Fifth Grade Studies, Researches the Immigrant Experience
Over the past couple of weeks in fifth grade humanities, students have been learning about immigration, specifically the immigration station, Angel Island. During the fifth graders’ most recent project, each student created their own questions and interviewed someone about their immigration experience. The fifth graders then created a piece of work that illustrated what they learned from their interviews. The goal of this project was for students to understand that everyday people have their own unique experiences that add to our knowledge of American history. Furthermore, the sharing of stories adds to our understanding of the people in our lives and our communities.
– Vaniecia Skinner, grade 5 teacher
Sixth Graders Author Their Own Stories on Growing Up
Throughout the year, sixth graders explore the coming-of-age genre. They ask themselves and each other what it means to “grow up,” and explore how stories help us express universal themes of growth and change. This winter, they wrote their own! Inspired by the authors in Flying Lessons and Other Stories, sixth graders drafted and revised their own coming-of-age short stories. Last Friday’s middle school sharing assembly featured excerpts from a few of the young authors. All sixth graders will submit their stories to the class anthology, which is currently in publication. Stay tuned for your copy!
– Julia Juster, grade 6 English teacher