Les grands chefs de septième sont heureux de vous présenter leurs recettes de cuisine!
This term in French, Seventh Graders have been studying food and cooking. A very rich and fun topic to teach, both culturally and linguistically! I am particularly proud and impressed with the work they have done. We started out learning about different food stores, French food habits and categorizing the different types of food: les fruits, les légumes, la viande, les boissons… They have shared their food preferences, using verbs such as “aimer”, “préférer”, “adorer”, “détester”. They have learned how to give directions using imperative and action verbs such as “mélanger”, “ajouter”, “verser”, “couper” and talk about ingredients using the partitive article. In class, they started out their project by choosing a recipe and establishing a list of necessary ingredients. They then worked on creating a script for their video and rehearsed in class. I’m very proud of the work they had to complete at home, without my supervision, which is shooting the video itself. They have all done an amazing job at it, and even more satisfying for me as a teacher, they seem to have had a lot of fun in the process. Enjoy those short videos and be inspired!
Bon appétit! (pronounced “Bon apeytee”)
Ada Pouplard (French Teacher)
The 7th grade headed into Boston to see the Chamber Theatre Productions performance of Encore! Each of the five stories in ENCORE! “highlights the versatility of five great authors: Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, W.W. Jacobs, Guy de Maupassant and Mark Twain. Their timeless glimpses into the human experience are brought to life on the stage.” The students were able to see a number of the stories they have read in class come to life. The performance included The Raven (Poe), The Tell-tale Heart (Poe), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Irving), The Monkey’s Paw (Jacobs), The Necklace (De Maupassant) and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (Twain).
The students worked together to complete building projects that demonstrated the Neoclassical architectural style. Through their research, students showed the relationship between the style of their building and its purpose. They presented their findings and explained the history of the building in connection with its purpose.
In Art, they became architects, and created and drew their own building inspired by their research. They used their knowledge of classical architecture to select the architectural elements of their building. They applied their knowledge of linear perspective to show realistic 3D space. They also described and explained their work in an artist’s statement.
The 7th graders were very proud to display their infographics at the first Exhibition Night of the year. The effort really showed in their work, and parents and students alike were very impressed with the quality of each infographic. Each pair of students completed the requirements given for the project, that are listed below.
- Compare multiple methods to communicate information to the public.
- Create an infographic that tells a story to its audience through data, information, and visual representations.
- Write a reflection essay to explain the benefits and challenges with communicating information visually compared with in writing.
- Be researchers, graphic designers, critical thinkers, writers, editors, mathematicians, teammates, and more.
- Create a visual story to explain information and data in a manner that captivates the intended audience.
- Analyzing data to ensure you accurately represent it.
- Apply your knowledge of color and themes to create a neat, organized, and thoughtful infographic.
Exhibition Night is almost upon us and the students have been working very hard to create their infographics. To give you a taste of what an infographic is, there is a sample that gives you some insight into what it takes to create one. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.
Summer is a time for relaxation and reading! I hope you are filling your summer reading list with exciting books. I would like you to check out the Book Blog website that the 7th grade created. This year we added book trailers to the website as well. It is filled with recommendations for great reading. You can locate the website at http://marbleheadcharter.org/bookblog/ or by going to the Book Blog link on the school’s webpage, under the tab ‘Parents/Students”. On the school’s website you can also find the summer reading list to help you choose a great book.
I would love to hear about your summer reading and share with you my summer reading. Your summer homework is to read, read, read and then write. Please write one reading letter to be mailed by July 29, 2016. I have included a copy of the “Suggestions for Writing About Reading” if you are looking for ideas. You can mail your letter from wherever you are; overnight camp, vacation or home. Don’t forget the stamp!
Please mail your letter to:
Molly Wright, MCCPS, 17 Lime St. Marblehead Ma. 01945
Please also download the 7th Grade Summer Assignment
I look forward to seeing you soon.