The students at my school are so curious and eager to learn, and I love seeing them think so deeply about the topics we cover each day in both History and English.
8th grade students are in such a pivotal time in their lives, as they move from childhood to young adulthood.
They develop so many advanced skills at this time. They are learning to be critical thinkers -- to process information from many sources, put that information together to formulate their own understanding, and then eloquently express their understanding and ideas. I am so pleased to be a part of this transformation, and a part of this community.
In November, we begin one of our most important units of the year. We will create small book clubs in class, and learn about Japanese American incarceration during WWII.
This unit is so educational for my students, as they will learn to process historical fiction books as reflective readers and also learn about that time in history.
The Japanese Internment camps were a significant part of American history, and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students from both the historical and literary perspective. In our unit, we use books that are written about and through the eyes of middle-school aged children. This helps my students really imagine that time, and understand what it must have been like. When they can do that, they can better empathize with the people who lived through this time.
In our group discussions, my students will share their understandings and hear and analyze each other's perspective. They will learn to become thoughtful speakers and listeners as they comprehend this complex time.
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