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Summer Cognitive Engagement Activity

posted Jul 10, 2015, 10:18 AM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated Jul 10, 2015, 10:35 AM ]

The summer expectation for Mr. Oliver. I am expecting all students will be naturally reading over the summer. I care not what, but all students should be reading everyday (not gazing at pictures in a magazine, but reading).

After that I want each MESA student to be very familiar with the these three pieces of work: Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!, Casper David Friedrich's Wanderer Above Sea Fog, and Frost's "Two Roads". 

The Wanderer Above Sea Fog

I expect each student to have their own Wanderer picture....meaning perhaps they hike a mountain and have their picture taken in the same manner as this painting. I want them to take a moment and be contemplative of what lies before them. A hike isn't going to happen? how about the back deck or the doorway to you house or the end of your driveway? While it would be nice to see students stretch themselves on some hike, creativity is always welcome.

Simple straight up reading assignment. Students should be prepared to discuss the book and what its message is. If there are words your student does not know, he or she needs to look them up. This is no Left Foot Left Foot.

It is the expectation of all MESA students to have this memorized by the first week of school. It'll be a great start for our next Evening of Gettysburg, in which 6th graders will have to memorize Gettysburg by February 14th. Returning students will be tasked with the attached Churchill or Chaplin speech.

The big picture?
I want student to take a look at these three pieces and be able to show me, nay show us, what they have in common AND be able to articulate why I gave them these three pieces. 

Yes, this will be assessed when students return in September. 

Again, I hope the summer finds everyone well. Last year was amazing, but there's no reason to think this year will be  any less so. If last's year's focus was reflection, I hope this year we will focus on predicting. 

Got questions? Fire away!