Our signature education adventure!
Our Literacy Unit is an exciting highlight of each school year. At the end of February, our entire school beats the winter blues by embarking on a three week, cross-curricular, experiential learning journey that immerses students in a single topic of study.
This unique curricular addition broadens horizons, promotes tolerance, and engages students in unique subject matter and experiences tailored to their grade level. Each Literacy Unit features all-school study of the selected topic in core classroom subjects–English and Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Music–complemented by an educational assembly, specialized presentations, or a field trip sponsored by the Paris School Organization.
We are proud that our Literacy Unit adventures take learning to new heights for Paris School students of all ages! Literacy Unit topics are carefully chosen and implemented in rotation so that students will experience each unit just once during their K-8 years:
- Medieval Times
- Down on the Farm
- Outer Space
- Rainforest Adventure
- Native Americans
It is our intention to plant the seeds of learning and to spark interest in areas of study outside of the norm: our primary kids excitedly learn their spelling words in Swahili during our African Safari unit; our 3-5 graders graph the anatomy of a tsunami in Oceans; and Down on the Farm brings the science of genetics to our middle school learners.
At unit end, students in all grades present knowledge they have acquired at an all-school Culmination Assembly. These presentations may include musical arrangements, skits, quizzes, poems, stories, or readings that demonstrate topic learning. In addition, projects created during each Literacy Unit are displayed in our upper hallway during our Spaghetti Supper each March, creating a source of pride for our students and a trip through our learning adventure for more than 1,000 school guests who attend this event annually!