After experiencing great weather at Taft for three days, we came back to regroup. We wrote about Frederick Douglass and a moment from Taft, and then we read a bunch and had a book picnic so we could get to know the summer reading books! The next week, we read another article of the week - a satire about fidget spinners! We then wrapped up poetry with "Casey at the Bat," "The Highwayman," and "Nothing Gold Can Stay." This last one is the famous poem from The Outsiders, which is what we've been reading this week! Since it is the end of the year, students know how to annotate and work independently, and the book is fairly simple for 7th grade, we are reading this book Whole Novels style (Ariel Sacks). See our work on this page of the website. We will continue with this for one more week. No spoilers! ;)
Further Reading: Reporting Student Learning
We started out these two weeks looking at four different sources that explained the airline incident that happened in early April. After looking at different perspectives, students realized that they had never had the whole story. We also decided that we are still missing information, and the situation was never about the actual airline itself, but about federal regulations.
We then spent two weeks reading, discussing, and writing about The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass himself. I believe we have more questions about slavery than answers. One of the lessons we've learned is to keep reading from different sources to get different perspectives. There are always at least two sides to every story. We will be keeping this at the forefront, and it's my hope students realize this is true of most things they read or hear.
Taft is next week, so our next update will be May 26th. Woah... this year is going by faster than all the rest!
Further Reading: Sorry, Parents: Middle School Is Scientifically the Worst
Simply email me to come into class in person or via Skype. We'd love to hear book talks (suggestions for good books) or picture books (read aloud by YOU). We hope to see you in class this year!
Mrs. Joy Kirr