Year 9 - 10 Blog
This is where you will find out what we have been doing in the Year 9-10 class.
Speech and Debate, years 7 - 10
Central Focus: Resolutions and Research
Lines of Inquiry: Debate topic selection, debate research and debate format
UPDATE: This past week students were introduced to one of the practice topics for the Morocco Debate League. Students are researching and building arguments in favor and against the topic, “An anti-missile defence system is in the best interests of South Korea”. This is a difficult topic for many students; we are breaking it down into the required pieces for students to understand the topic fully.
Drama, years 9 and 10:
Central Focus: Shakespeare Monologues
Lines of Inquiry: One monologue from Shakespeare's “Merchant of Venice;” meter and poetry
UPDATE: We spend this past week working on the rhythm and meter of the selected monologue, Portia’s “The Quality of Mercy” from Act IV in Merchant of Venice. Speaking with Iambic Pentameter and natural rhythm is a difficult task; this class is certainly up for the challenge and have taken to the work with ease.
Humanities, years 9 and 10:
Central Focus: IGCSE 20th Century History, WWI beginnings and overall scope of action
Lines of Inquiry: Causes and effects of WWI, alliances, implications of war and territory maps
UPDATE: This week we started to research the conditions and events surrounding the end of WWI in Germany. We will examine how the end of WWI led to the start of WWII and the rise of the Nazi party. Thinking critically, we will be creating study cards for the IGCSE as a part of this study.
English, years 9 and 10:
Central Focus: Shakespeare “Merchant of Venice”
Lines of Inquiry: Controversy with Shakespeare, plot overview and historical context
UPDATE: We have reviewed the overall plot of “Merchant of Venice” and are now analyzing each act and scene for detail. This precise work will help us to understand the motivations of each character and the interpretation of various themes throughout the play such as selfishness, hatred, and love.
Science 9 and 10
Central Focus: All living organisms can be classified according to its characteristics and structure.
Lines of Inquiry: Living things have structure (Form), Living things fall in 5 classifications (Function), and Cells are the building blocks of all living things (Connection).
Update: This week students created a presentation role playing early scientists who discovered a classification system allowing a deeper understanding of living things. They had to convince a room of scientists that their classification method was valid, ethical and flexible to include new discoveries. We are near the end of this unit and will have a quiz next week.
Math 9 and 10
Central Focus; Rational and Irrational numbers exist in all aspects of our world.
Line of Inquiry: Rational numbers, in part or whole, can be manipulated in many ways (Connection), Numeration skills are essential for all mathematicians (Causation), Irrational numbers change what we know about numbers (Change).
This week students were learning about irrational numbers and surds. Students have to use critical thinking skills to break down surds into different forms. We are at the end of our unit and students have a quiz on Friday to demonstrate their understanding of concepts learned.
ICT 9 and 10
Central Focus: Design and Digital Citizenship are connected in how we perceive technology.
Lines of Inquiry: the Design Cycle helps us organize our thoughts and ideas when designing projects (Function), Being a Digital Citizen keeps us and others safe (Perspective), our digital world influences our digital connections to others (Connection)
Students started the year designing a tower that could withstand an earthquake. Students are now using Sketchup Make, a computer assisted design (CAD) program to design a home they would like to own.
PSHE 9 and 10
Central Focus- Knowing our muscle groups can prevent injury and improve performance.
Lines of Inquiry: Large muscles groups can influence motor ability and speed (Connection), development of skills can improve performance (Reflection), cardio vascular systems can be developed through endurance activities (Function)
Students this week have focused on endurance and football skills while each taking a leadership role in running warm-ups.