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Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Chapter 23
Students will finish reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ 1996 coming-of-age novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind this week in class. Taking place in Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert, the story explores how Shabanu transitions from childhood to adulthood in her culture, and explores the themes of connectedness to nature, family bonds, arranged marriage, and the social position of women. This week, students will summarize the last chapters, twenty-three: “Cholistan.”
Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind: Character Silhouettes
Students will construct group character silhouettes based on major and minor characters in Suzanne Fisher Staples’ novel, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. For this project, students trace the outline of another student on a long sheet of butcher paper. Then, they include quotations said by the character, with page number, on the inside of the body. On the outside of the body, they include quotations said to or about the character, with page number. This activity is a fun way for students to practice extracting textual evidence and learn about characterization. This assignment is due Tuesday, January 24th.
Current Event: Due Thursday, January 19th
Students will analyze and summarize a newspaper article. The assignment is due on Thursday, January 19th. Current Events Sheet
Ch. 11: From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires: ISN Pg. 67-70
In this chapter, students will explain the causes and course of the crusades and their effects on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations, and describe the larger effects and aftermath of the crusades, including the Reconquista, and the rise of the Ottoman Turks and other Muslim empires in the 1500s. Students will read pages 119-129 in their History Alive: Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 67-70 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. This assignment was originally due on Friday, January 13th, but I will gladly accept assignments this week.
Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, January 19th
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 is due on Thursday, January 19th. Independent Novel Project
End of Second Quarter: Thursday, February 2nd
The last day of second quarter is Thursday, February 2nd. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
Celebration of Excellence: Thursday, February 2nd
To encourage students to do their best academically and to be good classroom citizens, I will hold a Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, February 2nd. To qualify for the celebration, students will need: 1) no D’s or F’s, 2) no parent contacts home regarding classroom behavior for the second half of second quarter, and 3) receive a positive note from any substitute teachers I may have during the second half of second quarter. Students who don’t qualify for the celebration will partake in a study hall.
Teacher Planning Day: No School on Friday, February 3rd
There is no school for students on Friday, February 3rd, so teachers can finalize second quarter grades and plan for third quarter. Classes will resume on Monday, February 6th.
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/
In my classes, I utilize restorative justice practices to build community and handle any behavioral issues that might occur. From time to time, we will have talking circles, to discuss various academic, social, or classroom issues. The goal is to help students talk through and understand how their actions impact others in our community, either positively or negatively, and construct ways to be good classroom citizens.
Cell phones and devices are not allowed in my core classes, and should be stored in student lockers prior to class.
Students write in their planners at the beginning of each week in my class, and in other classes. Please encourage students to bring their planners with them to all classes so they are fully aware of what assignments are coming down the pike.
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/