Wednesday, December 13

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Students have now received  Document A, B, C ( Periods 2, 3, 5) /  all of the documents (Periods 1, 4) for our DBQ. Tonight for homework students need to ensure that all documents are finished, meaning the analysis chart on the back is completed with 2 facts, 2 inferences, and an argument. Completed documents will help students achieve success on the next leg of this project – the summative essay….more details on that are yet to come. There will be a DBQ Quiz sometime between now and the end of the marking period (next Wednesday). The quiz will be a multiple choice assessment about the documents and the events surrounding the Treaty.

I will have my regular help session in the morning. You are welcome to come in to class to work on completing documents or ask questions about any of the information we’ve been discussion related to the Treaty of Versailles and WWII. The session begins at 8:15.


Tuesday, December 5

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Last week we started a new DBQ (Document-based Question). The Question this time around is: How did the Versailles Treaty help cause World War II? Over the next several days students will be studying primary and secondary source documents which they will use to support their claim about the question. The final product will be a multi-paragraph essay in which students explain how the treaty helped WWII. This is a very rigorous, critical thinking activity; it will be important for students to participate in class discussions, complete all of the analysis charts, and keep track of the handouts. All of the effort that students put in on the front end of this project will pay off when they write the final essay.

Tonight for homework students need to ensure that everything we have done so far is totally complete:

Hook Activity  (Tab 4, #9)
Background Essay – annotated and questions answered/terms defined (Tab 4, #10)
Understanding the Question and Pre-Bucketing (Tab 4, #11)
All of these items should be completed – if they are not done then students need to catch up tonight.

Additionally, students need to analyze Document A (the map part only). Students need to find one fact from the map and complete the chart on the back for that one fact. We discussed several important facts from the map in class today – students need to cite one fact (What does it say), make an inference about it (What does it mean?) and make an argument (Why does it matter? – how did it help cause WWII?)

Remember to leave space on the chart for a fact from the second part of the document (the excerpt from Hitler’s book). We will do that part of the document in class. AC students must do both parts of the document.


Tuesday, November 29

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Today in class students took Cornell Notes about the M.A.I.N. causes of World War 1 (Tab 4, #8). For homework tonight, students need to summarize their notes in the summary section of the noting taking paper (front or back, not both).
If you did not finish the notetaking from the textbook, then you should plan to attend my help session in the morning so that the assignment can be completed before class.
If you cannot make it in before school, then you should come to my classroom during homeroom to borrow a textbook.



Monday, November 6

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Please remember that there is no school tomorrow…

There is, however, an assignment in Social Studies that all students need to complete….

2, 3, 5 Period

Today in class we analyzed 2 primary sources related to the Russian Revolution (Tab 4, #6). For homework students need to complete the last two questions in the Analyze the Documents section (on the back). #1 should be written on the same notebook paper on which your child answered questions A-F (we did this in class today). #2 should be written on a separate sheet of paper, and it needs to be a more extended response. Students are to write a letter to Lenin from the perspective of someone who was affected by the revolution. In the letter your child needs to introduce themselves (their “character”) with creative details about his or her life and experiences in Russia, explain their point of view about the revolution, and tell Lenin what he should have done differently in terms of change in Russia.

Letters can be typed or neatly written on notebook paper and should be chock full of factual and creative details. Students should be prepared to share their letter in class on Wednesday.

 

1st and 4th Period

Today in class students received 2 primary sources related to the Russian Revolution (Tab 4, #6). For homework students need to answer questions A – F and question #1 in the Analyze the Documents section; all of these questions can all be answered on one sheet of notebook paper. Question #2 should be written on a separate sheet of paper, and it needs to be a more extended response. Students are to write a letter to Lenin from the perspective of someone who was affected by the revolution. In the letter your child needs to introduce themselves (their “character”) with creative details about his or her life and experiences in Russia, explain their point of view about the revolution, and tell Lenin what he should have done differently in terms of change in Russia.

Letters can be typed or neatly written on notebook paper and should be chock full of factual and creative details. Students should be prepared to share their letter in class on Wednesday.

 


Friday, October 27

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2nd, 3rd, 5th Period:

Just a reminder that the Geography of Europe Unit Test will be on Tuesday, October 31.

Today in class I gave each child 1 3×5 card to use as a “cheat sheet” for the test. Students can fill the card, front and back, with important information from the unit, and they will be able to use the card on the day of the test. Using the card is optional and all students will take the test on Tuesday whether they have the card or not. Filling the card with notes should not replace studying; it should be used as an extra support.

Today I also assigned a Religions of Europe Google Doodle. The assignment is a take on the daily Google Doodle on the popular search engine. All the students were really engaged in this activity today. Each student received a piece of paper on which to create the doodle. It will be collected on Tuesday before the test.

