November 15, 2014:
are well in to the 2nd quarter. To be honest, we're
all a little fatigued, and the upcoming Thanksgiving break
will be very welcome. Please check Power
to make sure assignments due a week ago have
been turned in. (Power School was down for 5 days,
until Wednesday.) There are quite a few "Missing - 0"
marks already. This week's turned in work form a stack
a foot thick; I will be grading and posting scores all
weekend. (I know - my students have offered me a
solution for this.)
I have updated all web pages through the next two
weeks. The Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week
I will be at the Capitol in Lansing with the Youth In
Government Club, and trust my students will be productive
and cooperative with the substitute teacher who will have
complete lesson plans and authority.
7th Grade ELA
(more grammar) begins with a
copied list on Monday and, because of the
Thanksgiving break - along with a great deal to learn - will
run until Dec. 2 (a TWL).
Having written the rough draft of "X Redux" about gender
roles, students will get a peer review, and then do
revisions, with the final draft due next Friday. We
may create an anthology of these stories, pending class
judgment as to whether they are worthy of publishing.
We continue with Guided
Information on pages to be read, and questions to be
answered should be in the student planner is also on
page. During the week of Thanksgiving students
should be finished reading
their book, and we'll
finish up the discussion the week after.
Grade Social Studies
: Chapter 8 in Geography
is about Immigration
to the United
States, which is also the focus of 3 of our Guided Reading
Books in ELA. Students are working on a partner
activity in which they interview immigrants to understand
why they left their home country (push factors) and why they
came to the U.S. (pull factors). Next is Ch. 7, on
Consumption Patterns in the U. S. (timed especially
for Corporate Marketing season). We'll look at factors
involved with GDP - Gross Domestic Product, comparing
several countries to see relative Standards of Living.
Grade Social Studies: The week
after the D.C.
students were mentally pretty wiped out. As this
has been such a fabulous class, I gave them a pass, but we
could not go as deep as we usually do with discussions or
lessons. I postponed the due date for the DC Virtual
Tour worksheet - they should answer any 15 questions of
their choosing - until this coming Friday. Hopefully
they remember that the 100+
assignment - each question
is worth 0.1 point, so there's not pressure to answer every
one - is due on Monday. Meanwhile we continue
working on Ch. 9 - the U.S. Constitution (students have to
memorize the Preamble for the quiz on Wednesday, and then
continue on to Ch. 10 about the Bill of Rights.
We'll also be doing a couple of assignments about the Lame
of the Michigan Legislature, a follow up
about our discussion of the Electoral College.
Students have an article
about a proposal to change how electors are chosen.
Words of Wisdom (Nov 17-21):
: "It hurteth
not the tongue to give pleasant words." - John
(Extra Credit Challenge
: Listen to
announcements; Each week write down the names of the people
quoted. Research and write one sentence about him or
her.) The Words of Wisdom are also in the Daily
Announcements on the Clague