PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Grade 6 Humanities: Beyond the Single Story…

As we continue to research our questions rooted in various African countries, it is important that we work towards developing a comprehensive understanding of complex issues.  When selecting resources, students should ask themselves questions to understand the perspective of the author. What perspective is being represented?  What narrative is being told about a country or a group of people? Can I find additional sources to look at the situation from different perspectives?

Yesterday, we watched a Tedtalk by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the danger of a single story.  Click on the link below if you would like to watch and join in our discussion.

More details to follow about our research and specific guidelines for the project.

Journey of Thought Essays

Over the course of the year, students will be writing a series of Journey of Thought essays to develop their voices as writers, base their thinking in evidence/experiences, and arrive at new conclusions.

While their first journey of thought essay was based on questions from our class discussions, the second one is based on a personal belief.  The essay needs to cover how the belief came to be, what the belief means for their life now, and how they hope to honor it in the future.  The outline, the planning sheet, and the rubric are posted on School Loop for students to refer to throughout our process.

Save the Date

Family Friday, December 1st at 9:30am. Family Friday is scheduled in conjunction with the BSI PTO meeting.  The PTO meeting will begin at 8:00am in the Auditorium.  Hope you can join us!