In 7/8 Humanities this week we started exploring our year-long theme of "Injustice" by brainstorming definitions for that term and its counterpart, "Justice," and discussing which applied better to the situation described in a NewsELA article that we read in our Core Groups. We also challenged ourselves to consider some very difficult decision-making scenarios in an effort to better understand the concept of moral ambiguity (situations or questions that do not have a clear "right" or "wrong" answer and can be interpreted differently based on a person's perspective). Our final task for the week was to explore background information needed to better understand the novels that we will be reading in our book clubs starting next week. Our novels tackle some very important topics that are impacting our world right now, and it is important that when we start these novels we are as well-informed as possible. Using FlipGrid, we created summary videos to share our learning with classmates who explored other topics, and we will start next week with some time to view and respond to those videos.
This week, 5th and 6th graders started doing daily workshops. Each day, they spent part of their workshop time practicing Geography and grammar skills independently, while the other part of the time was spent with either Miss Gratton or Mr. Chadburn in a small group working on discussion skills. We're making progress! We also started discussing our year-long theme of "Community." We talked about the five types of communities that we will be exploring this year (family, social, professional, local, and global), and then brainstormed which people would fall into those categories in our own lives. By reading the story Last Stop on Market Steet, we also started to observe the similarities and differences between our community and others. Next week we will be working without our 6th graders because they will be at Nature's Classroom in Maine, but we will carry on in their absence and hope to have many great things to share with them when they return.
Next week is sure to bring even more amazing things to share! Don't forget to follow our class on Twitter (@OEShumanities) for routine updates about our work!