Week of February 8th

Bonjour!

February 8th marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Fire Monkey! With Valentine’s Day and President’s Day also just a few days away, it’s certainly a time for celebration. And with such great weather on the horizon, I agree with the groundhog  that we will have an early spring!

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux:

Ever thought of visiting France? Ask Ms. Coyne about next year’s Spring Break trip to Paris and the Châteaux! For more information online, check the EF Tour website here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

No School on President’s Day: Monday, February 15th

There will be no school on Monday, February 15th to honor President’s Day.

Late Opening: Wednesday, February 17th 

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th, so Beaumont staff can meet for professional development.

Beaumont UnAuction: Life is a Circus: Saturday, March 12th

Be sure to put the Beaumont UnAuction on your calendar! It’s going to be from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th, at the German American Society, located at 5626 NE Alameda Street. I plan on going and hope to see you there! Early bird tickets are $65 per person if you purchase by March 4th. Enjoy beer, wine, and dinner on the midway, and a competitive raffle. To register, go to allhandsraised.org. Then, click donate. Designate Beaumont MS as a recipient. Indicate total donation for number of tickets you purchase at $65. In notes section, write “UnAuction” and the number of tickets you wish to purchase. You will not receive a paper ticket to this event. You will receive an e-mail confirmation only. If you’d like to donate items or your time for the UnAuction, please contact the Beaumont Foundation at beaumontfoundation@gmail.com.

Late Start: Wednesday, March 16th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th, so Beaumont staff can meet for professional development.

Science Fair: Thursday, March 17th

The Beaumont Science Fair will be on Thursday, March 17th. Be sure to check in with your child about his or her Science Fair Project.

Friday Fun Day: Friday, March 18th

On Friday, March 18th, students who have all assignments completed and no disciplinary referrals for third quarter will get to enjoy Friday Fun Day in my class. Those who do not meet the criteria will have a study hall in another location.

Spring Break: Monday, March 21st-Friday, March 25th

School will be closed for Spring Break the week of Monday, March 21st through Friday March 25th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 28th.

Synergy

I’ve entered all assignments into Synergy that were turned in to me by Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

 

West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Students will create an original guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. The guide should be between 500-700 words and include: a colorful and creative title; at least three pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; at least five illustrations or drawings; information to help the reader understand African culture; at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today; and be typed or neatly written in ink. The assignment is due on Friday, February 19th. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide

Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth

With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, and taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will read chapters 16-25 while we explore plot, themes, characters, and symbols in the book.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 87-91 are due on Friday, February 12th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, February 11th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of February 1st

Bonjour!

January is coming to a close, and February is upon us! Will the groundhog see his shadow on Tuesday or not? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

I wanted to share the good news about students’ tremendous gains in reading fluency this year. When we started the school year, my two core classes averaged reading 163 words per minute on a grade-level text. Since retesting them for fluency over the past week, they are now averaging 186 words per minute. That’s an average gain of 23 words per minute, and is definitely something to celebrate! Please congratulate your students on their continued hard work and academic growth. If you’d like more specifics on how your child is doing academically, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux:

Ever thought of visiting France? Ask Ms. Coyne about next year’s Spring Break trip to Paris and the Châteaux! For more information online, check the EF Tour website here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

No School on President’s Day: Monday, February 15th

There will be no school on Monday, February 15th to honor President’s Day.

Late Opening: Wednesday, February 17th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th, so Beaumont staff can meet.

Synergy

I’ve entered all assignments into Synergy that were turned in to me by Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 15: The Cultural Legacy of West Africa

Students will continue studying the The Kingdoms of West Africa! This week, students will learn about the cultural legacy of West Africa in the areas of orature, written traditions, music, and visual arts.  in Ch. 15: The Cultural Legacy of West Africa. Students will read pages 165-171 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 93-95 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. Additionally, students will complete the Unit 3 Africa Timeline Challenge on pg. 96-97 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignments are due on Friday, February 5th.

Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth

With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, and taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will read chapters 6-15 while we explore plot, themes, characters, and symbols in the book.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 82-86 are due on Friday, February 5th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, February 4th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of January 26th

Bonjour!

