A film director asked Roosevelt Intermediate School students questions documentary-style.
Monday, July 2, 2012
A group of Westfield students had the opportunity to experience the publishing industry first-hand in New York City in June. Penguin Classics book publishers hosted in their SoHo offices six Roosevelt Intermediate School students from Mr. Kalafat's 8th-grade Language Arts classes for a day of filming. “Penguin is creating a new eBook version of the John Steinbeck classic "Of Mice and Men" and has been contemplating ways to enhance the educator edition of the e-novel,” explained Kalafat. “Penguin felt that students discussing the themes of the novel and their reactions to those themes would be a good way to show how the book could be used in the classroom,” he added. Why Westfield students? Penguin took notice of a New York Times article …
Eighth-graders from Roosevelt Intermediate School will travel to Cedarbrook K8 Center Plainfield to discuss John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men.'
The theme of the American Dream in literature is one that transcends social and economic barriers, making it an ideal topic for discussion. At Roosevelt Intermediate School, approximately 65 eighth graders in Language Arts teacher Matthew Kalafat's classes are discussing the American Dream; both their vision of it as well as the way it is presented in John Steinbeck's classic novel 'Of Mice and Men.' While examining this work of literature and all its themes is nothing new, this year the classes have expanded their literacy circles beyond their four walls. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the students will travel to Cedarbrook K8 Center in Plainfield to discuss the novel with their counterparts. The brainchild of Roosevelt Assistant Principal Derrick…