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: 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.
Drama, years 9 and 10:
Central Focus: Shakespeare Monologues
Lines of Inquiry: One monologue from Shakespeare's “Merchant of Venice;” meter and poetry
UPDATE: Students had a memorization test this week and did very well. We also worked on identifying the objective of the character and how they go about getting that objective.
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: We have completed our study of Germany and have decided to move on to the USA next. However, we have a test to study for this week; next week the students will get to take a mock IGCSE test on the German WWI content. The students have also started to design a board game that will simulate the events of WWI leading to WWII in Europe.
English, years 9 and 10:
Central Focus: Shakespeare “Merchant of Venice”
Lines of Inquiry: Controversy with Shakespeare, plot overview and historical context
UPDATE: Students are composing a difficult essay that asks for a comparison between two central themes in “Merchant of Venice”. This MLA style essay simulates the type of writing needed for the IGCSE and develops a sophisticated academic voice.