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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Week of April 20th

Bonjour!

It’s hard to believe fourth quarter is already here! What lovely weather to get us started.

This Week in Class

Imperial China

This week, we will continue exploring Imperial China! Students will complete imaginary application letters for a Chinese government job to gain practice with argumentative writing. Letters are due on Thursday, April 23rd.

Additionally, 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. Foot binding was practiced widely on girls in China from the 10th century until the early 20th century.

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.

Current Event: Due Thursdays

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.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 119-123 this week. Daily Journal Topics

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 17th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. Also, please remind students to put their first and last names on all assignments before turning them in, so papers don’t end up in the dreaded “no name” pile: 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/.

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. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.

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: Political Development of Imperial China Rap

I found this excellent rap about the chapter we’re studying right now in Social Studies, from New LA Production and Mr. Bloom’s class. It’s an entertaining overview. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r7DeYkJedo

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 13th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone enjoyed the three-day weekend!

This Week in Class

Imperial China

This week, we embark on our Imperial China Unit! Students will complete a Geography Challenge and explore Chinese ruling dynasties from 220-1644 C.E..  Additionally, students will begin 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. Foot binding was practiced widely on girls in China from the 10th century until the early 20th century.

Current Event

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.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 114-118 this week. Daily Journal Topics

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.”

Synergy

I will finalize third quarter report card grades during 7th period on Monday, April 13thBe sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Smarter Balanced Testing

Students will embark on Smarter Balanced Tests in Reading and Math this year. The Reading Test will be administered between April 20th-May 8th, the Math Test from May 11th-May 29th, and make-up testing on June 5th. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for more general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

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. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.

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 Engineering an Empire: China Documentary

For a great overview of how the Chinese people built the Grand Canal, the Great Wall of China, tombs, and ships, look no further than the History Channel’s documentary, Engineering an Empire: Chinahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsd05kjnayM

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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