January 22, 2014 @ 4:53 PM
At our school, we gender group in the seventh grade, and nearly 100 seventh grade boys walk into my door daily. It would be a lie if I told you teaching a class of twenty-eight thirteen-year-old boys were a breeze, but it does have its benefits, one being the love they have of a good monster story.
We recently completed the reading of Rod Sterling’s The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, which was a big hit with the seventh grade boys of WMS. Before we began the play, we made predictions and discussed some terms with which they could possibly be unfamiliar. Before I assigned the roles, we disused the genre of drama and the specific elements of a teleplay. Assigning ......
January 6, 2014 @ 1:16 AM
So, here I am on the last day of my Christmas break, and I decided I better finish up some grading. Right before the break, my seventh graders turned in their independent reading packets for the novel The Tale of Despereaux. Now, you may be thinking, “Seventh graders reading that book? Isn’t that for fourth graders?” My answer would be, it could be…or it could be for seventh graders.
Before starting the novel, I polled my classes to find out how many of them had already read the book. Surprisingly, out of my seventy students, only three had read the book. A few had seen the movie, but because the movie is so different from the book, this didn’t concern me.