In Class & Homework Assignments

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In Class & Homework Assignments After 12/1/17

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2017

In Class:
Finished reading and annotating "The Wise Old Woman" then completed vocabulary work. Finished Chapter 5, Section 1: Early Japan notes.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017
In Class:
Class visit to the library. Students began reading and annotating "The Wise Old Woman." Students watched Tsunami: The Wave that Shook the World during 5th or 6th period.

Homework for 11/27/17-12/1/17 (due on Friday, 12/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete Think Question #4 for The Giver. Students may choose any vocabulary word from the story to base their response on: attentive, Elders, aptitude, Nurturer, or envy. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
In a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me about your Thanksgiving break. What was your favorite moment of break? Who were you thankful you were able to spend time with? Why? What activities and foods did you enjoy over break? Were you ready to come back to school? Why or why not? Was there something you wish you had done that you didn't get an opportunity to do? Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, describe how. If not, describe what you Thanksgiving is like for you. Be sure to include plenty of detail, description, and adjectives. This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
In Class:
Students presented their Wonder presentations with their team. Listened to The Story of Jumping Mouse. Started notes for Chapter 5, Section 1: Early Japan. 

Homework for 11/27/17-12/1/17 (due on Friday, 12/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete Think Question #4 for The Giver. Students may choose any vocabulary word from the story to base their response on: attentive, Elders, aptitude, Nurturer, or envy. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
In a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me about your Thanksgiving break. What was your favorite moment of break? Who were you thankful you were able to spend time with? Why? What activities and foods did you enjoy over break? Were you ready to come back to school? Why or why not? Was there something you wish you had done that you didn't get an opportunity to do? Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, describe how. If not, describe what you Thanksgiving is like for you. Be sure to include plenty of detail, description, and adjectives. This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017
In Class:
Went on field trip to Victoria Gardens AMC to see Wonder. Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on their team's Wonder Presentation (see assignment on Google Classroom). Students will present with their team during 1st or 3rd period tomorrow.

Homework for 11/27/17-12/1/17 (due on Friday, 12/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete Think Question #4 for The Giver. Students may choose any vocabulary word from the story to base their response on: attentive, Elders, aptitude, Nurturer, or envy. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
In a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me about your Thanksgiving break. What was your favorite moment of break? Who were you thankful you were able to spend time with? Why? What activities and foods did you enjoy over break? Were you ready to come back to school? Why or why not? Was there something you wish you had done that you didn't get an opportunity to do? Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, describe how. If not, describe what you Thanksgiving is like for you. Be sure to include plenty of detail, description, and adjectives. This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Took notes on Point of View, then listened to the excerpt of The Giver. Students completed the Your Turn for The Giver about Point of View. Students completed a contrast grid for chapters 2, 3, and 4 in Social Studies in their notebooks.

Homework for 11/27/17-12/1/17 (due on Friday, 12/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete Think Question #4 for The GiverStudents may choose any vocabulary word from the story to base their response on: attentive, Elders, aptitude, Nurturer, or envy. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
In a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me about your Thanksgiving break. What was your favorite moment of break? Who were you thankful you were able to spend time with? Why? What activities and foods did you enjoy over break? Were you ready to come back to school? Why or why not? Was there something you wish you had done that you didn't get an opportunity to do? Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, describe how. If not, describe what you Thanksgiving is like for you. Be sure to include plenty of detail, description, and adjectives. This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017

In Class:
Students completed their grid of story elements they understood better from watching the movie version of "The Lottery." Students created memes to show their understanding of "The Lottery" in a creative or humorous way. Contrasted the poem version and movie versions of Mulan.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
In Class:
Went over answers to "The Lottery" skills focus questions. Highlighted plot events for "The Lottery," then set up a grid of story elements to help with analysis while watching the movie version. Watched the film version of "The Lottery." Students took the Chapter 4: China in the Middle Ages test. Students were allowed to use one size of half of a 3 x 5 note card they filled with any notes they wanted to use on the test.

Homework for 11/13/17-11/17/17 (due on Friday, 11/17/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete one Think Question for "The Lottery." Students may choose #2 or #3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Paper Lantern, started in class on Thursday, 11/9/17. See assignment description in Google Classroom. Homework passes will not be accepted for this assignment.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
In Class:
Students completed comprehension questions for "The Lottery." Kahoot review and Quiz-Quiz-Trade to prepare for tomorrow's Chapter 4: China in the Middle Ages test. Students may fill one size of half of a 3 x 5 note card with any notes they would like to use on the test. Students will not be able to use notes, books, or their study guide on the test.

Homework for 11/13/17-11/17/17 (due on Friday, 11/17/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete one Think Question for "The Lottery." Students may choose #2 or #3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Paper Lantern, started in class on Thursday, 11/9/17. See assignment description in Google Classroom. Homework passes will not be accepted for this assignment.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
In Class:
Students completed the skills focus questions for "The Lottery," then reread the story with their team. Watched Wild China and wrote 15 facts from the movie.

Homework for 11/13/17-11/17/17 (due on Friday, 11/17/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete one Think Question for "The Lottery." Students may choose #2 or #3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Paper Lantern, started in class on Thursday, 11/9/17. See assignment description in Google Classroom. Homework passes will not be accepted for this assignment.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries for updated grades. Went over this week's homework. Took notes on Think Question Answer Steps (Part 2). Took notes on story elements and completed the Your Turn for "The Lottery." Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to complete their Chapter 4: China in the Middle Ages Study Guide for the test on Thursday, 11/16/17. Students may fill one size of half of a 3 x 5 note card with any notes they would like to use on the test. Students will not be able to use notes, books, or their study guide on the test.

Homework for 11/13/17-11/17/17 (due on Friday, 11/17/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Complete one Think Question for "The Lottery." Students may choose #2 or #3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question notes and model in their Language Arts notebook from Monday, 11/13/17). This assignment may be completed on lined paper and turned into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Paper Lantern, started in class on Thursday, 11/9/17. See assignment description in Google Classroom. Homework passes will not be accepted for this assignment.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017

In Class:
Class visit to library. Completed vocabulary predictions for "The Lottery," then compared predictions with true definitions of words. Began working on Chinese Paper Lanterns, to be finished for Social Studies homework next week (see assignment on Google Classroom).


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
In Class:
Students finished reading, discussing, and annotating "The Lottery." Finished reading and taking notes for Chapter 4, Section 4: The Ming Dynasty.

Homework for 11/6/17-11/9/17 (due on Thursday, 11/9/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Finish your Gladiator Writing Response started in class on Friday, 11/3/17 and continued on Monday, 11/6/17. Use the checklist created in class on Monday to make sure you have all the requirements for a perfect score. If students are unable to complete this assignment electronically, please let me know as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Instructions reviewed in class last Monday, 10/30/17 and started for homework last week. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017
In Class:
Students completed comprehension questions with a partner for Gladiator. Students began reading and annotating "The Lottery." Students took Chapter 4, Section 3: The Mongols in China quiz using their notes. Began reading and taking notes for Chapter 4, Section 4: The Ming Dynasty.

Homework for 11/6/17-11/9/17 (due on Thursday, 11/9/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Finish your Gladiator Writing Response started in class on Friday, 11/3/17 and continued on Monday, 11/6/17. Use the checklist created in class on Monday to make sure you have all the requirements for a perfect score. If students are unable to complete this assignment electronically, please let me know as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Instructions reviewed in class last Monday, 10/30/17 and started for homework last week. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Students spent all of 1st or 3rd period working on their Gladiator Writing Response. Created a checklist to help students ensure all components necessary are present for a perfect score. Students worked with their team on their assigned portion of 14 Intriguing Facts You Might Not Know About The Mongols. Students were responsible for presenting a small portion of information based on the team template (see assignment description in Google Classroom).

