Shimon's News from Room 313
Creative Writing--Theory of Knowledge--American Literature
Reflecting on the start of the school year...
The Creative Writing class went to the Old Town School to a Young Chicago Authors performance of slam poetry. The performance included a mini-writing workshop and two of our students lined up to perform on stage in front of 200 people.
Among other things, the Theory of Knowledge students have been exploring the importance of verbal and written communication. During this class, students had to work together in silent groups to construct the tallest structures they could out of paper, paperclips and tape.
The sophomores are currently in a training ground for college preparatory coursework once they join the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. One way they prepare is by taking three-column notes on the reading.
Quarter 1 Accomplishments
Theory of Knowledge
This week, poetry posters are going up around Prosser to showcase the creative talent of these young writers, some of whom will post anonymously and others of whom will fess that it is their writing. In either case, their words will foster the literary community in the building.
With the remainder of the semester, students will collaborate with one another in a writer's workshop setting, in which they share their short stories for constructive and positive feedback and learn to better revise their work and then segue into a nonfiction personal narrative unit.
Theory of Knowledge
A major goal this quarter will be for these students to complete a rough draft of their Extended Essay; I know they can do it and I know they'll be pleased with themselves when they do!
Following the look at Revolutionary Literature, students will learn about Transcendentalism and read the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau before exploring the impact that Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson had on American poetry.