Third Grade Welcomes Visiting Author


Third-graders were excited to welcome a visit by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, the author of the book they’re reading, Maya and the Robot. Ewing, a sociologist of education and award-winning author, talked with students about life as writer, answered questions about Maya and her work for Marvel Comics, and led students in a group writing exercise to create their own story about Rosie, a 9-year-old in Paris who has to overcome her fear when zombies attack her ice cream shop. SEE MORE PHOTOS A Chicago native, Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social [...]

Third Grade Welcomes Visiting Author2021-11-29T08:46:04-06:00

Second Grade Welcomes Poet Laureate for National Poetry Month


Second-graders have been learning about poetry during National Poetry Month this April, including a virtual visit from poet Karen Christensen. Christensen (a.k.a. Deborah’s grandmother) is the city of Aurora's poet laureate, the author of several collections of poetry and creative non-fiction, and the founder of the poetry group A-Town Poetics. Her poetry has been used for a number of public presentations, including National Poetry Month exhibits in collaboration with the Illinois State Poetry Society. Christensen told students about her role as poet laureate and read some of her favorite poetry. They discussed how poetry doesn't always have to rhyme or use [...]

Second Grade Welcomes Poet Laureate for National Poetry Month2021-04-28T12:20:24-05:00

Studying Latin & Greek Roots in English Class


English class in Middle School also includes study of Latin and Greek root words, as seventh- and eighth-grade students build their vocabularies and learn how to decode unfamiliar words they may encounter. Knowing how to break down words like these is a vital skill for reading, writing, and overall learning in high school and college, English curriculum leader Sandra Burgess said. "This helps a student not only build a working vocabulary, but also construct a basic meaning for a new or unfamiliar word," Burgess said. "Students who learn this skill see their vocabularies grow and their anxiety lessen. "In college, approximately [...]

Studying Latin & Greek Roots in English Class2020-10-21T12:42:25-05:00

Native American Texts Open a Multiplicity of Voices


American Literature class begins with a foundational focus on pre-colonized America, as sophomores study Native American culture through stories, poems, and speeches before learning about colonial literature of the pre-Revolutionary War period. “We begin our study with Native American literature as they are the first Americans,” teacher Meg Carey said. “Particularly, we look at origin stories, and we are creating a graphic representation of the Iroquois people's origin story. It's the first stop on the question of identity, and the first stop on a journey that examines how the many cultures of America create the voices of our literature.” In addition [...]

Native American Texts Open a Multiplicity of Voices2021-02-25T12:27:38-06:00

What’s the Point of Summer Reading?


Summer reading assignments, a classic part of the American educational experience, still play an important role at Morgan Park Academy. >> SUMMER READING LIST 2020 (GRADES 2-12) >> MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2020 We know that students who read throughout the summer are better prepared for the upcoming school year. Cultivating a love of reading, and more important, a habit of reading, all while students build better vocabularies, investigate new subjects, and improve their critical thinking skills.  We know that students who enter college having read an average of 20 minutes a day become familiar with approximately 8 million (yes, [...]

What’s the Point of Summer Reading?2020-08-03T11:09:37-05:00
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