 

1st and 4th Period:

Yesterday in class I announced the date for the first unit test of the new marking period. Students will take the Europe Geography Test next Thursday, November 2.  The test will cover the 4 geography standards we’ve been learning in class over the past few weeks. All of the information that students need to review and study  should be found in the Social Studies Binder…

The standards – SS6G7, 8, 9, 10 – are in Tab 2 (these should be used as a study guide – if your child can explain the standards, then he or she is probably ready for the test.)
Europe Maps – physical and political – are in Tab 3
Warm-ups and all class notes are in Tab 4 (pages 1-5)

Europe Geography is far more than just knowing the selected countries and physical features. The standards include climate, natural resources, population density, environmental issues and language and religion. It is not too early for students to start preparing.
 


Monday, October 23

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2nd, 3rd, 5th Period Only

Tonight for homework students need to finish the Environmental Issues Postcards activity. Students had time in class to work on this assignment.

• The summary (problem and solution) of each environmental issue should be neatly written in your own words – not copied directly from the class notes

• Pictures on the front of the postcards should represent the issue. Pictures should be hand drawn and colorful (not printed off of the internet)

The activity will be collected at the beginning of class tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 11

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2nd, 3rd, 5th Periods:

There will be a BINDER HELP SESSION tomorrow morning at 8:15. If your child has struggled with organization in Social Studies, please try to bring him or her in early for some extra help. Students should wait in the cafeteria – I will bring them all down to my classroom at 8:15.

The Physical Features of Europe Travel “Poster” (not really a poster – more like a flyer) is due on Friday. Students had time in the Media Center yesterday to do research about their chosen feature. Please ensure that your ready to submit this project on time.

1st and 4th:

We started the Geography of Europe Unit in class today. Students labeled a physical and a political map of Europe with the selected features from the first geography standard. There will be a map quiz Friday. The maps should be in Tab 3 (Class Atlas) in the Social Studies Binder. Students’ copy of the standard should be Tab 2.

 

 

Tomorrow is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30. 


Monday, October 9

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1st and 4th Periods

The Time-Poverty Portfolio is due on Wednesday. Students have had several days of class time to work with their group on this project. Please  ensure that you are ready to submit the project on Wednesday. All of the assignment details and the grading rubric are on a yellow sheet of paper that students received last week. Groups have been collaborating well together and I am excited to see their creative ideas for solving real-world problems. This project will be the first Test/Project grade (40%) for the 2nd marking period. Late work will be accepted through Friday with 10 points off the grade earned for each day submitted late.

2nd, 3rd and 5th Period:

Students spent time in class today writing short-term personal goals for Social Studies and cleaning out their binder.  Keeping the binder organized is a major key to success in my class – if students cannot find their assignments and handouts, then it is difficult to reach their goals. There is a new Demerit Card in Tab 1 and a new Table of Contents in Tab 4. If you need help with the binder, please attend my Help Session this Thursday at 8:15.

I assigned a Europe Travel Poster Project in class today. All students received an assignment sheet/rubric for the project. Tomorrow we will meet in the Media Center so that all students will have an opportunity to do research about their chosen physical feature in Europe. The project is due on Friday, October 13. This will be the first Test/Project grade (40%) for the new marking period.

 

Thursday is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30.


Wednesday, October 4

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2nd, 3rd, 5th Periods:

On Tuesday we started our next Social Studies unit – Geography of Europe. Our first standard is SS6G7: Locate the selected features of Europe (Tab #2). Today in class students spent time studying maps and labeling their own maps with the selected features. On Friday there will be a quiz. Please study in advance. Students should have their maps in Tab 3 – Class Atlas.

A helpful site for practice games is sheppardsoftware.com This is free and is a fun way for students to review, but please don’t get bogged down trying to memorize all of the countries of countries of Europe. There are only 7 countries and 9 physical features in the standard; those are the ones that you must be able to locate.

1st and 4th Period:

On Monday I assigned an Article of the Week. Students need to read and annotate the article and write a 250 word reflection about the information in the article. There is a reflection prompt provided at the bottom of the article, but students do not have to use that prompt; their response can be about anything related to the topic, as long as it is organized – more of an essay than a journal entry/free write. If you chooses to type the response, then it must be double spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman with a 1 inch margin. If you write the reflection by hand, then it must be in blue or black ink on the front side only of lined notebook paper. The annotated article and the reflection is due on Friday.
Yesterday we started a Time-Poverty Portfolio project. The Portfolio is due on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11. This is a group project and students will have several days of class time to work on it with their group members. However, students will probably need to spend additional time at home working on the project in order to meet the deadline.

Please keep in mind that Friday is the last day of the first marking period.

October 12 is an Early Release Day and Conference Week is October 16-20. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 on all of those days. Report cards will be distributed to parents during parent/teacher conferences.