Monday, November 5, 2018

Weekly overview - week of 10/29/18

It’s the week before the play and “the play’s the thing,” or so we’ve heard. This week, students designed and created the backdrop, got their costumes organized, made and collected props, and put the prop table together. They’ve also been rehearsing daily.

In English, after writing their first drafts of their essays on whose portrait should replace Shakespeare’s, they followed a peer editing protocol and worked in pairs to edit one another’s work. Then, today, they submitted their final drafts. The list of people they’ve chosen to replace Shakespeare’s portrait includes Banksy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Wollstonecraft, Barack Obama, Charles Dickens, Hedy Lamarr, Sun Tzu, Mario Andretti, Malala Yousafzai, Alan Turing, George Lucas, Marie Curie, Emperor Norton, and Aristotle.

While it’s hard to believe that we’re almost done with our first project of the year, it’s true. We’re moving on to our second project, which is the Summers-Knoll Museum of Science and Technology. To kick off the project, students participated in a friction lab during class on Thursday morning. This project “officially” starts next week (when we’re not rehearsing for the play).

On Friday, the eighth graders visited Rudolf Steiner High School. Steiner was the fifth stop on our high school tour (before this, we visited WIHI, ECA, WTMC, and Greenhills). While the eighth graders were on their visit, the seventh graders worked on finishing props and completing the setup of the stage for the final performances.

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