Week of June 8th

Bonjour!

With the last week of school upon us, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you for such a wonderful year. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer or funnier group of students, and am a little sad at the thought of saying goodbye this week. I wish everyone a wonderful and rejuvenating summer. I look forward to seeing a few of my students from this year in French class next year!

This Week in Class

Haiku and Tanka Poetry Readings

Students have done a fantastic job of writing original haiku and tanka poetry. On Tuesday, they’ll receive a booklet of these poems. Due to the hot weather, students will read their poetry outside (alfresco), in the shade, to give voice to the spoken word. Here is the finalized collection of haiku and tanka poetry from my core classes this year. Enjoy! Student Tanka and Haiku June 2015

Ch. 22: The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan

Students will read, analyze, and summarize the rise and role of a military society in Japan in the late 12th century; describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai; trace the development of distinctive forms of Japanese Buddhism; describe the lasting influence of the warrior code throughout the 20th century; and compare western Europe in Medieval times with the society of Japan. Students should turn in pp. 149-155 of their Interactive Student Notebooks by Tuesday, June 9th.

Unit 5 Timeline Challenge: Japan

Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize Japanese social structure, government, religion, arts, technology, writing, and literature during Medieval times. Students should turn in pp. 156-157 of their Interactive Student Notebooks by Tuesday, June 9th.

Origami

Students will explore the Japanese art form of origami this week. Paper was first invented in China around 105 A.D., and was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century. Handmade paper was a luxury item only available to a few, and paper folding in ancient Japan was strictly for ceremonial purposes, often religious in nature. By far, the most popular origami animal that people create in Japan is the crane. Throughout Asia, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the tortoise, dragon, tiger, and phoenix) and symbolizes good fortune and longevity, because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. In case you’d like to try it at home, here are instructions for how to make an origami crane, tortoise, dragon, tiger, and phoenix. Enjoy!

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 153-155. Journal entries are due Wednesday, June 10th. Daily Journal Topics

End of Quarter: Thursday, June 11th

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, June 5th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. The last day of the quarter is Thursday, June 11th, the same day as the seventh-grade OAKS Park Field Trip. Wednesday, June 10th is the last day I’ll accept assignments from students: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 11th

Seventh-grade students will take an all-day field trip to OAKS Park this Thursday, June 11th. As luck would have it, the weather forecast looks great for this Thursday!!

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  Discovery Channel’s What the Ancients Knew: Japan

Japan an island group roughly 120 million people strong, is one of the largest economic powers in the world today. In the eyes of history, Japan’s economic success happened overnight and yet it didn’t come out of the blue. Cultivating an ancient legacy, modern Japan continues to hold on to its past. And while today many of the ancient crafts are struggling to survive, they provide the foundation for modern Japan’s technological success. What the Ancient Japanese knew helps explain the industrial marvel of one of the largest economic powers in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3at1K-SzCk

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of June 1st

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! What great weather we continue to have in the Rose City!

This Week in Class

Heian-kyo: The Heart of Japan’s Golden Age

Students will read, analyze, and summarize court life and the cultural accomplishments of Japan during the Heian period, which lasted from 794 to 1185 C.E., in Ch. 21: Heian-kyo: The Heart of Japan’s Golden Age. Students should turn in pp. 143-147 of their Interactive Student Notebooks on Thursday, June 4th.

Heian-kyo Diary Entry

Students will write a diary entry about a day in the life in the emperor’s court during the 10th century from the perspective of a Japanese nobleman, noblewoman, or samurai. Diary entries should include an accurate date and be written from the first-person perspective. They should include information about at least six different aspects of life: the capital city, your house, government leaders, your rank, what is considered beautiful or fashionable, what is considered bad manners, games you enjoy, art and literature of the day, or your attitude toward the poor. Diary entries should include at least one tanka poem about nature and the human experience and at least three pictures to illustrate key ideas.and a diary entry from the perspective of  Japanese nobleman, noblewoman, or samurai. Diary entries are due Thursday, June 4th.

