We're four weeks in, but I'd still like to welcome everyone to the new school year and to my website. This is the place to find information about the classes — weekly goings-on and curriculum-type matters. I'll typically update the site every Friday after school. But, for any pressing issues, homework questions/comments, or important notes, I'll include those in an individual update as needed, as well as in Flocknote texts/e-mails. If anyone hasn't already, please sign up for grade-level Flocknote updates AND individual teacher updates. It's important to sign up for both, as not all information affects the whole grade or the whole junior high, so sometimes it's just a homeroom thing.
Before getting into class updates, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the hurricane relief efforts. In homeroom this year, we're focusing a lot on leadership and embracing the responsibility of being leaders of the school through example. Our participation in the efforts is one example of accepting that role, and I appreciate all who donated toward the effort. We had a good turnout from our homeroom, and it's on display with our hands on the hallway banner outside the main office.
Now, here's a breakdown of everything we've focused on in class so far:
Religion: Our religion curriculum focuses on the history of the Church in shaping our understanding of our roles as Catholics. We spent last week discussing our ideas of what Church is, the Church as mystery and the various images of the Church. This week focuses on the roots of the Church — traditions, influences, the Bible and what it means to represent the Church. We'll also start discussing Confirmation and will use the Decision Point series to direct discussions on understanding the Sacrament and what it means to be Confirmed.
English 7: In seventh-grade English, we're starting with a unit on narrative nonfiction. The goal is for students to master concepts of narrative writing — character, plot, dialogue, sensory details, etc. — and to ultimately write their own narrative nonfiction piece. Currently, we finished reading "Two Kinds" from Amy Tan, and the students are working on point of view and rewriting a scene from another character's perspective so to better understand the character's traits and motives as well as the importance of point of view in a story.
English 8: Eighth graders recently completed writing six-word memoirs. The first semester is creative writing driven, with a focus on diction, conciseness and meaning in our writing. This week, we moved into poetry and eventually we'll work into short stories, all of which will build toward a self-published book that we'll release around Christmas time.
History: Picking up from last year, we've started discussing the Civil War. Current focus is on chapter 14 and the beginnings of the war. By week's end, we'll have finished chapter 14 and will have a test next week, before moving on to the war itself. I'll give students an exact test date this week.
Thank you, and if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Teacher
Mr. Hakim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (English major, Film Studies minors) from Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree (English and Speech), also from Wayne State. He started teaching in 2013-14 and taught for two years at St. Paul Catholic School prior to coming to SJA.