American Studies (taught by Mr. Jacobo): In American Studies, we launched a new project that builds on themes from our last project including: family, immigrant cultural identity and the self. We are exploring the juxtaposition of immigration during the American Gilded Age and Progressive Era to the present day. While exploring this historical lens, we will also be reading the novel, I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez and watching the film El Norte (1983). As we explore the causes, effects of immigration to the United States, past and present, we will focus our discussions on the impact crossing borders has on families and one’s identity. This will culminate in students creating a graphic novel that relates to the topics, themes that evolve throughout this inquiry.
Biology (taught by Ms. Tonyan): In Biology, students will learn about autotrophs, the organisms that produce their own food from CO2 and water using light (photosynthesis), and heterotrophs - consumers - that are unable to synthesize it.