In Humanities, we watch CNN Student News every Friday to learn about national and international current events. As a last day before winter break activity, students wrote songs commemorating the major events from 2016 (check out Flocabulary’s summary rap here). In the Create-a-Country project, students have been investigating how climate and physical features can influence the culture of a country. When we return from the break, groups will be making promotional materials to convince people to visit their country. This ties in with the persuasive writing techniques students have been refining in the Language Arts literary essay unit. As we wrapped up that unit, I was impressed by how well students are moving beyond writing a simple “JV” essay and joining the varsity writing team to complete the final theme-based essay. I know students are anxious to move beyond the short story they have been analysing and are ready to find themes in longer texts, such as novels. After the break we will be studying non-fiction and informational texts.