Homework for 11/6/17-11/9/17 (due on Thursday, 11/9/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. Finish your Gladiator Writing Response started in class on Friday, 11/3/17 and continued on Monday, 11/6/17. Use the checklist created in class on Monday to make sure you have all the requirements for a perfect score. If students are unable to complete this assignment electronically, please let me know as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Instructions reviewed in class last Monday, 10/30/17 and started for homework last week. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

In Class:
Began the Gladiator Graphic Organizer and Writing Response (assignment on Google Classroom). Students chose three pieces of quoted evidence to based their writing response on. Finished Chapter 4, Section 3: The Mongols in China notes. Students wrote 10 adjectives to describe how the Tang era art shown in class made them feel.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
In Class:
Students compared their vocabulary word predictions with the words' true definitions. Reviewed informational text structures and then completed the Your Turn for Gladiator. Watched a video clip about gladiator schools and students verbally shared out their assigned question's answer. Students created their own gladiator name and voted for the classroom favorites. Started Chapter 4, Section 3: The Mongols in China notes.

Homework for 10/30/17-11/3/17 (due on Friday, 11/3/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. First trimester AR goal paragraph: in a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me your first trimester experience with your AR goal. Did you meet your goal? How do you feel about your first trimester AR grade?

If you met your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Was your goal easy or difficult to achieve? What reading routine helped you to achieve your goal? What book(s) did you enjoy reading most to achieve your goal? Why?

If you did not meet your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Why didn't you achieve your goal? How many points did you need to reach it? What realistic reading routine could you create in your life to help you be more successful this trimester? What books or genres do you think you might be interested in reading while working toward your goal?

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society. As you read, choose one word to represent the main idea of each section, then write a sentence describing why you chose that word. The word does not necessarily have to appear in the section, but your chosen word for each section should somehow represent what the main idea is- what's it all about? You will have 9 main idea words accompanied by 1 sentence descriptions each when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Why Did Farming Improve? (P. 261)
China's Trade Grows (P. 261-262)
China Discovers Coal and Steel (262-263)
The Printing Process (P. 263-264)
The Way It Was: Science and Inventions Box (P. 263)
Other Chinese Inventions (P. 264)
What Was Tang Poetry Like? (P. 264)
Painting in Song China (P. 265)
Chinese Porcelain (P. 265-266)

Example based on Scholar-Officials (P. 258-259):
Opportunity: Chinese men had the opportunity to study for the Civil Service Exams and attempt to secure a government job, which also lead to a new social class in China made up of these prestigious men and their families.

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Continue working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Due on Thursday, 11/9/17. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
In Class:
Students read Gladiator while making annotations and then made predictions for each vocabulary word. Watched Wonders of the Asian World: China and South Korea while writing 15 facts from the movie in complete sentences.

Homework for 10/30/17-11/3/17 (due on Friday, 11/3/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. First trimester AR goal paragraph: in a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me your first trimester experience with your AR goal. Did you meet your goal? How do you feel about your first trimester AR grade?

If you met your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Was your goal easy or difficult to achieve? What reading routine helped you to achieve your goal? What book(s) did you enjoy reading most to achieve your goal? Why?

If you did not meet your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Why didn't you achieve your goal? How many points did you need to reach it? What realistic reading routine could you create in your life to help you be more successful this trimester? What books or genres do you think you might be interested in reading while working toward your goal?

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society. As you read, choose one word to represent the main idea of each section, then write a sentence describing why you chose that word. The word does not necessarily have to appear in the section, but your chosen word for each section should somehow represent what the main idea is- what's it all about? You will have 9 main idea words accompanied by 1 sentence descriptions each when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Why Did Farming Improve? (P. 261)
China's Trade Grows (P. 261-262)
China Discovers Coal and Steel (262-263)
The Printing Process (P. 263-264)
The Way It Was: Science and Inventions Box (P. 263)
Other Chinese Inventions (P. 264)
What Was Tang Poetry Like? (P. 264)
Painting in Song China (P. 265)
Chinese Porcelain (P. 265-266)

Example based on Scholar-Officials (P. 258-259):
Opportunity: Chinese men had the opportunity to study for the Civil Service Exams and attempt to secure a government job, which also lead to a new social class in China made up of these prestigious men and their families.

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Continue working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Due on Thursday, 11/9/17. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2017
In Class:
Students brainstormed three principles they would include in their own just society. Completed Blast: The Powers That Be. Read the introduction for Gladiator and noted pros and cons of being a gladiator. Students took the Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society quiz using their notes.

Homework for 10/30/17-11/3/17 (due on Friday, 11/3/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. First trimester AR goal paragraph: in a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me your first trimester experience with your AR goal. Did you meet your goal? How do you feel about your first trimester AR grade?

If you met your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Was your goal easy or difficult to achieve? What reading routine helped you to achieve your goal? What book(s) did you enjoy reading most to achieve your goal? Why?

If you did not meet your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Why didn't you achieve your goal? How many points did you need to reach it? What realistic reading routine could you create in your life to help you be more successful this trimester? What books or genres do you think you might be interested in reading while working toward your goal?

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society. As you read, choose one word to represent the main idea of each section, then write a sentence describing why you chose that word. The word does not necessarily have to appear in the section, but your chosen word for each section should somehow represent what the main idea is- what's it all about? You will have 9 main idea words accompanied by 1 sentence descriptions each when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Why Did Farming Improve? (P. 261)
China's Trade Grows (P. 261-262)
China Discovers Coal and Steel (262-263)
The Printing Process (P. 263-264)
The Way It Was: Science and Inventions Box (P. 263)
Other Chinese Inventions (P. 264)
What Was Tang Poetry Like? (P. 264)
Painting in Song China (P. 265)
Chinese Porcelain (P. 265-266)

Example based on Scholar-Officials (P. 258-259):
Opportunity: Chinese men had the opportunity to study for the Civil Service Exams and attempt to secure a government job, which also lead to a new social class in China made up of these prestigious men and their families.

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Continue working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Due on Thursday, 11/9/17. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check grades for errors for the last time before report card grades are processed this afternoon. Went over the new AR goals for second trimester. Went over this week's homework. Began Unit 2: The Powers That Be by breaking down the driving question: What should be the principles of a just society? Went over Chinese Advertisement Project. Students were given time to brainstorm and start writing the paragraph that they will include in their advertisement project (to be completed for homework, due Thursday, 11/10/17).

Homework for 10/30/17-11/3/17 (due on Friday, 11/3/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward your new Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for second trimester. Students' individual goals and reading levels are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 2/16/18.

2. First trimester AR goal paragraph: in a paragraph of at least 7 sentences, tell me your first trimester experience with your AR goal. Did you meet your goal? How do you feel about your first trimester AR grade?

If you met your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Was your goal easy or difficult to achieve? What reading routine helped you to achieve your goal? What book(s) did you enjoy reading most to achieve your goal? Why?

If you did not meet your goal these questions may help guide your writing: Why didn't you achieve your goal? How many points did you need to reach it? What realistic reading routine could you create in your life to help you be more successful this trimester? What books or genres do you think you might be interested in reading while working toward your goal?

