MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORTS
It’s hard to believe, but midterm progress reports for third quarter will be finalized this week! I will provide students printed grade reports in class Monday, and finalize their midterm grades Monday evening. Any work I receive by end of day Monday will count toward midterm grades.
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 - CHAPTER FOUR
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, finding definitions, and an “essay with an attitude,” written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters.
- Homeless Bird Journal Questions Master
- Homeless Bird Master Vocabulary List
- Homeless Bird Essay With An Attitude
UNIT FOUR – IMPERIAL CHINA
This week, students will continue studying Ch. 16: The Political Development of Imperial China, focused on the rise and fall of the Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties between 220-1640 C.E.. Students will answer discussion questions and comprehension questions and take a test on the chapter this Friday, March 7th. They will also watch parts of the CCTV-International documentary series, Chinese Civilization, with a focus on the Sui, Tang, Song, and Ming Dynasties in China. Additionally, they will watch the History Channel’s History of the Mongolian Empire documentary.
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 16 Vocabulary
- Seventh Grade History Alive Ch 16 Study Guide
- CCTV International’s Chinese Civilization: The Sui and Tang Dynasties, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQsZe-wNN8Q & Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI8ymLN5da8
- CCTV International’s Chinese Civilization: The Song Dynasty, Part1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5LzyOAWVfo & Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwrdEXXtz-4
- History Channel’s History of the Mongolian Empire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCsHyp9JJsw
- CCTV International’s Chinese Civilization: The Ming Dynasty, Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DJkE3zh6RE & Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnd9cOIGYiM
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 22-26. These are due on Friday, March 7th. Following are journal topics for third quarter. Third Quarter Journal Topics
Students are required to complete a weekly current events assignment. They should select a news story from a reputable news outlet (please see my News Sites page for suggested sites), then 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, March 6th. 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/