7th Grade Our last unit was on Edgar Allan Poe’s work. We read a number of short stories including Tell Tale Heart. We focused on tone. Poe’s stories are shocking, thrilling, and gruesome. The vocabulary is also fun! We saw a great video too.
Descriptive Writing Practice: Chinatown 1986 In 11th grade EAL, we are reading the YA fiction book, “Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok. The story is about a Chinese teenage girl, who immigrated to Brooklyn and faces the many challenges of poverty, immigration, and being a teenager. Jean Kwok, who was a Chinese immigrant herself, uses beautiful descriptive language throughout the book to give insight to the colorful world of New York City. We have been analyzing her writing and practicing descriptive writing. Students watched a video clip of Chinatown in 1986, and wrote descriptive paragraphs based on the video.
By: Chelsea Ye
As I walked through Chinatown in 1986, I felt quite interesting. There were tons of neat little shops on the sidewalks. Some small shops supply all kinds of electrical appliances. While others provide fresh organic produce vegetables. I went to a grocery store with all the fish and other seafood laying out for sale. There’s a fishy smell in the grocery store and the stagnant water made me sick. However, the little stand which sales the grilled chicken made me hungry. Char siu(barbecued pork in Cantonese cuisine) are hang in front the display window. I consider myself as a gluttonous person, talking about my favorite part in Chinatown I have to mention the well-known bakery. Inside the small shop it serves wide variety of pastries: from the delicious tarts, to the small and delicate buns with fillings like red bean, roast pork, salted egg yolk, and beyond. My favorite dish is the golden taro fries, they are crisp and golden just like the autumn leaves and it tastes absolutely delicious, more importantly the aftertaste lingers on.
By: Eunice Ma
When you walk across the street, you will hear those bawling hawker that are arguing to those astute customers who try to bargain over the price like a group of sparrows who are twittering to scramble for the slim food. The street is very congested with people, goods and cars that load and unload goods.
Once you make a brief stop at a open-area food market, you can see a variety of kinds of fresh vegetable, meat and fish. There are also many clean and tasty restaurant, which sells Chinese traditional local delicacies, such as cantonese roasted duck and Shanghai little juicy bun.
Students have been exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s work. They read the “Tell Tale Heart” and were then assigned their own graphic interpretation of the story.
Many of the EAL students performed at Carnegie Hall on February 25th. They did an excellent job and we are so proud of them. Ayane Nakashima, 10th grade, shared her thoughts on the experience.
My Carnegie Hall Concert Experience
On February 25th, I performed at Carnegie Hall Concert with students from Dwight New York, London, and Shanghai. I played the piano and harpsichord, and performed three pieces. It was so exciting and an honor to perform at one of the most famous concert halls in the world.
Before the show, I was super nervous because I had the solo, and I was in the very first piece. As you can imagine, it is kind of frightening to perform in front of many people. Even though I used to perform music or dance when I was in Japan, my heart was beating so fast. When the concert started, and I came on the stage, I was actually excited and didn’t feel nervous at all. So I was able to relax and enjoy performing. I made few mistakes, but I did everything well. I felt the concert went so quickly, but it was such an amazing concert. Now, I am already missing my pieces, everyone, every moment through the Carnegie Concert. It was impressive to collaborate with students from different countries. It makes me love music more, and reminds me that music can bring people together.
Students in 3rd grade chose wordless picture books and practiced descriptive writing by writing their own stories to go along with the illustrations. After they wrote the story, they recorded themselves reading it along with the pictures. Watch their final creative stories here!
After learning about paraphrasing, Shirley created a screen cast video to show all that she learned and to teach others how to do the same. Watch this informational video to learn more about paraphrasing!
In grade 7/8 EAL, we practiced our language skills through the theme of global warming. We used images, articles, videos, online research, and the short documentary, “Tipping Barrels,” to analyze the cause and effects of climate change.
This unit was coupled with persuasive writing, in which we learned the methods of persuasion (ethos, pathos, and logos), and analyzed how they are used in advertisements. The unit ended with the students working together to create a persuasive advertisement focusing on the environmental themes seen throughout the unit.
