With its focus on growing up, this module encourages Grade 6 students to think rigorously and philosophically about a process they are experiencing in their won lives. It requires the development of self-knowledge: the cultivation of an ability to reflect upon and respond effectively to a new, and often difficult, circumstances. As students prepare to become mature individuals, this study supports their own development as insightful individuals and ethical members of society who are empathetic to the experiences of others.
In order to emphasize the
complexity of immigration to America, the module examines it as an experience
of hope and opportunity as well as one of alienation and discrimination.
Students learn the ways immigrant children hold onto and let go of their
previous identities as they adapt to American society. Ultimately, students
will explore how immigrants find a sense of belonging in a new country.
New in 2016-2017!
The purpose of this module is
to push students to see stories as forever in-progress. With Elisa Carbone’s
historical fiction Blood on the River, students journey to Jamestown in 1607
and see life through Samuel Collier’s eyes. Collier is an orphan who is angry
with the world. On his ocean-crossing to the New World and later in his life as
a colonist, Samuel experiences how differences in culture and class result in
conflictual ways of seeing the world. His transformation from an insecure boy
into a confident young teenager results from Samuel allowing the New World and
its people to reshape his perspective about the unknown and unfamiliar.
The Hero's Journey
In Module 4 students read a
contemporary retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey. This ancient epic offers more
than a time-tested thrill—it affords students access to contemporary cultural
vocabulary. Archetypes are necessarily timeless, and the cycle and pattern of
the hero’s journey, though it is all presented as the stuff of old, imagined
myth, offers students a relevant and deeply human model of transformation in
the midst of struggle.
Follow The Leader
During Module 5 students read
the riveting nonfiction text, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The
Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. Shipwrecked in the
uninhabitable Antarctic, Sir Ernest Shackleton acts as a remarkable leader,
confronting a relentlessly hostile environment that threatens his crew’s
physical, mental, and emotional survival. Shackleton’s against-all-odds story
affords students an entrance into research about leadership. After
investigating aspects of Shackleton’s life, students research other
inspirational people who developed into leaders in response to personal peril
and/or daunting challenges.