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Friday, March 3, 2023

HUMANITIES 7th graders have wrapped up our unit on short stories by reading and reflecting on the collection of short stories entitled Flying Lessons as well as creating short stories of their own. We started by outlining stories around real events that happened in our lives and subsequently fictionalized some, none, or all of the details in the stories. Ask the 7th graders to share their completed stories with you! In social studies, we have started preparing for our Boston Massacre mock trial. There are eight teams preparing to either defend or prosecute the soldiers or captain involved in the...
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January 27, 2023

HUMANITIES 7th graders are engaging with Revolutionary America, writing essays in response to the question: Was the response of the American colonists to the Stamp Act justified? They have been engaged with primary and secondary sources to develop a myriad of reasons defending their position. Asking your student where they stand and why! Meanwhile, in ELA we have started reading a collection of short stories entitled Flying Lessons and Other Stories. We have discussed story structure and the elements that are necessary for a story to be a story. Students will work their way towards writing their own short stories...
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December 16, 2022

HUMANITIES Next week, the seventh grade will complete two big milestones in Humanities. They will finish the historical fiction novel, Chains. Students have written thoughtful analyses of the character traits of the book’s protagonist, Isabel, along with creative illustrations representing her character traits visually. Additionally, students are finishing their projects revolving around the story of Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from George and Martha Washington and was never caught. Through analyzing primary and secondary documents, students have created projects ranging from comic books to diary entries demonstrating the factors that played into Ona Judge’s ultimate decision to...
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November 11, 2022

HUMANITIES 7th graders are tackling intense subject matter in both Social Studies and English Language Arts. We started reading Chains, a historical fiction novel from the perspective of an enslaved girl set in New York City during the American Revolution. While reading Chains in ELA, we are continuing our study of Early America, focusing on the Atlantic Slave Trade. In both classes, we are focusing on the theme of freedom and what it means to be free. Ask your seventh graders when they feel most free; they have a lot of interesting ideas to share! Sammy   MATH While adjusting...
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October 7, 2022

HUMANITIES In Humanities, 7th graders are finishing their work around The Outsiders and a mini-geography unit in Social Studies. They are in the process of writing the final drafts of letters of advice to specific characters from the book, in which they are either giving or seeking advice, while using text-based evidence. If only the teenagers from the book could have received these letters earlier! Next, we will read select Sherlock Holmes stories in English Language Arts and begin focusing on Early America, before and after 1492, in Social Studies. Ask your children about their letters of advice; they might...
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September 2: Welcome to 7th Grade!

HUMANITIES I can’t wait to welcome all of you into 7th grade! This year, we will read a variety of literature ranging from the historical fiction novel, Chains, to The Diary of Anne Frank, analyzing characters, plot, and so much more. In Social Studies, we will focus most of our year on Early America and United States history. Prepare yourself for a variety of writing and projects in both English Language Arts and Social Studies. I’m excited to learn with all of you this year! Sammy MATH Welcome, 7th graders! This year, we will be using a new math curriculum...
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April 8, 2022

HUMANITIES 7th graders has one week left to complete their class novels for the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. With a healthy amount of debating, arguing, and compromising, each class’ novel is coming into form. The 7th grade is also in the midst of our Holocaust and Human Behavior unit. Students have read Anne Frank’s graphic biography, will start reading her diary next week, and have learned about the evolution of antisemitism, World War I, the Treaty of Versailles, and the struggles of the Weimar Republic. Today, the students listened to the story of Holocaust survivor Sami Steigman, and...
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March 11, 2022

HUMANITIES 7th graders of been working on two concurring projects in Social Studies and English Language Arts. In Social Studies, students have been researching different ways in which housing insecurity affects our society and our communities. They have diligently been finding useful information to incorporate into letters that they are writing to inform and exhort people not to sit idly by while this problem persists. They are presenting some of their findings to the rest of the school next week while culminating the supply drive they’ve organized. In ELA, 7E and 7F have just begun the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing...
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January 28, 2021

HUMANITIES 7th graders have been working hard in Humanities, blending their English Language Arts and Social Studies classes across several different units and projects. They have been writing persuasive letters on topics of their choice, practically preparing for more focused and research-based letters centered around the seventh grade’s service project focused on housing insecurity. At the same time, we are reading a book of short stories curated by Ellen Oh entitled, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, in which we are focusing on the structure and elements of a short story while analyzing how the diverse series of characters in each story...
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December 17, 2021

HUMANITIES 7th graders have been working hard on drafting, editing, revising, and re-editing their literary analysis essays of the book, Chains. Students have embraced the writing process; they should be proud of the work they’ve put into their essays. Students have also created graphics demonstrating their understanding of the Triangular Trade, the economic exchange of goods and people between continents during the time of the Atlantic Slave Trade. We are finishing the semester with analysis of the Salem Witch Trials, focusing on why and how they happened and how the events in seventeenth century Massachusetts relate to our lives today. Enjoy...
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