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The Book Arts Treasure Chest Visits Language Arts Classroom

In December, Language Arts teacher Andrea Seminario hosted an in-school field trip from the University of Utah.  Jazmin Gallegos, a K-12 Education Specialist at the J. Willard Marriott Library, brought into the classroom The Book Arts Treasure Chest, which showcases rare books and facsimiles as examples that students viewed and handled.  Students learned how books originated and were presented with a historical timeline.  Ms. Gallegos guided students in making their own book relating to their current curriculum.  Students learned a lot and loved making their books. It was an amazing experience!

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The Book Arts Treasure Chest Visits Language Arts Classroom


Language Arts Students Visit the University of Utah

Language Arts teachers Angela Elegante, Bree Strong, and Nathan Tanner took 90 students on a field trip to the University of Utah. The students were exposed to a college environment through interactions with college students and by visiting various departments. In the Physics Department, students participated in a lab exploring heat and energy. Students visited an engineering class and learned about robotics.  Students excitedly maneuvered motorized balls through an obstacle course.  Many students commented that this was the highlight of the field trip! Students also witnessed 3-D printing in action and viewed a 3-D display of objects ranging from a vase to a working model of a hand. Northwest students learned a college campus is a big place and walked over two miles.  More than one student commented that their legs were tired! Students and staff were treated to pizza from The Pie courtesy of LEAP.  LEAP is a two-semester course that enables new students to transition more confidently to college. Sponsoring middle school field trips is part of their community outreach. Northwest Language Arts students have been taking this field trip for ten years. The field trip is to raise awareness of what college is about and to explore the various learning experiences that are available.

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Language Arts students visit University of Utah


Author Camron Wright Visits Northwest Middle School 

Language Arts teacher Jason Miller hosted guest author, Camron Wright, in October.  Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He attended Westminster College earning a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations. Several of Mr. Wright’s books have won numerous awards.  His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. The Rent Collector, won best novel of the year from the Whitney Award while The Orphan Keeper won 2016 Book of the Year.   Mr. Wright discussed with students  what makes a great reader and writer.  He also left students with advice on having a happy and successful life.  Mr. Wright lives with his family just south of Salt Lake City.

Author Camron Wright Visits Northwest Middle School


Language Arts Students Make Sugar Skulls and Write Stories

Language Arts teacher Andrea Seminario and her students explored the differences and similarities between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos by writing compare and contrast essays. Ms. Seminario helped the students create Sugar Skulls out of sugar, meringue powder, and water.  Students were required to think of a theme and then creatively decorated their skulls and wrote short stories about them.  This activity allowed students to review text structures as well.  Students’ projects were judged on creativity.  

 

Language Arts Students Make Sugar Skulls and Write Stories

 

 

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