Post date: Jan 26, 2017 1:02:25 PM
Following Winter Break, the students spent some time analyzing poetry in class. We looked at two poems - "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou and "How to Eat a Poem" by Eve Merriam. The poems share similar characteristics and allowed for some thoughtful discussions of the text. To assess the students' learning, they completed an assignment responding to a question about author's craft.
As the poetry unit ended, we began talking about the power of traditions in society. This discussion led to reading "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. This iconic short story surprised and shocked many students with its ending, which prompted questions and discussions about the author's message. To assess this unit, the students completed a multi-media project using a format of their choosing.
Upcoming, we will be reading dystopias in class in small groups. We will take a look at the characteristics of works that fall within this genre. As well, students will be asked to have thoughtful discussions about the text within their groups.