7th Grade GSS Weekly Update

Week of 5/17-5/21

Classroom Happenings

Summer Reading

Students planning to attend Webster Groves High School and take Gifted 9 English received their three books for their required summer reading. All students will read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

Students selected two from the list of books below to read for Mrs. McGrath’s course.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

GSS World’s Fair/Intrinsic Motivation

This week and next week, students are presenting their civilizations to each other. We have tried to create an interpersonal atmosphere that allows students to feel in control of their learning process. Many students’ own intrinsic interest, curiosity, and excitement about learning outweighs their need to outperform their peers. One important objective of the World’s Fair is to foster the intrinsic motivation and creativity of our gifted students.

Public Product available after Tuesday, May 5

World’s Fair 2021 is a platform for students' authenticity, student voice and choice and even, occasionally, sustained inquiry. Student work is seen beyond the classroom.

Why is having a public product so important?

Public products raise the stakes for students, leading them to do higher quality work. Students are able to talk about whether their work meets standards, how the work can be improved. The work becomes food for thought in a learning community.

Current Unit of Study

Unit 4

GSS World’s Fair

Power Standards for Social Studies

Upcoming Due Dates

Assignment 22

GSS World's Fair 2021

22a Written Work

22b Sensory Component

22c Bibliography

22d Presentation Slide

22e Presentations begin with Listening Guide

22f Final Reflection-Tuesday, May 25

SIS is a great place to find a student's grades and missing assignment information. All feedback is in Canvas.

General Information

Office Hours

11:40-12:20 p.m.




Check Tyler SIS regularly for grades.

Check Canvas regularly.

Check your wgcloud email regularly.

Complete and submit assignments.

Ask questions.

Make suggestions.

Contact Me

Mrs. Woodard: woodard.alka@wgmail.org