Week 18 (12/12 – 12/16)

This is the last week of the semester! In Social Studies, we will begin our study of Medieval Europe, which we will continue after the break. Students will be comparing and contrasting feudalism in Medieval Europe and Japan. In English, students will be working in small groups to create iMovie trailers, to review key grammar terms.

ENGLISH

Students will be working in small groups to produce iMovie trailers. These trailers will focus on key grammar concepts: compound and complex sentences, parts of speech, and pronoun rules. On Friday, students will be premiering their trailers for the class.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT differentiate between compound and complex sentences.

Tuesday

SWBAT work collaboratively to produce an iMovie trailer on an assigned grammar topic.

Wednesday

SWBAT work collaboratively to produce an iMovie trailer on an assigned grammar topic.

Thursday

SWBAT work collaboratively to produce an iMovie trailer on an assigned grammar topic.

Friday

SWBAT demonstrate understanding of parts of speech and compound sentences through iMovie trailers.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be starting our study of Medieval Europe. Students will work to compare and contrast feudal Europe and Japan. We will also be discussing the impact of Charlemagne, and students will study some key features of Medieval art.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT compare and contrast feudal Japan and feudal Europe.

Tuesday

SWBAT compare and contrast feudal Japan and feudal Europe.

Wednesday

SWBAT compare and contrast feudal Japan and feudal Europe.

Thursday

SWBAT describe the impact of Charlemagne in Medieval Europe.

Friday

SWBAT identify and replicate key features of medieval European art.

Week 17 (12/5-12/9)

In Social Studies this week, students will be taking a test on Japan and presenting their Japanese cultural projects. We will also be introducing our new unit on Medieval Europe. In English, we will be continuing our discussion of Culturally Relevant Service Learning, throuhg the CASA program.

ENGLISH

On Monday, we will be teaching a lesson on correct pronoun usage. For the rest of the week, we will continue in the CASA curriculum. Students will define and discuss the different elements of Culturally Relevant Service Learning, and they will examine case studies.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT distinguish between different types of pronouns and correctly use pronouns within sentences

Tuesday

SWBAT define the terms: “culturally relevant” “service” and “learning” and identify examples of service and learning in different situations

Wednesday

SWBAT define the key terms in the CRSL process and identify the order of the process

Thursday

SWBAT apply knowledge of the culturally relevant service-learning (CRSL) cycle to a case-study

Friday

SWBAT understand the concept of assets,
identify assets in their community, and comprehend the process of community mapping

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will be working on and presenting their individual activities on Japanese culture. Students will complete a summative unit test on Medieval Japan. We will also be introducing our next unit: Medieval Europe.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT identify and describe key elements of Japanese culture

Tuesday

SWBAT review key elements of Japan

Wednesday

SWBAT identify and describe key elements of Japan

Thursday

SWBAT identify and describe key elements of Japanese culture

Friday

SWBAT identify key elements of medieval Europe

Week 16 (11/28 – 12/1)

In Social Studies this week, we will be concluding our unit on Japan. In English, we will be working in small groups on expository writing. Friday is a Teacher Professional Development Day.

ENGLISH

Students will be working in small groups to pre-write, write, and rewrite short arugmentative essays. Students will complete a pre-assesment and then break into small groups to work on organization, supporting evidence, and use of academic language.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT correctly use textual evidence with supporting reasons.

Tuesday

SWBAT correctly use textual evidence with supporting reasons.

Wednesday

SWBAT correctly use textual evidence with supporting reasons.

Thursday

SWBAT correctly use textual evidence with supporting reasons.

Friday

Teacher Professional Development

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be concluding our unit on Japan.  We will be discussing Japanese social classes and reviewing key information from the past two weeks. There will be a unit test next week.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT review key elements of medieval Japanese society

Tuesday

SWBAT define and describe the difference between Shogun and Samurai, and how they were dependent on each other.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe the significance and rise of classes in Japan

Thursday

SWBAT describe the significance of culture and art of Japan

Friday

Teacher Professional Development

Week 15 (11/14-11/18)

This is the last week before Thanksgiving Break! On Friday, students will be participating in Pop Day.

