Quarter 3 opens for 8th grade with the second part of our Soc. Studies unit on World War I. This week, we investigated the major offensives and which side was victorious in each. We also looked at how the U.S. came to be involved in the conflict. Next week, we'll examine how American lives were affected on the homefront.
In Lang. Arts, we've been learning more about Shakespeare's background and how the Globe Theater compares with our modern ones. This unit is near and dear to my heart, as I studied abroad in England back in college. I brought in my photos and scrapbooks from my own visits to Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The students got a kick out of seeing Mrs. J. with long hair and glasses (not to mention the idea of photo albums with the date stamped on the picture!). Soon, we'll be starting our study of Macbeth. Students use a text that has modern English side-by-side with the original Elizabethan text. We watch the BBC version to guide us, as plays were written to be seen, and the action helps students get past the language barrier. We've also done several introductory activities to help them get used to the vocabulary of the time period.
In Religion, we've wrapped up our World Faiths unit. We're doing presentations next week on Christian songs (this is a nice extension of our Lang. Arts poetry unit). We're also working on preparing our Feb. 12 chapel service. While I've provided the service outline and the framework for the message skit, the students will be crafting the dialogue. You are welcome to join us for this service, which starts at 9 a.m. that day.