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Lessons from 7th Grade
Posted 11/09/2017 03:16PM

Creating Blackout Poetry

Do you remember staring at a blank sheet of paper and struggling to find the words to complete a poetry assignment? That was not the case for CDS 7th graders as they dove into creating "Blackout Poetry" in their Language and Literature class. 

As part of their study of the classic coming-of-age novel, The Outsiders, the 7th grade students selected a page from the novel and created Blackout Poetry. Rather than filling a page with words, for this project students thoughtfully blacked out text, leaving visible words to create a message or theme about the overall concepts in The Outsiders. Once the poem was created, students added illustrations to represent the theme or message their poem conveyed.  Thank you to Joanie, Katie, and Sally for sharing examples of their moving and creative work:

Producing PSAs

7th grade Design Technology students have spent the last few weeks designing Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to educate the 6th Grade cohort about being good digital citizens.

Students worked in groups of 2-3 to research topics such as Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Digital Footprint and Digital Security.  First, they generated ideas for how they could most effectively educate 6th grade students about their topic and encourage healthy digital attitudes and habits.  Next, they created digital storyboards to plan the dialogue and shots for their PSAs.  Finally, they filmed and edited their videos.

Last week, 6th grade students watched several student-produced PSAs to learn about the importance of good digital citizenship and provide feedback to help improve the 7th grade videos. The videos were well received and a majority of 6th grade students thought that the PSAs improved their understanding of these topics.


Here are two of the PSAs they created:


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