This year has been going great and our class is now heading into our studies of World War I. Upcoming events to look forward to include the “infamous” trench warfare skits, the research and writing of an essay on one of the new technologies of the era, and the visual students will create to represent their research. This work is supported by Mrs. Holdredge during her class time as well. Students recently completed writing a 5-paragraph essay in LA, they will take those skills and put them to use in our class to compose this research essay. The skits are chaotic, gross, and a bunch of fun, the research helps students continue with their skills, and the visuals (paintings, models, dioramas, etc of the technology researched) are always a wonderful show of the creativity of our students.
In Language Arts, we’ve wrapped up our literary elements unit (thank you for your patience as I score the students’ character analysis essays) and are beginning our novel study of Private Peaceful, a historical fiction set in WWI. This novel is a student favorite–not only is it well-written, but it also brings to life the material the 7th graders are learning in Mr. Conrad’s WWI unit. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching at Seven Peaks is having the time and flexibility to collaborate across content areas, and the most amazing, professional, caring, fun, and brilliant team of colleagues with whom I can imagine working. By learning about key events in through the multiple lenses of different classes, students make connections, delve deeper, and engage more. We’ve had a great start in 7th grade! I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.