We have been working with the very complicated poetry of the Baroque period. It is known for its many references to ancient mythology and works of scholars. It took some doing but we were able to discuss several poems of the era. We discussed the work from Luis de Góngora and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Ms. Rivera

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We finished reading the adaptation of Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra. We were able to distinguish a man of high principles who was out of his time and who lost touch with reality. This is seen in the well-known scene where Don Quijote goes to fight giants in honor of his lady Dulcinea. The words of his friend Sancho Panza fall on deaf ears because nothing was going to stop him from fighting the horrible giants that were “destroying” the land. When he was thrown back by the blades of the windmills and got hurt, his friend Sancho told him: “You see, I told you they were windmills.” To which Don Quijote replied that a magician had changed them. The real world around him saw a crazy man, while he saw himself as a hero, an errant knight.
Ms. Rivera

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As we continue to emphasize the spoken language, we have revisited our vocabulary and added new words to our repertoire in order to give and request personal data. We had a lot of fun as we made skits of situations in which we introduced ourselves and asked for information of others. We also made a project that dealt with the activities we like to do, depending on the seasons. The students who are very good at communications excelled in the skits, while others excelled in their very creative projects.
Ms. Rivera

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We are now reading an adaptation of Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra. We are exploring what happens when a man that lives in a fantasy world is confronted by the harsh reality of his surroundings. This masterpiece of literature is sure to bring some laughs, and some tears, to anyone who reads it.
Ms. Rivera

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We have continued with the spoken language. We are now concentrating on giving and getting directions in getting from point A to point B. We are also studying commands, because they are most used in this task. We have set  “scavenger hunts” around the school, following directions backwards and forwards finding the beginning point or end point of our directions. It’s been lots of fun.
Ms. Rivera

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We have continued to study the literature from the Spanish Golden Age. We dedicated some time to Maria Zayas y Sotomayor who until recently had been excluded from the Spanish Literature cannon, or “must read” writers. During her time, writers wrote about the knight in shining armor and the damsel in distress. She put a different spin in her heroines and heroes. She wrote of women that were daring, clever, and at times deceiving. She wrote of men that were not gentlemen, who were foolish and dim-witted. We can understand why her writing was excluded for so long.
Ms. Rivera

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We have chosen to put it all together. We are emphasizing speaking in real life situations. During this month we practiced different situations and phrases used for the greetings and farewells, introductions and descriptions of people and things. We practiced whether you are talking to one or more person, whether you spoke to people you are familiar with or not. It’s been great to use the language we have been learning for so long.
Ms. Rivera

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In 8th grade we looked at the book of Esther a story of providence. We learned to view God as our provider, watchmen and protector. We also watched the movie One Night with a King. We had fun comparing the book with the movie.
Mr. Lopez

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In 7th grade we tackled the need for orderliness. In our young peoples culture there is a huge lack of structure. We stared with organizing our Environment then our time and finally our relationships. A little order goes a long way.
Mr. Lopez

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In My 6th Grade class we have been talking about spiritual warfare, our enemy the devil and overcoming temptation. The 6th grade class has been really receptive and intrigued by the topic.
Mr. Lopez

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