In Grade 7, we are studying elements of the graphic novel through the reading of American Born Chinese, a great story following the lives of three characters, all facing the same issues of identity and wanting to be accepted by their peers. The novel will help us to think about a lot of important themes like prejudice, stereotypes, friendships, and heritage. I’m sure it will be a very engaging novel in such a diverse and multicultural school!
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.
Today, we learned about alliteration (the repetition of consonant sounds for poetic effect)! So in honor of our lesson, I am posting a funny video of what is claimed to be the world’s hardest tongue twister. Try it out! Can you say it?
Here is the video of Lupe Fiasco’s “Superstar” that we heard in class today to kick start our Slam Poetry unit. If you enjoyed listening to his impressive use of rhythm and meter in class, now you have a chance to listen at home, too. I hope you enjoy this song and are inspired to create lyrics and rhythms of your own!