Haiky Poetry

Additionally, students will explore the subjects, symbols, and syllabic meters of Japanese haiku poetry and write at least one original haiku poem of their own.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 148-152. Journal entries are due Friday, June 5th. Daily Journal Topics

End of Quarter: Thursday, June 11th

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, May 29th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. The last day of the quarter is Thursday, June 11th, the same day as the seventh-grade OAKS Park Field Trip: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Current Event: Due Thursday, June 4th

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet, and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines, can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will read a novel of choice and complete a variety of project options described here: Indie Novel Project Options. Projects are due this Wednesday, June 3rd.

OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 11th

Seventh-grade students will take an all-day field trip to OAKS Park on Thursday, June 11th. The cost is $20. Permission slips and money are due this Wednesday,  June 3rd.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  Crash Course World History: Japan’s Heian Period

Check out John Green’s succinct and amusing overview of Japan’s Heian Period: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnZEoOJ-cxE

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of May 26th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a relaxing three day weekend. It’s hard to believe there are only three weeks left in the school year!

This Week in Class

Medieval Japan

Students will embark on a Medieval Japan unit this week, exploring how geography affected settlement patterns and the influence of neighboring cultures on Japan. Students should turn in pp. 136-142 of their Interactive Student Notebooks by Thursday, May 28th.  Additionally, students will explore the subjects, symbols, and syllabic meters of Japanese tanka and haiku poetry.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 122-147. Journal entries are due Friday. Daily Journal Topics

End of Quarter: Thursday, June 11th

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, May 22nd. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. The last day of the quarter is Thursday, June 11th, the same day as the seventh-grade OAKS Park Field Trip: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Current Event: Due Thursday

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects are due Wednesday, June 3rd.

OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 11th

Seventh-grade students will take an all-day field trip to OAKS Park on Thursday, June 11th. The cost is $20. Permission slips and money are due Wednesday,  June 3rd.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  SBS TV’s Destination Flavour: Japan

Check out the first episode of SBS TV’s Destination Flavour: Japan. Focused on Hokkaido, the culinary heart of Japan, Adam Liaw shows us the Japanese reverence for food. Additional episodes focus on Tokohu, Hokuriku, Nagoya, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xzTbDGKpAA&list=PLp0_dTJkiKi6WyrJgZKLDpZvkg_IkLf2E&index=1

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of May 18th

Bonjour!

I spent a wonderful day gardening in the yard. Portland is absolutely gorgeous this time of year!

This Week in Class

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students will do a gallery walk of character silhouettes based on characters in Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, and create a “sequel” to the book, fifteen years in the future, from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 139-143. Journal entries are due on Friday. Daily Journal Topics

Synergy/Updated Grades

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, May 15th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. Students only have eighteen school days left before the end of fourth quarter and the school year: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Current Event: Due Thursday

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects are due Wednesday, June 3rd.

OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 11th

Seventh-grade students will take an all-day field trip to OAKS Park on Thursday, June 11th. Permission slips will be distributed this week and the cost is $20.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  Crash Course World History: Communists, Nationalists, and China’s Revolutions

John Green gives the lowdown on Chinese history from the Opium War to modern-day Communist China, and all the revolutions in-between, in just over twelve minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUCEeC4f6ts

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of May 11th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s hard to believe it’s midterm time this Tuesday!

