Level 3+ opportunities Some Level 3+ opportunities will be associated with specific assignments/assessments. Others, like those listed below, are associated with general 7th grade units or relevant topics.
These Level 3+ opportunities can only be turned in if all other work for the quarter has been turned in. (They are not a substitute for assigned curricular expectations.)
Is there a topic of interest that you would like to demonstrate higher order thinking with that is related to something we've been studying? Don't hesitate to ask if it would be appropriate for a Level 3+. (Please ask before beginning if you want credit. I have to be able to link it to a unit we've been studying and it must contain information that wouldn't already be covered.)
All work MUST include citations (bibliography) for credit. Credit is usually awarded at the end of the quarter.
7th grade Level 3+ opportunities (to be done during or after applicable unit, and before end of quarter):
Write a report/prepare a presentation telling how a current event relates to something we've studied in class but we haven't discussed the current event in class. Be sure to include the source/date of the current event.
Read the book or watch the movie, All Quiet on the Western Front (WWI), and share your reaction.
Do a biographical report or powerpoint about anyone on the "People" page of your WWI booklet. Include his/her effect on the war. Be sure to cite sources.
Read the book or watch the movie, War Horse. share your reaction about the war and/or tell how it
Compare (similarities and differences) Sgt. Alvin York of the US and Baron von Richtoven ("The Red Baron") of Germany. How did each contribute to their respective country's war effort?
Read the book or watch the movie, Inherit the Wind about the Scopes Monkey trial. Write your reaction or do a book/movie review. [Caveat: The movie is based on the book but was not created to be a faithful rendition of the book. It was using the book's premise to make a statement about the McCarthyism of the 50s. Still it may help to understand the concepts involved.]
Do a biographical report/iMovie/powerpoint on one of the personalities of the 20s. If you are doing a musician, find a way to incorporate his/her music into the iMovie. Cite sources.
People you may want to include:
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Read one of the books written in the '20s by one of the writers of this time period. Include a paper on how it helped you understand the times.
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis)
Research and report on the controversy surrounding the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby. Cite sources.
Do an anthology of your favorite poems of Langston Hughes. Include your reaction (positive/negative) to each poem telling how it reflects the times.
Read John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (or watch the movie). Write a review or a report on how it contributed to your understanding of the circumstances of those connected to the Dust Bowl in particular or the Great Depression in general.
Write a sequel chapter for Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.
Do a report on the capture and cryptanalysis of the Enigma machine
Do a report on the blitz of Coventry
Do a report on Dr. Seuss’ response to WWII
Read one of the following books and share your reaction:
Farewell to Manzanar (Japanese internment) A Boy at War (bombing of Pearl Harbor) Night (Holocaust) The Diary of Anne Frank (Holocaust) Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (the Atomic Bomb)