Year 7 - 8 Blog
This is where you will find out what we have been doing in the Year 7 -8 class.
Humanities, years 7 and 8:
Central Focus: Middle Ages History
Lines of Inquiry: Timeline, early British history, foundational leadership, crown and church, daily life in the middle ages
UPDATE: We started this week with individual student research projects. The students are excited to find out more on two or three topics that they select. The students will need to research in depth and then compare their medieval topics to the modern day equivalents. In later weeks they will draft a multi-paragraph essay with this information.
English, years 7 and 8:
Central Focus: Historical Fiction Writing
Lines of Inquiry: Story plot structure, character development, conflict in plots, resolution, and historical fiction
Overall: The students spent this past week creating an original character; they did this through both drawing and then through composition. Four students worked in rotation to create the image of the character, the location of the character, the name and purpose of the character, and then a character introduction written in a monologue format. These characters will be used to compose a class story based in the middle ages. They will need to combine their knowledge of creative writing with the historical facts they are researching in Humanities.
Drama, years 7 and 8:
Central Focus: Creativity and Focus
Lines of Inquiry: Group building, monologues, creative expression and focus
UPDATE: Students had a monologue memorization test this week. Many students did well on the test and some struggled. This test was less about the score and much more focused on the starting skills of the student so that each student can identify their strengths and challenges with memorization. Some students took it upon themselves to re-test and achieve higher levels of memorization. Memorization is an important foundation for acting and the students will learn that as they continue to work to build their characters.
Speech and Debate, years 7 - 10
Central Focus: Resolutions and Research
Lines of Inquiry: Debate topic selection, debate research and debate format
UPDATE: Students added to the arguments both for and against the class resolution. They learned how to respond to an argument with a new argument. This week they will be working on developing those arguments to be as strong as possible. In future weeks, we will be engaging in a class debate sequence where every student will need to argue both for and against the resolution as well as serve as a judge for a debate.