“Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble”…..and the seventh and eighth grades found the bard of Avon at Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern in a performance of Macbeth.  It was a preview for the seventh grade and a review for the eighth of one man’s destruction by his own overweening ambition.  The tale and lines came alive with new meaning on the stage. We groundlings did not have to stand but were afforded seats as were the noblemen in medieval times.  We exited with Malcolm, the new king, not to Scone for the coronation but to Atlanta’s iconic Varsity for hot dogs, red hats, and our journey home.  A good time was had by all.

The eighth grade have been writing about recurring themes in John Steinbeck, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Percy Bysshe Shelley as we prepare to begin the research paper.  Grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and vocabulary are reviewed in context of the text of proven writers.  Individual responsibility is emphasized as we ready for even greater independence next year in high school. This spring, they will read and then present scenes from Romeo and Juliet with the Shakespeare Workshop after working with the professional actors. Eighth grade has also written social notes, stories, and amusing poems for Mr. Rick each week as we prayed for his recovery. We anticipate the joyful strains of Lessons and Carols.

We continue to train our writer’s eye as we await the “streets of gold” to Advent provided by the ginko trees.  Ask your student to spell chrysanthemum, lagniappe, and tell you what they are. English is endlessly fascinating!

Jacqueline Warfel