Things are getting busy for our middle schoolers! This week in ELA we learned about characterization, read different short stories, and practiced analyzing each author's use of characterization. Eighth graders even dipped a toe into psychoanalytic criticism and learned about id, ego, and superego. We practiced using The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss and then leveled up to analysis and annotation of The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst.
We are jumping into a journalism unit and will be resurrecting our school newspaper, the DGS Gateway. We began by examining and identifying the characteristics of different types of print media. Then we identified "beats" for each of our staff writers. We also began identifying the characteristics of a feature article.
Lastly, during this week's Monday Madness with Ms. Maya and Ms. Shannon, we continued discussing the role of identity in our lives. Ms. Shannon worked with middle schoolers to construct a definition for the concept of virtue and how it relates to personal and social identity. Students considered their own virtues, as well as the virtues they may want to develop.