Identifying Ions

The grade 9 TOPS science class is back with another laboratory experiment. This time, they’re super sleuths testing for the presence of chloride, sulfate, and iron (III) ions. By combining unknown solutions with known ones, students can determine the identity of the mystery ion based on its reaction, or lack thereof. Will this solution stay clear, turn white, or turn …

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Mastering Memoirs

Recently, the TOPS Grade 9 English class took a look at memoirs in preparation for writing their own. The class annotated and had an in-depth discussion about famous memoirs, including Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, examining the tones, themes, figurative language, etc. of successful authors.

Film Insights

As the TOPS Grade 9 English class entered their Literary Analysis unit, students watched William A. Wellman’s 1943 western drama “The Ox-Bow Incident.” The class was tasked with noting down connections, film techniques such as foreshadowing and conflict, and other insights based on details in the movie. Following this assignment, the class discussed themes, character development, and other elements of …

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Circuit Creation

Circuits are essential parts of our day-to-day lives. This week, the TOPS Grade 9 science class continued their electricity unit by recording voltage and current during a parallel circuit lab. Students gathered themselves into small groups and were given equipment to build a parallel circuit. The class was then tasked to measure the voltage and current with voltmeters and ammeters.