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.
Students will work on the OAKS Reading Test this Friday, April 18th, in the computer lab. Please encourage your child to get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast and lunch.
GLORIA WHELAN’S HOMELESS BIRD: CHAPTER NINE
Students will continue reading Gloria Whelan’s novel, Homeless Bird, a moving look at Indian culture and one girl’s struggle to find her place in it. It provides a distinctly different perspective on growing up than the one we experience in the United States. This week, students will learn about plot, characters, theme, and vocabulary through discussion, journal questions, and finding vocabulary definitions.
UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA
This week, students will continue studying Ch. 19: China’s Contacts with the Outside World, focused on China’s differing levels of foreign contact during the Tang dynasty (618-907 C.E.), the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368 C.E.), and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 C.E.) by reading about the topic, listening to dialogs about the topic, taking notes, completing chapter vocabulary, and watching and taking notes on documentaries about Marco Polo, Zheng He, and Xuanzang.
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 19 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 19 Study Guide
- Xuanzang’s Journey to the West: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAsppBoiEIo, Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DlhNVP2tAY, Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhzNZOTBS5Q
- National Geographic’s Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqbZz3knZ0M
- National Geographic’s Treasure Fleet: The Adventures of Zheng He http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckdn18SAldg
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 1-4. These are due on Thursday, April 17th. 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
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 Tribune, The Asian Reporter, The 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. Students will need to turn in a current event this Thursday, April 17th. 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/