5th Grade Class Performs 'Gilgamesh'

After learning the cultures and traditions of Sumerians, Mr. Trueblood’s 5th grade class did a play based on the story of Gilgamesh. 

The Epic of Gilgamesh comes from written accounts of an oral epic from Mesopotamia or Sumeria (modern Iraq and Syria) dates to between 2100-1400 BCE. It is the first known written epic and predates the written bible significantly.

It is the tale of a semi-mythical king, Gilgamesh of Uruk, who angers the gods and is sent a challenger in the form of the wild horned man, Enkidu. Gilgamesh and Enkidu become friends, rule Uruk together and have many adventures together until they upset the gods again and Enkidu dies. . It is a tale of heroic friendship, sacrifice and perseverance that holds within it many of the seeds for other stories that have been told throughout the world over time.

As they learned their lines, through in-school recitation and individual memorization, they began to develop pictures of their characters. These were then drawn and written into Main Lesson books and used as a starting point for the costumes. With the valuable help of costume designer and parent Kim Black, the children crafted crowns, thrones and scepters that illuminated their roles. 

Finally, the costumes, set and words were put together in a living form in the 5th Grade classroom for a series of intimate performances.  

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8th Grade Presentations 

In February, the EWS 8th grade class displayed an incredible amount of creativity and handwork during their project presentations. Photography, music composition and building a go-cart were just a few of the phenomenal topics presented. 

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Each year the EWS eighth grade students are given the opportunity to do a project based on a favorite curriculum subject or a particular area of personal interest. With the guidance of their teacher Malina Stoychev and a mentor, each student researched and wrote an essay on their project.  All students created a presentation board, and some chose to do a deeper research using material and tangible items. 

Some of the students began working on their projects at the beginning of the school year, and some chose as early as the beginning of summer. Starting early gave them the chance to explore other options if there was dissatisfaction with their topic. Each student was expected to work on their project consistently each week to strengthen their endurance, time management, and organizational skills. 

The students’ projects were displayed in the high school for the EWS community to view. Each student gave a brief oral explanation or a small demonstration. They also gave thanks to their teacher Malina Stoychev, parents and mentors for all their support and guidance. 

“As students enter adolescence, they need to learn from adults who are specialists and have mastery of the subject they are teaching. This reflects the students developing capacities to think, reason, be critical, and judge. They are developing relationships and interests in the world that need to go deeper,” said Malina Stoychev.

Stoychev also expressed how proud she was of her students for the passion shown in each of their projects. 

Congratulations to the 8th grade class for doing an excellent job with their presentations!!

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