In Ms. Popa’s history class, students analyzed the main factors that contributed to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: Political Corruption, Economic Collapse, Barbarian Invasions, etc. One option to show mastery was to use the primary sources, write and perform a ‘persuasive speech’ pertaining to the above factors; and use “rhetoric” to deliver it. Students had to take on a Roman historical figure/character, use period attire, and elaborate on potential solutions to fix those problems, set the record straight and save Rome from destruction … a bold attempt to change history. To see one of these performances, head over to our 7th-grade page on our website: 7th-grade activities.
One student, Ms. Zoë Chamberlain, ‘reflected’ on her Socratic Seminar experience and the class sessions Ms. Popa’ students have had so far on the Fall of Rome. Zoë’s eloquence and academic approach on primary documents analysis qualified her as a competitive debater … not an easy endeavor to achieve. Read Zoë’s reflections HERE
Recently, the Health classes of Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Page participated in a project where they had to focus on one of the six essential nutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals) we all need in our diets. Students were allowed to work solo or in pairs and had a choice of end products, which included creating a billboard, drafting a comic book, or creating a rap song. No matter the chosen project, students were to make clear what their assigned nutrient happened to be, foods that the nutrient may be found in, mention the benefits of proper consumption or risks of limited consumption of their specific nutrient, and were asked to be creative and have fun. To listen to a couple of the raps, head over to our 6th-grade page on our website: 6th-grade activities.