It is my pleasure to introduce my student teacher, Suzanne Damra! Ms. Damra will be under the direct supervision of myself until the end of the 2015 school year, inshaAllah.  Below is a mini-bio about her!


Greetings! E’ssalamu Alaykum! My name is Suzanne Damra. I am thrilled and honored to be student teaching under the direct supervision of Ms. Sanna Khan, for grades 6th, 7th and 8th English Language and Composition, until the end of this year. A few interesting facts about me is that I am currently a senior at North Park University in Chicago. I will be receiving my Bachelors of Arts in English Literature (Secondary Education) as well as certification in Special Education, InshAllah, in June of 2015. I have taught for my Mini- Teaching clinical experience at Mary, Seat of Wisdom, in Park Ridge for a 6th grade English Literature class. I am also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. As a student at North Park University, I have participated in extracurricular activities such as being a member of MESA, which is Middle Eastern Student Association. I have also worked a few different jobs, including retail and currently work part-time at Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, in Chicago, assisting with a population of individuals with special needs. I can speak fluent Arabic, and have traveled abroad to Amman, Jordan. Some of my hobbies are reading, spending time with family, and watching foreign films. I look forward to this wonderful experience at MCC Academy with students, staff, and family members. 

-Ms. Suzanne Damra


Vocabulary Words for 3/12/15--3/19/15

6th Grade
1) analogy
3) convert
4) manipulate 
5) paradigm
6) precise
7) protocol
8) qualitative

7th Grade 
1) attribute
2) compile
3) distort
4) dynamic
5) empirical
6) entity
7) fluctuate
8) generate
9) implicate
10) innovate

8th Grade 
1) amend
2) anticipate
3) concurrent
4) conform
5) controversy
6) dimension
7) dispose
8) integrate
9) intrinsic

Vocabulary Words for 3/2-3/9

6th Grade
1) aggregate
2) scheme
3) circumstance
4) component
6) differentiate
7) discrete
8) emerge
9) encounter
10) framework

7th Grade
1) analogy
2) confer
3) convert
4) manipulate
5) paradigm
6) precise
7) protocol
8) qualitative

8th Grade

1) attribute
2) compile
3) distort
4) dynamic
5) empirical
6) entity
7) fluctuate
8) generate
9) implicate
10) innovate
Research Topics for Middle School Research Essay

6th Grade Topics

· Why do we sleep?

· How do GPS systems work?

· What was life like for a gladiator?

· What happened during the Salem witch trials?

· Are there any effective means of repelling insects?

· How did trains and railroads change life in America?

· How is bulletproof clothing made?

· What Olympic events were practiced in ancient Greece?

· How did Cleopatra come to power in Egypt and what did she accomplish during her reign?

· What is life like inside of a beehive?

· What makes the platypus a unique and interesting mammal?

· How does tobacco use affect the human body?

· What is daily life like for a Buddhist monk?

· What technologies are available to home owners to help them conserve energy?

· How have oil spills affected the planet and what steps are being taken to prevent them?

· What is the curse of the pharaohs?

· Why was Socrates executed?

· What is alchemy and how has it been attempted?

· How do submarines work?

· Do lie detector tests accurately determine truthful statements?

· How does a hybrid car save energy?

· What are the risks of artificial tanning or prolonged exposure to the sun?

· What steps are involved in creating a movie or television show?

· How did Joan of Arc change history?

· How does a shark hunt?

· How does the human brain store and retrieve memories?

· What causes tornados?

· What happened to Amelia Earhart?

· How does night vision work?

· What causes desert mirages and how do they affect wanderers?

· What are the risks of climate change and global warming?

7th Grade Topics

· Who was the first person to reach the North Pole?

· Did anybody ever escape Alcatraz?

· What may have occurred during the Roswell UFO incident of 1947?

· What are the major theories explaining the disappearance of the dinosaurs?

· How was the skateboard invented and how has it changed over the years?

· How did the long bow contribute to English military dominance?

· What caused the stock market crash of 2008?

· How has airport security intensified since September 11th, 2001?

