G6: Detective Unit

Grade 6 is beginning an exciting and fun new unit based on the stories about Sherlock Holmes!  In this unit we will focus on practicing critical thinking as we follow Sherlock Holmes in the short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  The summative task for the unit will be to write your very own detective story!

I look forward to solving mysteries with you!

Look here for the unit overview: Detective Overview

G9: Writing to Review

Grade 9 will be writing reviews on the books they chose to read, and they will post their reviews to Amazon.com.  So, if you’re looking for a recommendation on what book to read, you can check out the reviews on Amazon!

Here is a link to the podcast: Can We Still Be Friends?.  Check it out to hear reviews on the movie Gladiator.

I look forward to reading your reviews!

 

AACI Competition

Parents and Students,

I am happy to announce that AISJ is entering into the AACI competition once again!  Every year we have students from our school win prizes for their work.

The AACI is an American/Canadian association in Israel, and they host this competition for writing and artwork, awarding prizes for the top work.

We have seen excellent work from our students in English this year and want to submit it so that they can be recognized and proudly display their work!

Please submit to Ms. Barlow or Mr. Gonzalez a poem or story that you would like to enter into the competition.  The maximum length is 2 sides of A4 paper.  Submission is not required, but it is encouraged!  We need submission by this coming Monday, March 17.  We will accept them by email (barlowa@aisj.co.il) or hard-copy.

You can see the flyer here: AACI flyer and for more details, speak with Ms. Sullum, who is the event organizer for the school.

We hope to receive submissions from all of our students!!

Ms. Barlow and Mr. Gonzalez

 

G9: New Unit!

Grade 9 students finished their unit on poetry, and they impressed me greatly.  I think that we all enjoyed it, the ‘treasure-hunting’ in poems, and the students did outstanding work in their presentations.  I hope that this inspires them to continue reading and writing poetry!

We’ve had a content-heavy year so far, and we’re all ready for our next unit, which is a media unit on action-adventure films!  The overarching goal of the unit is to learn to have a critical and thoughtful eye regarding the media that we consume on a daily basis.  I believe strongly that media units such as this are not only useful for providing life skills, but that it is necessary to be media-literate in a critical manner for success in most fields today.

Here you can find our unit overview: Action Overview.  And here you can find our basic glossary for cinematic terminology: Action Film Glossary

I assigned homework yesterday, and the students asked me to post it on the blog so that their parents would believe them.  I want to have one film that everyone in the class has seen, so that we can use it as a reference for our discussions throughout the unit.  The film I chose is Die Hard, because it is a quintessential action film, and it encompasses everything we will be analyzing.  The students were asked to watch the film before class on Wednesday.  Based on a survey completed in class, the students said their parents would allow them to watch the movie.  If this is not the case, however, and you do not want your student to watch the film, then please advise them to watch the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I am excited about this unit, and I know the students are too.  I’m looking forward to exploring this medium together!

Grade 10- How to write a body paragraph for a commentary

So, you should all be familiar with the PEE format for body paragraphs. First, start off with a point. Next, use an example from the text. Finally, give an explanation showing the connection between your point and example. But to help you gain a better sense of what this actually looks like, I’ve provided an example in the link below. It uses different terminology such as thesis statement, concrete details, and commentary, but it is the same exact principle. The example is for the play, The Crucible, but the point is to use it as a format for your own commentary body paragraphs. If you use this format, you’ll greatly improve your essays in no time! 

http://www.fatherryan.org/uploaded/faculty/nebeld/Sample_Essay_Work_%E2%80%93_Concrete_Details_and_Commentary.pdf

Grade 8-Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xawp9co17Z4

We have just begun our unit on Romeo and Juliet and you should have finished reading Act 1, scene 1 for homework. Here’s the clip from the original 1968 film version. It’s a lot more exciting than just reading the stage directions “they fight”. Why do you think Shakespeare wanted to start off his play with a big fight?

Grade 7-The Giver

We have just finished our Poetry Slam unit and I can honestly say that I couldn’t have been more impressed. Way to go, Grade 7, on your hard work and enthusiasm in this thrilling journey into poetry! Now, we begin our unit on Lois Lowry’s, The Giver, where we’ll enter into a perfect world absent of war or pain. We’ll look into the life of Jonas when he is given the world’s memories and discovers there is much more to life as he knows it. The book will help us wrestle through many important questions, one of the most important being: Is a perfect world really worth the sacrifice of free will and human emotion? The answer is up to you.