We have a short week this week as our spring break begins on Thursday.   In our interdisciplinary unit, the Future Forecast, students will be working to finish up their research early in the week.  Once the research is complete, they will be working together to truly understand the causes and effects of the global issue they chose.  They will begin to understand how the past led to the present concerns with the issue, and then they will project what they believe the problem will look like in the future.  Once they have done that, they will start to determine possible solutions to the problem before finally settling on one.  Students will eventually present this project on April 20th.

Wednesday is International Day at school, so students are encouraged to wear clothing that represents their heritage (it could be more than one country!) or their house shirts.  My hockey jersey is ready and waiting.

Also on Wednesday, we will introduce the second part of the Genre Wheel project.  Students have spent a lot of time reading a variety of books.  I have checked in with them about the numbers they have written and I do have an up-to-date list for students who are curious.  The second part of this project will involve the students comparing and contrasting two books from different genres that they have read.  They will need to prepare notes in advance (compare/contrast brain frame, for example) that helps them to understand the similarities and differences in the elements of fiction in the two books.  For example, they could compare/contrast a nonfiction text about medieval history to a historical fiction novel set in the same period.  Or, they could compare/contrast a fantasy and a science fiction novel.  They could also compare and contrast two novels in different genres written by the same author (Alex London for example).  Some genres do lend themselves more favorably to comparing and contrasting, so I encourage you to ask your student questions about the books they have read in order to help them make some good choices.  We are introducing this before the break so they will have a chance to get a new book and read it (or, at least, some of it) during the break.  We will be scheduling our conferences once we get back from the break for the month of April.

I hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable break!

Week 29
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