This week, we've been working on our individual speeches. Kids have each chosen an historical figure to research and are writing a speech from their point of view. We've started on the first three steps of the process. The first step is basic research, where the kids were encouraged to read as much as possible as well as collecting notes. Then they were tasked with determining a central thesis for their speech, something their character would likely want to argue or prove. This thesis is written in their speech note organizers, a way of organizing their thoughts and research ideas. After deciding on a thesis, they need to look at their research to determine points that will help support their main idea. The next step of the process is writing the first draft of the speech. Every student is at a different different part of the process, which is one of the great things about the individualized way we do work here!
In their groups of four, they have also been working on collecting maps and important dates from the history of their region, to help tell the overall story of what happened there.
Also, because I missed the update last week (sorry about that!) here are a bunch of photos from our super fun class trip!