January 28-31

January 30, 2019 by Shayna Byrd

Welcome to the 3rd Quarter!

7th Reading – We’ve started a new novel! For the first few weeks of this quarter, the class will be reading Blood on the River – James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone. It’s a fascinating story about a young orphan boy who gets the opportunity to travel to the New World as the page of Captain John Smith. Each day we read, the students will have the opportunity to reflect on the chapter; keeping track of characters, setting, events, and theme. We also have set aside time to discuss questions, comments, connections, and concerns. I am excited for the kids to connect this book to the topics we are focusing on in Social Studies.

8th Reading – To Kill a Mockingbird has commenced! We’re moving quickly and already have a solid grasp of the characters and setting that make up this remarkable novel. The class has been doing well with their daily chapter summaries and notes that will come in handy when we begin researching for our Paideia Seminar at the end of the book.

7th & 8th Writing – With the new semester came a new form of writing. This quarter the class will eventually write their own narratives where they will develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. This first week we are reviewing what goes into making a narrative with discussing the three types and parts of narratives, point of view, as well as rules for paragraphs.

Social Studies – During the first three weeks we will research American colonization focusing each week on a different region. Jamestown and the Southern Colonies are taking over this first week. The class will complete a simulation where they will analyze decisions as a Jamestown colonist. Then we will move into reading about and describing the mystery of Roanoke, and the history of Jamestown and the Virginia Company, Maryland, the Carolinas, adn Georgia.