7 Burgundy Newsletter
7th Language Arts: Students have just started their first novel unit with the non-fiction novel Three Cups of Tea: The Young Reader's Edition by Greg Mortenson. It is a truly inspiring story about one man's dedication to make the world a better place. If you haven't read the story, I highly suggest picking up a copy to read with your student at home. Not only is that a great reading strategy, but the story is wonderful and I'm you will enjoy it too! With this unit, we will discuss the essential question, "What is our global responsibility?" We will also work in small groups to research and come up with ideas for philanthropies and philanthropic events. At the end of the unit in Decemeber, classes will vote on which group's charity is the best presented and most worthy, and it will become our 7Burgundy Team Charity for third quarter. Students still have differentiated vocabulary each week, and students must turn in either an outside reading project or an outside writing project by December 10th.
7th Lit. and Comp: Students are mid-way through their Hound of the Baskervilles unit and study of mystery. For this unit, we are focusing on logic, conflict, and point of view. Students have a mulitple intelligence project due on the 12th of November, and there will be a comprehensive test on the 14th. After mystery, Lit and Comp will do a brief study of poetry. In fitting with this class's rigorous expectations for higher order thinking, we will be doing much more analysis of poetry, rather than creating it. Students will produce a poetry portfolio examining the style of a poet they research, as well an imitation poem reflecting their understanding of poetic devices and that particular poet's style. We will explicate poetry too!
General Notes: Please be sure to check the calendars and download-able resources pages for more information and resources. Please also remember that the Harvest of Love Food Drive has started, this week being just monetary donations online and the actual food donations beginning on the 5th. The drive concludes on Friday the 16th.