This Week in Class

History Alive: Ch. 18 – Chinese Inventions and Discoveries

This week, students will continue exploring Chinese inventions and discoveries in the areas of exploration and travel, industry, military technology, everyday objects, and disease prevention between 200 and 1200 C.E.. Students will read pp. 195-203 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pp. 115-122 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students will continue their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Students will work in groups to complete character silhouettes of different characters from the book. Then, they will start working on novel timelines.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 134-138. Journal entries are due on Friday. Daily Journal Topics

Midterm Progress Reports: Tuesday, May 12th

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, May 4th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy, as midterm progress reports will be finalized this Tuesday, May 12th: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Current Event: Due Thursday

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects will be due on Wednesday, June 3rd, though students should get started reading their novels as soon as possible.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Smarter Balanced Reading Test

Students will continue to take the Smarter Balanced Reading Test this week. Make-up testing is in June. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  “China Rises: Food is Heaven”

This documentary explores the many different cuisines you can find in China, and what a central role it has played in the culture and economy. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plg-ZiWNst8.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of May 4th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautifully sunny weather this weekend! It’s hard to believe we’re already in the month of May!

This Week in Class

History Alive: Ch. 18 – Chinese Inventions and Discoveries

This week, we will continue exploring Imperial China! Students will learn about Chinese inventions and discoveries in the areas of exploration and travel, industry, military technology, everyday objects, and disease prevention between 200 and 1200 C.E.. Students will read pp. 195-203 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pp. 115-122 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. ISN pages are due Thursday.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students will continue their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Students will work in groups to complete character silhouettes of different characters from the book. Character silhouettes are due Thursday.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 129-133. Journal entries are due on Friday. Daily Journal Topics

Current Event: Due Thursday

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects will be due on Wednesday, June 3rd, though students should get started reading their novels as soon as possible.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Midterm Progress Reports: Tuesday, May 12th

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, May 1st. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy, as midterm progress reports will be finalized on Tuesday, May 12th: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Smarter Balanced Reading Test: Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th

Students will take the Smarter Balanced Reading Test in my core classes this week from May 4th-May 8th. Make-up testing is in June. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Video of the Week:  History Channel’s Ancient Chinese Inventions

This documentary from the History Channel goes into detail about the many different inventions and discoveries that have come out of China. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRdusYFtmog.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 27th

Bonjour!

I’m impressed with the quality of work students are turning in! Please tell them to keep up the good work.

This Week in Class

History Alive: Ch. 17 – China Develops a New Economy

This week, we will continue exploring Imperial China! Students will learn about China’s economic growth from the 10th to the 13th centuries, due to agricultural changes during the Tang and Song periods, the growth of commerce and the development of a paper-money economy, and urbanization. Students will read pp. 187-193 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pp. 109-114 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. ISN pages are due on Thursday.

Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break

Students will continue their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. The story is set in early twentieth-century China, focused on a girl, named Ailin, who refuses to have her feet bound, and the consequences that ensue.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 124-128. Journal entries are due on Friday. Daily Journal Topics

Current Event: Due Thursday

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects will be due on Wednesday, June 3rd, though students should get started reading their novels as soon as possible.

Morning Library and Computer Access

If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent as a “walking hall pass.”

Updated Grades on Synergy

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed Friday, April 24th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Smarter Balanced Reading Test: Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th

Students will take the Smarter Balanced Reading Test in my core classes from May 4th-May 8th. Make-up testing will happen in June. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera 

If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE.

Yo Ghana! Celebration: Sunday, May 3rd

In celebration of all the great letter-writing students have done this year, students and families are invited to the Yo Ghana! Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom. The event will feature speakers, Ghanaian drummers, delicious Ghanaian food, games, and more! Space at the event is limited, so reserve at yoghana.org@gmail.com ASAP if you’d like to attend. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.

Video of the Week: Creating Meaning from Cultural Traditions: Susan Addy and Okropong TedX Talk and Performance

Susan Addy is currently the Director of the Obo Addy Legacy Project. With her husband, Obo, she founded the nonprofit organization to present and preserve African music and dance in the Portland area and throughout the country in 1986. Obo Addy’s son, grandson, and nephew all perform in Okropong, and will perform at the Yo Ghana! celebration on Sunday May 3rd. Here’s a preview of Susan Addy and these very talented performers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yuGHYsnK5E.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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