Language Arts & Humanities
I would like to thank the parents who helped to make our writing showcase and celebration on Tuesday a great success! 6th grade students created ebooks on a topic of activism, including bullying, girls’ access to education, pet abandonment and adoption, saving the environment, and child labor. The purpose of the ebooks was to use research-based information to inform readers about a topic. Through a Writer’s Workshop, students learned how to create a table of contents to use as a research plan, take notes, and summarize key details in a way that emotionally engaged the audience. I love seeing how passionate students became about their topics! It meant so much to the students to have a real audience to see their final ebooks.
We also invited 5th graders to the showcase. I was so impressed by the level of thought the 5th graders put into the feedback they gave! I found it interesting that both a parent and a 5th grader would notice the same things about an ebook and I think this really speaks to the high expectations of our 5th teachers, Mr. Wenger and Ms. Wenndorf. I know that next year I will receive a group of exceptional learners who have been well prepared for the challenges of 6th grade.
Next up is a unit of humanities where we will be studying the origins of religious empires. Students will understand that ideology or belief systems can change the identity of a society through cooperation or conflict through a study of the three major monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. While this can be somewhat complicated content material, as an IB school it is important to understand the perspectives of others and the events of the past to make sense of current world events. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or stop by.
In the art room 6th has been busy finishing up their creative and strange take on the Surrealism movement. We spent time looking at several Surrealism artist and many works of art from this Freudian based art movement. This movement was based around the idea that dreams and the subconscious mind help more importance the logical thought. Students worked to create realistic looking objects and scenes but something had to be out of place. It was a unit with a lot of laughs and creativity flowing out of it! Please swing by the MS wing to check out your students work displayed in the hall. We are now onto a sculptural 3D unit based off of the Mexican Folk Art, Alebrijes! Stay tuned for these colorful, fantastical creatures!