Week of June 9th

END OF QUARTER/EXTRA HELP

The last day of the quarter is this Friday, June 13th, and I will accept any missing assignments through this Thursday, June 12th. I’ll be available in my classroom this Monday afternoon from 4:00-4:30 and Wednesday morning from 4:00-4:30. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any missing assignments.

OAKS PARK FIELD TRIP

Seventh-grade students have an all-day field trip to OAKS Park this Friday, June 13th. Any students who have not yet turned in their signed permission slips and $18 for the trip should turn those in to me by no later than Monday, June 9th.

OAKS READING TEST RESULTS

Beaumont concluded the OAKS Reading Test last week, and the results for 7th grade look great! As a grade, 86% of 7th graders met benchmark, while only 73% of them met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 13%! In my classes, 88% of students met benchmark, while only 78% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 10%! And while 28% of my students exceeded on the test this year, only 23% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 5%! Overall, I am very proud of how hard students have worked this year, and of the incredible results they’ve achieved. It’s unprecedented growth, and something they should be very proud of!

SAMURAI INFLUENCE IN STAR WARS TRILOGY

George Lucas was greatly influenced by samurai culture while making the Star Wars movie trilogy, which includes Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. As a culminating activity for our Japan unit, and to learn about the lasting influence of the samurai on contemporary culture, students will watch the three films and write down as many examples of samurai influence that they can find in the films. This assignment is due Thursday, June 12th. Samurai Influence in Star Wars Trilogy

UNIT FIVE DOCUMENTARIES – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

In case students need to take notes on documentaries from our Japan unit, links are listed below. I will accept documentary notes from fourth quarter through Thursday, June 12th.

FOURTH QUARTER VOCABULARY AND STUDY GUIDES

In case students need to complete any missing vocabulary or study guide assignments from fourth quarter, links are included below. Any missing assignments should be turned in by Thursday, June 12th.

DIARY ENTRY: HEIAN-KYO NOBLE OR SAMURAI

To better understand what life might have been like in Heian-kyo, Japan, and to improve in the six traits of writing, students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. Diaries should be 500-750 words, be written in the first person, include details about daily life, include at least one Tanka poem (Tanka poems have 5 lines and 31 syllables total. Each line should have 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables), include at least three pictures or drawings, and a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.). This assignment was due Friday, June 6th, and counts for both Language Arts and Social Studies. I will accept diary entries through Thursday, June 12th.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 38-41. These, and any other missing journal entries, are due on Thursday, June 12th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment was due Thursday, May 29th, though I will accept projects until Thursday, June 12th. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event, and any other current events not completed for this quarter, are due on Thursday, June 12th. Current Events Sheet

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Week of June 2nd

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom this Monday afternoon from 4:00-4:30 and Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:00.Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

END OF QUARTER

The last day of the quarter is Friday, June 13th. Students will have an all-day field trip to OAKS Park that day, so should turn in any missing assignments by Thursday, June 12th.

OAKS READING TEST RESULTS

Beaumont concluded the OAKS Reading Test last week, and the results for 7th grade look great! As a grade, 86% of 7th graders met benchmark, while only 73% of them met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 13%! In my classes, 88% of students met benchmark, while only 78% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 10%! And while 28% of my students exceeded on the test this year, only 23% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 5%! Overall, I am very proud of how hard students have worked this year, and of the incredible results they’ve achieved. It’s unprecedented growth, and something they should be very proud of!

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will begin the last chapter of the Medieval Japan unit, chapter 22: “The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan.” This week, students will learn about samurai training in writing and literature, the tea ceremony, and spiritual strength; the Code of Bushido; women in samurai society; similarities and differences between Japan and Europe during the Middle Ages; and the influence of samurai values and traditions on modern times. Students will also complete a study guide on the chapter; watch and take notes on a History Channel documentary called Samurai Showdown, hosted by a Green Beret, and take their chapter assessment. In case students need to take notes on documentaries from other chapters in our Japan unit, I’ve included those below.

