Our six literature circles have all finished up their books, are in the process of completing three short writing assignments on characters, plot, setting and theme, and now are focusing their energies on final projects.
For My Brother Sam Is Dead, Lev, Mike, Evan and Henry are building a model house from the American colonial era as well as writing a piece from the perspective of a Loyalist soldier. Joanna is advising them.
The Island of the Blue Dolphins group, Aristea, Margaret, Isobel, and Denali, is creating a graphic novel, covering some chapters of the text. Imogen is consulting with this group. Alexandra, Danny, Jonathan and Jianmarco are undertaking a similar project for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, with advice from Tracy.
Red Scarf Girl will see an ambitious project: a board game exploring the themes and events of the book. the game's objective, as articulated by Saul, Lily, Kaeli and Noah, is to survive the Cultural Revolution of Mao's China.
Life As We Knew It tells the story of a disastrous event in which a large asteroid rams into the moon, knocking it out of orbit and resulting in drastic changes in weather on the Earth, With support from George, this circle, consisting of Melissa, Matthew, Taylor and Ryan, is demonstrating two key scientific questions on which the book's events are predicated.
Finally, Fahrenheit 451's readers, Trent, Henry, Laurea and Lee, are assembling a photo essay illustrating the key events of the book. Val, an accomplished photographer, is working with them.
These projects will be on exhibit on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, our penultimate school day before spring break. We will set up a display in the middle school commons and share our work from 3:00 to 3:30 on that day. Families and interested parties are welcome to join us.
More on this event as the day approached.