The month of February is Black History Month. In its honor, we celebrated by learning about the music genre that originated in the African American communities of New Orleans. We learned about the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans, to the music we hear on the radio today.
Students loved hearing samples of Jazz from the genre’s finest, including: Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Charles Mingus. The next day, we created word clouds with the feelings, inspiration, and vocabulary we learned. It all created a fun bulletin for our classroom.
We have moved into our newest writing unit, informational writing, during the month of January and everyone is almost finished with their essay. All students have been learning how to extract the most useful information from several resources (books, educational videos, articles, and websites) and how to organize paragraphs. Soon, everyone will be making a Google Slide presentation and we will have our writing celebration!
We have been working on several assignments since school has started up again a couple of weeks ago. One of these assignments has been to study Martin Luther King’s speech through poetry in celebration of his birthday this week.
After reading about him and completing a positive and negative piece of his face, students highlighted words in his “I Have a Dream.” The words they highlighted represented what he stood for.
Then, everyone wrote a list of these words in their writing journal and manipulated them to create their own “found poetry” from MLK’s speech. Many of the poems are beautiful and represent Dr. King’s dreams.
Our Chuck Close inspired self portraits are almost all finished. Check out some of our completed and semi-completed pieces. Guess who created each portrait! See answers below 🙂
Answers, from first to last:
Rya, Conner, Cole, Natalee, Daisy, Chloe, Sage, Reese, Khalil, Andrayah, Jamie