Language Arts

Week of 2/5 - 2/9

We will begin our last unit of the trimester this week, comparison-and-contrast essay writing. This is a very quick 2-week unit.  We will learn how to inform an audience of the similarities and differences of two or more things.  This unit focuses on facts rather than opinion, like our previous two units did.

Mon. 2/5
Tue. 2/6
Wed. 2/7
Thu. 2/8
Fri. 2/9
Learning Target:
1) I can choose two topics that are unique yet share some similarities to write an essay.
Learning Target: 1) I can use a Venn diagram to organize similarities and differences of my topic.
Learning Target: 1) I can develop a topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
2) I can organize my research into a block or point-by-point format for my comparison-and-
contrast essay
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate writing stamina by focusing on body paragraphs for an extended writing time.
Learning Target: 1) I can use an effective essay conclusion to bring my essay to a natural end.

Introduction to Compare/ Contrast Essay

Choosing and Narrowing a Topic

Polished Persuasive Essay Due

Using a Venn Diagram

Drafting Strategies:
Block Method OR
Point-by-Point Method

Beginning and Introduction

Writer’s Workshop

Drafting the body paragraphs

Drafting a strong conclusion in a comparison-and-contrast essay

Social Studies

Week of 2/5 - 2/9

We will finish up with Latin America this week as we complete our brochures and create board games about the culture and history of Latin America.  We will also have missing work conferences as I finish up the first round of grading and enter it into IC. Please let me know how I can assist you in completing work that you are missing.

We will have an LTP workday on Thursday, and the first note check is on this Friday, 2/9.

Mon. 2/5
Tue. 2/6
Wed. 2/7
Thu. 2/8
Fri. 2/9
Learning Target:
1) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
Learning Target:
1) I can work productively in a group to make a creative, educational game that shows my understanding of Latin American culture.
Learning Target:
1) I can work productively in a group to make a creative, educational game that shows my understanding of Latin American culture.
Learning Target:
1) I can gather information from multiple sources and organize into useful notes that are in my own words.
Learning Target:
1)  I can participate respectfully and productively to play educational games about Latin American culture and history.

Hour 1 & 2:
Latin American Brochure extended work time

Missing Work Conferences

Brochure Due!

Hour 1:
Introduction
to Latin American Board Game project

Hour 2:
Board Game planning

Hour 1 & 2:
Latin American Board Game work time

Hour 1:
LTP Work Time

Putting Information into Own Words

Hour 2:
Latin American Board Game work time (if needed)

Hour 1 & 2:
Play Latin American Board Games


FIRST LTP NOTE CHECK

Language Arts

Week of 1/29 - 2/2

We will revise and edit our persuasive essays this week. All rough drafts that were turned in have been given feedback and returned.  Those who are missing rough drafts will conference with me in class to see how I can help and to make a plan going forward.

The essay is due Monday, February 5. If you have not completed your final, polished piece completed by the end of class on Thursday, February 1, you must complete it for HOMEWORK.

We will not have class on Friday due to our first ADI in Integrated.

Mon. 1/29
Tue. 1/30
Wed. 1/31
Thu. 2/1
Fri. 2/2
Learning Target: 1) I can use feedback to improve my writing
2) I can analyze my own writing to determine where changes are needed.
Learning Target: 1) I can analyze the writing of others and provide feedback on changes I feel are needed.
Learning Target: 1) I can collaborate with others to help them identify mistakes in their capitalization, spelling, and comma usage.
Learning Target: 1) I can identify mistakes in my capitalization, spelling, and comma usage.
2) I can publish a formal, polished persuasive essay.
Learning Target: 1) No Class

Workshopping:
Reviewing comments and self-revising the  persuasive essay

Conferences for missing rough drafts

Workshopping: Peer-revising the persuasive essay

Conferences for missing rough drafts

Persuasive Essay Peer Editing

Final Persuasive Essay Revisions and Edits

Essay must be completed as HOMEWORK if not completed by the end of class!

ADI #1
NO CLASS

Social Studies 

Week of 1/29 - 2/2

We will complete the Aztec DBQ and continue working on Latin American brochures this week. We will also have our first geography quiz which will cover Central and South America. On Wednesday, we will have a Socratic Seminar to discuss how to read historical documents. The focus of the discussion will be around the remarkable achievements of the Maya.  

We will have our first full LTP workday on Thursday, so come prepared to gather information by researching your conquistador.

Friday is our first ADI! The Museo de las Americas will be coming to school to do programs as the museum is currently undergoing renovations.  We will also have a Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament against Mr. Feiger's social studies class! Dress warm!

Mon. 1/29
Tue. 1/30
Wed. 1/31
Thu. 2/1
Fri. 2/2
Learning Target: 1) I can write an argument using reasons from historical texts as support.
2) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate my knowledge of Central and South America geography as well as an understanding of basic map skills.
3)  I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
4) I can label the countries of the Caribbean
Learning Target: 1) I can analyze a historical document and make inferences.
2) I can incorporate history, civics, geography, and economics to research and share information about a country in Latin America.
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate a variety of ways to search for information.
2) I can determine the validity of a research source
3) I can gather information from multiple sources.
Learning Target: 1) I can respectfully participate in hands-on activities such as making Latin American protest art, making tortillas, and making Inca quipus.
2) I can demonstrate a basic understanding of the Mesoamerican ball game.

