Entries by Ginia Gowin

Research Writing

7th graders have been working on a collaborative research writing project in Science and Language Arts.  Students researched a synthetic material and the natural material from which it was developed.  They compared the materials,  developed a thesis based on their findings, and wrote research papers to support their thesis statements.  This project is intended to […]

Touching Spirit Bear

In 7th grade, we have begun reading Touching Spirit Bear, a novel by Ben Mikaelsen.  The book is about a troubled teen, who, in an effort to avoid being tried in the justice system, is exiled to an Alaskan island to participate in the Tlingit community’s “Circle Justice”.  The author explains the premise of the […]

7th Graders Read The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

This week seventh-grade students began reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in Language Arts class.  Susan Eloise Hinton began writing the book when she was fifteen years old because she was disappointed in the unrealistic depiction of teens in fiction.  The story was inspired by an event that took place at Hinton’s high school in […]

The Works of Poe

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—”  (from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe)   It’s that time of year… black cats, vulture eyes, and ominous birds of yore; it’s time to read the works of Edgar Allan Poe!  For the past […]

The Giver by Lois Lowry: Our First Novel Unit in 7th Grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry is an engaging, thought-provoking novel that attempts to question social issues through the experiences of a twelve-year-old boy named Jonas and his realizations about the perfect community in which he lives. While reading the novel, students begin to consider the idea of “Utopia” and question the realistic constraints of trying […]

7th Grade Adventures with Tom Sawyer

We have begun reading our final class novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. While reading, students explore themes such as friendship, maturation, social norms, superstition, and crime. The novel also offers opportunities to learn about Twain’s use of language and ability to create captivating characters. While reading the classic recollections based on […]