Dear JU-A Families,
Welcome back! The JU-A crew hit the ground running this week. On Monday, students gathered to discuss the evidence of ancient Greece’s legacy in the world around them, sharing the images and text they had collected and analyzed over winter break. We began a classroom display of this evidence and will continue to add to it throughout the remainder of the year. You’ll be able to see it at our open house on Wednesday, February 17th, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.
We also launched our “Guide to Mythology” project this week. Students chose a god, goddess, hero, or monster who they wanted to become “class expert” on. Throughout the week, they conducted research in print and online sources to expand their knowledge. Over the weekend, ask your child to tell you:
- Who is your character?
- Who are his/her parents? Siblings? Enemies? Allies?
- What special powers does he/she have?
- What symbols, animals, or sites in Greece are associated with your character?
- What myth involving your character will you share in the class guide?
Another highlight of the week was our walk along the Schuylkill River path, during which students looked for examples of Greek-inspired architecture.
Hero paragraphs will be done at home this month, rather than at school. We have made planning materials (note-taking templates, outlines, etc.) available to the students. In addition, your child may have received some specific deadlines for research, outlining, and rough draft. Please discuss this assignment with your child and find out what steps he or she has taken so far. The deadline is January 29th.
Have a lovely weekend,
Emily, Jenson, and Julia