7th Grade Weekly Note

Good afternoon, parents!

This week in Cultural Studies we began the “present” webquests, which have groups investigating the modern issues involving horses, corn, potatoes, sugar, and disease. The group project will be a collection of news articles about different topics related to a particular Seed of Change. Groups have been working well not only on their assignments but also in navigating the tricky aspects of collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Over the weekend students are completing our LA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It’s a heavy ride here near the end, as our protagonist deals with death and major loss. If a snowed-in day of parent-child reflection on mortality and the meanings of death sounds appealing or important to you, this weekend is a perfect chance!

Speaking of all that snow: If it impacts school on Monday, look for an email from us about assignments for Tuesday.

Finally, another reminder about obtaining a library card for your child in anticipation of our Free Library research trip, which will take place on Tuesday, February 9. For information on how to get a library card, please follow this link https://know.freelibrary.org/MyResearch/register.

Questions to ask your child:

  • How is your group work going for Seeds of Change? What is the most difficult thing about cooperative work? What is the most rewarding? 
  • What topic are you going to write your news article on? Why? 
  • How has Arnold changed and grown since the beginning of the book? 
  • What challenges or events in Arnold’s life did you relate to? What challenges or events were difficult for you to relate to? Why do you think that is?

Until next week,

David, Steve, and Virginia