Students work collaboratively on the theme of location to create a specific island/ planet which offers unlimited opportunities to imagine and create. Multidisciplinary lessons are prepared according to the French Ministry of Education curriculum and answer the specific needs of the students in the class. The unit is comprised of language lessons, visual arts, science, math and social studies. This year-long project makes up approximately two hours of the weekly schedule.
Students receive writing instruction in French and English based on the readers’/writers’ workshop model. During the writing workshop, students are invited to live, work, and learn as writers. They observe the world with writers’ eyes while collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing well-crafted narrative and expository texts. Students receive direct instruction on specific skills in the form of class mini-lessons. Students write, applying the skills and strategies they have learned to their own writing projects. Feedback is given through one-to-one conferences and small group instruction. Each thematic unit culminates with a celebratory publishing party.