Language Arts continues to work on grammar conventions, parts of speech, and word parts. We just finished a unit using Julius Caesar to cover many different 7th grade language arts standards. These included: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts points of view of different characters in or narrators in text, Compare and contrast a drama to its audio / filmed version, analyzing the effects of techniques used in each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, camera focus / angle), Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history, Interpret a variety of graphical representations and connect them to information in the text, Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, and Develop and strengthen writing by revising, editing, and rewriting.
We are excited to begin a new unit using Beowulf and excerpts from the novel Grendel. We will address a variety of different standards using these texts. Further, in Social Studies, students will examine how, depending on one's perspective, the same historical figure may be viewed as either a hero or a villain. Students will apply this idea to the characters Beowulf and Grendel.
In Social Studies students wrapped up our study of classical civilizations by creating newscasts that focused on the achievements of the Ancient Greece, Rome and China. Next up we will be focusing on important historical figures who can be perceived as both a hero or a villain. Students will be exploring a similar hero or villain theme in Language Arts as they read the epic poem, Beowulf.