Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year: Updated Behavioral Plan

Happy New Year!!!!

Hope everyone is feeling well rested and ready to embark on the second half of our educational journey through US/World History. There have been a few updates to our class rules and procedures that all parents/guardians should be aware of as we move forward into 2017.

Updated Behavioral Plan:

Some modifications have been made to our previous behavioral plan. The following is a short summary of how it will be implemented. If anyone has any questions or concerns feel free to email.
  • DOJO is Back - students recieve 1 point (negative or positive) per day based on behavior. A negative point can be given for the following:
    • Disruption
    • Not following directions
    • Talking out of turn
  • Positive points are given for:
    • Displaying JIF
    • Leadership
    • Excellent Work
  • Warnings - students receive warning if they earn under a 75% for their weekly behavior grade (points total/# of days)
    • Three warning (three weeks) = referral.
    • Parents are notified for each warning (email home)
  • Bucks during independent time - students will be handed out bucks towards their flex group 
    • @ least 1 per class.
  • Computers - back to using them in class under certain conditions.
    • Immediate warning and then referral for students abusing computers.
      • Youtube - all headphone contracts terminated
      • All games
      • Inappropriate google searches

Monday, December 5, 2016

7th & 8th Grade Agenda 12/5

Completing our Science Prompt



In an effort to meet PGCPS standards for our common core writing class we will spend this week working towards the completion of our Science writing prompt. Over the past two months the students have worked tirelessly learning concepts such as unlocking the prompt, coding, and C.E.R's. Now is the time to put our skills to the test and turn in our first full scale essay by Christmas break!!!

Weekly Goals & Agenda

  1. Monday - Read the article for the first time and practice the Get the Gist strategy
    • New seats
    • Students will be given out roles and complete activity in small groups
  2. Tuesday - PSAT Test
    • All 8th graders will be taking the PSAT from 8:30 - 11:30 am
    • 7th graders will present their annotations
  3. Wednesday - Students will code analyze the author's argument.
    • Report, evaluate, gather, synthesize, and comprehend information
    • Identify three main reasons (claim), evidence, and reasoning.
    • Write thesis.
  4. Thursday - Finish organizer and begin essay outline.
  5. Friday - Students begin their rough drafts using the outline from Thursday

Homework

  • Annotations due Tuesday or Wednesday (PSAT)
  • Argument Graphic Organizer due Friday

Monday, November 28, 2016

8th Grade Agenda 11/28

New Unit: Writing


  • Writing Our Science Essay - unit focuses on writing as a scientist. The students will learn how to construct an analytical essay by using the C.E.R. method they have been practicing across the disciplines.

Weekly Goals & Agenda

  1. Monday - Mapping out the events of the Cold War.
    • Focus on the Berlin Airlift and the Nuclear Arms Race.
  2. Tuesday - Finish our investigative reports from last week
    • Students were to investigate a murder (fictional)
    • They explore the C.E.R. process with a graphic organizer
    • They use the information from their organizer to create a report as if they were a real detective solving a case.
  3. Wednesday - The difference between Primary and Secondary Sources
    • Students learn how to distinguish between the two.
    • They learn how to analyze a primary source document.
  4. Thursday - Intro to Science Essay prompt.
    • Students unlock the prompt.
    • Implement coding strategies as they read.
  5. Friday - Truman decision in Korea.

Homework

  • Letter from Berlin Due 11/30
  • Unlock the Science Prompt Due 12/2
  • Primary v. Secondary WS Due 12/2


7th Grade Agenda 11/28

New Units: Social Studies and Writing

  1. Causes of WWI
  2. Writing our Science Essay

Weekly goals and agenda...

  1. Monday - Finishing our investigative reports from last week
    • Students were to investigate a murder (fictional)
    • They explore the C.E.R. process with a graphic organizer
    • They use the information from their organizer to create a report as if they were a real detective solving a case.
  2. Tuesday - Nationalism, Imperialism, and Militarism?
  3. Wednesday - Competition and the Scramble for Africa
  4. Thursday - Intro to Science Essay prompt.
    • Students unlock the prompt.
    • Implement coding strategies as they read.
  5. Friday - The aftermath in Africa

Homework 

  • What is nationalism - Edmodo HW due 12/2
  • African Imperialism HW due 12/2
  • Unlock the prompt & Coding due 12/2

Thursday, November 3, 2016

7th Grade Vocabulary

The following are terms needed for the 7th Grade Spanish American War Webquest!!!!

