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World Literature course

- Reading Enrichment • We are scheduling a reading enrichment class for Grade 6 students. This course will be given by Mrs. Van Weert for the purpose of literary enrichment of our Grade 6 students. The goal of the sessions is to broaden vocabulary and learn about critical thinking. Students will learn how to articulate their thoughts. The method is by analysis of style and content of various pieces of literature. We will read classic short stories from a wide range of authors. -World Literature Course • Mr. Mark will be teaching a Literature course to grades 6 and 7 with a thematic focus on the books of the great novelist, short-story writer and Nobel Prize winner, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Several books will be discussed, including “The Fools of Chelm and Their History” and “The Golem.” Mr. Mark underscores a tendency to favour the spoken rather than the written form of language of Singer's art and its folkloric basis. Because students are typically familiar with the characteristics of fairy tales, the book “The Fools of Chelm and Their History”, which satirizes fairy tale traditions, as well as the History textbooks, serves as an introduction to satirical techniques. Students begin by examining the ways in which it departs from reality. They are then introduced to the four techniques of satire: exaggeration, incongruity, reversal, and parody, and identify these techniques in the book. Students of Grades 6 and 7 will be able to discuss many deep issues, such as what it means to be human, what one should do with unending power, what one should do to preserve the peace, and many others. -Grade 7 Restrictions • We would like to inform parents that the grade 7 students are no longer allowed outside without supervision. Unfortunately, there were some students who were abusing this privilege so we have to revoke this opportunity. Further updates will come.
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