I teach middle school Lang Arts and will probably also be teachnig an elective this fall. The topic is up to me.
The class will be 7th and 8th grade boys. For the most part, these guys have short attention spans, play video games and don’t really like to read. What they do read is sci fi; they love alien battles :p.
I want to raise the bar and challenge them, but still do something they would find interesting and enjoy. Last year when we read In Freedom’s Cause, I had them do presentations on medieval weapons and most of them did a really good job.
So . . . my first thought was something war related - WWII battles, warfare, battles in the Pacific etc. I want to incorporate composition, public speaking, Geography, map skills, research etc. (gosh, I’m getting really excited thinking about this!!)
Anyhow, does anyone have suggestions for other units boys would like or good things to include related to war, warfare etc?