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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Thursday, 19 May, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Renaissance Researchers on the Loose!

For the last few weeks, students in the middle school have been honing their writing and research skills in the creation of Renaissance research papers. Topics of interest include accomplishments of the queens of England and Scotland, the importance of telescopes, changes in swords and armour, and the significance of clothing and hairstyles in demonstrating social class. As a culminating activity in June, students will have the opportunity to use their learning and knowledge to help them create booths for a fun-filled day of learning and entertainment with their own Renaissance Faire on campus.


For their papers, students have been using the Jane Schaffer model of writing. This model “includes an initial structured, organized, and logical method for novice and struggling writers K-12. That same method transforms into sophisticated weaving and syntactical techniques as students evolve in their writing abilities” (Schafer, 2016). Using this model as part of academic instruction prepares middle school students for the rigor of high school and college writing, and strong writers, in all fields and professions, are highly sought-after as leaders and employees.

If you have a middle schooler, ask him or her about his or her research topic. I bet you will find out something you didn’t know!  


Mrs. Raychel Lydon

Upper School Humanities Chair


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