Literature Circles in CP English 10
Students in Mrs. Toflinski’s College Prep Sophomore English Class are currently participating in a Literature Circle unit. Mrs. Toflinski stated, “I wanted to add a literature circle unit to my curriculum this year and decided on four award-winning young adult novels that deal with themes of identity, racism, police brutality, mental health, immigration, and family dynamics.”
At the beginning of the unit, students participated in a “Book Tasting.” Students were given the opportunity to sample each book (while also enjoying cookies) by watching a book trailer, looking at the book jackets of each book, and reading the first few pages of each book. At the end of the activity, students used their “menu” to rank their reading choices and to explain why they were most interested in their number one choice. The books in this unit include: All American Boys, Dear Martin, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and American Street.
Students were then placed into literature circle groups of three to four based on the novel assigned. These groups worked together to come up with their own reading schedule as well as to assign literature circle roles for each literature circle meeting date. Students meet for literature circle meetings once a week and each take on the role of Summarizer, Connector, Literary Luminary, and Word Wizard. They complete their assigned task prior to the meeting so that when they meet in groups, they each have something to share with their peers.
Mrs. Toflinski expressed, “It has been a great experience to see students excited to read. I enjoy observing their discussions during their literature circle time. Additionally, they did a fantastic Socratic Seminar with Miss Shiple, our methods student from the University of Toledo, and I was blown away with the discussion and the connections that they were able to make with the world around them.” Additionally, Mrs. Toflinski explained that this unit has seemed to rejuvenate an appreciation of reading for some of her students. She concluded, “A few students flew through their book and asked to move on to another groups’ novel, even though it isn’t assigned to them. Additionally, I have been sending students to Mrs. James for book recommendations and to check out novels from our school library. It’s all very exciting. Few things make me happier than seeing teenagers enjoy reading.”
4th Graders Begin Geometry Lessons
Mrs. Besgrove’s fourth grade math students are currently working on geometry! Mrs. Besgrove explained, “Geometry is so important in our lives because it is everywhere around us! Angles, shapes, lines, line segments, and other aspects of geometry are every single place we look! We have been learning about these concepts and how these concepts apply to our lives.”
During this unit, students have been working hard to identify lines, line segments, rays, and ray points. They have also been identifying types of angles and measuring angles. “The students have really enjoyed classifying different geometric shapes like trapezoids, rhombus, and rectangles,” said Mrs. Besgrove. Additionally, students have enjoyed the geometry lessons that get them “up and out” of their seats, especially the lessons on lines, line segments, and points. Mrs. Besgrove concluded, “The students especially love drawing and measuring different types of angles!”
Cross-Curricular Collaboration in Environmental Science
Mrs. Eaton’s Environmental Science students are currently learning about energy, specifically where our energy comes from as well as how much energy we are using as a society and as individuals. The unit focuses on how each of our energy choices have potential pollution consequences that can damage our environment in the long run.
During this unit, students have completed Pollution Law Research Presentations, a webquest activity, and even created Energy Board Games for a cross-curricular project. Mrs. Eaton stated, “My students definitely enjoyed making the board games and playing them with the junior high students. After they felt comfortable with the material, they got to be creative and teach the junior high students in an engaging manner.”
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