Category Archives: English 7&8

Freedom – Student Responses (4) Grade 7 & 8

Great job KS!

“Definition of freedom: 1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint; 2. absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

Freedom ids to know right from wrong. To be free and to do whatever you completely want is not really freedom. You have to know the boundaries and be respectful to everyone else’s freedom.

People take freedom for granted. I’m pretty sure that everyone does. We are so used to having so much when some people have so little. We have the freedom to drink clean water and buy food when others don’t. We take it for granted.”



Freedom – More from the Grade 7 & 8

“I think this quote almost represents what this world is about. Those of us living in places where we have freedom that we take for granted every day, and don’t even realize it. Take what happened in Boston. They never say it coming because they thought they were safe. The things that happened in Boston happen every day in Syria.” DV

“I think this quote means to be thankful for the freedom you have. As Canadians we take freedom for granted. We don’t really know how much freedom we actually have until we lose it.” AG

“Have you ever seen the movie “Free Willy”? It’s about a killer whale that’s forced to perform tricks and has little space to swim. But at the end someone brings him to the ocean and frees him so he can roam free with his friends.” BG



Freedom – More from the Grade 7 & 8

“One time when we went to the St. Vital mall, I had the freedom to buy whatever I wanted without asking my mom. I felt it was okay; I felt like I was free to buy whatever.” KD

“Liberty. The first thing that comes to mind is the Statue of Liberty. Yes she represents liberty, but maybe only in that country. Like some people do not have the right to liberty.” BB

“What this quote means to me is if you ever make a mistake you can try again to get it right. So you can learn from your mistakes.. Like I have done lots of stuff that I have messed up in ringette, badminton, volleyball and more sports, but I get right back up and try again to get it right.” BT

“I chose the quote from Pearl S. Buck because it really makes me think about how others in the world feel without freedom. It must be really hard to live somewhere where there is no right to talk to someone more important than you. And if they don’t like what you say, they can just kill you or imprison you.” KD

Freedom – Student Responses Grade 7 & 8

Here are some responses to our discussions of freedom:

“Being free is not only thinking about yourself, but to think of others’ freedom and respecting that. Freedom is not something that you can take for granted, and it has to be earned. Once you have freedom you can’t misuse it, because yes you are free, but you still have to follow rules, such as laws. If you are teenager with freedom, you must follow your parents rules.” TL

“This quote to me basically means that you can’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it anymore. And that we think we know what it would feel like not to be free, but the truth is we don’t. We will probably never know how it feels not to be free because where we live we are free. Its hard to try and feel something you never have felt.” RL

“You can’t have freedom till you have discovered your talents. So how can children that work all day discover what they are really good at when they have 50 lbs bags on their backs. One day, I would like for all of us to go on a trip and bring arts and crafts out there and show them how to have fun and have freedom. I would do anything for those children starving out there and give my time for them. My dream is that one day everyone will have freedom.” MS

“Sunday, April 21st, I volunteered in a soup kitchen. When I got there two men got into a humongous fight and it took 5 men to take down 1 man. So naturally I was very scared, but after I started feeding the people there was nothing to be scared of. My point is that these people have no freedom and they were still smiling away.” AA

How would you define freedom?

We have been discussing “freedom” in the Grade 7 & 8 class. We were very interested in the thoughts of people outside our classroom and especially the thoughts of people in other countries.

So, how would you define freedom? What is your favourite freedom quote?

Here are some quotes, a poem, and a video we discussed:

“For to be free is not to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (Nelson Mandela)

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” (John Adams)

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.” (Pearl S. Buck)

“Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.” (Anna Quindlen)

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” (Vernon Howard)

FREEDOM by Louis Dudek

My two dogs tied to a tree by a ten-foot leash kept howling and whining for an hour until I let them off.

Now they are lying quietly on the grass a few feet further from the tree

and they haven’t moved at all since I let them go.

Freedom may be only an idea but it’s a matter of principle even to a dog.

Video clip from Braveheart


Sure Hand

Seth Godin is a best selling author and a leading blogger. I have followed and enjoyed his blog for a number of years. This post really articulates the confidence that we would like to see in our children, into our students. This feeling of self-esteem can be only be developed over time by doing work that is meaningful and satisfying!

Enjoy Seth!

The Great Debaters – Grade 7 + 8 Debates

We will look at posting the debates either in whole or part online as a number of people have requested. I will be sending a permission form to parents early next week.

In preparation for our debates, we watched The Great Debaters, a movie with Denzel Washington. One of the students suggested that I post the following clip from the movie (about 1 minute long). I used the idea from this clip to talk about “Who’s the judge?” when it comes to their work in class – they are!