Weekly All School Bulletin
"... Culture is inevitable. It makes us who we are as people, but also who we are as a town, state, country, or continent. Culture is what brings us together, and it is important that we celebrate the similarities that we share as well as the differences."
-Natalie Nejaime ’22
On January 19, Chase 8th graders gathered in the McTernan Centennial Library to present their Declamations to family, friends and classmates. Declamations, a long-held tradition for Middle School Chase Kids, serves as an opportunity for students to hone their research, public speaking and presentation skills- helping to launch them into the rigorous Upper School public speaking program. As you read this, we are sure many of you are flooded with memories of your own time at the podium!
This winter’s 18 presentations centered around the theme of “Culture” and how it impacts every facet of life in a specific nation, country or area. Upper and Middle School English Teacher and Declamations Coordinator, Doreen Kopecky outlines the work that students put into researching and crafting their topics prior to their eventual presentation:
As part of a semester long journey that centered around inquiry-based learning, combined with traditional genre-based practice of interpreting a writing style and replicating it, students began the year uncovering the theme of "place" in literature. Students explored memoirs of eclectic people and places, such as the Pakistani memoir Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat. Upon reading and discussing this book, they discovered the similarities and differences in childhoods worlds apart. Using round-table discussions, journal writing, brainstorming, questioning, and researching, students made there way to other world venues to connect place and experience to understand why people "write about what they write about.
After countless hours of research and numerous drafts, students donned their “Formal Friday” best and presented what they had learned in front of their family and peers. These Chase Kids exemplified poise and grace under pressure, and provided listeners with a unique overview of the culture of their choice.
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