This week the 6, 7, 9, and 10 classes are beginning a unit on critical thinking via fairy tales. We will be reading a LOT of tales and discussing different aspects of each. Along the way we will be listening to tales from the Tanacross region as well as Northway, so students may experience local culture and myth in an immediate and interactive way.
This unit will culminate with each student creating their own myth through an online writing program from Scholastic, with the option to publish their work, also online. It should be a fun way to re-learn the story arc, talk about vocabulary and it's importance as well as paragraph writing/grammar. This should take us approximately 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.
After this the 6th and 7th grades will read their first novel this year, Freak the Mighty and 9th/10th will read 1984 as an introduction to the dystopian genre. Fun stuff!
11th and 12th are reading two short stories this week that were written in the 1700's, in preparation for their first novel, The Scarlet Letter. Ms. Burham is covering the Revolutionary War beginning this week so we're collaborating; making sure what's happening in English is tying into the historical context. This will give the students a much better grasp of author's intent.
My computer classes are continuing to practice keyboarding skills: 3-5 are actually practicing touch-typing while the little ones are still learning their way around the keyboard with fun games that make a lot of noise!
Thanks so much for your support at home. Without interested, involved parents, none of this would be possible. :)