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society. As you read, choose one word to represent the main idea of each section, then write a sentence describing why you chose that word. The word does not necessarily have to appear in the section, but your chosen word for each section should somehow represent what the main idea is- what's it all about? You will have 9
 main idea words accompanied by 1 sentence descriptions each when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Why Did Farming Improve? (P. 261)
China's Trade Grows (P. 261-262)
China Discovers Coal and Steel (262-263)
The Printing Process (P. 263-264)
The Way It Was: Science and Inventions Box (P. 263)
Other Chinese Inventions (P. 264)
What Was Tang Poetry Like? (P. 264)
Painting in Song China (P. 265)
Chinese Porcelain (P. 265-266)

Example based on Scholar-Officials (P. 258-259):
Opportunity: Chinese men had the opportunity to study for the Civil Service Exams and attempt to secure a government job, which also lead to a new social class in China made up of these prestigious men and their families.

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Continue working on your Chinese Advertisement Project (assignment description on Google Classroom). Due on Thursday, 11/9/17. This assignment is not eligible for using a homework pass.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017
In Class:
Students took the STAR reading assessment. Class visit to library (make up from yesterday). 


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017
In Class:
Students were given all of 1st or 3rd period to finish their Unit 1 Assessment using their Language Arts notebooks. Finished reading and taking notes for Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society.

Homework for 10/23/17-10/27/17 (due on Friday, 10/27/17)
Language Arts:
1. Finish reading and taking quizzes for first trimester Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by this Friday, 10/27/17.

2. Using your Unit 1: In Pursuit Language Arts workbook, revisit all of the texts we have read this trimester:
Barrio Boy, The Other Side of the Sky, "The Song of Wandering Aengus," The Hobbit, Call of the Klondike, "The King of Mazy May," "The Cremation of Sam McGee," and "New Directions." Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences telling me about which text(s) you liked most and which text(s) you liked least. Be sure to include a topic sentence, reasons explaining your why you liked or didn't like the texts, and a conclusion sentence. You might want to start with: Among our Unit 1: In Pursuit texts, I enjoyed/didn't enjoy... 

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section below in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 9 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Rebuilding China's Empire (P. 253)
The Reunification of China (P. 253-255)
The Tang Dynasty (P. 255-256)
Buddhism Spreads to China and Chinese Buddhism (P. 256-257)
Chinese Buddhism Spreads East (P. 227)
The Way It Was: Focus on Everyday Life- Civil Service Exams (P. 257)
New Confucian Ideas (P. 258)
What is Neo-Confucianism? (P. 258)
Scholar-Officials (P. 258)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
In Class:
Students were given all of 1st or 3rd period to work on their Unit 1 Assessment using their Language Arts notebooks. Began reading and taking notes for Chapter 4, Section 2: Chinese Society. 

Homework for 10/23/17-10/27/17 (due on Friday, 10/27/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.

Language Arts:
1. Finish reading and taking quizzes for first trimester Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by this Friday, 10/27/17.

2. Using your Unit 1: In Pursuit Language Arts workbook, revisit all of the texts we have read this trimester:
Barrio Boy, The Other Side of the Sky, "The Song of Wandering Aengus," The Hobbit, Call of the Klondike, "The King of Mazy May," "The Cremation of Sam McGee," and "New Directions." Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences telling me about which text(s) you liked most and which text(s) you liked least. Be sure to include a topic sentence, reasons explaining your why you liked or didn't like the texts, and a conclusion sentence. You might want to start with: Among our Unit 1: In Pursuit texts, I enjoyed/didn't enjoy...

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section below in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 9 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Rebuilding China's Empire (P. 253)
The Reunification of China (P. 253-255)
The Tang Dynasty (P. 255-256)
Buddhism Spreads to China and Chinese Buddhism (P. 256-257)
Chinese Buddhism Spreads East (P. 227)
The Way It Was: Focus on Everyday Life- Civil Service Exams (P. 257)
New Confucian Ideas (P. 258)
What is Neo-Confucianism? (P. 258)
Scholar-Officials (P. 258)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017
In Class:
Students took notes on Poetic Elements and then completed the Your Turn. Students worked with a team on "The Cremation of Sam McGee" team challenge about Poetic Elements. Switch Class was on lockdown for 5th period, so students watched a movie (all student teams had finished presenting their work for The Hardest Test Ever). Remaining Homeroom teams presented their work for The Hardest Test Ever.

Homework for 10/23/17-10/27/17 (due on Friday, 10/27/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.

Language Arts:
1. Finish reading and taking quizzes for first trimester Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by this Friday, 10/27/17.

2. Using your Unit 1: In Pursuit Language Arts workbook, revisit all of the texts we have read this trimester:
Barrio Boy, The Other Side of the Sky, "The Song of Wandering Aengus," The Hobbit, Call of the Klondike, "The King of Mazy May," "The Cremation of Sam McGee," and "New Directions." Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences telling me about which text(s) you liked most and which text(s) you liked least. Be sure to include a topic sentence, reasons explaining your why you liked or didn't like the texts, and a conclusion sentence. You might want to start with: Among our Unit 1: In Pursuit texts, I enjoyed/didn't enjoy...

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section below in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 9 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Rebuilding China's Empire (P. 253)
The Reunification of China (P. 253-255)
The Tang Dynasty (P. 255-256)
Buddhism Spreads to China and Chinese Buddhism (P. 256-257)
Chinese Buddhism Spreads East (P. 227)
The Way It Was: Focus on Everyday Life- Civil Service Exams (P. 257)
New Confucian Ideas (P. 258)
What is Neo-Confucianism? (P. 258)
Scholar-Officials (P. 258)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Finished notes on Poetic Structure and students completed the Your Turn independently. Took 4-1 quiz using notes. Students presented with their groups for The Hardest Test Ever (assignment description on Google Classroom).

Homework for 10/23/17-10/27/17 (due on Friday, 10/27/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.

Language Arts:
1. Finish reading and taking quizzes for first trimester Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by this Friday, 10/27/17.

2. Using your Unit 1: In Pursuit Language Arts workbook, revisit all of the texts we have read this trimester: Barrio Boy, The Other Side of the Sky, "The Song of Wandering Aengus," The HobbitCall of the Klondike, "The King of Mazy May," "The Cremation of Sam McGee," and "New Directions." Write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences telling me about which text(s) you liked most and which text(s) you liked least. Be sure to include a topic sentence, reasons explaining your why you liked or didn't like the texts, and a conclusion sentence. You might want to start with: Among our Unit 1: In Pursuit texts, I enjoyed/didn't enjoy...

This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section below in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 9 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Rebuilding China's Empire (P. 253)
The Reunification of China (P. 253-255)
The Tang Dynasty (P. 255-256)
Buddhism Spreads to China and Chinese Buddhism (P. 256-257)
Chinese Buddhism Spreads East (P. 227)
The Way It Was: Focus on Everyday Life- Civil Service Exams (P. 257)
New Confucian Ideas (P. 258)
What is Neo-Confucianism? (P. 258)
Scholar-Officials (P. 258)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.
In Class:
Students annotated "The Cremation of Sam McGee" with word definitions shared out by peers. Went over instructions for Reward Ticket- due by Wednesday, 10/25/17 if students would like to use it. Students completed Your Turn for Word Meaning. Set up notes for Poetic Structure. Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on their group assignment for The Hardest Test Ever (assignment description in Google Classroom)- all groups will be presenting on Monday, 10/23/17.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
In Class:
Students listened to "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and then noted words that they did not recognize. Students worked with a partner to define their assigned unknown word (from list compiled by the class). Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on their group assignment for The Hardest Test Ever (assignment description in Google Classroom).