Hour 1:

Writing the Aztec DBQ essay

Hour 2:

Latin American brochure work time

Hour 1:

Geography Quiz: Central & South America / Map Skills

Latin American brochure work time

Hour 2:

Geography of the Caribbean

Hour 1:

Literacy in Social Studies: How to read historical documents Socratic Seminar

Hour 2:
Latin American brochure work time

Hour 1 & 2:

LTP Work Time

How to get the most out of online searches. Primary vs. Secondary sources

How to Evaluate Sources: Is the source credible?

Research time

Last 20 minutes:
Creating Ball Game teams

Finding Aztec, Maya, Inca, or Olmec vocabulary for team name

ADI #1:
Visit from Museo de las Americas (in-school field trip)

Sack lunches still needed!

Mesoamerican Ball Game Tournament with Mr. Feiger’s class.

Language Arts

Week of 1/22 - 1/26/2018

We will be completing our rough drafts of our persuasive essays this week. Please remember that the rough draft is due on Tue. 1/23.

We will also be doing some in-class activities that will help us practice the craft of persuasion.  We will have a mini-debate (4-corners), practice looking at various viewpoints, and work collaboratively to make an argument around a given scenario.

If you are still missing your PSR, or do not have it signed, please let me know how I can assist you in getting this completed.  CONFERENCES ARE THIS WEEK!

Mon. 1/22
Tue. 1/23
Wed. 1/24
Thu. 1/25
Fri. 1/26
Learning Target: 1) I can effective close an argument.
Learning Target: 1) I can express my argument for or against an issue
2) I can listen with an open mind to counterarguments
3) I can counter opposing arguments
Learning Target: 1) I can demonstrate the ability to explain multiple viewpoints on a topic or issue
Learning Target: 1) I can collaborate with others to form a logical argument for a given issue or scenario.
Learning Target: No Class

Crafting the Persuasive Essay Conclusion

4 Corners Persuasive Activity

Persuasive Essay Rough Draft Due

Viewing a topic or issue from multiple perspectives

Small Group Argument Activity

Mid-Year Conference Release Day
NO CLASS

Social Studies

Week of 1/22 - 1/26/2018

We will review our geography of Central and South America from last week in preparation of next week's quiz.  We will also complete a Document Based Question (DBQ) Mini-Q to explore primary and secondary sources about the agriculture and human sacrifices of the Aztecs to determine which one you believe should be emphasized by historians.  You will write an essay showing your opinion and supporting reasons.  Lastly, we will have our first LTP work day on Thursday.  Make sure you have all materials you need to work on your LTP, which at this time is really just your topic.

Mon. 1/22
Tue. 1/23
Wed. 1/24
Thu. 1/25
Fri. 1/26
Learning Targets: 1) I can identify the countries of Central & South America.
2) I can gather information on both sides of an issue to determine my opinion.
Learning Targets:
1) I can gather information on both sides of an issue to determine my opinion.
2) I can support a claim with multiple reasons from a text.
Learning Targets: 1) I can gather information on both sides of an issue to determine my opinion.
2) I can support a claim with multiple reasons from a text.
Learning Targets: 1) I can demonstrate a variety of ways to search for information.
2) I can determine the validity of a research source
3) I can gather information from multiple sources.
Learning Target: No class

Hour 1:
Review Central & South American geography

Intro to Writing Historical Argument

Hour 2:
Mini-Q:
The Aztecs: Should Historians Emphasize Agriculture or Human Sacrifice?

Hour 1 & 2:
Mini-Q:
The Aztecs: Should Historians Emphasize Agriculture or Human Sacrifice?


Hour 1 & 2:
Finish Mini-Q:
The Aztecs: Should Historians Emphasize Agriculture or Human Sacrifice?

Write Mini-Q essay

Hour 1 & 2:
LTP Work Time

How to get the most out of online searches. Primary vs. Secondary sources

How to Evaluate Sources: Is the source credible?

Research time

MID-YEAR CONFERENCE RELEASE DAY NO CLASS

Language Arts

Week of 1/15 - 1/19

We will finalize and sign PSRs this week as you prepare for conferences.  We will continue working on persuasive essays with the goal of completing the rough draft by the end of class on Friday.

Mon. 1/15
Tue. 1/16
Wed. 1/17
Thu. 1/18
Fri. 1/19
Learning Target: No Class
Learning Target: 1) I can reflect on my writing.
2) I can use feedback to improve my writing.
Learning Target: 1) I can organize my reasons and examples in my persuasive essay.
2) I can evaluate my claim to make sure it is clear to my audience.
Learning Target: 1) I can maintain a professional, formal tone in my writing.
Learning Target: 1) I can identify bias in both my own writing and the writing of others.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
NO SCHOOL

Final revisions and edits of PSRs

PSR checklist

Continuing to gather information for persuasive essay

Creating a Structure for Your Rough Draft & Evaluating Your Claim

Writer’s Workshop

Using Formal Tone in an Essay

Mentor Persuasive Essay

Writer’s Workshop

PSR Signing

Identifying Bias

Writer’s Workshop

PSR Signing




Persuasive Essay Rough Draft Due