In my current Literature I and Literature II classes. we are reading the novels, Summer of Riley and The Last Book in the Universe. Both of these novels focus on the sacrifice of the main character.
To introduce the climax of both novels, we examined the sacrifice in a classic biblical story. We focused on the brith of Moses and the sacrifice of his mother.
One of the biggest advantages to teaching in a WELS school is the ability to connect God’s Word with the entire curriculum. It is so much more meaningful when that connection can happen in a relevant way.
Why is the teaching of history, government, civics, and our constitution so important in our WELS schools?
We are one month into our study of World War I in American History. We culminated our first month of study with our lesson on the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.
This lesson was so much fun! The video is of the brief, 6-minute lecture to go with the lesson. At the beginning of the lesson, you will hear a group of students using bells to go with the music. Following the lecture, we enjoyed a “No Man’s Land Soccer Match” outside. We set up “land mines” and “barbed wire” for the students to perform around. Our obstacles were trash cans, buckets, etc. The students loved it! When we finished, we came in and enjoyed some homemade hot chocolate and finished the lesson with an unbelievable and moving mini-movie (3 minutes) put together by Sainsbury’s. This video can be found on YouTube.
Enjoy and as always have a passion for what you teach!
Lincoln, Kennedy, and who? William McKinley??? Find out all about this forgotten assassination from our American Class this past week!
Also be on the watch for what McKinley’s final words were prior to the emergency surgery to extract the assassin’s bullets!
“Every time we rescue, hover, or otherwise save our children from a challenge, we send a very clear message; that we believe they are incompetent, incapable, and unworthy of our trust.”
Remember all of those first day smiles filled with the anticipation of the first day of school that you witnessed in the faces of your students? Remember their excitement as they met new friends? Recall the joy of seeing their new classroom, new books, and so much more?
If only that excitement of the first day of school could last the duration of the entire school year.
However, very quick the realization of the work ahead sets in for many students. Daily work, quizzes, tests, projects, and essays soon appear and the joy turns to thoughts of being overwhelmed.
For students, parents, and teachers alike the excitement soon turns to the grind.
I am so excited for the upcoming school year, and the content I will be teaching for American History II. Our complete focus will be on the time period from World War I through World War II. It is going to be incredible!
A couple highlights from the picture.
History Theme: Our theme for this year’s history study will be, Rise
Year at a Glance: Our course of study is all laid out on the Rise Word Chart. The larger the word, the more emphasis that lesson will receive throughout the year.
Our Monthly Lessons to Buy a Ticket For: I like to lead to a major lesson every month. It gives us purpose, and it keeps our minds on track. I dub these lessons, “A lesson you would buy a ticket for!” This concept is from the incredible education book, Teach Like a Pirate.
If you are interested in a closer up shot of the monthly lessons or the year plan, just drop a comment in the comment section!
As always, be passionate and keep growing!
Great ideas for great activities in the classroom with the brain in mind!