Homework for 10/17/17-10/20/17 (due on Friday, 10/20/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.

Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your In Pursuit Essay using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a test grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Both classes are excused from Social Studies homework this week- congratulations on earning your class's 15 minutes of PAT time! (Preferred Activity Time).


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
In Class:
Students created their grading criteria checklist for their In Pursuit Essay Final Draft (for absent students, see "View Only" In Pursuit Prewrite Google document attached to In Pursuit Prewrite assignment). Students were given half of 1st or 3rd period to continue working on their In Pursuit Essay Final Draft. Students were given instruction on punctuation and spacing for their final drafts. Students began working on their group assignment for The Hardest Test Ever (assignment description in Google Classroom).

Homework for 10/17/17-10/20/17 (due on Friday, 10/20/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.

Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your In Pursuit Essay using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a test grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Both classes are excused from Social Studies homework this week- congratulations on earning your class's 15 minutes of PAT time! (Preferred Activity Time).


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Students continued their In Pursuit Essay Prewrite by drafting the introduction and conclusion (assignment in Google Classroom). Finished Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites notes. Students will be given instruction on the checklist for the assignment tomorrow in class.

Homework for 10/17/17-10/20/17 (due on Friday, 10/20/17)
REMINDER: All late work to be applied toward first trimester grades is due Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. No late work from first trimester will be accepted after that.
Language Arts:

1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your In Pursuit Essay using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a test grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Both classes are excused from Social Studies homework this week- congratulations on earning your class's 15 minutes of PAT time! (Preferred Activity Time).


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
In Class:
Students continued piecing together their body paragraphs for the In Pursuit Essay Prewrite (assignment in Google Classroom). Began Chapter 4, Section 1: China Reunites notes.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
In Class:
Class library visit. Students began piecing together their first body paragraph for the In Pursuit Essay Prewrite (assignment in Google Classroom). Students took the Chapter 3: Medieval Africa test using the one side of a 3x5 index card that they prepared beforehand. Students played Chapter 3 bingo as a culminating activity.

Homework for 10/9/17-10/13/17 (due on Friday, 10/13/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your "New Directions" Writing Response using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a quiz grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish your Matisse African Dancer (assignment description on Google Classroom). Design created in class on Friday, and construction began in class on Monday.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
In Class:
Continued work on the In Pursuit Essay Prewrite (assignment in Google Classroom). Students identified obstacles and challenges for each of their three chosen people, and then determined if each person achieved their mission or not. Went over the correct answers on the Chapter 3: Medieval Africa study guide (Chapter 3 test will be on Thursday). Students may write any notes they'd like on one side of a 3x5 index card to use on Thursday's test on Chapter 3. Students played a review Kahoot for the Chapter 3 test.

Homework for 10/9/17-10/13/17 (due on Friday, 10/13/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your "New Directions" Writing Response using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a quiz grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish your Matisse African Dancer (assignment description on Google Classroom). Design created in class on Friday, and construction began in class on Monday.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
In Class:
Continued work on the In Pursuit Essay Prewrite (assignment in Google Classroom). Students chose traits or characteristics for each of their three chosen people and a piece of quoted evidence (with a transition to evidence) for each person from the appropriate excerpt. Students took the Chapter 3, Section 3: African Society and Culture quiz using their notes. Students were given the remainder of 5th or 6th period to work on their Chapter 3: Medieval Africa study guide (Chapter 3 test will be on Thursday). Students may write any notes they'd like on one side of a 3x5 index card to use on Thursday's test on Chapter 3. 

Homework for 10/9/17-10/13/17 (due on Friday, 10/13/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your "New Directions" Writing Response using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a quiz grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish your Matisse African Dancer (assignment description on Google Classroom). Design created in class on Friday, and construction began in class on Monday.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries and ask questions. Went over this week's homework. Created a checklist for the "New Directions" Writing Response to help students understand the grading criteria for the quiz grade (being completed for homework this week). Began work on the In Pursuit Essay Prewrite (assignment in Google Classroom). Students chose the three people they are going to center their essay around, and wrote a sentence explaining each person's mission in their Prewrite document. Students chose paper colors and began work on their Matisse African Dancer (to be finished for homework this week).  

Homework for 10/9/17-10/13/17 (due on Friday, 10/13/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish your "New Directions" Writing Response using your checklist as a rubric for grading. This will be entered as a quiz grade. If a student is unable to complete this assignment electronically, I need to know as soon as possible. 

Social Studies: 
Finish your Matisse African Dancer (assignment description on Google Classroom). Design created in class on Friday, and construction began in class on Monday.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
In Class:
Students began their "New Directions" Writing prompt in class, given step by step instructions (assignment description on Google Classroom). This writing prompt will be finished for homework next week. Went over instructions for the African Matisse Dancer project. Students began sketching and brainstorming their dancer in their Social Studies notebooks.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017
In Class:
Finished notes for Denotation Vs. Connotation and completed the Your Turn. Completed the Focus questions for "New Directions." Finished notes for Chapter 3, Section 3: African Society and Culture. Watched a movie clip about African music.

Homework for 10/2/17-10/6/17 (due on Friday, 10/6/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for Call of the Klondike. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Sundiata: The Hungering Lion (p. 215-220). Then write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences summarizing the story. Retell the main events using at least four transitions. For example: At the beginning of the story, The next thing that happened was, Then, Afterward, At the end of the story. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.
2. Finish your Kente cloth (if not finished in class by Tuesday).


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
In Class:
Students took notes on Informational Text Elements and Denotation Vs. Connotation. Completed the Your Turn for Informational Text Elements and Figurative Language. Began notes for Chapter 3, Section 3: African Society and Culture.

Homework for 10/2/17-10/6/17 (due on Friday, 10/6/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for Call of the Klondike. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Sundiata: The Hungering Lion (p. 215-220). Then write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences summarizing the story. Retell the main events using at least four transitions. For example: At the beginning of the story, The next thing that happened was, Then, Afterward, At the end of the story. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.
2. Finish your Kente cloth (if not finished in class by Tuesday).



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
In Class:
Students read "New Directions" while annotating the excerpt. Students completed their vocabulary predictions for the bold words. Took the Chapter 3, Section 2: Africa's Religion and Government quiz, using notes. Students continued working on African kente "cloths" for the remainder of 5th or 6th period (assignment description on Google Classroom- continued from yesterday). Students will not be given any additional time to work on kente cloths in class- due on Friday. Read The Girl Who Spun Gold (AR test opportunity).

Homework for 10/2/17-10/6/17 (due on Friday, 10/6/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for Call of the Klondike. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Sundiata: The Hungering Lion (p. 215-220). Then write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences summarizing the story. Retell the main events using at least four transitions. For example: At the beginning of the story, The next thing that happened was, Then, Afterward, At the end of the story. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.
2. Finish your Kente cloth (if not finished in class by Tuesday).



MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017
In Class:
Students checked Aeries for updated grades. Went over this week's homework. Read The King of Mazy May while discussing. Afterward students created a Six Word Memoir for the short story with their team. Began working on African kente "cloths," assignment description on Google Classroom. Students will be given most of 5th or 6th period tomorrow to continue working, and then the kente cloths will be due on Friday.