· How do computer viruses spread and in what ways do they affect computers?

· What are the origins of the conflict in Darfur?

· How did gunpowder change warfare?

· In what ways do Wal-Mart stores affect local economies?

· How were cats and dogs domesticated and for what purposes?

· What do historians know about ninjas?

· How has the music industry been affected by the internet and digital downloading?

· What was the women’s suffrage movement and how did it change America?

· What efforts are being taken to protect endangered wildlife?

· How much does the war on drugs cost Americans each year?

· How is text messaging/text language affecting teen literacy?

· What was the Magna Carta and how did it change England?

· How did ancient sailors navigate the globe?

· How are black holes formed?

· How was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln plotted and executed?

· How did Julius Caesar affect Rome?

· What are some common sleep disorders and how are they treated?

· How is internet censorship used in China and around the world?

· What was the code of the Bushido and how did it affect samurai warriors?

· What programs are available to help war veterans get back into society?

· What responsibilities do secret service agents have?

· Has the Patriot Act prevented or stopped terrorist acts in America?

· Do states that allow citizens to carry guns have higher or lower crime rates?

· How are the Great Depression and the Great Recession similar and different?

· What was the Manhattan Project and what impact did it have on the world?

· How did the black plague affect Europe?

· How did the Roman Empire fall?

· How did Genghis Khan conquer Persia?

· What was the cultural significance of the first moon landing?

· Who is Vlad the Impaler and what is his connection to Count Dracula?

· Who was a greater inventor, Leonardo di Vinci or Thomas Edison?

· How are the Chinese and American economies similar and different?

8th Grade Topics

· Advertising

o Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality/annoyance – alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds, etc…?

· Airport security

o Should the government use invasive pat-downs and body scans to ensure passenger safety or are there better methods?

· Alcohol

o Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18?

· Animal rights

o Should it be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment?

· Beauty contests

o Do they serve any purpose in society?

· Censorship

o Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?

· Child soldiers

o Why and how children are used for war

· Civil disobedience

o Is breaking the law for a cause justifiable?

· College athletics

o Should college athletes be paid?

· Exams

o Exams often do little more than measure a person’s ability to take exams. Should exams be outlawed in favor of another form of assessment?

· Fast food

o Are we taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity? When is it individual responsibility and when is it appropriate to place blame?

· Flag

o Should children be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools?

· Homeland Security

o Are we safer since the creation of this department?

· Internet regulation:

o Should the federal government be allowed to regulate information on the internet?

· Marijuana legalization:

o Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana?

· Media

o Does the media, both print and broadcast, report fairly? Does it ever cross the line between reporting the news and creating the news?

· Muslim Americans

o What is life for them like in the U.S. after September 11, 2001?

· Single sex schools

o Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?

· Social media

o Can excessive use of social media contribute to addictive behaviors (drugs, tobacco, alcohol) or mental health issues? Effects of social media.

· Why was communism unsuccessful in so many countries?

· Has the Patriot Act prevented or stopped terrorist acts in the United States and abroad?

· Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?

· How does the prison population in America compare to other nations?

· What are the effects of prolonged steroid use on the human body?

· Where did hip hop originate and who were its founders?

· In what ways do video games affect children and teenagers?

Vocabulary Words for Week of 1/26/15--2/2/15

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions."

                                                                                                   --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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For your English Binders, you will need the following:
-One 1", 3-Ring Binder
-One spiral notebook
-Loose-leaf paper
-One pocket folder
-One pack of colored pencils.
-Pencils/ Colored Pen

*You may already have many of these items, and I highly suggest you use things you already own instead of purchasing new items--I simply need these items compiled together, so that every day you will have these materials automatically.

**Navigating Ms. Khan's Teacherweb Page:
  • On the left hand side of the page, you will find a number of links regarding middle school policy and procedures.
  • Below these links, you will see links titled '6A-8B' -- Depending on your grade/ class section, you will see homework/ classroom updates posted.
    ****When there is no HW, you will simply see nothing listed for that day.

  • Above, you will also find links to the other core middle school teachers' TeacherWeb pages.
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