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Class Update

What a crazy week here at ISM and for Manila.  The APEC convention has sure rearranged and challenged our regular schedules, however with the grace and flexibility of our population we have managed to get by!  Here are some updates about what is happening in class.

In reading, we will begin looking at non-fictional texts and the elements of non-fiction text.  The students will read a number of articles and we will discuss the different reading skills you need when reading non-fiction.

In writing, we have begun poetry!  We have a variety of poets in our classes and I like to refer to us as the “Living Poets Society”.  During this unit study on poetry we will study a variety of poems looking at their purpose and meanings.  We will look at the language poets use and how they get their messages across effectively.  A main goal of mine is to encourage more experimentation when writing/creating poems.

In social studies we have begun our cultural/ancient civilization unit.  Next week students will be given their performance task, where they choose an ancient civilization and research the features of that civilization.  They will then be expected to write a newsletter reporting on their civilization.

Ms. Mac


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