April 29, 2011

(B-Day)

English:  The class took their final test for To Kill a Mockingbird, and returned their books.  The students need to complete their Real Notes for online sources (two articles) for Monday, and be ready to take their research and begin writing their paper.  Next week we will cover MLA format and proper thesis statements.

World History: Term: Civil Disobedience: a deliberate and public refusal to obey a law considered unjust.  The class completed their notes on Nationalism in India and were assigned to express the information they have in either paragraph form (three paragraphs,) or a colored illustration.  This is homework if it wasn’t completed in class.

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April 27, 2011

(B-Day)

English:  The class completed a review of the final four chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the final test will be Thursday/Friday.  There will be review questions to complete covering the final chapters to grab during seminar, so make sure to complete them.  The students also were taken to the library to pick a new D.E.A.R. book since it seems the majority of students still haven’t, which will become a daily grade, so make sure you always bring a book to class.  The students had more time to research their topics in the computer lab for their research project.  The research being completed will culminate in a final research paper, which the rubric will be passed out in seminar.

World History: Term: Great Purge: a campaign of terror in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, in which Joseph Stalin sought to eliminate all Communist Party members and other citizens who threatened his power.  The class finished the videos on the Russian Revolution, and completed their class notes that they will study for the test next week (also covering nationalism in India and Communism in China.)  The class also finished a worksheet and book work (pg. 879 #1-9) that further covered Russia in more detail.

April 26, 2011

(A-Day)

English:  The class completed a review of the final four chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the final test will be Thursday/Friday.  There will be review questions to complete covering the final chapters to grab during seminar, so make sure to complete them.  The students also were taken to the library to pick a new D.E.A.R. book since it seems the majority of students still haven’t, which will become a daily grade, so make sure you always bring a book to class.  The students had more time to research their topics in the computer lab for their research project.  The research being completed will culminate in a final research paper, which the rubric will be passed out in seminar.

World History: Term: Great Purge: a campaign of terror in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, in which Joseph Stalin sought to eliminate all Communist Party members and other citizens who threatened his power.  The class finished the videos on the Russian Revolution, and completed their class notes that they will study for the test next week (also covering nationalism in India and Communism in China.)  The class also finished a worksheet and book work (pg. 879 #1-9) that further covered Russia in more detail.

April 25, 2011

(M-Day)

English:  The class continued working on their Opposing Viewpoints and Diigo Accounts for their research project.  Each class will be continuing their research each day for the next week, and the culmination of their work will be presented in a 1-2 page research paper.  The students are responsible for completing To Kill a Mockingbird, and we will take our final test on Thursday/Friday.

World History: Term: Totalitarianism: government control over every aspect of public and private life.  The students presented their propaganda posters and began watching a four-part series on the Russian Revolution.  We will finish the videos tomorrow, as well as, take notes and begin researching how China was transformed into a communist nation.

April 21, 2011

(A-Day)

English:  The students gave their Character in a Bag presentations, and afterwards, began reading chapter 27 of To Kill a Mockingbird.  We also learned to use the Diigo online resource to help with research our topics for the research project.  The homework is to read through chapter 30 of To Kill a Mockingbird and the final test for the novel will be next Tuesday/Wednesday.

World History: Term: Propaganda: information or material spread to advance a cause or to damage an opponent’s cause.  The class read an excerpt from Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and discussed how each of the soldier’s five senses were affected.  The class was given a homework assignment (with a partner) to create a propaganda poster for World War I.  The assignment requires a full-page colored illustration accompanied with a eye-catching slogan.  On the back of the printer paper, there needs to be one paragraph (5-7 complete sentences) that explains the meaning of their propaganda poster and what it is used for.  The posters must have a side (either for or against the war.)

April 20, 2011

(B-Day)

English:  The students gave their Character in a Bag presentations, and afterwards, began reading chapter 27 of To Kill a Mockingbird.  We also learned to use the Diigo online resource to help with research our topics for the research project.  The homework is to read through chapter 30 of To Kill a Mockingbird and the final test for the novel will be next Tuesday/Wednesday.

World History: Term: Propaganda: information or material spread to advance a cause or to damage an opponent’s cause.  The class read an excerpt from Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and discussed how each of the soldier’s five senses were affected.  The class was given a homework assignment (with a partner) to create a propaganda poster for World War I.  The assignment requires a full-page colored illustration accompanied with a eye-catching slogan.  On the back of the printer paper, there needs to be one paragraph (5-7 complete sentences) that explains the meaning of their propaganda poster and what it is used for.  The posters must have a side (either for or against the war.)

April 19, 2011

(A-Day)

English:  The class was assigned the Character in a Bag homework.  The assignment requires each student to bring in a bag (of their choice) containing 5-7 artifacts that their (assigned) character would have on them or around their house.  The students need to remember to only bring in APPROPRIATE materials for this assignment, which they will be presenting on Wednesday/Thursday.  The class also completed their final day in the library to research their project and complete their Real Notes sheet for their book source.

World History:  Term: Militarism: a policy of glorifying military power and keeping a standing army always prepared for war.  The class completed their notes on World War I, and completed a review worksheet of the important terms and events.  The homework assignment is Letter From the Trenches.  The students are required to write a one-page diary entry from a soldier fighting in a trench in WWI.  The letter must include: location of specific battle you’re fighting in, feelings about the situation, and details of the actual warfare (weaponry, tactics, fighting.)  This assignment is due Wednesday/Thursday.

April 18, 2011

(B-Day)

English:  The class was assigned the Character in a Bag homework.  The assignment requires each student to bring in a bag (of their choice) containing 5-7 artifacts that their (assigned) character would have on them or around their house.  The students need to remember to only bring in APPROPRIATE materials for this assignment, which they will be presenting on Wednesday/Thursday.  The class also completed their final day in the library to research their project and complete their Real Notes sheet for their book source.

World History:  Term: Militarism: a policy of glorifying military power and keeping a standing army always prepared for war.  The class completed their notes on World War I, and completed a review worksheet of the important terms and events.  The homework assignment is Letter From the Trenches.  The students are required to write a one-page diary entry from a soldier fighting in a trench in WWI.  The letter must include: location of specific battle you’re fighting in, feelings about the situation, and details of the actual warfare (weaponry, tactics, fighting.)  This assignment is due Wednesday/Thursday.

April 15, 2011

(B-Day)

English:  The class listened to the audio version of chapter 24 To Kill a Mockingbird.  This was our second half-day in the library for our research project, and each student should have the (narrowed and specific) topic they will research, and have their Real Notes sheet filled out with their book source information and paraphrasing.  Remember, if you still haven’t chosen a topic or are thinking about switching to another topic, make sure it’s a topic you are interested in and will be able to find abundant information from the resources the school has to offer.  This project is the first major grade of the last marking period, so I want everyone to start off on a great note!

World History:  Term: Annexation: the adding of a region to the territory of an existing political unit.  The class finished their China/Japan Resistance worksheet and also their Expansion/Resistance nation letter.  The class also completed their book work (pg. 862 #1-18 and Critical Thinking #1-4) covering World War I.  We will be finishing WWI next week and begin researching the Russian Revolution.