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Seventh Grade, Week 24

Purim/Passover Sock Drive Friday, March 10th – Friday, April 7th Our Senesh Sock Drive is the grassroots way to fulfill an unmet need of homeless men, women, and children. All sizes of new socks needed! The socks will be delivered to CAMBA’s Flagstone Family Center.   HUMANITIES It was great to see so many of you at parent/teacher conferences! Ask your child/ren: What were the goals of the Crusades and how did geography limit their success? What ordinaries, charges, supporters, metals, and colors have they chosen to include on their coats of arms?  Why? What progress are they making on...
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Seventh Grade, Week 23

HUMANITIES What a wacky week we had, with beautiful spring-like weather outside and snow on Purim!  Ask your child/ren about: what design decisions they are making as they work with a partner to design a medieval manor map. how challenging it is to compose a poem with (about) 31 syllables spread over five lines. what they think about the fact that Grendel’s mother’s name is Grendel’s Mother, and what is especially unusual about the battle between Beowulf and Grendel’s Mother. what book they have selected to read for the Middle Ages Independent Book Project (IBP) due on 5 April. Seventh graders, along...
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Seventh Grade, Week 22

REMINDER Purim Celebrated in School: Friday, 10 March! Parents are invited to a student-led megillah reading from 8:30-9:30am, followed by a costume parade at 9:30-9:45am. Come to school in costume! Please keep in mind that toy weapons and group costumes are not allowed. HUMANITIES Ask your child/ren about: What he/she thinks Grendel looks like and what is scariest about the monster?  Could there be more to Grendel than meets the eye? How did Beowulf manage to defeat Grendel–and why do we think J. R. R. Tolkein and J. K. Rowling were influenced by this story?  (Fun fact: Tolkein was something...
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Seventh Grade, Week 20

HUMANITIES We started reading Beowulf, though we haven’t yet encountered the title character.  Ask your child/ren about some of the characters we have met, and also about some of the poetic language devices employed in the telling of the story. We also started looking at the European transition from the end of the Roman Empire to what would come to be known as the Middle Ages–the time period between ancient and modern times. This was a busy week outside of our usual humanities curriculum: On Monday, Sonya, the teaching artist from The Jewish Museum returned to our class, and students...
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Seventh Grade, Week 19

HUMANITIES On Monday we trekked up to The Jewish Museum to meet with our teaching artist, Sonya, and to view some portrait/self portrait works in preparation for our museum partnership program.  On Thursday, Sonya came to Senesh for the first of three visits, and students began composing their own self portraits.  ASK YOUR CHILD/REN what is really different about the self portraits they are working on.  There are some clues to this answer in one of the photos from our trip. On the way to the museum we were excited to pass Samuel Seabury Playground–though later we learned the playground was...
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Seventh Grade, Week 18

MATH: UPDATED 2/2 Just a quick note to let everyone know that the 7Y group’s Unit 7 math test has been postponed until Monday rather than Friday.  (We lost a class period for a read-a-thon event.)  The 7X will have their Unit 6 test on Friday as scheduled. HUMANITIES Students were introduced to Beowulf this week, and next week we will begin reading a “new telling” of this Old English classic. On Thursday, seventh graders joined me in “Spreading the Glitter” in memory of my cousin who would have been 40-years-old this week.  His wife and children chose the day...
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Seventh Grade, Week 17

HUMANITIES If you hear your child/ren using unusual words or phrases like yesternight, kicky-wicky, slug-abed, anon, methinks, bodkin, have at thee, thine, or gaskins, you’ll know they’ve been bitten by the Shakespeare bug.  Later this semester we will do a more intensive study of Shakespeare when we read Romeo and Juliet, but earlier this week students had a little taste of the Bard in preparation for our trip this Thursday to see the fabulous Improvised Shakespeare Company perform at Brooklyn College.  Ask your child/ren to sing a few verses of “Everybody Knows How to Milk a Cow!”  😉   Shabbat...
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Seventh Grade, Week 16

HUMANITIES Ask your child/ren about: how a jury is chosen, if they remember any of the questions I answered at voir dire, and if they remember what “voir dire” means! what was their favorite quote from The Little Prince and why is it their favorite? what were some of the important events they placed on the time line of their lives? what were any phone/tablet/video game/computer-related comments they had in response to the film Screenagers?  (We watched it on Friday afternoon and had a short follow-up discussion in advisory.) The news quiz is back–and we rocked it as usual.  10/10 for...
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Seventh Grade, Week 15

HUMANITIES Seventh graders came back from break with tales of alligators, blockbuster movies, and basketball games, lost luggage and LOTS of latkes.  On Wednesday I was called to report for jury duty, and that same day I was selected to be a juror in Criminal Court.  The past two days have been super interesting for me–as a first-time juror–and I look forward to sharing some details of my courtroom experiences with the class when the trial ends sometime next week. In my absence, students worked on: The Little Prince final project (due 11 January) Rome: The Fall of the Empire assignment (ask your...
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Seventh Grade, Week 14

HUMANITIES Ask your child/ren about: what hot topic they have chosen to research and write about for their editorial. how many words they can name with the following Latin roots: DECEM, MINUTUM, PRIMUS–and if they remember why December is NOT the tenth month. how Paul of Tarsus was the first century’s version of a master tweeter, and how his work started the spread of Christianity across the Roman Empire. what they think about the various men encountered by the little prince on his travels. And to help you get ready for Hanukah, some fun with Hamilton from the Maccabeats: Hasmonean....
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