7th & 8th Grade Humanities

March 28, 2017

It's voting week in the 7th grade this week. Soon our class will have a new government, voted in by the 6th and 7th grade. The students have been tirelessly working on campaigning for their party, creating a mission that is true to the nature of our school and the humanities class. After Tuesday, students shall engage in small group activities where they will be able to experience the power of language through a hands on approach. Only time will tell if another rebellion will come to pass. The 8th grade are heading into Act III of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'. we will be exploring figurative language and the question: "What makes love complicated". Wish us luck with this one!! The mural is almost complete! It has been incredible to watch it progress form an idea into a reality. Stay tuned for the first exhibition location.

March 22, 2017

This week we are looking at arguments and how best to prepare to win an argument; whether it is in a written form or an oral presentation. Students in the 7th and 8th grade have been learning about CREE - Claim, Reason, Evidence, Elaboration. The 7th grade will be creating a commercial that will be used to recruit Ms. Alvardo's 6th grade students. The hope will be that they can be encouraged to join the ongoing revolution in the humanities classroom. The 8th grade will be researching the scientific effects of love and the effect that love has on the brain. They will then put together a case for whether or not being in love has similar, or the same properties of addiction and how this affects the brain.

March 14, 2017

How and what makes language dangerous? What defines the experience of love? Both deep essential questions with more that one correct answer! Students are going to be demonstrating their understanding of evidence based claims this week. The 7th grade will be referring to the second part of their text "Animal Farm" to prove how those that can use language powerfully can become dangerous. 8th grader students will be crafting their own evidence based question from the scene between Helena and Demetrius in "A Midsummer Nights Dream".

March 7, 2017

The first week back after vacation is always a good week for revision on the learning that happened before the break. This week students will be focused on refreshing their memories on what we have learned so far. 7th grade are going to focus on the essential question - how and why does language persuade? They will be looking at Old Major's speech and deciphering it's impact on one of the other animals in the novel. 8th Grade will be discussing "what defines an experience with love?" They will be exploring the impact that the characters Oberon and Titania have in the play, A Midsummer Nights Dream.

February 21, 2017

There have been a lot of conversations happening in 7 and 8th grade humanities over the past few weeks, from cubism to love, totalitarianism to power of language. As we spring into this week, the week before vacation, students are going to be showing off their speaking skills. 7th graders are learning a section of Old Majors' speech, from the novel 'Animal Farm' and they will be reciting it on Friday. 8th grade have been discussing puns and they will engage in a rap battle on Friday, incorporating parts of Scene one, Act one of the play: A Midsummer Nights Dream.

February 7, 2017

Maya Angelou and 7th grade are becoming affiliated this week. We will be looking at her poem "Caged Bird" and pulling it apart to understand the meaning and rhyme scheme. As one of America's most prolific poets, Angelou is a strong example of the power that emotive language has. We have also been reading "The family Romanov" and learning about Russian history. This brings about a separate perspective on how language can be powerful; this time through imperatives and manipulation of ideas. All of this, is planning is in preparation for us to begin the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Between painting our cubist mural and performing the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", 8th grade are well and truly immersed in the arts. In humanities, we are directing the play to better understand Shakespeare's intentions. The diverse web of human emotions that are on display in this play are encapsulated in the mural that our students have developed. It going to be a great week in humanities!

January 24, 2017

In 7th grade we are exploring the power of language both to exploit and inspire. We began comparing the inaugural speeches of different presidents. As a parallel to this we are beginning to learn about the last Russian Imperial family: the Romanov’s, and their history. Our text for this module is a literary masterpiece, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.

8th grade is exploring the question “What is love?” We are beginning to study Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This question is incredibly complex and one that we will continue to investigate over the course of this module. Simultaneously we are writing narratives to delve into the stories of our cubist characters who will populate our mural!