By: Ms. Theofiles
7th Grade English Teacher
As I reach the midpoint of my first year at St. James Academy, I can’t think of a better group of students in terms of creativity, critical thinking and sense of fun. Students in 7th grade English have been diligently working on various types of creative writing assignments.
Writing has been an important focus for 7th grade English for many reasons: to prepare students for the rigorous writing programs they will meet in high school and college, to expand critical thinking skills, and to foster self-discovery.
This week, we have been wrapping up our discussion of A Girl Named Disaster, a novel by Nancy Farmer. Students created their own stories based on the stories presented in the book. These stories include elements of the spirit world. The main character, Nhamo, often tells stories of alternate realities in order to comfort herself and those around her. We spent the week peer editing, writing, and using our African Story Telling Hut, modeled after the dare (men’s meeting house) in the book, to foster creative thinking. Read More