Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weekly overview - week of November 21 and week of November 28

During our two-day week before Thanksgiving, we finished The Red Pencil and reflected on our "America Sings" group poetry exhibitions. We also ended the week with “Gate A-4” by Naomi Shihab Nye and talked about the poem’s relevance today (both post-election and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving/holiday season).

This week, we dove into our next novel, The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. The award-winning science-fiction novel addresses questions about cloning, biotechnology, and bioethics. In order to gain a foundation for thinking about these topics, we read and discussed this New York Times article about gene editing in animals. Our next unit of study in science will be biology and genetics and we will use the list of vocabulary words and comprehension questions that we created/answered from the article to guide our learning in science.

We also started learning about ekphrastic and epistolary poetry as we begin to think about writing poetry inspired by or dedicated to favorite places/things/people of our own.

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