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November Newsletter for Ms. Bartholomew's Class

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Turkey Day is approaching soon, the leaves are changing hues, and there is a chill in the air! It's November already! Below you will find a few important things to note about upcoming classroom happenings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ms. Bartholomew

7th Grade Leadership

Course Focus:

  • Philosophical Chairs and Standing Your Ground: Students contemplated and voiced opinions based on broad statements that each possessed a distinct dichotomy such as, "Video games make teenagers violent." Students supported their position with logical reasoning and specific explanations.
  • The Art of Rhetoric: Using Aristotle's definition of rhetoric and the three basic principle's of persuasion: ethos, pathos, logos, students chose one of the statements from our philosophical chair/standing your ground discussion and formulated a persuasive speech that explicitly used one or more of the three principles of persuasion.
  • Famous Speech Research: Students researched a famous speech and were required to analyze the speech for use of the above mentioned rhetorical devices. Students created a power point presentation explaining their analysis of this speech.
  • Current Events Presentation: Students will present a current event speech on November 20th. The class will vote and select one current event topic to be the focus of a Socratic Seminar/Questions-Based discussion forum.
  • Reaching Out to Our Global Community: Students are researching charitable organizations that are supporting relief efforts in the Philippines as they recover from the recent typhoon. We will be working together as a class to put together a workable method to assist in these efforts.