Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Final Session at Wright

It's hard to believe that our time at Wright Middle School has finally come to an end, but it has. We've had such a good group of scholars, and we've gotten do a lot of laughing, learning, and reading over the semester. We hope that they all take a new or renewed desire to keep reading and engaging with literature outside of the classroom. More than that, we hope that they keep showing their sides of creativity that we've been fortunate enough to see. We didn't get to do everything that we wanted this semester, but perhaps we will be back in the future!

Since we had an entirely different group this time around than we did last time, we decided that it would be best to finish El Deafo with this group as well. They all wanted to finish it, and, since couldn't leave the copies with them, it was only right to let them see the dramatic and happy conclusion to the book that they've been reading all semester. We got to sit outside, enjoy a nice day, and do some impressions of characters, all while learning a little about authorial intent and creative expression!

You can see we had some shy (and not so shy) students to play and read with this year. Finally, we were generously given a box full of various Scholastic books from a bunch of different orders. The kids will get the specific books that they ordered next week, but they all walked out with about 4-5 random books that they wanted for themselves or to give to family! We hope they'll take the joy of reading for themselves and give it to others as well.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wright Middle 4/19

Unfortunately, schoolwork has had our helpers bogged down this week, so we weren't able to make it to Wright today. We imagine that some of the students will be grateful, as they could use some extra time this week as well, considering their semester is coming to a close too.

Next week, we will have a party of sorts. The book orders should have come in by then, and we have a box of other free books to give out as well! It should be a fun time to look back on our time together, even though we weren't able to accomplish as much as we would have liked.

The students also have an author viewing coming up! They'll have a Saturday visit with a YA author, and they'll get another free book because of it. We'll get more information up here as the event gets closer. We can't wait for next week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wright Middle 4/12

We had a great week back at Wright Middle School! After the play finished up, it was nice to see some faces that we hadn't seen in a while. We were finally able to finish El Deafo, and it seems that the students really enjoyed the end of the book. Cece, the protagonist, learns to live with being deaf, and the rest of her classmates and her friends fully accept her as she comes out of her shell. It was a great message in an interesting format that it seems the kids really enjoyed.

We weren't able to get any film equipment for today, and we were still missing some key members of our team, so we decided to do another creative activity. We finished up by making some comics of our own, in which the students could pick their own superpower and create a narrative, similar to that of El Deafo. It allowed us to incorporate some creative skills with the narrative choices that Cece Bell made with her book, and the students did some great work.

Our student of the week is Kay, pictured above. Kay is a hardworking student. He is quiet, but that bellies a creative side that is impressive. He always comes to our class ready to work and is so cooperative and engaged with everything we do. Great job Kay!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cancellation at Wright

Due to a combination of the incoming inclement weather and the large group of our scholars who are working overtime to ensure that Aladdin goes off without any issues, we decided to cancel this week's meeting at Wright Middle. Considering that the play is coming up very soon, we knew that most kids wouldn't be there anyway, and, combined with the coverage of the weather on local television, we knew that there was a strong chance some kids would be pulled out early or looking for other accommodations to get home.

We hated having to miss this week, especially since we wanted to start our final project. Fortunately, we still have plenty of time for our scholars to put together a great book trailer, and, since Aladdin is finished soon, we should have our whole cohort back in action! We can't wait to get back there next time!