Students in 12th grade read excerpts from the book Half The Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After learning new vocabulary, annotating and writing outlines, students gave 45-minute presentations on their chosen excerpt. They also came up with their own questions in order to lead a class discussion based on the theme of their excerpt. They did a fantastic job on both the PowerPoint and public speaking. You can check out their PowerPoints below.
We have continued to celebrate black history month in 6th grade EAL. Jacobo learned more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. and created his own photo video based on the themes of peace, freedom, and unity. Jacobo watched and listened to parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech and used King’s expression and passion as motivation to add emotion to his own voice as he read.
To finish up our unit on leadership, students interviewed leaders at Dwight. Students chose teachers and students to interview, learned how to write formal emails, practiced note-taking and created a newsletter using Google Slides.
Students in 5A EAL finished their leadership projects this week. They chose leaders at Dwight that they wanted to learn more about. In our unit, we learned how to write formal emails and how to conduct an interview. After taking notes and reflecting on their interview, students created newsletters to share all that they learned. Check out their newsletters here!
In celebration of black history month, grade 6 EAL students learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and his role as a civil rights leader. After reading and listening about Martin Luther King Jr., students created a photo video based on the themes of peace, freedom, and unity. Students recited parts of his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” that he gave in Washington D.C. in 1963. The aim of the project was to practice speaking fluency and presentation skills while celebrating an American icon.
Our 5th graders wrote letters to President Obama to finish up their unit on leadership. They learned how to write business letters and asked very important questions in some of the last letters President Obama will ever receive as the leader of the United States. We hope they made it in time!
On Friday, January 27th, we had our annual Lunar New Year lunch! We ate fried rice and dumplings and watched the Chinese New Year Gala. Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us!
This year, we threw an EAL Holiday Party. We played games, listened to music, made snowflakes, and ate so much we thought we were going to burst! It was a great way to end school before the break.
What did you do over your holiday break?
Mark: I went to radio city to see the Rockettes show. I was surprised how all the actors has the exactly the same height.
Adriana: In my vacation I went to Brazil to see my cousins. We played laughed all the time like we were the greatest thing on earth. We played games with them in the pool or we entered houses to explore. and we had New year eve together and Christmas. It was the best vacation ever
Natalie: During the winter vacation, my family and I went on a road trip. We went to Mount Snow in Vermont to ski. It was a very fun trip and our skill for skiing improved throughout the break. Fro the rest of the break, we just stayed in New York.
For my break I went to Chile.
In Chile we had a lot of fun. One of my favorite place we visited was Valparaiso, Valparaiso is a city on a hill. All the houses there are different colors. Then we want to Matanzas with was on the beach, we had a house that had a view of the sea. We spent Christmas there. After we went to Santiago and met up with a old friends. After 2 days at Santiago we went back to the cold winter of New York.
Eloi: During winter break, I stayed a little bit in New York with my siblings that came back from Paris and my parents. We would go out and visit the city and we also celebrated Christmas there. The day after we celebrated Christmas, we flew to San José, Costa Rica. We slept one night in San José. The day after we took a little plane to go the south pacific coast in the
Bahía Drake. We stayed there 4 days, it was really hot and we were in a really wild part of Costa Rica. There we went kayaking, snorkeling, we saw a lot of beautiful birds and a lot of different animals. After these 4 days, we flew back to San José. There we rented a car and directly went to the third destination,
Puerto Viejo, on the Carribean side of Costa Rica. There we stayed 4 days too. We mostly went to the beach and surfed. We came back to NY on New Years Eve.
This winter break I went to Jay Peak (Vermont) for ski, this is my first time to ski. I fell ski is really fun, and I want go for ski next winter break too!
I went back China and spent the winter vacation with my family since I missed them so much. During the vacation, I visited my relatives and hung out with my friend to celebrate the holiday. I also studied hard to finish my homework. I had a wonderful time with my family.
Bernardo: “As soon as we were dismissed from school the 16th of December, 2016, I got instantly excited for the visit my grandparents would make to New York City, arriving on the 21st. I spent the days going to friends’ houses, preparing the house with my family for their visit, and honestly, counting the days until my grandparent finally arrived.It was a wonderful experience, since it was my grandfather’s first time in New York ever since my dad, mom, brother, sister, and myself moved here, about a year and a half ago. Even though it was my grandmother’s third visit, we all enjoyed it as much as always, and of course, took them to all of the places tourists love to go. Overall, and most importantly, we got to spend Christmas together, as we always have in the past, showing how not even the physical distance can keep a family apart.”
