This week the 9th and 10th grades are starting to read George Orwell's 1984 which is all about government control and Big Brother watching every move you make. Considering current events, we should have lots of great discussions in class!
The students WILL have at-home reading assignments almost every day. Please ask your student if they have done their reading for the night.
11th and 12th grades are continuing with The Scarlet Letter. I found a very good movie to accompany the reading and help explain the plot. The language is slow-going at times, but the students are soldiering on!
6th and 7th grades started Freak the Mighty last week. The book is full of references to the Arthurian legends, so to capitalize on this knowledge, we will have a knighting ceremony for the students in November. In order to earn their knighthood, they each must have a certified "good deed" that was observed by a teacher. This could be anything from helping someone pick up papers they've dropped in the hallway to helping a fellow student understand a concept in class.
The ceremony will be exciting - lots of candlelight and solemnity followed by a walk through the elementary school with student cheering on the knights!
Here's Mason Copeland showing how excited he is about becoming a knight!