Homework for 10/2/17-10/6/17 (due on Friday, 10/6/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for Call of the Klondike. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Sundiata: The Hungering Lion (p. 215-220). Then write a paragraph of at least 7 sentences summarizing the story. Retell the main events using at least four transitions. For example: At the beginning of the story, The next thing that happened was, Then, Afterward, At the end of the story. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.
2. Finish your Kente cloth (if not finished in class by Tuesday). 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
In Class:
Students completed the assignment Call of the Klondike: Graphic Organizer on Google Classroom. 5th and 6th period both classes were combined to complete the Solar Cooker activity. Read Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (AR test opportunity).


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
In Class:
Class library visit. Finished notes for Skill: Informational Text Structures. Completed Your Turn question. Finished notes for Chapter 3, Section 2: Africa's Religion and Government. Read 14 Cows for America (AR test opportunity).


Homework for 9/25/17-9/29/17 (due on Friday, 9/29/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the last section of the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart. Students should find at least 9 pieces of quoted evidence total for the last section of their chart (a total of 9 pieces of quoted evidence among the 3 columns). The final portion of this assignment (focusing on paragraphs 10-19) may be completed on paper.

Social Studies:
1. Finish working on your Maps of Africa (assignment description and requirements on Google Classroom).

2. Reread Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Africa's Geography (P. 207)
A Vast and Diverse Continent (P. 208)
What is the African Plateau? (P. 208)
Who Were the Bantu? (P. 209)
Trade Caravans Begin (P. 209)
Rise of Ghana (P. 210)
How Did Mali Begin? (P. 210-211)
Rise of Songhai (P. 211)
The Way It Was box "Focus on Everyday Life" (P. 212)
Kingdoms of the Rain Forest (P. 213)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
In Class:
Students completed Comprehension Questions for Call of the Klondike with a partner. Went over the scores and began notes for Skill: Informational Text Structures. Took quiz for Sundiata and continued notes for Chapter 3, Section 2: Africa's Religion and Government.

Homework for 9/25/17-9/29/17 (due on Friday, 9/29/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the last section of the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart. Students should find at least 9 pieces of quoted evidence total for the last section of their chart (a total of 9 pieces of quoted evidence among the 3 columns). The final portion of this assignment (focusing on paragraphs 10-19) may be completed on paper.

Social Studies:
1. Finish working on your Maps of Africa (assignment description and requirements on Google Classroom).

2. Reread Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Africa's Geography (P. 207)
A Vast and Diverse Continent (P. 208)
What is the African Plateau? (P. 208)
Who Were the Bantu? (P. 209)
Trade Caravans Begin (P. 209)
Rise of Ghana (P. 210)
How Did Mali Begin? (P. 210-211)
Rise of Songhai (P. 211)
The Way It Was box "Focus on Everyday Life" (P. 212)
Kingdoms of the Rain Forest (P. 213)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
In Class:
Students completed discussion questions and vocabulary work for Call of the Klondike. Finished reading Sundiata: The Hungering Lion while taking notes. Began notes for Chapter 3, Section 2: Africa's Religion and Government.

Homework for 9/25/17-9/29/17 (due on Friday, 9/29/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the last section of the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart. Students should find at least 9 pieces of quoted evidence total for the last section of their chart (a total of 9 pieces of quoted evidence among the 3 columns). The final portion of this assignment (focusing on paragraphs 10-19) may be completed on paper.

Social Studies:
1. Finish working on your Maps of Africa (assignment description and requirements on Google Classroom).

2. Reread Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Africa's Geography (P. 207)
A Vast and Diverse Continent (P. 208)
What is the African Plateau? (P. 208)
Who Were the Bantu? (P. 209)
Trade Caravans Begin (P. 209)
Rise of Ghana (P. 210)
How Did Mali Begin? (P. 210-211)
Rise of Songhai (P. 211)
The Way It Was box "Focus on Everyday Life" (P. 212)
Kingdoms of the Rain Forest (P. 213)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries for updated grades. Went over this week's homework. Watched an introduction video clip for Call of the Klondike while students listened for the answer to their assigned question. Read Call of the Klondike and made inferences about the sources used for each section. Began reading Sundiata: The Hungering Lion while taking notes.

Homework for 9/25/17-9/29/17 (due on Friday, 9/29/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the last section of the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart. Students should find at least 9 pieces of quoted evidence total for the last section of their chart (a total of 9 pieces of quoted evidence among the 3 columns). The final portion of this assignment (focusing on paragraphs 10-19) may be completed on paper.

Social Studies:
1. Finish working on your Maps of Africa (assignment description and requirements on Google Classroom).

2. Reread Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Africa's Geography (P. 207)
A Vast and Diverse Continent (P. 208)
What is the African Plateau? (P. 208)
Who Were the Bantu? (P. 209)
Trade Caravans Begin (P. 209)
Rise of Ghana (P. 210)
How Did Mali Begin? (P. 210-211)
Rise of Songhai (P. 211)
The Way It Was box "Focus on Everyday Life" (P. 212)
Kingdoms of the Rain Forest (P. 213)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
In Class:
Students continued working on the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart (students will finish the last part of the assignment for homework next week). Students were given the remainder of 5th or 6th period to work on their Maps of Africa (assignment description on Google Classroom) after taking their quiz on Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. If students did not complete their maps then they will finish them as part of their homework next week.

Homework for 9/18/17-9/22/17 (due on Friday, 9/22/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Use the checklist created on Friday in "The Song of Wandering Aengus" test to revise and edit your written response before turning it in. The checklist will be the rubric for your grade on the test.

Social Studies:
Using your notes for all of Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations and/or your book (p. 175-197), write a paragraph of at least seven sentences describing your favorite facts you learned from the chapter. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. This assignment may be done on paper or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
In Class:
Students reread the excerpt of The Hobbit with their teams. Students watched the video clip of The Hobbit that matches the excerpt read in class. In their Language Arts notebooks, students answered questions comparing the movie to the text. Students watched Wonder of Africa: Islam & Christianity in Africa while writing down 15 facts from the movie in their Social Studies notebooks.

Homework for 9/18/17-9/22/17 (due on Friday, 9/22/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Use the checklist created on Friday in "The Song of Wandering Aengus" test to revise and edit your written response before turning it in. The checklist will be the rubric for your grade on the test.

Social Studies:
Using your notes for all of Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations and/or your book (p. 175-197), write a paragraph of at least seven sentences describing your favorite facts you learned from the chapter. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. This assignment may be done on paper or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
In Class:
Students began working on the Google Classroom assignment The Hobbit: Baggins Vs. Took Evidence Chart (students will continue working in class on Friday). Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on their Maps of Africa (assignment description on Google Classroom).

Homework for 9/18/17-9/22/17 (due on Friday, 9/22/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Use the checklist created on Friday in "The Song of Wandering Aengus" test to revise and edit your written response before turning it in. The checklist will be the rubric for your grade on the test.

Social Studies:
Using your notes for all of Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations and/or your book (p. 175-197), write a paragraph of at least seven sentences describing your favorite facts you learned from the chapter. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. This assignment may be done on paper or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
In Class:
Read the excerpt of The Hobbit while taking note of character traits for Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, and Gloin. Finished reading and taking notes on Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations. Went over instructions for the Map of Africa (assignment description on Google Classroom).

Homework for 9/18/17-9/22/17 (due on Friday, 9/22/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Use the checklist created on Friday in "The Song of Wandering Aengus" test to revise and edit your written response before turning it in. The checklist will be the rubric for your grade on the test.

Social Studies:
Using your notes for all of Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations and/or your book (p. 175-197), write a paragraph of at least seven sentences describing your favorite facts you learned from the chapter. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. This assignment may be done on paper or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
In Class:
Students were given an opportunity to check Aeries before grades are finalized for progress reports. Went over this week's homework. Students completed Blast: Go Figure. Continued notes for Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations.

