Mr. Gaynor's Classroom  *  Clague Middle School  * Ann Arbor, MI  *  7th & 8th Grade  *  Room 136  *  2014-2015

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November 23, 2014:  Two more days and then Thanksgiving break.  I wish you all a good time with family, and hope you have important things to be thankful for.   Though some are surprised to hear this, I am very thankful for my students this year; they have been quite positive and stimulating and I find I welcome the challenges.

Not that we aren't ready for a break.   I'm fighting off a cold, and while my plans changed so that I won't be in Lansing, there's still a chance that I'll call in for a sub Monday and/or Tuesday.

Power School is down for the 3rd consecutive weekend.   Assignments are graded and will be posted when I am able to.

The Canned Food Drive ends on Tuesday.   Whether you decide to send in food or not, please do have a discussion at home.   (This was a requirement for my advisory, and I'm still awaiting some students to turn in the short paragraph - and if late, a signature - about this.)

7th Grade ELA:   I think, despite my best intentions, I may have overloaded students with too much work.   But as I told students it's hard to tell when I see students not making good use of the work time they have in class.   Here is the list, all due Tuesday:
  • Read and reply to questions for Guided Reading Group (GRG).    Assignments are on the Planner page.
  • BWL V Work:  Copy List;  Definitions and Examples of list words;  Definitions and good contextual sentences for P words; Clauses worksheet
  • X Redux Story - Final Draft:  involving gender role issues, written in 1st person and with dialogue.
7th Grade Social Studies:  On Friday we watched President Obama's speech on immigration policy.  Using these links  (Reuters   Politico   Fox) students will analyze the speech, identify reasons for and against, and also analyze bias in news sites.   Student have a handout for this assignment, due Dec. 5.  Students will do on-line research on Tuesday but it's to be finished for homework. In class we'll be working on Chapter 7 in Geography Alive on Consumption Patterns in the United States and elsewhere.   We'll also look at economic data of selected countries.

8th Grade Social Studies:  Students have two Current Event Assignments.  Students will do on-line research on Tuesday - and one more day - but these are to be finished for homework.
  1. Due Dec. 5:  On Friday we watched President Obama's speech on immigration policy.  Using these links  (Reuters   Politico   Fox) students will analyze the speech, find reasons for and against, and also analyze bias in news sites.   Student have a handout for this assignment.
  2. Due Dec. 17:  Start with this article:  Michigan Lame Duck Legislation.   Choose 3 of the issues to follow over the next 3 weeks and track their progress.    Choose ONE of the topics for more in-depth analysis:   Why is this bill being proposed?  Are there alternative proposals?   What are reasons to vote for or against it?   Who supports it; who does not?
In class, Ch. 10 concerns the Bill of Rights, and we'll look briefly at the rest of the 27 Amendments to the U. S. Constitution as well.

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