May 19

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19-20, 2020

Good morning students,

Thank you for all of you for working hard on your projects and turning them in. The Animal Farm Interpretation projects were outstanding! – many connections and scenarios were shown with the plot of Animal Farm and The Russian Revolution Historical event. During this project, you were able to truly understand Orwell’s purpose for writing Animal Farm, – creating an allegory with the use of satire.

1st- 3rd Period – For today’s lesson I want you to:

  • Reflect on this year what has it meant to you. Check out my reflection below to help you think about this year.
  • You may watch Animal Farm (see link below).
    • Compare and contrast events from the movie to the book
  • Animal Farm Movie 
  • Make sure you turn in your project if you did not yesterday!

 

4th and 5th Period -For today’s lesson: 

  • Reflect on this year what has it meant to you. Check out my reflection below to help you think about this year.
  • You may watch Freak The Mighty (see link below).
    • Compare and Contrast events from the movie to the book
  • Freak The Mighty Movie
  • Make sure you turn in your project in if you did not yesterday!

 

End of Year Reflection

End of Year Reflection

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Mr. Hince – My overall Reflection of this year:

Wow! – Another year down! None of us will forget this year, the year where we went into digital learning days and social distancing. Not only do we learn so much at school, but we also build and maintain those relationships and friendships, – those little things that were taken for granted.  Last Wednesday, May 13th was the first time I walked into the building in exactly two months (since March 13th when we left). It was so good to see my classroom but after hearing the 8:50 AM bell it made me sad knowing that I wouldn’t be seeing all of you walking down to the 7th grade wing. As I sit here typing I think about all the things I missed from going into work and seeing you guys.  Here is a list of things I missed:

  1. Homeroom -I missed doing favorite t-shirt Wednesday, stamping your agendas on Fridays, as well as going out for field day. I miss signing your agendas in the morning for a hall pass, and greeting you in the hallway.
  2. I missed seeing all of you thrive, and succeed, and improve in person.
  3. I missed seeing your hard work and dedication, in the classroom
  4. I miss us problem solving together to find the best solution
  5. I missed  seeing you improve your RI and getting excited about how much you improved from the beginning of the year
  6. I missed seeing you work as a group and team. I had planned working on group projects in late March!
  7. I missed hearing your politeness, and kind words of appreciation after every class period
  8. I missed you getting the chance to dunk me in the water at field day!
  9. I missed Fresh Air Friday at school
  10. I missed seeing you leave for the day by the clinic, some of us are creatures of habit- “hasta la vista”
  11. I missed taking you down to the library for book check-out
  12. 4th period I missed taking you down to lunch
  13. 5th Period I missed taking you down to connections
  14. I missed out on teaching Animal Farm in person and Freak The Mighty in person
  15. I miss how we didn’t get to finish The Outsiders movie (I had planned to watch it as a way to renew yourselves mentally during milestone week).
  16. Teaching poetry and figurative language with songs in the classroom
  17.  I missed having lunch on the lawn
  18. I missed seeing my colleagues
  19. I am going to miss signing your yearbook
  20. Most importantly, I missed seeing y’all!

Although I missed a lot of things I also enjoyed teaching you these, stories, books, ideas, and learning strategies:

  1. Monsters are Due on Maple Street,
  2. The Outsiders
  3. Nothing Gold Can Stay
  4. The Lottery,
  5. The Wave,
  6. What Would You Do Scenarios with Principles and the cost/benefit analysis of a choice
  7. Why do People Follow the Crowd and Herd Behavior
  8. , Irony
  9.  The 5 things- plot, character, conflict theme, setting… yes these are the 5 things!
  10. The Giving Tree
  11. Signposts,
  12. Reading biographies and non-fiction,
  13. Analyzing how people overcome adversity with biographies
  14. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  15. Man In The Mirror
  16. Drawing to Remember -Sketch noting + written note taking
  17.  Introducing membean
  18. Allegories
  19. Satire
  20. Fan-N-Pick and Will The Winners Win?
  21. Strategic Reading Strategies
  22. Animal Farm online
  23. Freak The Mighty online
  24. Learning how to teach online!

This year posed many challenges for all of us. As you know we are going through a complete paradigm shift within the whole world with our sanitation, and cleanliness methods. With that being said, here are things I am proud of you for accomplishing:

1. I am most proud of you for adapting so well to digital learning! One thing you already have under your belt is a key life skill – resiliency. When the times got tough, you got even tougher.