DIARY ENTRY: HEIAN-KYO NOBLE OR SAMURAI

To better understand what life might have been like in Heian-kyo, Japan, and to improve in the six traits of writing, students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. Diaries should be 500-750 words, be written in the first person, include details about daily life, include at least one Tanka poem (Tanka poems have 5 lines and 31 syllables total. Each line should have 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables), include at least three pictures or drawings, and a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.). This assignment is due Friday, June 6th, and will count for both Language Arts and Social Studies.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 33-37. These are due on Friday, June 6th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment was due Thursday, May 29th, though I will gladly accept projects until Thursday, June 6th. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due on Thursday, June 5th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews

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Week of May 27th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom this Thursday morning from 8:30-9:00. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

OAKS READING TEST RESULTS

Beaumont concluded the OAKS Reading Test last week, and the results for 7th grade look great! As a grade, 86% of 7th graders met benchmark, while only 73% of them met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 13%! In my classes, 88% of students met benchmark, while only 78% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 10%! And while 28% of my students exceeded on the test this year, only 23% of these students met benchmark last year as 6th graders. That’s an increase of 5%! Overall, I am very proud of how hard students have worked this year, and of the incredible results they’ve achieved. It’s unprecedented growth, and something they should be very proud of!

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will begin the last chapter of the Medieval Japan unit, chapter 22: “The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan.” This week, students will learn about the rise of the samurai, samurai armor and weapons, military training and fighting, mental training, vocabulary for the chapter, and watch and take notes on NOVA’s Secrets of the Samurai Sword documentary.

DIARY ENTRY: HEIAN-KYO NOBLE OR SAMURAI

To better understand what life might have been like in Heian-kyo, Japan, and to improve in the six traits of writing, students will write a diary entry from the perspective of a noble or samurai in Heian-kyo, during Japan’s Golden Age, in the 10th century. Diaries should be 500-750 words, be written in the first person, include details about daily life, include at least one Tanka poem (Tanka poems have 5 lines and 31 syllables total. Each line should have 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllables), include at least three pictures or drawings, and a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.). This assignment is due on Friday, June 6th, and will count for both Language Arts and Social Studies.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 29-32. These are due on Friday, May 30th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due Thursday, May 29th. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due on Thursday, May 29th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews

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Week of May 19th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom this Monday and Wednesday from 3:55-4:30. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

LATE START

There is a late start this Wednesday, 21st. Classes will start two hours later than usual, and students will enjoy a cultural fair happening Wednesday afternoon at school.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD: HINDUISM DEFINITION ESSAY

Students will revised their write Hinduism definition essay rough drafts and turn in their final drafts this week. Evidence is based on artifacts provided in class and from the novel, Homeless Bird. In the essay, students will provide a definition of Hinduism that explains who practices Hinduism, which god or gods Hindus worship, where Hindus worship, and specific examples of Hindu practices and beliefs. The essay will be at least two pages long, enhance their understanding of how Hinduism affects characters and culture in Homeless Bird, and help them improve in the six traits of writing. The final draft is due on Friday, May 23rd, and will count for both Language Arts and Social Studies.

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will continue the fifth unit of History Alive, focusing on Medieval Japan. Chapter 21 is titled, “Heian-kyo: the Heart of Japan’s Golden Age.” Students read and take notes on the new capital, the rise of the Fujiwara family, social rank, beauty and fashion, entertainment, sculpture and painting, and writing and literature in the Heian court. Students will also watch a documentary about a sumo wrestler, as background on a sport that was widely watched in the Heian court. On Friday, students will play a review game of Jeopardy! and take the chapter assessment. Students will learn about Heian-kyo (modern-day Kyoto) and what life was like during the Golden Age of Japan.

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 25-29. These are due on Friday, May 23rd. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, May 29th, but I will gladly accept projects early. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due on Thursday, May 22nd. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews

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Week of May 12th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORTS

I’ll be finalizing fourth quarter midterm progress report grades Monday, May 12th, after school.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD: HINDUISM DEFINITION ESSAY

Students will revised their write Hinduism definition essay rough drafts and turn in their final drafts this week. Evidence is based on artifacts provided in class and from the novel, Homeless Bird. In the essay, students will provide a definition of Hinduism that explains who practices Hinduism, which god or gods Hindus worship, where Hindus worship, and specific examples of Hindu practices and beliefs. The essay will be at least two pages long, enhance their understanding of how Hinduism affects characters and culture in Homeless Bird, and help them improve in the six traits of writing. The final draft is due on Friday, May 16th, and will count for both Language Arts and Social Studies.

