Happy May everyone! It feels like spring is really here. With spring, comes the time to revisit classroom expectations.
Please remind students that they should come to core class prepared, with all materials for the day. 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, food, gum, sports equipment, 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 would be wise to bring water bottles (already filled with water) with them to class–it’s better for the environment and will reduce classroom disruptions.
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.
Thank you for your help in reminding students about these 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.
Fourth Quarter Midterm Progress Reports: Wednesday, May 10th
Teachers will finalize fourth quarter midterm progress reports on Wednesday, May 10th. Please check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
Celebration of Excellence: Friday, May 12th
The weather forecast is looking spectacular for May! To reward students for good behavior and academic effort, I will have a Celebration of Excellence on Friday, May 12th. Those students who earn an A, B, or C in my Language Arts and Social Studies classes, and do not demonstrate negative behaviors in class that would necessitate a parent contact between now and May 12th, will be eligible to go to Wilshire Park for two periods, play games, hang out, and bask in the glory of a job well done!! Those students who don’t meet the criteria will have a study hall in an alternate location.
Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
Students just started their novel study of Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Set in China during the early 1900s, the protagonist, Ailin Tao, courageously rebels against the cultural practice of foot binding. Determined to make her own life choices, her decision leads to a surprising turn of events. This week, students will read and summarize chapters 2-6. Summaries should be one full page in length. Students should include information about setting, characters, key plot points, predictions about what might happen next, and a reflection about the reading. Scores for summaries will be based on length, content, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Students are strongly encouraged to revise summaries to earn a higher score. Additionally, students will include an original drawing, or drawings, to accompany each summary, focusing on literary elements found in the chapter.
Current Event: Due Thursday, May 4th
Students will analyze and summarize informational text, as well as develop grammatical and vocabulary knowledge, through preparation of a current event. The assignment is due on Thursday, May 4th. Current Events Sheet
Ch. 18: Chinese Inventions and Discoveries: Due Friday, May 5th
Students will learn about Chinese discoveries and inventions from about 200 to 1400 C.E. and their effects on China, and the rest of the world. Specifically, students will describe Chinese technological developments during the Tang and Song dynasties and analyze ways in which such Chinese inventions as gunpowder, the compass, and printing affected china and the rest of the world. Students will read pages 195-203 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 115-122 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/IAENkB2dv3dRVtjvVAgqK6G9f0QHcko7nJCXDPaB7UjuDW4g.pdf
Chinese Government Job Application Letter: Past Due
Students will pretend to be a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar looking for a government job. They will write a letter to the emperor to try to convince him to hire them. The letter should be between 500-700 words and follow the form for a business letter. Students should include: the date, their address, the emperor’s address, a salutation, and a closing. Students will introduce themselves in the first paragraph, explaining who they are (a foreigner, an aristocrat, or a scholar) and the type of government job they want. In the second paragraph, they should clearly state why they are best qualified for this position. They should give three reasons for their claim and make their letter personal by adding fictitious details. In the third paragraph, they should give two reasons why the other types of people would not make good officials. The final copy should be free of grammatical and spelling errors, and written in ink or typed. This assignment was due on Monday, April 24th, though I will gladly accept assignments this week.
Independent Novel Project: Due Thursday, June 1st
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, June 1st. Independent Novel Project
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! Sign up for this trip by April 30th, and receive a $100 discount on the tour price! For more tour information, check http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1917389uv, or contact Señora Coyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.916.5610. ¡Gracias!
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. I’m not sure if there’s a limited number of passes or not, but order yours now 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/