The world that we live in is fraught with conflict and turmoil at the moment. From bigotry to violence, it is becoming more and more difficult to shield our children from what is happening.
Therefore, it seemed apt to begin the school year by delving into a study of the Hero’s Journey, otherwise known as the monomyth, through a selection of short stories. If we spend time trying to identify the qualities that make one “heroic”, then we become more and more aware that we all possess these qualities and have the ability to be heroic in our own ways.
The first short story that we tackled as class was Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, which chronicles the triumph of Rikki-Tikki, an Indian Grey mongoose, over Nag and Nagaina, a couple of king cobras that rule the garden and terrorize its inhabitants.
After studying the stages of the Hero’s Journey, The Grade 7 students were grouped and assigned different stages to plot on a poster, citing textual evidence to show how they made their decisions. Below is the finished product.
I think they did a marvelous job at making their learning visible.
On behalf of the Language and Literature Department, I’d like to welcome everyone to the school year.
Each of the English teachers are equally excited to begin the year.
Ms. Macy Valdez will be teaching Grade 5 MS, Grade 6 JL, and well as Social Studies this year. Her classes will explore the themes of bravery, self-appreciation, service to others and world wonders.
Ms. Iris Morga will be teaching Grade 5 MV, Grade 6 GT, and IB2 Filipino Literature. Her classes will be reading a variety of genres, from short stories to the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Ms. Barbara Magallona will be teaching Grade 8, Grade 9, and IB2 Language and Literature. Students in her class will explore the link between culture and identity, delve into the genre of horror, evaluate the legacy of Anne Frank and argue for the move toward freedom.
Lastly, I will be teaching Grade 7, Grade 10, and IB 1 and 2 Language and Literature. I look forward to discussing the ideas of power, love and finding oneself
through language and literature.