It’s hard to believe we’re half-way through the school year! I was pleased to see so many students attain excellent grades this quarter.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux Interest Meeting: Wednesday, January 27th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Band Room

Ever thought of visiting France? Come join Ms. Plank and me in the Band Room at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 27th, to learn more about Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux! Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. For more information online, check the EF Tour website here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

No School for President’s Day: Monday, February 15th

There will be no school on Monday, February 15th to honor President’s Day.

Late Opening: Wednesday, February 17th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th, so Beaumont staff can meet.

Synergy

Second quarter grades are finalized and new assignments have been entered for third quarter. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 14: The Influence of Islam in West Africa

Students will continue studying the The Kingdoms of West Africa! This week, students will learn about the influences of Islam in contemporary West African culture in Ch. 14: The Influence of Islam in West Africa. Students will read pages 155-163 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 89-92 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, January 29th.

Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth

With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, but taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will gain background information on the country of Nigeria as well as the political circumstances in the 1990s that are the subject of this book.

Independent Novel Project

With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 78-81 are due on Friday, January 29th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, January 28th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of January 11th

Bonjour!

It was great to see students again after such a lengthy break!! It’s hard to believe we only have two weeks left until the end of second quarter!

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux Interest Meeting: Wednesday, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Band Room

Ever thought of visiting France? Come join Ms. Plank and me in the Band Room at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 20th, to learn more about Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux! Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. For more information online, check the EF Tour website here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.

Late Opening: Wednesday, January 20th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20th, so Beaumont staff can meet.

End-of-Quarter Friday Fun Day: Friday, January 22nd

To encourage students to complete their work and have good behavior in my class, students who have no missing assignments or disciplinary referrals will get to participate in an End-of-Quarter Friday Fun Day on Friday, January 22nd. I will provide hot cocoa and hot apple cider and show a film. Students who do not have their work completed or have had behavioral issues will have a study hall in another room.

End of Second Quarter: Friday, January 22nd

Second quarter ends a mere three weeks after our return from winter break! Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in by Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Ch. 13: Ghana: A West African Trading Empire

Students will continue studying the The Kingdoms of West Africa! This week, students will learn about why trade moving through Ghana and Mali resulted in these kingdoms’ growth in Ch. 13: Ghana: A West African Trading Empire. Students will read pages 145-153 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 83-87 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Wednesday, January 13th.

Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth

With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, but taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will gain background information on the country of Nigeria as well as the political circumstances in the 1990s that are the subject of this book.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 70-75 are due on Friday, January 15th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Wednesday, January 13th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of January 4th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great Winter Break! It’s hard to believe we only have three weeks until the end of second quarter!

School Canceled: Monday, January 4th and Tuesday, January 5th

Due to snowy and icy conditions, there will be no school on Monday, January 4th or Tuesday, January 5th. See you Wednesday!!

Late Opening: Wednesday, January 20th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20th, so Beaumont staff can meet.

End-of-Quarter Friday Fun Day: Friday, January 22nd

To encourage students to complete their work and have good behavior in my class, students who have no missing assignments or disciplinary referrals will get to participate in an End-of-Quarter Friday Fun Day on Friday, January 22nd. I will provide hot cocoa and hot apple cider and show a film. Students who do not have their work completed or have had behavioral issues will have a study hall in another room.

End of 2nd Quarter: Friday, January 22nd

Second quarter ends a mere three weeks after our return from winter break! Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in before
Winter Break. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Unit 3: The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa

Students will embark on our third unit of study this year: The Kingdoms of West Africa! We’ll start off the unit with a Geography Challenge, so students have a firm understanding of geographical diversity found within the world’s second-largest continent. Next, students will study Ch. 12: Early Societies in West Africa, and learn about how geography impacted trade, why people lived in extended families, the development of towns and cities, the ancient city of Jenne-Jeno, and the rise of kingdoms and empires. Students will read pages 134-143 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 76-82 in their Interactive Student Notebooks. The assignment is due on Friday, January 8th.

Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth

With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, but taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will gain background information on the country of Nigeria as well as the political circumstances in the 1990s that are the subject of this book.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 67-69 are due Friday, January 8th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, January 7th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

I’m excited to take students to Paris and the French Riviera this year, and am even more excited to have set up a tour for France for next year! In March 2017, I’ll be taking students (and parents, if they’d like sign up, too!) to Paris and the Châteaux. We’ll go to a variety of places, including Mont St. Michel and the beaches at Normandy, among other incredible locations. So, please feel free to check out the information and book early to get the best pricing! http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of December 14th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s hard to believe we only have one more week until Winter Break!!

Late Opening: Wednesday, December 14th

School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. this Wednesday, December 14th, so Beaumont staff can meet.

Friday Fun Day: Friday, December 18th

To encourage students to complete their work and have good behavior in my class, students who have no missing assignments or disciplinary referrals in my class will get to participate in a Friday Fun Day this Friday, December 18th. I will provide hot cocoa and hot apple cider and show the film, Elf. Students who do not have their work completed or have had behavioral issues will have a study hall in another room.

End of 2nd Quarter: Friday, January 22nd

Second quarter ends a mere three weeks after our return from winter break! Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in last Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Novel Timeline Project: Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

Now that students have completed reading Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, they will work in groups to summarize and illustrate plot elements from the book, including: the exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and denouement. Students will review Freytag’s Pyramid: The Structure of Plot, to prepare for this activity: https://mscoyne7thgradecore.wordpress.com/freytags-pyramid-the-structure-of-plot/. The project is due Thursday, December 17th. Shabanu Novel Timeline Project

Ch. 11: “From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires”

This week, students will read, discuss, analyze, and summarize the causes of the crusades, and its effects on Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations. Students will read pages 119-129 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and complete pages 68-70 in their Interactive Student Notebooks.  Additionally, students will review the Islam Timeline on pages 130-131, and complete the Unit 2 Timeline Challenge on pages 71-72 of their Interactive Student Notebooks. Both assignments are due on Thursday, December 17th.

 

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 63-66 are due Thursday, December 17th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, December 17th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of December 7th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s hard to believe we only have two more weeks until Winter Break!!

Midterm Progress Reports: Tuesday, December 8th

Midterm progress report grades get finalized this Tuesday! Be sure to check Synergy to monitor your child’s academic progress. I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in last Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.

Suzanne Fisher Staples’ Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind

To further immerse ourselves in our current unit, students will finish reading Suzanne Fisher Staples’ award-winning, coming-of-age story, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind. The story is narrated by Shabanu, a young girl who lives in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan with her nomadic family. This week, students will read and summarize one chapter a day: Chapter 19: “Yazman,” Chapter 20: “Justice,” Chapter 21: “The Choice,” and Chapter 22: “The Wedding,” and Chapter 23: “Cholistan.” All summaries should be at least one page in length, if single-spaced. If double-spaced, summaries should be at least two pages in length.

Ch. 10: “Contributions of Muslims to World Civilization”

This week, students will read, discuss, analyze, and summarize the multitudinous contributions of Muslims to world civilization in scholarship in learning, science and technology, mathematics, medicine, the arts, and recreation. Students will read pages 105-117 in their History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond textbooks, and turn in pages 61-66 in their Interactive Student Notebooks on Friday, December 11th

A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager Essay

Students will pretend they are a newspaper columnist whose work is published in the religious section of newspapers throughout the nation. They will write a story titled, “A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager.” The piece will tell how Islamic beliefs and practices influence one devout Muslim teen. The story should be between 500 and 700 words; and include the name of the character, appropriate dates, and eight of the following words (Allah, Muhammad, Qur’an, Sunnah, zakat, shahadah, salat, siyam, Ramadan, hajj, jihad, shari’ah); details about how Islamic beliefs influence the character’s daily life; and supporting evidence in the form of anecdotes, descriptions, and examples. The story was due on Friday, December 4th, but I will accept assignments late without penalty. Please note that not turning in the assignment prior to Tuesday will seriously affect midterm grades. A Day in the Life of a Muslim Teenager Essay

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 58-62 are due Friday, December 11th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics

Current Events

Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, December 10th. Current Events Sheet

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.”

Homework Club

My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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