2. Effective communication during digital learning days. Even when problems arose you emailed me letting me know and worked together to find the solution (think win-win, and synergized). Furthermore, so many of you were so kind, caring, and appreciative in your emails to me (putting deposits into your Personal Bank Account).

3. You became more independent!- Remember how we read “Get in The Habit” with the 7 Habits? and we read, analyzed, and listened to ” Man in the Mirror lyrics? Those words are true from what Covey and Jackson said: if you want to change the world you have to start with yourself  (inside out) or the man in the mirror.

4. You branched out and tried something new! – You used habit 3 Put First Things First and Habit 7 Sharpen The Saw/Renewal constantly during the digital learning days. In Habit 3, Covey talks about achieving your goals that you want to accomplish (from habit 2: begin with the end in mind). This requires you to be in the courage zone! by doing things you aren’t quite comfortable with (in the comfort zone). Furthermore, you were able to renew yourself by reflecting more often about life, taking a walk in the neighborhood, playing a board game with family, completing a puzzle, or learning new skills.

 

I hope you have a safe and healthy summer! I hope to see you in the fall! I appreciate all of your hard work this year!

As I close out the school year, I wish you all the best in the future and …Oh the Places You Go!

Let me know you have any questions, or concerns.As always, I am here for you.

Mr. Hince

 

May 18

Monday, May 18, 2020

Animal Farm- Interpretation Project Turn-In – Turn in what you have by tonight at 11:59 PM

It must be turned in BEFORE Tuesday, 5/19

 

Pandemic Project – Turn in by tonight at 11:59 PM 

Use the two forms below to turn in both portions (choice board and double entry journals). If you are having trouble with turning it in please email it to me. Thanks! – I hope you have a great day!

(2020) Pandemic Double Entry Journal

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May 15

Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15, 2020

Animal Farm Interpretation Project

  • Continue where you have left off. You should be getting to the final tasks by today, Friday, and Monday. You will turn your project in Monday by 11:59pm
  • Some of you have been asking if you can use your own PowerPoint and that is fine. Just make sure you follow the original template and guide.

Pandemic Project

  • Read an article and complete one double entry journal for each day
  • Today and tomorrow you should be finishing up choice 2 and starting on your third choice. If you are working on all of them a little bit at a time that is a good way to do it.
  • I have had many creative ideas so far!
  • You will turn in your pandemic project, Monday at 11:59. If you are ready to turn it in, please refer to Monday’s blog

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am here for you.

Mr. Hince

May 13

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Good afternoon parents and students,

This is what you should have completed by the end of the day.

1st -3rd Period Animal Farm Interpretation Project:

  1. Should be finishing up task 2-3 of the Animal Farm Interpretation Project.
  2. Some of you were asking if you could do your own PowerPoint – Yes that perfectly fine; however, you MUST have all the same guidelines

 

4th and 5th Period/ Pandemic Project

  1. Read and Completed one of the double -entry journal articles.
  2. Should be finishing up 1 of 3 of your choices and started the second choice. Tomorrow you should be finishing up or close to finishing up choice 2
    1. If you are not at that pace above – that is okay! remember this is a keepsake for you and your family years from now. Get creative with it! – some people have emailed me asking for permission to make their project in a creative way (other than a powerpoint) that is great! – just make sure you check with me before starting your idea.
  3. As always, let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments ! I am here for you.
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May 12

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 -1st -3rd

1. Continue working on your Animal Farm interpretation project or pandemic project- whichever you choose

 

4th and 5th period -May 12, 2020

Today’s checklist:

1. Read and complete one double entry journal article and reflection

2. Start working on 1 of 3 of your pandemic activities. Some you may have to do day by day

3. You should have 1 activity completed by the end of tomorrow

4. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am here for you

Mr. Hince

 

May 11

Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020 –  1st- 3rd Period

Animal Farm Interpretation Summative Project 

OR

You may work on what 4th and 5th period is working on – Pandemic Project (see 4th and 5th period))

Objective: I CAN interpret the meaning of characters, events, places, objects, and ideas in an allegory.

You will spend your remaining digital learning days working on this project.  To make it simple, we have created a PowerPoint template for you to use.  Once you have saved a copy of the template, all you will need to do is fill in the required information and design your slides.