Josh: During the Winter Break, I stayed in New York and watched a lot of shows. One of the shows I watched is called the Gazillion Bubble Show. It was a show that a bubble artist did a lot of cool tricks with bubbles. My favourite trick was when he blew a bubble inside another bubble because it was really amazing and I have never seen it before.
This picture is about the fireworks. The topic of this fireworks show is “Happy New Year”.
Cordilia: I went to Disneyland in Shanghai on Christmas Eve.
Mia: This is my holiday Fencing winter camp pictures
Jocelyn: I went to my old high school to see my friends and we went out to eat hotpot. We ordered a hotpot has three flavor combine together. We had a good time XD.
During winter break I stayed in New York, and had a pretty relaxed winter break. Right after school ended my sister came and stayed for a whole month and I hadn’t seen her since summer break. During those months she had really grown up, starting college and all. My sister, mom and I went to see the rockettes for the first time and it was super fun. I don’t really like ballet, but they were amazing. We celebrated on Christmas Eve and ate traditional Norwegian food and had a wonderful time. My family and I was supposed to ice-skate, but when we came there it was a two hour line so we went home.
Chelsea: I went back to Beijing in December, celebrated my 17th birthday with my grandma and hung out with my old friends as well, which was kind of my highlight for the vacation. The time I spent in Beijing was pretty effective and worthwhile, except that I was still choked by smog and suffered from serious air pollution back in China, which was pretty unpleasant and frightening. Glad I came back from Beijing several days ago and look forward to having another great year spent in NYC.
Mike: In subway in Russia there were some really cool trains. They had stars on the ceiling. Also little christmas trees. It had cool decorations. there were only few trains which looked like that.
Anouk: For winter break I went to Chile. I was awesome, we had so much fun. For the new year I saw the fireworks.
Gui: In my Winter Break, my grandparents came from Brazil. I went to the Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, the Freedom Tower, the MET, the Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, and some others. it was a lot of fun.
Isabella: I went to sky top with my family and some friends from Norway. I also went to Vermont with Zara.
Ms. Benfante: I traveled to Denver, CO to visit my brother for Christmas. I loved seeing my pet-newphews, Matty and Miles!
Ms. Singer-Zhou: Over the break, I spent time with my family. We went to my parent’s house in Sharon Springs, NY, celebrated my Grandma’s 89th birthday and spent New Years in Jersey City. Liam also had a photo shoot with his best friend!
Ms. Connor: This winter break, I stayed in New York and spent time relaxing with my family and friends. My family has a big celebration Christmas Eve with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and our growing families! There were a few really nice winter days where I was able to go down to the beach for a run!!
Ms. Kearns: I spent my break with friends, family, and my grandson, in warm sunny San Juan!
Grade 11 students gave presentations on resilient women from history. Leading up to the project, we explored the idea of resiliency through various non-fiction texts, current events, poetry, and videos on resilient women. Each student chose a resilient woman (past or present) to present on. Presentation skills were a major focus leading up to this project as well.
Grade 12 students completed a unit on immigration. After reading a short story about a family who moved to the USA from Vietnam, students chose a teacher at Dwight to interview who has or is currently living abroad. They then turned their interviews into magazine articles.
On Friday, December 2nd, we took a field trip to The New York Historical Society. We participated in “Objects Tell Stories”. We got to view artifacts from the past and learned how to analyze an artifact to guess what it was used for. We also saw a film on the brief history of NYC. We ended the trip with lunch at Shake Shack! A fun day was had by all!
What did the students think?
What did you learn?
“I learn how to identify old artifact, and a lot of history about New York.”
“I learned that by observing an object, we can succeed determine its function.”
“I learned a lot of history about New York and objects could tell stories.”
“I learned that Dutch actually explore this land.”
What was the best part of the trip?
“The best part of my trip is the movie of New York story. The move is gorgeous and fantastic, it make me feel proud that I am a New Yorker.”
“The best part was to guess the function of the meal stone.”
“The lunch time!”
“Visiting the whole museum with friends and a teacher.”