Today, scholars in the Hive discussed possible themes for their literature circle books. After deciding upon a theme, scholars then used the online photographic community--flickr.com--to support their themes with images. Once again, we've linked our literary
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This week we're going to be looking at excerpts from historical fiction texts that include many facts, but also strong literary devices that help readers connect to the time period or event. Historical fiction opens the door to learning more about our world's history, and allows us, as scholars, to gain more knowledge through literature. As the week progresses, we'll be looking into websites that support our texts.
Monday: Number the Stars
Our very favorite author in the whole wide world just commented on our blog....we love you, Katherine Applegate!
.....not really, but we sure did feel like movie stars this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday, we showed off our love for poetry and art when we made wildly amazing connections between poems and photography. We analyzed a poem by Billy Collins and then perused breathtaking images from National Geographic that supported the poem's theme.
On Wednesday, we dove deep into an adapted screenplay of The One and Only Ivan. The Hive was busy analyzing the features and characters within the text, and we even had the chance to learn about monologues and the power they bring to a script. Some of our very own Hive Society members even used iPads to film Ivan's monologue using creative and artistic techniques.
All-in-all....we're pretty sure our debut into the world of filming went swimmingly. Maybe "Bravo" will even pick us up for a primetime slot? Maybe they'll even call it *The Secret Lives of Bees ? *(get it?)
We're finally done with our 2 days of filming, and we can't wait to share our experiences with you! Until then....here's a fancy-pants panoramic photograph that our fancy-pants film crew took of us:
Today, the scholars & poets (& artists) of the hive will be using their critical thinking skills to analyze poetic themes and then connect the poem to photographic images from National Geographic. Just another day in the lives of college-bound scholars....
Each one is a gift, no doubt,
mysteriously placed in your waking hand
or set upon your forehead
moments before you open your eyes.
Today begins cold and bright,
the ground heavy with snow
and the thick masonry of ice,
the sun glinting off the turrets of clouds.
Through the calm eye of the window
everything is in its place
but so precariously
this day might be resting somehow
on the one before it,
all the days of the past stacked high
like the impossible tower of dishes
entertainers used to build on stage.
No wonder you find yourself
perched on the top of a tall ladder
hoping to add one more.
Just another Wednesday
then holding your breath,
place this cup on yesterday’s saucer
without the slightest clink.
*Official photo credits will later be added so that the titles won't influence scholars' decisions.
Poets of the Hive
Displayed beautiful haikus
As well as free verse
*come down to the 300 wing and peruse our brilliant poets' work. We have haikus displayed as well as an entire gallery of poems inspired by William Carlos Williams' poem--The Red Wheel Barrow.
What did YOU do over winter break? Well....the Hive Society scholars were busy finishing up their literature circle books and then using their creative brains to create amazing contributions. If you want to see the whole collection then you'll have to come visit, but here's a little sneak peek to keep all of our fans happy.
the Hive Society
We are the class of 2024 at Cunningham Elementary, and we. are. super. scholars.