The new year has rolled in and the XIs are already hard at work, learning the ins and outs of their first year in the Upper School.
This fall the XIsD will be studying the Islamic age. The XIsJ will be learning about ancient China. Both groups will also be creating a series of timelines. One standard timeline includes the middle ages through modern era, and another features events from their studies. During the study of China, the XIsJ will make their own scrolls and work on their calligraphy.
Recently, the XIsJ have been learning about Eurasia–Europe and Asia–and the geography and topography of China. “We learned that Russia is in Eurasia,” said Benjamin Squires.
In the spring, both groups will be studying the Renaissance and creating their own portraits of various characters from that time period. They will also read the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
The most obvious change is, of course, the printing press. Even though learning the ways of the printing press is a challenge, this year’s XIs are perfectly equipped to handle it. The XIsD has already started the printing job, but the XIsJ have only learned about the complexities and dangers of the press.
The XIs are very excited for the responsibilities that come with being a member of the Upper School and for what the new year has to offer.