  1. Cruiser - one of a class of warships of medium tonnage, designed for high speed and a long cruising radius.
  2. Battleship - any of a class of warships that are the most heavily armored and one equipped with the most powerful armament.
  3. Blockade - the isolating of a place, especially a harbor, or a part of a coast, by hostile ships or troops, by preventing entrance or exit.
  4. Admiral George Dewey - U.S. Admiral who defeated the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War; He became a war hero and “Dewey products” began to be sold in stores across the United States.
  5. Rough Riders - the members of a volunteer regiment of the U.S. Calvary organized chiefly by Teddy Roosevelt for service in the Spanish-American War.
  6. Leathernecks - a U.S. Marine 
  7. Doughboys - a U.S. infantryman
  8. Infantryman - a soldier or military unit that fights on foot with bayonets, rifles, machine guns, grenades, and mortars.
  9. Calvary - a member of a military force composed of troops who serve on horseback.
  10. Kiag Gun - an updated rifle that was lighter in weight and smoked less than other rifles. Used by the Rough Riders.

In order to complete your frayer model assignment for task #2 find the terms you need and complete a quick google search to learn more.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Weekly Class Spotlight

8th Grade Social Studies:

  1. Identify the reasons for the Collapse of the British Empire.
  2. Make the connection between the rise and the fall of the British Empire. 
Assignment Information:
  • Students will write a letter to the President where they explain what the United States today can learn from the British Empire of the last century.
    • Policing the world
    • Overextensions
    • Protecting smaller nations
    • Economic interests
  • Assignment details can be found in Edmodo Newsfeed
  • Students can use Appendix M (handout) for assistance.
  • DUE FRIDAY 10/21

7th Grade Social Studies:

  1. Identify the reasons for why the US became involved in the Cuban revolution against Spain.
  2. Distinguish between what is a fact and what is an opinion.
  3. Analyze the effects of yellow journalism on public opinion.
Assignment Information:
  • Hearst and Pulitzer Cornell Notes DUE WEDNESDAY
    • Classwork assignment to be finished @ home
    • Assignment details can be found in Edmodo Folder
  • Annotations for Cuban War of Independence DUE WEDNESDAY
    • Classwork assignment to be finished @ home
    • Assignment details can be found in Edmodo Folder
  • Political Cartoons (extension provided for those that needed extra help) DUE WEDNESDAY
    • Classwork assignment to be finished @ home
    • Assignment details can be found in Edmodo Newsfeed
  • Peer Evaluation of Political Cartoon DUE FRIDAY
    • Classwork assignment to be finished @ home
    • Assignment details can be found in Edmodo Newsfeed

Monday, October 10, 2016

Weekly Class Spotlight

8th Grade Social Studies:

  1. Analyze the crumbling relationship between the British Empire and the Indian population.
  2. Compare the Indian Revolution to that of the 13 colonies.
  3. Focus our attention on the accomplishments of Mohandas Gandhi and how his example has inspired others throughout history.

Assignment Information:

  • Finish watching our Gandhi Movie this Friday and turn in both:
    • Cornell Notes
    • India Independence Timelines
  • Make sure if students are working on timelines at home that they are saving their work (the website does not automatically save anything).
  • Students should begin preparing for an end of the quarter test planned for next week.
    • Start reviewing notes, vocabulary, and slides from previous lessons.
    • Remember that they can access on Edmodo.



7th Grade Social Studies:

  1. Analyze the influence that the media had on public opinion in the early 20th century.
  2. Discuss the achievements made in journalism between Pulitzer and Hearst.
  3. Create a newspaper that depicts the events of the Spanish American War.

Assignment Information:

  • Frayer Model assignment due Tonight
  • Create your own Political Cartoon due Friday (school)
  • Begin working on the Newspaper Wars Cornell Notes sheet.
  • Finish watching the Newspaper Wars Monday