There are 9 tasks for this project.   Please divide them up over 5 Digital Learning days.

You project is due BEFORE Tuesday, 5/19.

Resources You May Need

Task 1: Save a copy of the PowerPoint Template to your OneDrive/365

  1. Click HERE to open document

 

 

  1. Save it to your OneDrive/365.
  • You should now be able to edit your own copy.

Task 2: Complete Title Slide

  1. Add your name and class period

Task 3: Complete Section 1: My Interpretation of Characters

  1. Go to Slide 3 and review the example that has been completed for you.
  2. Complete Slides 3-4
    • 7 required characters
    • Select 3 additional characters of your choice. (See chart below)
Required Characters Choose 3 Additional
1.       Mr. Jones (completed for you)

2.       Old Major

3.       Napoleon

4.       Snowball

5.       Squealer

6.       Mr. Frederick

7.       Mr. Pilkington

 

8.       Boxer

9.       Mollie

10.   Moses

11.   Clover

12.   Benjamin

13.   The Sheep

14.   The Hens

15.   The Dogs

16.   The Pigeons

17.   Minimus

18.   Muriel

19.   Mr. Whymper

 

Task 4: Complete Section 2: My Interpretation of Places – Objects – Concepts

  1. Go to Slide 6 & 7 and review the examples that has been completed for you.
  2. Complete Slides 6-7
    • 4 required places, objects, concepts.
    • Select 3 additional places, objects, concepts (See chart below)
Required Places – Objects – Concepts Choose 3 Additional
1.       Animal Farm (Already completed for you)

2.       Foxwood Farm

3.       Pinchfield Farm

4.       Animalism

 

1.       Man vs. Pigs (2 Legs vs 4 Legs)

2.       Ribbons

3.       Alcohol

4.       Milk/Apples

5.       Ace of Spades

6.       The Barn

7.       Sugar Candy Mountain (Moses)

8.       7 Commandments

9.       The Windmill

10.   Paintbrush/White Paint

11.   Animal Farm Flag

12.   Beasts of England

13.   The Red Lion Inn

14.   Willingdon

Task 5. Complete Section 3: My Interpretation of Events.

  1. Review Slides 9-20. The fictional events have been completed for you.  (See chart below)
  2. Complete slides 9-20 with your interpretation of each event.
    1. Use 2-4 well-developed sentences showing your interpretation of each event.

 

Required Events
1. The animals live on Manor Farm under the leadership of Mr. Jones, who is often cruel and neglects the animals.  Old Major gives his speech and introduces “Beasts of England”.  This unites the animals behind the principles of animalism: Man is the enemy, ALL animals are equal, and they must rebel. ​

Old Major dies shortly after.

 

2. Mr. Jones, who is drunk once again, neglects to feed and care for the animals.  This leads to the expulsion of Jones from Manor Farm.   Moses and his talk of Sugar Candy Mountain also leave.  ​

The animals take over, rename it Animal Farm and implement the 7 Commandments​

 

3. The Battle of Cowshed is fought in October.  Snowball is declared a hero. ​

 

4. Napoleon and Snowball compete for power.  Napoleon urinates on Snowball’s Windmill plans.  Snowball is eventually chased off the farm by Napoleon’s dogs.

 

RECURRING: Squealer gives multiple speeches to ‘explain’ the contradictory actions of Napoleon and the pigs.  He also corrects the animals ‘misunderstanding’ of history and the commandments.  Squealer makes sure to always place blame on a ‘scapegoat’.​

 

RECURRING: Napoleon announces plans for the building of the windmill.  It is eventually destroyed, but they make a new plan to rebuild, and the process keeps going.  The animals continue to work harder under harsh conditions.  Rations are reduced, and they experience food shortages and starvation.

 

5. It is announced that the Hens will have to surrender their eggs.  The Hens rebel. Napoleon forbids any animal to feed them.  Nine hens die and are forced to give up their rebellion.  ​

6. Under the leadership of Napoleon, all ‘traitors’ are executed by the dogs.  This results in the death of four pigs, three hens, goose and sheep. ​

7. Napoleon makes a secret deal with Frederick even though he is rumored to be extremely cruel to his animals, to the point of starvation and even using a furnace.   Napoleon soon discovers that Frederick has double-crossed him by using fake money.

