The 7-8s have been busy diving into their Michigan Student Caucus projects. Each student chose a topic area from a list of nine broad issues (such as environmental quality, transportation, juvenile justice, and K-12 educational achievement, for example). Then, within their broad areas, they are now narrowing their research in order to focus on a particular problem within that area. They are contributing to online discussions on these topics and starting to create media artifacts in order to teach others about their problem and potential solutions. To deepen this work, students have also been learning about the foundations of government, starting with the philosophies of Hobbes and Locke and moving into the concept of “sovereignty.”
They also presented, in pairs, their analyses of selected poems about poetry. They identified serious, comic, and ironic elements of each poem and articulated their own definitions of poetry. We will continue to read poetry, write, and recite poetry throughout the year.