Homework for 9/18/17-9/22/17 (due on Friday, 9/22/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Use the checklist created on Friday in "The Song of Wandering Aengus" test to revise and edit your written response before turning it in. The checklist will be the rubric for your grade on the test. 

Social Studies:
Using your notes for all of Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations and/or your book (p. 175-197), write a paragraph of at least seven sentences describing your favorite facts you learned from the chapter. Your paragraph must include a topic sentence and a conclusion sentence. This assignment may be done on paper or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment on Google Classroom.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
In Class:
Students continued working on "The Song of Wandering Aengus" Test on Google Classroom (see assignment on Google Classroom). Students completed their conclusion sentence following instruction. Students created a checklist to guide their test revision and editing for next week as homework. Students may use the additional item, "The Song of Wandering Aengus" Conclusion Steps & Checklist (added to the Google Classroom assignment Song of Wandering Aengus Test) if they missed anything in class. Students began reading and taking notes for Chapter 3, Section 1: The Rise of African Civilizations.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
In Class:
Class visit to library. Students continued working on "The Song of Wandering Aengus" Test on Google Classroom (see assignment on Google Classroom). Students completed their two independent pieces of evidence and the reasoning for each piece of evidence. Students took the Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations test using the note card they had prepared. Students were given the last half of 5th or 6th period to work on their test for "The Song of Wandering Aengus" from this morning, their Muslim carpet, or their Wonderopolis work.

Homework for 9/12/17-9/15/17 (due on Friday, 9/15/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the Metaphors on Wonderopolis assignment started in class on Friday. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. Additional instruction will be provided in class on Tuesday (9/12/17) since the assignment was started with a substitute teacher on Friday (9/8/17). If you are unable to work on this assignment electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom (was assigned last Tuesday, 9/6/17 and instructions were reviewed in class).


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
In Class:
Students completed Skills Focus Question #5 in their books, which lead into the instruction for "The Song of Wandering Aengus" Test on Google Classroom (see assignment on Google Classroom). Students completed writing their topic sentence about the theme, their evidence #3 (the required metaphor) and the reasoning for it, and selected their two other pieces of quoted evidence for their response. Went over the answers for the Chapter 2: Islamic Civilizations study guide. Students played a review Kahoot.  For the Chapter 2 test tomorrow, students may cover one side of a 3x5 card with anything they can fit handwritten. Students will not be allowed to use their notes or study guide on the test.

Homework for 9/12/17-9/15/17 (due on Friday, 9/15/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the Metaphors on Wonderopolis assignment started in class on Friday. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. Additional instruction will be provided in class on Tuesday (9/12/17) since the assignment was started with a substitute teacher on Friday (9/8/17). If you are unable to work on this assignment electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom (was assigned last Tuesday, 9/6/17 and instructions were reviewed in class).


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
In Class:
Students checked grades on Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Students received instruction on the Metaphors on Wonderopolis assignment- quoted evidence must be present in their word predictions. Students completed the Your Turn assignment for Theme. Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on their Chapter 2: Islamic Civilization study guide. The study guide does not need to be turned in, it is only a tool to help focus students' studying. For the Chapter 2 test on Thursday, students may cover one side of a 3x5 card with anything they can fit handwritten. Students will not be allowed to use their notes or study guide on the test.

Homework for 9/12/17-9/15/17 (due on Friday, 9/15/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the Metaphors on Wonderopolis assignment started in class on Friday. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. Additional instruction will be provided in class on Tuesday (9/12/17) since the assignment was started with a substitute teacher on Friday (9/8/17). If you are unable to work on this assignment electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
Finish working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom (was assigned last Tuesday, 9/6/17 and instructions were reviewed in class).


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
In Class:
Students were given all of 1st or 3rd period to work on the Metaphors on Wonderopolis assignment on Google Classroom. Students wrote 15 facts from the movie Ancient Cities of the Arab World: Volume 1 in their Social Studies notebooks during 5th or 6th period.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
In Class:
Students took notes on "The Song of Wandering Aengus" skills: Figurative Language and Theme. Students completed the Your Turn assignment for Figurative Language. Students took the quiz for Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life using their notes. Students presented their Most Marvelous Mosque slide when it appeared during the class compilation slideshow.

Homework for 9/5/17-9/8/17 (due on Friday, 9/8/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish The Other Side of the Sky quiz. Be sure to check your work carefully for missing capitals, missing punctuation, and typos before turning it in. If you are unable to work on the quiz electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words to receive credit. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Trade and Everyday Life (P. 191)
The Success of Muslim Traders (P. 191)
The Way It Was "Focus on Everyday Life" box (P. 192)
What Were Muslim Cities Like? (P. 192)
Muslim Society (P 192-193)
Muslim Achievements (P. 193-194)
Mathematics and Science (P. 194)
Biography of Omar Khayyam and Ibn Kahldun (P. 195)
Muslim Writing (P. 196)
Art and Buildings (P. 196-197)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Begin working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. This assignment is not due until Friday, 9/15/17.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
In Class:
Students assessed their vocabulary predictions for "The Song of Wandering Aengus." Students took notes as a Think Question response was modeled. Students worked with a partner on verbally creating a think question, and then practiced typing a response to one independently in Google Classroom. Students created a Most Marvelous Mosque slide (assignment description on Google Classroom) to be part of a whole class slideshow tomorrow.

Homework for 9/5/17-9/8/17 (due on Friday, 9/8/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish The Other Side of the Sky quiz. Be sure to check your work carefully for missing capitals, missing punctuation, and typos before turning it in. If you are unable to work on the quiz electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words to receive credit. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Trade and Everyday Life (P. 191)
The Success of Muslim Traders (P. 191)
The Way It Was "Focus on Everyday Life" box (P. 192)
What Were Muslim Cities Like? (P. 192)
Muslim Society (P 192-193)
Muslim Achievements (P. 193-194)
Mathematics and Science (P. 194)
Biography of Omar Khayyam and Ibn Kahldun (P. 195)
Muslim Writing (P. 196)
Art and Buildings (P. 196-197)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Begin working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. This assignment is not due until Friday, 9/15/17.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
In Class:
Students checked grades on Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Read "The Song of Wandering Aengus" while making annotations. Students participated in discussion questions and completed their vocabulary predictions with their teams for the poem. Went over the main idea homework expectations for Social Studies, the first two sections were modeled for students. Main ideas must be in students' own words. Main ideas may not be copied from the text. Went over the expectations for the Muslim Carpet (due Friday, 9/15/17).

Homework for 9/5/17-9/8/17 (due on Friday, 9/8/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish The Other Side of the Sky quiz. Be sure to check your work carefully for missing capitals, missing punctuation, and typos before turning it in. If you are unable to work on the quiz electronically at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Social Studies:
1. Reread Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section in your own words to receive credit. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
Trade and Everyday Life (P. 191)
The Success of Muslim Traders (P. 191)
The Way It Was "Focus on Everyday Life" box (P. 192)
What Were Muslim Cities Like? (P. 192)
Muslim Society (P 192-193)
Muslim Achievements (P. 193-194)
Mathematics and Science (P. 194)
Biography of Omar Khayyam and Ibn Kahldun (P. 195)
Muslim Writing (P. 196)
Art and Buildings (P. 196-197)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

2. Begin working on your Muslim Carpet. The assignment description is on Google Classroom. This assignment is not due until Friday, 9/15/17.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
In Class:
Students were given all of 1st or 3rd period to work on The Other Side of the Sky quiz. Students should finish and/or double check their work before turning in next week for homework. If unable to complete electronically at home, students should let me know as soon as possible. Students finished notes for Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017
In Class:
Class visit to the library. Went over instructions for The Other Side of the Sky quiz that students will be given all of 1st or 3rd period tomorrow to begin. Students were given ten minutes during 5th or 6th period to continue or finish working on the Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires Research Links Challenge (assignment example in Google Classroom). No additional class time will be given for this assignment. The Research Links Challenge will be due on Wednesday, 9/6/17. Students began notes for Chapter 2, Section 3: Muslim Ways of Life.

