The 5th and 6th graders put Stanley Yelnats on trial. Stanley, his lawyer, a character witness, and prosecutor fought to determine Stanley's innocence or guilt. The jury decided he was innocent, and the students were sent home with books to see what the real verdict was. Finally, we created shovels of our own! We didn't build six foot holes, but we were able to transport candy! We created advertisements for our shovels using iMovie. We are looking forward to starting a new book at our next session!
The 7th and 8th graders looked at two digital stories. One was a creepy comic (“The Prince and the Sea” by Em Carroll) with parallels to Romeo and Juliet, and the other was the first episode of Ruby Skye, PI, a web series about a teen detective. We considered the different ways you can tell a mystery or horror story, thinking about the multimedia story we have been working on throughout the year. Then, we had some free reading time and snacks, and broke into groups after the break. One group finished the outline for the multimedia story and the other spent time discussing significant quotes from Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
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