creates an understanding of the human condition by fostering Ignatian values and ideals through the study of various literary genres.
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Furry blue monsters, a journey of self-discovery, and overcoming our fear of turning the next page -- Robert Bergman '93 has it all in his latest blog.
Young men are tested constantly in today's world. Robert Bergman '93—recent exam proctor for future Spartans—reflects on his high school placement test as well as how young men today pass the larger test of life in his latest blog post.
Robert Bergman '93 is a lucky man. Check out his latest blog post just in time for a day centered on thankfulness.
It's high school reunion time and 30 years post graduation for Rob Bergman, Star Wars fan and former punk know-it-all. He has a few bits of wisdom to share.
In this moving tribute to his dear friend, Robert Bergman '93 reminds us that a smile and a kind word can touch people forever.
With one quarter left for this year's seniors, Mr. Bergman looks back over the last few years with profound gratitude.
Teacher and dad Robert Bergman '93 reminisces about parental hand holding and notes the importance of a student's space in a classroom.
Inspired by an Arizona monsoon, Rob Bergman '93 grasps the meaning of courage and wisdom and the well-known prayer.
"Adulting is difficult, and we often forget the joy of abandoning our uptightness to be free for a few moments and wholly enjoy who we are and who we were." As we adjust to the busier routine of a new school year, Robert Bergman '93 shares an important reminder to allow ourselves moments to just play.
"What have we learned from the past year of struggle and learning if not 'That the secret to survivin’/Is knowin’ what to throw away/And knowin’ what to keep…'” Robert Bergman '93 posts his latest reflection on the right way to play the game of life and what is NEVER a gamble.
English teacher and Class of 1993 alumnus Robert Bergman breaks in a new baseball glove and reflects on the human connections that occur while playing catch.
Cleared of COVID but feeling sick, Mr. Bergman worked from home on January 6, 2021. Two things happened that day.
Robert Bergman '93 invites us to find joy in the memories we hold dear.
"Hope comes in very small doses nowadays, and these little reminders have become all the more important." - Robert Bergman '93 on finding pennies...and picking them up.
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