This week, we will embark on our last unit of the year: Civilizations of the Americas!
Independent Novel Project
Each student will read a novel independently and complete an Independent Novel Project,. based on a variety of different project options. 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, including setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism; and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment was due on Thursday, June 1st, though I’ll gladly accept projects this week. Independent Novel Project
Diary Entry: Heian-kyo Noble or Samurai: Due Monday, June 5th
Students will pretend to be a noble or samurai living in Heian-kyo during the 10th century, and write a diary of their impressions of daily life during that time. They will use their Ch. 21 Reading Notes to create a diary entry that describes one day in their life while visiting the emperor’s court. The diary should contain a date from the 10th century (900-999 C.E.); be written in the first person (using “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us;” have information about at least six aspects of their life. These might include a description of the capital city or their house, the leaders of government, their rank, what is considered beautiful or fashionable, what is considered bad manners, games they enjoy, art and literature of the day, or their attitude toward the poor. The diary should include at least one tanka poem that expresses the student’s character’s feelings and have at least three colorful pictures to illustrate key ideas. It should include creative touches to make the diary entry personal. Diary entries should be between 500-700 words in length, be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and be typed or written neatly in ink. Heian kyo Noble or Samurai Diary Entry Criteria Sheet
Civilizations of the Americas Geography Challenge: Due Tuesday, June 6th
Students will read and interpret specialty maps to learn about the location, geography, features, and climate of the areas inhabited by the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas. Students will read pages 256-257 of their History Alive textbooks and complete the Geography Challenge on pages 160-161 of their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Ch. 23: The Maya: Due Wednesday, June 7th
Students will learn how the Mayan civilization arose; the important aspects of Mayan culture, including class structure and slavery, family life, religious practices, and agricultural techniques; and identify various theories to explain the sudden fall of the Mayan Empire. Students will read pages 259-269 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 162-166 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Ch. 24: The Aztecs: Due Wednesday, June 7th
Students will learn about where the Aztecs, a Mesoamerican people who build a vast empire in central Mexico. The Aztec Empire flourished from 1428-1519 C.E.. Specifically, students will learn where the Aztecs came from and how they built their magnificent capital city. They will read pages 271-277 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 167-170 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Ch. 25: Daily Life in Tenochtitlan: Due Thursday, June 8th
Students learn about the class structure in Aztec society, including slaves; and learn about the daily lives of the Aztecs, including marriage, family life, food, markets, religious practices, and recreation. Students will read pages 279-287 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 171-173 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Ch. 26: The Incas: Due Thursday, June 8th
Students will learn about how the Inca empire arose; and study different aspects of Inca civilization and culture, including class structure, family life, religion, and warfare. They will read pages 289-299 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 175-178 in their History Alive textbooks.
Ch. 27: Achievements of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca: Due Friday, June 9th
Students will learn about the important accomplishments of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas in the areas of science and technology, arts and architecture, and language and writing; identify and categorize a series of artifacts pertaining to Mayan, Aztec, and Inca civilizations; and respond to a series of critical thinking challenges related to the achievements of these three civilizations. Students will read pages 301-307 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 179-182 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Civilizations of the Americas Timeline Challenge: Due Friday, June 9th
Students will analyze and complete a historical timeline of Civilizations of the Americas to show how major events are related to one another; identify and add key events, places, and periods form the unit to their timelines; and answer timeline challenge questions by analyzing their completed timelines. Students will read pages 308-309 in their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 184-185 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.
Current Event: Due Thursday, June 8th
Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. Current Events Sheet
7th Grade Oaks Park Field Trip: Tuesday, June 13th
The entire 7th grade will go to OAKS Park on Tuesday, June 13th. Students need to turn in a signed permission slip form and $25 by no later than Thursday, June 8th, to attend. The price will cover the ride bracelet and lunch.
Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, June 15th
I am planning a Celebration of Excellence for this Thursday, June 15th, for both core classes. Activities might include a trip to Wilshire Park, Grand Central, Starbucks, or a film in class. Each core class will vote on the activity that appeals to them most. To qualify, students must have an A, B, or C in both Language Arts and Social Studies, no missing assignments in Language Arts and Social Studies, and no parent contacts home from in May or June for behavioral issues. Students who don’t qualify will have a study hall in another location.
Thank you for your help in reminding students about the following expectations. I recognize that different teachers sometimes have different expectations, so I wanted to be sure that we’re all on the same page. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
- Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared with all materials for my class. These include their History Alive: Medieval World Beyond textbook and Interactive Student Notebook; Lensey Namioka’s novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break; their novel for their Independent Novel Project; a writing utensil; lined paper; and their planner. With lockers right outside my classroom, this should be easy to do.
- Cell phones, sunglasses, food, candy, gum, sports equipment, rubber bands, slime, putty, and toys are not allowed in the classroom. If you feel your student needs a fidget item in class, please contact me so we can discuss it further.
- Students may have one trip out of the classroom per core class per day (to use for the restroom, water, or to go to their locker). It should not be during the first or last ten minutes of Language Arts or Social Studies, during the passing period between Language Arts or Social Studies, or when there is direct instruction going on. Additionally, only one student may be gone from the room at a time. Students are required to sign their name, destination, time out, and time in on the class sign-out sheet.
- Students should bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class. It’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions. If students bring water bottles, they should neither flip, toss, or throw them in the room. If students need to use paper cups, provided by the school, they should only be used for water. They should not be worn as hats, beards, or used as projectiles.
- Finally, students should raise their hands and wait to be called upon by me before speaking. It ensures clear, respectful communication for everyone, so all students can learn.
Computers Available Before School in the Beaumont Library
The school library is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Students may use the computers there if they have a note from a teacher or a parent.
Hollywood Public Library
A mere one mile from Beaumont Middle School, the Hollywood Library has computers available for student use with a valid library card. Students can sign up for their own library cards independently at the age of 13, or with a parent present, if under the age of 13. It’s a wonderful resource for the community. Here’s a link with their address and hours of operation: https://multcolib.org/library-location/hollywood.
Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta!
¡Hola! Does the rain in Spain fall mainly in the plain? Learn the answer to this and many other questions about “La Furia Roja” during Spring Break 2018: Spanish Fiesta! On this festive foreign foray to Spain, students will savor the sights, sounds, smells, and spices of cities like Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Cordoba, Puerto Lapice, Madrid, and Gibraltar! For more tour information, check http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1917389uv, or contact Señora Coyne at email@example.com or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!
Enrichment Project Options
While some students feel that their class workload is just right, other students greatly benefit from enrichment projects in addition to regular class activities. To meet this need, I’ve put together several project options below for your child. These options would be considered extra credit assignments to be done outside of class, with point-values assigned based on the quality, care, and thoughtfulness given to their creation and presentation. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk more about these enrichment project options. https://mscoyne7thgradecore.wordpress.com/enrichment-project-options/
Free Parks Canada Discovery Pass 2017
I was excited to receive my free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in the mail this past week! To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, our friendly neighbor to the north is giving away free passes to all of Canada’s parks and historic sites. Be sure to order your pass so you and your family can explore Canada on the cheap this year! http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx
Volunteers Needed in Office and at Recess
Beaumont has a great need for volunteers to help out in the Office and at Recess. This year, Beaumont does not have the TA elective, so office support is in short supply, especially in the morning. Volunteers are also needed to help supervise the huge number of students at recess. Please contact the front office at 503.916.5610 to get involved.
Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/