Anna Lubowitz, English Faculty, describes her objectives for King Grade 7 students as, "I want students to improve their ability to be critical readers and thinkers and to appreciate that everyone has a different experience of what it means to 'come of age in America,' which is our theme for Grade 7 English."
Reading & Writing
A Skills-Based Approach to Reading, Writing, Thinking and Speaking
King fosters creative and intellectual development through a skills-based content-embedded approach to teaching reading, writing, thinking, and speaking, PreK-Grade 12, in a sequence that strengthens student expertise and allows for group and individual instruction. Elementary, middle, and high school students learn how to read carefully, write clearly, think critically, and communicate their ideas with peers. Students tackle challenging texts in English, History, Science, Social Sciences, and World Languages, and learn how to conduct thoughtful research in order to develop a claim (thesis) and support an argument.
We emphasize the importance of cultural, contextual, and technical aspects of written expression, and we equip students with a set of tools enabling them to read, think, write, and speak about a text on personal, communal, and global levels.
King students explore literary composition and nonfiction writing outside of the classroom. Students attend The Dodge Poetry Festival and submit creative work to competitions, including The Stamford Literary Competition. We are a community of writers and all students can publish their work. Students submit poems to the Lower School’s poetry anthology; short stories to the Upper School creative magazine, Ink; and articles to the Yearbook.
Grade 3 students have just completed their four-week Fairytale Adaptation Writing Unit. Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Keogh, Grade 3 Faculty, modeled how to plan out a fairytale adaptation by first identifying the elements in the classic version and writing them in a graphic organizer, which they created.
Grade One students had two surprise guests this morning during Mrs. Rachinsky-Wood's morning Zoom meeting. Stamford Police Officer Lou Scarano and his K9 Dobey joined the meeting as part of the students 'All About Stamford' Social Studies Unit.
Congratulations to a group of King students who were awarded prizes in the Annual Stamford Literary Competition, which celebrates excellence in student writing and is sponsored by the Friends of The Ferguson Library. The Competition is open to students in grades 3-12 and they are encouraged to submit their work in one of three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Ms. Hoos will use this concept, along with many other thematic/figurative elements such as symbolism and characterization to prepare her students for studying duality and pairings in Romeo + Juliet, their final literary text of the year.
To prepare for the presentation, students selected a biography on a historical figure during Reader's Workshop. They used that text to launch into more research about their subject, focusing on areas such as their childhood, school, profession, and impact on the world. They embraced all of this knowledge to embody the person, through their words and costume, and presented to visitors in their classrooms.
Philosophy students are exposed to the nature of philosophical thinking such as questioning the nature of reality, the good, beauty, knowledge, and experience. Students engage in daily dialogue and occasional formal debate, as well as writing essays on the nature of philosophy and the character of the philosopher.
Grade 6 students examined controversial environmental topics and utilized elements they had practiced in their history and english classes. The preparation with their CEA - claim, evidence, analysis, is related to their job roles in English book club reflections and the inner/outer circle is similar to a style used in a recent History class debate.
Grade 5 students enthusiastically accepted the challenge of researching to become experts on their topic of choice and then applying their learning by authoring, creating, and presenting digital, nonfiction books. This informational writing initiative was part of the Grade 5 Writing Workshop that helps students master a variety of approaches to writing.
Congratulations to Michelle Mulé '20 who was awarded three silver keys, for two poems and one short story, and six honorable mentions, for five poems and one short story, in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Michelle also received a Gold Key and an honorable mention for two additional photographs she submitted.