Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Class work: 1/13

Work independently or in a small group to write the script (using Google Docs) of a play based on a topic related to local history.
You may wish to use the topic from your prior work in Mrs. Jones' class as the basis of your play.
You might need to do some additional research to gather details to include in your script and this link will be helpful: https://localwiki.org/hsl/
Also, please look back at the sample script about "Christy Mathewson" for ideas about format, etc.
Remember, the script you write could become a final copy that you submit as part of Pendragon's Young Playwrights' Festival.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Update: 1/2/16

Winter vacation is winding down and it's time for a look ahead. But first, a look back...

In December, grade 7 students studied two pieces of literature featuring well-known "classic characters" and a similar setting. Works in which Sherlock Holmes and Ebeneezer Scrooge appeared had us dusting off our British accents.

Students continued to write in their journals about topics including:

  • "The oldest person I know"
  • What holiday gift would you give if money was no object?
  • "Alphabetical advice"
  • If you started your own business, what would it be?
  • "2015 memories"
Students kept up their independent reading as well, and Mrs. Kennedy shared some titles during her monthly visit for book talks. Among her suggestions in December: Faceless, and Adrift .  

What's in store for January? Our first order of business in grade 7 ELA will be the annual Pendragon Theatre Young Playwright's Festival. You can read about last year's winners, including my former student Rosemary, here.