6th Grade: What is your favorite movie?
I love many different movies, but one of my favorites is the 2006 remake of “The Pink Panther”, with Steve Martin as Inspector Jaques Cluseau. The film is about a famous French soccer referee that had an amusing diamond ring called the Pink Panther, but during a World Cup match against China, he was murdered, and the ring, gone. The head of the French police, then, decided to solve the crime, so he hired Inspector Cluseau, a very clumsy man and terrible police officer, to try and solve the mystery. He set Cluseau for the job so that the public attention would be focused on his clumsiness, while he would be discreetly solving the crime. From this point, the movie unrolls with an extremely funny investigation, involving an assistant policeman, a famous pop star singer, and a Russian football trainer. I like this movie because it is very funny and at the same time, surprisingly clever, with many details that fit together and reveal the story. If you want a detective movie that can make you laugh as hard as you can, “The Pink Panther” is the perfect film for you.
My favorite movie: The Truman show
Truman happens to be the star of the most popular live show in television history. The only problem is, he doesn’t know it! In fact, the entire island of Seahaven is fake. A massive set surrounded by a circular enclosure that produces the most realistic effects and imagery to mimic the sky, and weather of the real world. His whole life is a lie and all his loved once are just actors/actresses pretending to be his mom, dad, friends, wife etc. Will he be able to return to the real world and find out the truth?
I love this movie because it is so funny, exciting, and a little sad (when he found out that his life was a lie..). I would recommend this movie to people ages 8 and up. It is such a great movie and I bet everyone that watches it will love it too!
My favorite movies is the Lord of The Rings series. The movies is about a young Hobbit called Frodo who finds a ring. If the ring gets in the wrong hands it can bring back the most dangerous person ever lived in that world. The young Hobbit Frodo becomes the ring-bearer who has the task to destroy One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was made. The little hobbit Frodo has now a dangerous journey that lies ahead of him.
I really like this series because when I see/ read it it drags me to into J. R. R. Tolkien’s world. When I was done watching the first movie I thought it was so good and Inspiring so I wanted to watch the second movie immediately but I couldn’t. I recommend the Lord of the Rings series to people in all ages.
Aisha – 8th Grade:
Among the enormous variety of movies, my most favourite one is “The Truman Show” by Peter Weir with Jim Carrey as the main character. This science fiction movie is about an insurance agent, Truman Burbank, whose life is a part of a massive TV show where every move is captured by hidden cameras. This film tells a very thought-provoking, tender, funny, and original story with a balance of humor and sentiment.
4th grade – Mike and Gui
After learning more about figurative language, students chose a fun picture of themselves and wrote sentences to go along with their picture. All of their sentences included examples of figurative language that we talked about in class. Check out their posters to read how Mike and Gui made their pictures come to life!
2nd Grade – Lisa and Joseph
During their biography unit, Lisa and Joseph chose a teacher to interview. After, they practiced writing biography paragraphs from the notes that they took during their interviews. They created posters to show their completed work. Learn more about Ms. Singer-Zhou and Mr. Presti by clicking below!
For our EAL study of Romeo and Juliet, 9th-grade intermediate and advanced students completed a creative assignment where they modernized an aspect of Romeo and Juliet. Their task was to choose a creative option while also staying true to the story line of Romeo and Juliet.
Options included: Creating a graphic novel/comic book for one scene OR a review of the whole play. The comic strip was to be at least 20 boxes in length. Dialog and captions must be included in each box. Students were graded on the creative choices made while also including characterization, setting, and plot. This choice was selected by Barend, Ayane, and Madalena. Judy also chose this option, but created her own illustrations by hand.
Other options included: Imagine finding a USB drive next to the computer of one of the characters from the play. This USB contains personal documents- letters, “to do” lists, data, poems, etc. that are written by the character for his or her eyes only. Maxim chose this option and took on the character of Romeo. He decided on 4 documents, recreated them, and invented file names for them.
Thelma’s Choice: Thelma chose one of the characters from the text (Romeo) and created a playlist (8 songs) that the character would have on his or her iPod. She invented the name of the playlist, and created a list of the names of songs, artists, and albums the songs came from, and other relevant details. Her written reflection included 1 paragraph for each song explaining how it relates to the play.
Lastly, Junior deiced to apply these task options to his “spark of genius.” Junior rewrote the fight scene in Romeo and Juliet in modern-day language. He created a script, including stage directions. In class, he directed and filmed this script: assigning each of his classmates different parts. Afterwards, he used his footage to create an iMovie. The iMovie and script will be reviewed later this week for more in-class review and a discussion on character and plot authenticity.
Students were also required to include prepositions in these projects as a final review of our in-depth preposition grammar unit. Projects will be shared with both classes as to further review the text–just in time before many of the 9th graders complete their final English project on this text.
Junior’s video based on the modernized script of Romeo and Juliet
he wrote: Video
The following five presentations are part of an introduction to our next unit: Culture and Traditions. Before reading a short story from Views and Voices, 9th grade intermediate students each examined an element of Indian culture that is addressed in the short story. This allowed students exposure to vocabulary and traditions prior to our reading and discussion. It was also specifically timed a few days before the 9th grade trip downtown–as students will be considering international mindedness.
Students gave short presentations in class and offered feedback to one another.