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March 6, 2020

Humanities In ELA, we’ve been continuing to read and analyze short stories in a variety of genres. I have loved using classic texts like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Lottery” to expand students’ concepts of short stories. Their freewrites based on stories like “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto and “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas were thoughtful and funny, incorporating dialogue and conflict. Students will be writing their own short stories over the next week and a half. In social studies, we are beginning to examine both the early Middle Ages, as well as elements of the Facing History curriculum. Facing...
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February 7, 2020

Humanities  In ELA, students are putting the finishing touches on their persuasive essays, which hopefully reveal a deft balance of pathos, logos, and ethos. They are also preparing for their 150 word test on February 12th, which is a culmination of ten weeks of vocabulary study. Lastly, students are concluding their third independent reading assignment, due on Friday, February 14th. In social studies, students have embarked on chapter 13, Early African Civilizations. The time period the chapter covers is 550 BC to 1600 CE. However, we’ll be asking some questions about modern Africa as well.   Math  In Math class...
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January 24, 2020

Advisory  HS Information Update from Mike Dorfman:  Dear 7th Grade Parents, Thank you so much for coming to High School Night last week at Hannah Senesh! It was great meeting you, and I hope you found the session informative and helpful. I wanted to follow up with some links and info from what was discussed: 1) Please find the HS Night Powerpoint here (the first link under “General Information” that says ‘High School 2020 Winter Presentation).   1a) Many of you mentioned it would also be helpful to see the High School Timeline: that is on the resource page as well. 2) Here...
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January 10, 2020

Humanities  In ELA, students have been finishing analysis of Beowulf: A New Telling by identifying major themes and writing theme statements about the book. We’ve been continuing our second set of vocabulary. Instead of taking a traditional quiz this week, we wrote poems, journal entries, or gratitude notes using at least five vocabulary words from weeks 1-6. I was so impressed and inspired by their creativity and thoughtfulness in this task. They wrote thoughtful, funny poems and kind notes, all using words like bestow, vaunt, renegade, incipient, and many more. In social studies, students are choosing a modern Muslim person...
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December 20, 2019

Humanities In ELA, students have been reading Beowulf: A New Telling. They drew fantastic comics strips of interesting moments and practiced visualizing some of the scenes from the book as a strategy for effective independent reading. Then, students began analyzing the use of symbolism in the text. Students were asked to complete their second on-demand writing assignment for the year. To write consistently for 50 minutes, aiming for a cohesive five-paragraph essay, is quite a challenge! I’m so proud of all my students. We are continuing our vocabulary study of both Wordly Wise Grade 7 words and Greek and Latin...
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December 6, 2019

Advisory Over the past two weeks, students prepared a lesson on Estela’s Swap for kindergarteners and first graders at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School. We will ask pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading questions. In the story, Estela has a music box that she gives to someone. The younger students will draw, color, and write about their own music box. In preparing, 7th graders had to practice reading the book aloud and asking thoughtful questions of readers.   Humanities We are embarking on Week 4 of a new set of vocabulary. This set of vocabulary switches between Wordly Wise 7th grade words...
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November 14, 2019

Advisory On Friday, November 1st, students had their second trip to Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School. They read the book The Good Egg and lead students through a few comprehension activities.   Israel 7 with Phyllis and Ilana NB Israel class is getting exciting as the students received their character profiles last week!  Each student was assigned a profile that included gender, country of origin, birth date and a date of aliyah.  The dates of aliyah correspond to the waves of aliyah from European and Arab countries post-WWII and the establishment of the state of Israel.  Students started this year long project...
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October 31, 2019

Science Students have finished their blueprints of the “Rube Goldberg Machines”. The science room is now filled with engineers applying their skills. Everyone is problem solving and allow ideas from their  partners to be expressed in a positive and professional manner. We cannot wait to see how these machines develop over the next few weeks.   Math The 7th grade is almost finished with their second unit; Real Numbers. After that, we’ll be moving onto Unit 3: Introduction to Algebra. This is one of the most important units in the curriculum, as it sets the foundation for Algebra. It introduces...
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October 17, 2019

Advisory On Friday, October 4, 2019, students traveled to Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School as part of their year-long social action project. We read the book, The Empty Pot, and asked kids to put the events of the story in order. After that, 7th graders asked students to think of moments in the book where the main character displayed honesty, determination, and courage. Volunteers from the organization Repair the World assisted us in classrooms. The volunteers, as well as Sarah Kay and myself, were so impressed with the thoughtfulness and care put into interacting with the kindergarten and first grade students....
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September 26, 2019

Advisory In advisory this week, students met their buddies and read a story as a group, The Empty Pot. Great fun was had! On Friday, October 4th, students will be reading the same book to the kindergarten and first grade classes of Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School as part of their Guest Reader Friday program. Literacy is an essential component to the year-long Social Action Project.                                   Hebrew  One group learned the topic of “How does music influence us?” The students read different research, learned...
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