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Graphic Novels

Tue, November 07 2017 11:25 am

Greetings EQ Family!

As promised, we have a special entry from Detroit Leadership Academy Auburn! Today’s post feature’s Ms. Trager’s class during Champion Hour. Ms. Trager teaches 7th grade Graphic Novels. I had the opportunity to chat with several students about learning the world of graphic stories. Specifically, I spoke with two 7th grade girls named Faith and DeEmerald. They are both 12 years old and Detroit natives. These are their stories:

What do you like the most about Graphic Novels?

Faith:  I like the characters. It’s fun to pretend to be someone else.

DeEmerald: I like the animation. I really like to read, and this class is not hard.

What do you learn about during Champion Hour?

Faith: We learn about different anime stories. I like horror and scary movies, so this is fun. We are reading a story about a ghost and it’s interesting.

DeEmerald: Yeah, I like anime too. Last week we read about a girl who battled a monster. I like how Ms. Trager picks different stories I’ve never heard of.

How does a typical day go?

Faith: Ms. Trager passes out a story and we read it in class.

DeEmerald: We choose characters and act them out aloud. I usually choose main characters because I like acting. Sometimes, I’ll choose smaller parts if I’m tired.

If you could choose another topic for Champion Hour, what would it be?

Faith: Theatre! I’m afraid of big crowds but I would try directing.

DeEmerald:  I would like an acting class. I like musicals the best.


The girls were excited to share their passion for animation. The classroom buzzed with pupils talking about characters and different themes. I was humbled to join a group of girls as they made character assignments. I was also able to catch up with Ms. Trager to get her insight on Champion Hour. She shared: “I’m really happy the students are enjoying the comics. I’m working on providing more structure around the lessons and creating more time to build relationships. I want them to share their opinions with each other and build more community in the classroom.” Overall, Champion Hour seems to be a success! The students are learning new things as well as making new friendships. Thank you to all those involved in this interview. As always, see you in classroom!


DLA Virgil Garden Harvest

Thu, October 05 2017 08:00 am

On October 5th, 2017, students and staff participated in the First Annual Student Harvest at the DLA Elementary Gardens. 

In June, EQ staff planted a variety of starter plants, including roma and better boy tomatoes, basil, oregano, and jalapeno, serrano, tabasco, and ghost peppers.  The planting would expand over the summer to include American and Japanese eggplant and a pumpkin plant that has more than overgrown her small flower pot. 

Students who ranked highest on Classroom Dojo points were selected to participate in the harvest.  Approximately 30 lbs. of produce were picked, and students were allowed to select items to bring home. 

The gardens should be ready for another harvest in late fall, so students will once again get an opportunity to pick veggies and learn more about the gardening process.  Pumpkins will be ready to go in another week or so and will be awarded through a raffle, with students receiving raffle tickets based on scholarly behavior in school.