Homework for 8/28/17-9/1/17 (due on Friday, 9/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for The Other Side of the Sky. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
1. The Spread of Islam (p. 182-183)
2. The Muslims Build an Empire (p. 183-184)
3. Preaching and Trading (p. 184)
4. The Muslims in Spain (p. 184)
5. Struggles Within Islam & How Did Islam Split? (p. 185)
6. Who Were the Abbasids? (p. 186)
7. The Seljuk Turks (p. 186)
8. Later Muslim Empires & Who Were the Ottomans? (p. 187)
9. The Ottoman Government (p. 188)
10. Who Were the Moguls? (p. 189)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017
In Class:
Students finished notes for The Other Side of the Sky Skill: Textual Evidence. Students completed the Your Turn for The Other Side of the Sky. Students completed the Skills Focus questions for The Other Side of the Sky. Students took the quiz for Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires using their notes. Students were given the remainder of 5th or 6th period to finish working on the Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires Research Links Challenge (assignment example in Google Classroom).

Homework for 8/28/17-9/1/17 (due on Friday, 9/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for The Other Side of the Sky. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
1. The Spread of Islam (p. 182-183)
2. The Muslims Build an Empire (p. 183-184)
3. Preaching and Trading (p. 184)
4. The Muslims in Spain (p. 184)
5. Struggles Within Islam & How Did Islam Split? (p. 185)
6. Who Were the Abbasids? (p. 186)
7. The Seljuk Turks (p. 186)
8. Later Muslim Empires & Who Were the Ottomans? (p. 187)
9. The Ottoman Government (p. 188)
10. Who Were the Moguls? (p. 189)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.



TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017
In Class:
Students completed discussion questions and vocabulary predictions work for The Other Side of the Sky. Students began notes for The Other Side of the Sky Skill: Textual Evidence. Students were given all of 5th or 6th period to work on the Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires Research Links Challenge (assignment example in Google Classroom).

Homework for 8/28/17-9/1/17 (due on Friday, 9/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for The Other Side of the Sky. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question: What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:
1. The Spread of Islam (p. 182-183)
2. The Muslims Build an Empire (p. 183-184)
3. Preaching and Trading (p. 184)
4. The Muslims in Spain (p. 184)
5. Struggles Within Islam & How Did Islam Split? (p. 185)
6. Who Were the Abbasids? (p. 186)
7. The Seljuk Turks (p. 186)
8. Later Muslim Empires & Who Were the Ottomans? (p. 187)
9. The Ottoman Government (p. 188)
10. Who Were the Moguls? (p. 189)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.



MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2017
In Class:
Students checked grades on Aeries. Went over this week's homework. Students set up restates for this week's think question for homework. Read The Other Side of the Sky while taking first read notes. Went over instructions for the Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires Research Links Challenge (to be completed in class tomorrow, assignment example in Google Classroom).

Homework for 8/28/17-9/1/17 (due on Friday, 9/1/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete one Think Question for The Other Side of the Sky. Students may choose from #1-3. Students must follow the correct steps (see Think Question Answer Steps notes in their Language Arts notebook). This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Reread Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. As you read, write a one sentence main idea for each section. Your one sentence main idea should answer the question:  What is the main idea of the section? (Or what's it all about? from our Main Idea and Central Idea notes in your Language Arts notebook.) You will have 10 main ideas when you are done, one for each of these sections:  
1. The Spread of Islam (p. 182-183)
2. The Muslims Build an Empire (p. 183-184)
3. Preaching and Trading (p. 184)
4. The Muslims in Spain (p. 184)
5. Struggles Within Islam & How Did Islam Split? (p. 185)
6. Who Were the Abbasids? (p. 186)
7. The Seljuk Turks (p. 186)
8. Later Muslim Empires & Who Were the Ottomans? (p. 187)
9. The Ottoman Government (p. 188)
10. Who Were the Moguls? (p. 189)
This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.



FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017
In Class:
Students completed Blast: Life Changers. Students wrote 15 facts they learned from the movie The Arab World: Art and Architecture, Volume 2.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017
In Class:
Students compared their vocabulary predictions from yesterday to the words' true definitions and highlighted predictions that came close to the true meanings. Students came up with a description of the main idea for Barrio Boy. The class worked through the Your Turn questions for Barrio Boy together. Students worked with partners to complete Skills Focus questions #1 and #4. Students wrote 15 facts they learned from the movie The Arab World: Art and Architecture, Volume 1.

Homework for 8/21/17-8/25/17 (due on Friday, 8/25/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete either Think Question #2 or #3 for Barrio Boy. Students must follow the format reviewed in class on Monday, 8/21/17, in order to receive full credit. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish the 5 Pillars of Me assignment (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom). Students were given 25 minutes to start the assignment in class on Friday, 8/18/17 and 25 minutes to continue working on the assignment in class on Monday, 8/21/17.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
In Class:
Students completed their vocabulary predictions for Barrio Boy using their context clues notes taken yesterday in class. Students took notes on Main Idea and Central Idea. Student groups finished presenting for Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires.

Homework for 8/21/17-8/25/17 (due on Friday, 8/25/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete either Think Question #2 or #3 for Barrio Boy. Students must follow the format reviewed in class on Monday, 8/21/17, in order to receive full credit. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish the 5 Pillars of Me assignment (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom). Students were given 25 minutes to start the assignment in class on Friday, 8/18/17 and 25 minutes to continue working on the assignment in class on Monday, 8/21/17.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017
In Class:
Students were given more instruction on the think questions assigned for homework. Sentence starters were provided for every part of the response for Think Questions #2 and #3 for Barrio Boy. Students were encouraged to write down the sentence starters or use them as a checklist for the homework (if already completed). Students took notes on the six types of context clues. Students finished working with their group on their assigned section of Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. Student groups began reading and presenting in front of the class.

Homework for 8/21/17-8/25/17 (due on Friday, 8/25/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete either Think Question #2 or #3 for Barrio Boy. Students must follow the format reviewed in class on Monday, 8/21/17, in order to receive full credit. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish the 5 Pillars of Me assignment (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom). Students were given 25 minutes to start the assignment in class on Friday, 8/18/17 and 25 minutes to continue working on the assignment in class on Monday, 8/21/17.


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017
In Class:
Students took notes on Think Question Answer Steps, then wrote down the modeled example written for Think Question #1 for Barrio BoyStudents continued working on their 5 Pillars of Me (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom). Students began to work with their group on their assigned section of Chapter 2, Section 2: Islamic Empires. 

Homework for 8/21/17-8/25/17 (due on Friday, 8/25/17)
Language Arts:
1. Continue reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Complete either Think Question #2 or #3 for Barrio Boy. Students must follow the format reviewed in class on Monday, 8/21/17, in order to receive full credit. This assignment may be completed on loose paper to turn into the basket or electronically in a Google Document and uploaded to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.

