It shall likely take the whole
weekend to catch up with assignments that were turned in
this week. I shall send out a note when Power School
is up to date.
I have tried to make it clear to students in all of my
classes that I am more than willing to individualize
assignments so that ALL students can show what they have
learned. I give students the opportunity to go above
and beyond, but there is not one arbitrary target that works
for all students. Students who are feeling
overwhelmed, or are not keeping up, should let me
know. It will only take a minute or two to conference
and adjust assignments. What students should NOT
do is to get too far behind and feel hopeless.
It is a valuable life lesson to learn to deal with problems
rather than let them simmer and grow.
Hold on; one more week before a welcome two week
break. "The natives are restless" -
students and teachers both. We will need every
moment, however, to be productive in class this week - "no
rest for the weary." But extra credit to those
who research the origin and meaning of these
phrases. And thank you for talking to your
child after reading their Behavior Report.
All of Clague's music groups - orchestra, band, choir, and
drumming - will be performing at 9 am on Dec. 16,
a collage format; you are invited.
7th Grade ELA
The BWL VI
list is impressive; you might ask your
child to share the words with you - and see how your
proposed synonym matches up with the ones they
found. Students also have permission to work
with a parent on this week's Cloze assignment (fill in the
blank with the correct word). The quiz
will be in the form of a Criss-Cross puzzle to help with the
difficulty of learning so many new words.
Most of the time this week will be spent writing,
critiquing, revising, editing and creating a Final Draft of
Narrative Capstone Writing Assignment
, due on
Friday. I have managed to carve out time on
computers for 3 days this week, which should facility the
process. We will be in the library on Friday so
students will be able to check out books to read over the
Grade Social Studies
: Chapter 9 is on Spatial
in Mexico City - or in other words, about
the Rich and the Poor. As we proceed through the
Unit on Latin America
we'll also highlight key
aspects of its history
, from the early
Civilizations of the Aztecs, Maya and Inca, to the
Conquistadors - how the Europeans took control of the land
in their search for gold, up to the Independence Movements
of the early 1800's.
Grade Social Studies: This
week Ch. 11 - Political Developments from 1789 to
1800 - provides yet another opportunity to argue
opposite sides of an issue - those of Thomas Jefferson
and the Republican Party taking on Alexander Hamilton
and the Federalists. We then have a 'conference'
to rally and debate, and then solve the problem of the
results of the election of 1800.
Students need to find time this week to write up their
Current Event assignment on the Michigan Lame Duck
Going to Google News and searching this topic
should uncover many articles. While bills on
several issues have been introduced, and some passed in
one of the houses, few have become laws so far.
The Detroit News editorializes today, "Lawmakers have
just one job to do in this final week of their lame duck
legislative session: pass a bill to fix the stateís
roads. Or perhaps two jobs: pass a roads bill and donít
do anything stupid." Many are not optimistic
that the latter will be achieved.
Students took notes on the back of their Decades
direction sheet as to how to write up
the events for their time line - due Thursday.
The first report, 1-2 pages, is due on January 9. They
must get their topic approved. For all three reports
they are also to write notes, and use those notes to write
the report. A bibliography - 3 or more citations - is
also required for each of the 3 reports they will write.