For starters, this week, students will complete journal entries 48-50. This week’s words include: fortitude, fret, and frivolous! Daily Journal Topics
This week, students will embark on the second unit of the year: The Rise of Islam. They’ll focus on geography of the Arabian Peninsula, and how that impacted trade and people’s way of life. Additionally, they’ll gain background on and start reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ bildungsroman, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, a coming-of-age story about a nomadic Pakistani adolescent in the Cholistan Desert.
On the travel front, I will lead an EF Tour for students to Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. The trip will be geared toward my current French students and students who plan to take French with me next year in eighth grade. I’ll have my first informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m., in my classroom (Room 212). I hope to see you there! In the meantime, please check out this link for more travel information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE
I’ve purchased half-year subscriptions for Scholastic Scope (a monthly Language Arts magazine) and Junior Scholastic (a bi-weekly Social Studies magazine). Thirty copies of each magazine for a half-year costs $286. I went ahead and put it on my credit card, but if you can chip in for any portion of this, I’d be greatly obliged! If you can’t afford it right now, please don’t worry about it. So far, I’ve collected $260 from parents in my core classes. Thank you to all of you who have chipped in so far!!