Friday, February 17, 2017

Week 19: Is There a Solution to Bullying? (week of 02/17/2017)

This week was a quick one! We've also got another shortened week next week. Oh February, how I love you!

This week, my classes began their bullying unit project. This project is part argumentative writing and part research project. Every student had the choice to work alone or with a partner. Then, they chose one of the four types of bullying to research: physical bullying, verbal bullying, emotional bullying, or cyberbullying. Everyone will be answering the question Is there a solution to your chosen type of bullying? Why or why not? We'll be practicing crafting a solid argument by finding sources that support our assertions as well as finding good counter-arguments. Seventh grade is the first year students are taught counter-arguments and why they're important to a complete argument. So far, it sounds like my students have really dug deep into their arguments! We went over the guidelines on Wednesday and got to work on our research on Thursday. The students will be completing a Google Slides show to present their argument to their class. We'll continue to work on this project in class; no at-home work is necessary quite yet.

The rain on Friday made for an amazing book club! My room was warm and cozy as students chatted about the author's tone throughout the story and purpose in writing the story. I also had a chance to sit with each group and talk about how they're liking the book so far, what they expected when they picked up the book, if those expectations were met or they got a surprise, and if this type of book is typically what they pick up (or if they learned that they like a new genre of book). The rain even inspired me to pick up my copy of "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie (a perennial favorite amongst my seventh graders and their book clubs). We'll see if I can do more than pick it up this weekend :)
THANK YOU to those of you who donated to my classroom project!!! I was floored by your generosity! We're $992 away from our goal! Please don't feel obligated to donate; you do enough for your son/daughter already! However, if you know of anyone who likes to support education, please feel free to share my Donor's Choose page.

Question for the dinner table/drive home:
1. Which type of bullying did you choose to research for your project? What made you choose this type? Is there a solution? What can be done?
2. How does an author's tone show in a story? What about their purpose? Do both work together to create a good story or are they separate elements? How do you know?
3. How did book club go this week? What can you do in preparation for next week's meeting?

Warmest wishes,
Kevin Laffin

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