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will continue the fifth unit of History Alive, focusing on Medieval Japan. Chapter 21 is titled, “Heian-kyo: the Heart of Japan’s Golden Age.” Students will complete a preview activity, fluency activity, and vocabulary assignment. They will read and take notes on the new capital, the rise of the Fujiwara family, social rank, beauty and fashion, entertainment, sculpture and painting, and writing and literature in the Heian court. Students will watch a few short video clips to enhance their understanding of Heian-kyo (modern-day Kyoto) and what life was like during the Golden Age of Japan.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 20-24. These are due on Friday, May 16th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, May 29th, but I will gladly accept projects early. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due on Thursday, May 15th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews

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Week of May 5th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Wednesday and Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD: HINDUISM DEFINITION ESSAY

Students finished reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, last week. This week, they will gather evidence, write an outline, and write a Hinduism definition essay rough draft, based on artifacts provided in class and from the novel. In the essay, students will provide a definition of Hinduism that explains who practices Hinduism, which god or gods Hindus worship, where Hindus worship, and specific examples of Hindu practices and beliefs. The essay will be at least two pages long, enhance their understanding of how Hinduism affects characters and culture in Homeless Bird, and help them improve in the six traits of writing. The rough draft is due on Friday, May 9th.

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will continue the fifth unit of History Alive, focusing on Medieval Japan. Chapter 20 is titled, “The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Japan.” Students will complete a Geography Challenge, Preview, and vocabulary assignment. They will read and take notes on Japanese sculpture, architecture, and music. Students will watch two documentaries this week, Discovery Channel’s “Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Japan” and “What the Ancients Knew: Japan.” Pages 136-142 in the Interactive Student Notebook and the study guide are due this Tuesday, May 6th. Students will play a review game of Jeopardy! this Friday, May 9th, and take their chapter assessment the same day.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 15-19. These are due on Friday, May 9th. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

Students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, May 29th, but I will gladly accept projects early. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due on Thursday, May 8th. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews

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Week of April 28th

EXTRA HELP

I’ll be available in my classroom from 8:30-9:00 this Thursday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this time if he or she needs to make up a missed test and/or get help on any assignments.

GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD

Students will conclude Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, this week. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, and finding vocabulary definitions for the final chapter. They will also begin a definition essay about Hinduism, based on artifacts provided to them in class and from the novel.

UNIT FIVE – JAPAN DURING FEUDAL TIMES

This week, students will embark on the fifth unit of History Alive, focusing on Medieval Japan. Chapter 20 is titled, “The Influence of Neighboring Cultures on Japan.” Students will complete a Geography Challenge, Preview, and vocabulary assignment. They will also read about government, city design, religion, writing, and poetry, and take notes on these topics in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The vocabulary assignment will be due on Wednesday, April 30th. Pages 136-142 in the Interactive Student Notebook and the study guide will be due next Wednesday, May 7th.

JOURNAL

To encourage creative thinking, students will start each day copying down and responding to a vocabulary journal writing prompt. Students should have a notebook or composition book specifically for this purpose. Through this activity, students will learn new vocabulary words, parts of speech for those vocabulary words, see the vocabulary words used in the context of a writing prompt, and then synthesize the information by writing a one-page response. This week, students will complete journal entries 10-14. These are due on Friday, May 2nd. Following are journal topics for fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter Journal Topics

INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECT

With Science Fair over and the fourth quarter of school in front of us, students will need to complete an Independent Novel Project this quarter. Students may select from the different options included on the assignment sheet. An alternative would be for students to select projects from my Enrichment Project Options page, instead of options on the Independent Novel Project assignment sheet. Any substitutions would necessitate a project proposal meeting with me in advance of starting alternative assignments. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction, expand their skills in the six traits of writing, develop their knowledge of literary elements (setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism), and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, May 29th, but I will gladly accept projects early. Indie Novel Project Options

CURRENT EVENTS

Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet. I have hard copies of The Portland TribuneThe Asian ReporterThe Skanner News, and El Hispanic News in my classroom. Please see my News Sites page for online news sources. Students should underline main ideas, highlight important facts or ideas, circle unfamiliar vocabulary, write notes or questions in the margins, summarize the article, and write a reflection about the article. Through this activity, students will hone their ability to extract meaning from informational text through careful reading, summary, and reflection; and develop their grammatical and vocabulary knowledge with regard to parts of speech, vocabulary definitions, and context of vocabulary usage. This week’s current event is due this Thursday, May 1st. Current Events Sheet

CNN STUDENT NEWS

This week, students will watch CNN Student News, a fast-paced, 10-minute current events program geared toward students. Through this activity, students will increase their knowledge of history, geography, and current events. http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

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