In Language Arts, over the last couple of weeks, students have been working on using peer and teacher feedback to edit, revise, and develop polished drafts of their Personal Narratives. After completing them, they began to put themselves in someone else’s shoes by exploring personal narratives through Virtual Reality software. This not only allows them a unique opportunity practicing and reflecting on empathy, but it also will provide a fun connection to our future work with the novel Ready Player One.
Once Personal Narratives were handed in, we shifted our focus back to analytical writing. We reviewed the difference between writing that analyzes and writing that summarizes and compared analytical essays to science labs and math proofs. In the coming weeks students will craft essays investigating the correlation between the theme and the conflict within their new Choice Books and tracing the hero’s journey of a movie character of their choice.
In Language Arts, we have been learning about the stages of the *Hero’s Journey. Students have considered the path of heroes from a variety of sources, starting with the delightful Petite Rouge Riding Hood, continuing with Luke Skywalker, and beginning what will be a recurring examination of the roles of both Odysseus and the women of The Odyssey.
This week, students began to think about their own personal narratives with Ms. Lulu, work that will extend into Performance Studies. Later in the year, after our study of Ready Player One, students will create a Virtual Reality excursion through their own hero’s journey in a crossover project that continues this combined focus.
Next week, with Language Arts substitute Alison Behnke, students will begin Elie Wiesel’s Night, adding a personal account to the historical foundation they have been getting in Global Studies. This will begin a conversation on what it means to be a hero in real life and in dire situations that will continue after Intensives with the study of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
* Note: The word ‘hero’ is used to refer to individuals who are male, female, gender neutral, and gender non-conforming, not just males.