With the last week of school upon us, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you for such a wonderful year. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer or funnier group of students, and am a little sad at the thought of saying goodbye this week. I wish everyone a wonderful and rejuvenating summer. I look forward to seeing a few of my students from this year in French class next year!
This Week in Class
Haiku and Tanka Poetry Readings
Students have done a fantastic job of writing original haiku and tanka poetry. On Tuesday, they’ll receive a booklet of these poems. Due to the hot weather, students will read their poetry outside (alfresco), in the shade, to give voice to the spoken word. Here is the finalized collection of haiku and tanka poetry from my core classes this year. Enjoy! Student Tanka and Haiku June 2015
Ch. 22: The Rise of the Warrior Class in Japan
Students will read, analyze, and summarize the rise and role of a military society in Japan in the late 12th century; describe the values, social customs, and traditions prescribed by the lord-vassal system consisting of shogun, daimyo, and samurai; trace the development of distinctive forms of Japanese Buddhism; describe the lasting influence of the warrior code throughout the 20th century; and compare western Europe in Medieval times with the society of Japan. Students should turn in pp. 149-155 of their Interactive Student Notebooks by Tuesday, June 9th.
Unit 5 Timeline Challenge: Japan
Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize Japanese social structure, government, religion, arts, technology, writing, and literature during Medieval times. Students should turn in pp. 156-157 of their Interactive Student Notebooks by Tuesday, June 9th.
Students will explore the Japanese art form of origami this week. Paper was first invented in China around 105 A.D., and was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century. Handmade paper was a luxury item only available to a few, and paper folding in ancient Japan was strictly for ceremonial purposes, often religious in nature. By far, the most popular origami animal that people create in Japan is the crane. Throughout Asia, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the tortoise, dragon, tiger, and phoenix) and symbolizes good fortune and longevity, because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. In case you’d like to try it at home, here are instructions for how to make an origami crane, tortoise, dragon, tiger, and phoenix. Enjoy!
- Crane (“Tsuru”): http://oberlin.edu/amam/asia/crane/documents/crane-folding-directions.pdf
- Tortoise (“Kame”): http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-tortoise.html
- Dragon (“Doragon”): http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-dragon.html
- Tiger (“Tora”): http://www.origami-make.com/howto-origami-tiger.php
- Phoenix (“Fennikusu”): http://www.origami-make.com/traditional-origami-phoenix.php
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 153-155. Journal entries are due Wednesday, June 10th. Daily Journal Topics
End of Quarter: Thursday, June 11th
I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed through Friday, June 5th. 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. Wednesday, June 10th is the last day I’ll accept assignments from students: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.
OAKS Park Field Trip: Thursday, June 11th
Seventh-grade students will take an all-day field trip to OAKS Park this Thursday, June 11th. As luck would have it, the weather forecast looks great for this Thursday!!
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: Discovery Channel’s What the Ancients Knew: Japan
Japan an island group roughly 120 million people strong, is one of the largest economic powers in the world today. In the eyes of history, Japan’s economic success happened overnight and yet it didn’t come out of the blue. Cultivating an ancient legacy, modern Japan continues to hold on to its past. And while today many of the ancient crafts are struggling to survive, they provide the foundation for modern Japan’s technological success. What the Ancient Japanese knew helps explain the industrial marvel of one of the largest economic powers in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3at1K-SzCk