Mr. Moses’ ELA classes took a page out of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and made their own chains of burden. In A Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley explains to Ebenezer Scrooge that he wears chains forged out of the burdens he has placed upon himself through life. Students in Moses’ class took strips of paper and wrote down words and phrases that represented things that held them back from success or weighed on them personally. The exercise revealed students had lots of burdens they wanted to release. Burdens included: drugs, loss of loved ones, and even abuse. “I hoped the students would share their little burdens,” Moses said, “but they revealed much more. From their darkness, we were able to create something beautiful.”
Mr. Moses’ 7th grade ELA students did a group activity called “Escape ELA” where they had to solve riddles in order to collect clue items. The items were definitions and words that were mismatched. The goal was to solve the riddles to get the words and definitions, then to pair the word with the correct definition. The first group to complete the activity won the challenge! Students were engaged in this lesson using inference skills, reading analysis skills, team work, and vocabulary recall.
Ms. McClendon’s classes worked on argumentative writing today by participating in silent discussions. Students responded to a prompt on a poster and then to two classmates’ responses to create their silent discussion. The students enjoyed this class activity and the challenging new way of discussing a topic.