Social Studies:
Finish the 5 Pillars of Me assignment (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom). Students were given 25 minutes to start the assignment in class on Friday, 8/18/17 and 25 minutes to continue working on the assignment in class on Monday, 8/21/17.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017
In Class:
Class read the excerpt of Barrio Boy, while annotating their ELA workbooks. Students participated in the discussion questions for Barrio Boy as well. Students began working on their 5 Pillars of Me (see assignment description and example in Google Classroom).


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017
In Class:
Class visit to the library. Students completed a complete sentences preassessment. Finished notes for Chapter 2, Section 1: The Rise of Islam.

Homework for 8/14/17-8/18/17 (due on Friday, 8/18/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the 6 Levels of Moral Development bookmark (started in class on Friday during 2nd period Universal Access time).
3. Complete the Hand Letter (instructions reviewed in class on Monday, assignment description is on Google Classroom).
4. Homeroom Only: Finish your goals-setting sheet for conferences. You should have one academic goal, one non-academic goal, and one health related goal.

Social Studies:
In at least 7 sentences, write your Name Story. Some questions you may want to answer are: What is your full name? Why were you given this name? Are there any special connections to your name in your family? Do you have any nicknames? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you could choose a different name for yourself, would you? If yes, what name would you choose? If completed electronically, please upload a Google Document to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017
In Class:
Students worked on the i-Ready diagnostic both periods.

Homework for 8/14/17-8/18/17 (due on Friday, 8/18/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the 6 Levels of Moral Development bookmark (started in class on Friday during 2nd period Universal Access time).
3. Complete the Hand Letter (instructions reviewed in class on Monday, assignment description is on Google Classroom).
4. Homeroom Only: Finish your goals-setting sheet for conferences. You should have one academic goal, one non-academic goal, and one health related goal.

Social Studies:
In at least 7 sentences, write your Name Story. Some questions you may want to answer are: What is your full name? Why were you given this name? Are there any special connections to your name in your family? Do you have any nicknames? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you could choose a different name for yourself, would you? If yes, what name would you choose? If completed electronically, please upload a Google Document to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
In Class:
Went over Aeries for reviewing grades, Renaissance Place for checking progress toward AR goals, and this week's homework. Students completed Blast: In Pursuit. Students began notes on Chapter 2, Section 1: The Rise of Islam.

Homework for 8/14/17-8/18/17 (due on Friday, 8/18/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the 6 Levels of Moral Development bookmark (started in class on Friday during 2nd period Universal Access time).
3. Complete the Hand Letter (instructions reviewed in class on Monday, assignment description is on Google Classroom).
4. Homeroom Only: Finish your goals-setting sheet for conferences. You should have one academic goal, one non-academic goal, and one health related goal.

Social Studies:
In at least 7 sentences, write your Name Story. Some questions you may want to answer are: What is your full name? Why were you given this name? Are there any special connections to your name in your family? Do you have any nicknames? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you could choose a different name for yourself, would you? If yes, what name would you choose? If completed electronically, please upload a Google Document to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 2017
In Class:
Students were given 1st or 3rd period to work on their hand letters. Students watched a movie called "What is Islam?" to introduce our first chapter in Social Studies.

Homework for 8/14/17-8/18/17 (due on Friday, 8/18/17)
Language Arts:
1. Begin reading toward Accelerated Reader (AR) goals. Students' individual goals are available to view on Renaissance Place. Students must meet their goal by Friday, 10/27/17.
2. Finish the 6 Levels of Moral Development bookmark (started in class on Friday during 2nd period Universal Access time).
3. Complete the Hand Letter (instructions reviewed in class on Monday, assignment description is on Google Classroom).
4. Homeroom Only: Finish your goals-setting sheet for conferences. You should have one academic goal, one non-academic goal, and one health related goal.

Social Studies:
In at least 7 sentences, write your Name Story. Some questions you may want to answer are:  What is your full name? Why were you given this name? Are there any special connections to your name in your family? Do you have any nicknames? Do you like your name? Why or why not? If you could choose a different name for yourself, would you? If yes, what name would you choose? If completed electronically, please upload a Google Document to the appropriate assignment in Google Classroom.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2017
In Class:
Students set up their Language Arts and Social Studies notebooks. Notes were taken on the Unit 1: In Pursuit overview, as well as blast guidelines and peer review guidelines. Students were given an opportunity to start their 6 Levels of Moral Development bookmark. 5th or 6th period students were given an opportunity to finish their world map (due Tuesday if not completed today in class).


THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017
In Class:
Students took the STAR reading test (the first Accelerated Reader goal will be based upon their score). Students finished their Teacherweb scavenger hunts and began working on their own version of a world map during 5th or 6th period. Assignment requirements are on Google Classroom, and students wrote a checklist for themselves on the back of their map.

Homework for 8/7/17-8/11/17 (due on Friday, 8/11/17)
Homeroom Only:
Complete and return the Pride Planner form.

Both Classes:
1. Complete the return portion of Mrs. Kvalheim's letter.
2. Voluntarily purchase a notebook with a divider of some sort (or two notebooks, one for each subject) for Language Arts and Social Studies, if desired. See note in Mrs. Kvalheim's letter regarding this.
3. Bring in a mounted family picture with the following phrase completed: Family is...


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017
In Class:
Students worked with a group to determine what portions of their assigned Pride Planner sections should be highlighted. Students shared out to the class the most important highlighted portions for the class to highlight as well. Students logged into chromebooks for the first time and confirmed they could successfully log into Renaissance Place. Students set up their Google Classroom classes for Mrs. Kvalheim and Mrs. Calonge. Students completed a Teacherweb scavenger hunt with their shoulder partner.

Homework for 8/7/17-8/11/17 (due on Friday, 8/11/17)
Homeroom Only:
Complete and return the Pride Planner form.

Both Classes:
1. Complete the return portion of Mrs. Kvalheim's letter.
2. Voluntarily purchase a notebook with a divider of some sort (or two notebooks, one for each subject) for Language Arts and Social Studies, if desired. See note in Mrs. Kvalheim's letter regarding this.
3. Bring in a mounted family picture with the following phrase completed: Family is...


TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017
In Class:
Students played Find Someone Who to get better acquainted with their classmates. Watched a video clip about the 6 Levels of Moral Development and students analyzed the motivation for several of their own behaviors. Students had a scavenger hunt in the classroom with a peer they did not know well. 

Homework for 8/7/17-8/11/17 (due on Friday, 8/11/17)
Homeroom Only:
Complete and return the Pride Planner form.

Both Classes:
1. Complete the return portion of Mrs. Kvalheim's letter.
2. Voluntarily purchase a notebook with a divider of some sort (or two notebooks, one for each subject) for Language Arts and Social Studies, if desired. See note in Mrs. Kvalheim's letter regarding this.
3. Bring in a mounted family picture with the following phrase completed: Family is...


MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
In Class:
Went over Mrs. Kvalheim's letter regarding classroom policies and expectations. Students played Jeopardy in teams using the letter to answer questions.

Homework for 8/7/17-8/11/17 (due on Friday, 8/11/17)
Homeroom Only:
Complete and return the Pride Planner form.

Both Classes:
1. Complete the return portion of Mrs. Kvalheim's letter.
2. Voluntarily purchase a notebook with a divider of some sort (or two notebooks, one for each subject) for Language Arts and Social Studies, if desired. See note in Mrs. Kvalheim's letter regarding this.
3. Bring in a mounted family picture with the following phrase completed:  Family is...