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.
- History Channel’s Samurai Showdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBt-56wLuWw
- Nova’s Secrets of the Samurai Sword: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtulTGxJdDc
- Discovery Channel’s What the Ancients Knew: Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwabrf71qKA
- Discovery Channel’s Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq-nLrETEi0
- BBC’s Geisha Girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP1BBw3IYco
- A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-2FbVSuQUQ
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.
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 19 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 19 Study Guide
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 20 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 20 Study Guide
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 21 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 21 Study Guide
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 22 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 22 Study Guide
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.
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
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. This week’s current event, and any other current events not completed for this quarter, are due on Thursday, June 12th. Current Events Sheet