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Journey: Session 6, Week 7

We are finally here! The last and final week of session 2. What a session, and what an experience for all learners, and hopefully the parents too. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Let’s start off with Genre. I’ve been waiting to say this for a long time: We are finally finished with our speeches! It may only be a 5-minute speech, but there is so much more to it than that. Those speeches were filled with countless hours of research, writing, and practicing. We hope that, in some way, at least one of the learner’s speeches made an impact on you. I challenge you, the reader,  to pick your favorite speech, follow their call to action, and work on it over break!

Here are all of the steps we followed to create excellent speeches for the genre this session:

  • Step 1: Watch many famous speeches and take notes on all aspects (tagline, main points, delivery, etc.)

  • Step 2: Pick your topic and research!

  • Step 3: Write an introduction

  • Step 4: Pick a tagline and your three main points

  • Step 5: Write a closing and call to action

  • Step 6: Critique and revise (repeat this step as many times as you would like)

  • Step 7: Finishing touches and greenlight

  • Step 8: Present your speech and (hopefully) change the world!

Now for Quest! This week, everyone worked SO hard to finish up their cities. We worked in the morning, free time, afternoon, after school, at home, you name it! But finally, after hours of finishing up our cities, everything was complete, and we shared our beautiful masterpieces. Each city does not just represent a city we made. It represents the four weeks of research we did to get there, our ups and downs with our teams, countless hours worked at home, and the lessons we learned along the way. Our cities are visible proof of perseverance and hard work, and every single one of us is capable of doing that.

Here is a bit of a run-down of everything we did in the quest leading to our final city:

  • Step 1: Learning the basics of electricity

  • Step 2: Making circuits

  • Step 3: Using breadboards (my personal favorite!)

  • Step 4: Prep & Electricity bee (Repeat this step 6 times)

  • Step 5: Measuring volts, amps, and ohms

  • Step 6: More research about electricity components

  • Step 7: Plan the city

  • Step 8: Try your best to get along with your team and make things work!!

  • Step 9: Build for 100+ hours (Maybe just a little bit less)

  • Step 10: Present to all of the lovely parents

  • Step 11: Enjoy break! We deserved it!

Well, that concludes everything we did this week and throughout the entire session! We really accomplished so much in just seven weeks, and everyone deserves a lot of praise. We all worked through it, and I couldn’t be more proud of all the learners.

I had a blast writing the newsletter for all of you this session (I am Ava A), and Kalli will take over the next session. I hope to write for the newsletter again, but for now, thanks so very much for tuning in!!

“Give us the tools, and we’ll finish the job”

-Winston Churchhill

Happy Holidays! Enjoy your break!

Written by Journey learner

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