 

8. Frederick and his followers invade Animal Farm and the Battle of Windmill begins.  Animal Farm suffers great losses, but ultimately declares victory.  ​

9. Boxer continues to work harder until he is badly injured.  The ‘pigs’ betray Boxer when they sell him to the knacker to be slaughtered.  The ‘pigs’ take their profit and use it for another case of ‘alcohol.’

 

10. The pigs begin walking on 2 legs and have the Final Feast with Mr. Pilkington.  They make a toast (using alcohol).  Both Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington play an Ace of Spades simultaneously, which leads to conflict. The animals look on, but have difficulty seeing the difference between the pigs and the humans.

 

 

Task 6: Complete Section 4: Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

  1. Go to Slide 21.
  2. Answer the question based on your reading of Animal Farm.
    • Your response should be 4-5 well-developed sentences.

Task 7: Proofread each of your slides. 

  1. Revise/Edit as necessary.
  • TIP: It helps to look at it a few times.

Task 8: Design your slides

  1. Click on Design -> Click on Slide Designer to find suggestions on how to design your slides.
  2. Add 2-3 images to your Section Introduction Slides: #2, 5, 8, 21
  3. If you have time remaining, add additional images and personalize/design your slides as much as you want!

Task 9: Upload your completed project using the form below. 

It must be turned in BEFORE Tuesday, 5/19

LINK to FORM – THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL TURN IN YOUR PROJECT

 

Monday, May 11, 2020 – 4th and 5th Periods

This is what you will work on the rest of the school year. Use the daily checklist as a way to check yourself off!

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Watch and follow Part 1 and 2 Video Lessons
  2. Choose your 3 Activities you plan to complete
  3. Familiarize yourself with the links (see more information below)
  4. Complete one Pandemic journal double entry journal entry

 

  1. Watch video lessons Part 1 and Part 2
  2. Pandemic-Articles-Double-Entry-Journal –  – Each day pick and read one article and complete a short reflection using the 3 Big Questions or your personal thoughts – see word document
    1. Page 1 – consists of the three big questions, the link to the articles,  and some reflective questions.  Page 2 has the double entry journal for you to write on.
    2. Pandemic Articles Link– Here is the link to the articles (this is also in the word document above)
  3. Choice Board with soundtrack 5-4-20 new
  4. Pandemic Choice Board Template – Student Template – this is how you will turn in your project (remember you are completing three from the choice board)
    1. Choose 3 Activities from the choice board (remember one of them can be your journals that you have been completing the last couple of weeks (see due dates below)
    2. Remember this is a keepsake for you and your family years from now! – It is really cool to look at years from now that you can share with your kids

Two things you will turn in:

  1. Pandemic Double Entry Journal – you will upload this with the Blog Response below – Due Monday, March 18, 2020
  2. Pandemic Choice Board (using the powerpoint template) you will upload this with the blog response below – Due Monday, March 18, 2020 
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May 8

Friday, May 8, 2020

Good afternoon parents and students,

  • I have been putting in grades this morning into synergy. Please take a look at your grade and make up anything that you might be missing. I will continue to be updating your grades next week.
  • Remember to use today as a way to catch up on any work this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please use the form below to ask away.
  • I hope everyone has a good Mother’s day weekend! – Remember to thank your mom for all the things that she does for you.
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Sincerely,

Mr. Hince

May 7

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 1st-3rd Periods: 

  1. Finish reading Chapter 10 of Animal Farm (P.127-141) – you will definitely have some aha! moments. You do not have to write a signpost response but look for signposts while reading. Furthermore, think about what the farm has evolved into.
  2. Complete Padlet Discussion Post – What has Animal Farm Evolved into? Make sure to give reasoning by explaining your answer
  3. Complete Animal Farm – Chapter 9-10 – Quizziz   – this will take longer than you expect but you may use your book
  4. Use your book or pdf (use chapter 10 above and chapter 9 below)
    1. Chapter 9 PDF of Book
  5. Complete last 15 minute session of membean
  6. Friday – use this time as a way to make up any work or finish any work from this week.

 

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 4th and 5th Periods

  1. Complete final Freak The Mighty – Cumulative Learning Assessment – Chapter 1-25
    1. Use your book or this link to navigate through the book 
  2. Complete – one 15 minute session of membean
  3. Friday – use this time as a way to make-up any work or finish any work from this week.

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here for you.