November 30, 2010

(A-Day)

English-  The class began reading Naomi Shihab Nye’s Hamadi, and discussed themes such as: what makes certain people remarkable, being a refugee, and also the third person point of view.

World History- Term: Crusades: one of the expeditions in which medieval Christian warriors sought to recover control of the Holy Land from the Muslims.  The class completed their notes over the Crusades, and was divided into their groups for the Crusades Project (which is due Monday, December 6th.)  Make sure to have all required items (typed paper and pictures/illustrations) on a poster board, so you can present your project to the class.

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November 29, 2010

(M-Day)

English-  The class discussed the concepts of what makes certain people remarkable, and what makes people admire others.  We discussed the correct usage of capitalizing mom and dad in sentences, for this was a common mistake in their personal narrative papers.

World History-  Term: Seljuks: a Turkish group who migrated into the Abbasid Empire in the 10th century and established their own empire in the 11th century.  The class was given a review worksheet over the vocabulary we’ve covered while discussing Islam, for the students will need to know each term for their Crusades Project.

November 22, 2010

(M-Day)

English-  The class completed their D.E.A.R. reading and a free-write discussing the book their currently reading for this marking period’s D.E.A.R. project.

World History-  The class was divided into groups of five, and created a twenty question quiz over the regions we’ve covered since Rome.

November 19, 2010

(A-Day)

English-  The class finished reading The Necklace, and finished the post-reading questions.  We discussed the issues of being overwhelmed and status symbols in today’s world (in relation to the past two short stories we’ve read.)

World History-  Term: Czar: a Russian emperor (from the Roman title Caesar.)  The class finished their guided notes over the rise of Russia, and completed the post-reading questions covering the Byzantine Empire and Russia.

***Extra Credit***-  Comment on this blog and let me know some ways you can ensure that you will earn a “B” or higher this marking period.  It must be two or more sentences and be completed by Sunday.  Make sure to take advantage of these extra credit oppurtunities!

November 17, 2010

(B-Day)

English-  The class finished reading Joan Bauer’s Pancakes, and finished their post-reading questions.  We also began working on simple subject and predicate grammar activities, and will continue on Thursday.

World History-  Term: Patriarch: a principal bishop in the eastern branch of Christianity. The class completed their guided notes over the Byzantine Empire, and began their textbook questions over what we covered, as well as the formation of Russia.  We will move on to the Crusades and formation of western Europe on Thursday.

November 16, 2010

(A-Day)

English-  The class finished reading Joan Bauer’s Pancakes, and finished their post-reading questions.  We also began working on simple subject and predicate grammar activities, and will continue on Thursday.

World History-  Term: Patriarch: a principal bishop in the eastern branch of Christianity. The class completed their guided notes over the Byzantine Empire, and began their textbook questions over what we covered, as well as the formation of Russia.  We will move on to the Crusades and formation of western Europe on Thursday.

November 15, 2010

(M-Day)

English-  The class read Joan Bauer’s Pancakes, and finsihed their post-reading questions (B-Day students/A-Day still has to read the story.)  The class will begin working on the next phase on grammar, which is subject and predicate activities.

World History-  Term: Justinian Code: the body of Roman civil law collected and organized by order of the Byzantine emperor Justinian around A.D. 534.  The class finished their activity covering the spread of Christianity through western Europe, and has homework (worksheet) detailing the power of the Christian church at that point in history.

November 12, 2010

(B-Day)

English-  The class turned in their personal narrative paper (attached with their first and second drafts.)  We began reading Joan Bauer’s Pancakes, and will discuss the story on Monday, as well as finishing the post-reading questions. 

World History-  The class completed an activity detailing the spread of Christianity through western Europe by the year 1000.  The class began their second activity discussing the power of the church in medieval times, and is homework if they did not finish it in class.