ENGLISH

In English, we will continue progress into the CASA curriculum. We will be discussing the importance of youth activism, and working to set up a Youth Advisory Board.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT Define the terms: impact, community and identify ways that they have made a difference in their own community

Tuesday

SWBAT identify youth who have been change agents in history and determine what was necessary for each of these youth to be change agents

Wednesday

SWBAT brainstorm group norms,
define team roles and responsibilities, and understand the value in teamwork

Thursday

SWBAT consider what leadership means to them and determine a variety of characteristics, traits, or actions that make someone a leader

Friday

Pop Day

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be discussing traditional art, literature, and social roles in Medieval Japan. We will also be learning about the role of the Samurai and the importance of the Bushido code.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT describe key roles in traditional Japanese society.

Tuesday

SWBAT describe the different characteristics of traditional Japanese literature.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe the role of the Samurai and the key ideas of the bushido code.

Thursday

SWBAT describe characteristics of traditional Japanese art.

Friday

Pop Day

Week 14 (11/8-11/10)

This is a short week. There is a teacher training day on Monday, and Friday is Verterans’ Day.

ENGLISH

In English, we will finish our discussion of poetry. We will discuss POV, hold a Socratic Seminar, and discuss the importance of poetry.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

 

Tuesday

SWBAT identify and create poetry in first and third person POV

Wednesday

SWBAT analyze symbol and metaphor in “Caged Bird”

Thursday

SWBAT analyze why poetry is an essential literary form.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies, we will be concluding our study of China and begin discussion of Medieval Japan.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Tuesday

SWBAT review key information on the Silk Road and Buddhism.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe ancient Japanese civilizations and analyze Japanese origin myths

Thursday

SWBAT demonstrate knowledge of the Silk Road, Buddhism, and facts on China.

 

Week 13 (10/31-11/4)

ENGLISH

In English, we will continue our discussion of poetry. We will be examining the impact of descriptive language, and we will closely read and analyze the Robert Frost poem “The Road Less Traveled.”  Addiitionally, students will be participating in NWEA MAPS testing this week for English and Math.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT analyze how descriptive language adds to the impact of a poem.

Tuesday

SWBAT participate in a Socratic Seminar to discuss the meaning of the poem “Fire and Ice”

Wednesday

SWBAT use descriptive language in a poem and describe its signficance.

Thursday

SWBAT use close reading to analyze the meaning of “The Road Less Traveled”

Friday

SWBAT identify and correctly utilize independent/dependent clauses, and compound/complex sentences.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be continuing our study of China. Students will learn about the impact of Buddhism and discuss trade via the Silk Road. Students will be MAPS testing on either Tuesday of Wednesday of this week, depending on their class.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT identify and describe the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.

Tuesday

SWBAT describe key values of Buddhism  

Wednesday

MAPS testing. 

Thursday

SWBAT describe the importance of the Silk Road and analyze how trade impacted Medieval China.

Friday

SWBAT describe the importance of the Silk Road and analyze how trade impacted Medieval China.

Week 12 (10/24 – 10/28)

ENGLISH

In English, we will beginning a unit on poetry. We will be studying the structure of poems, and analyzing the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT identify key elements of poetry

Tuesday

SWBAT identify basic rhyme schemes in poetry.

Wednesday

SWBAT identify and describe the difference between mood and tone.

Thursday

SWBAT identify and describe the difference between mood and tone.

Friday

SWBAT describe key elements of Day of the Dead and relate it poetry.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be studying ancient China this week.  We will be discussing the importance of the Great Wall, the influence of Confucianism and Daoism, and the structure of Medieval Chinese government.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT identify and describe the significance of the Great Wall of China.

Tuesday

SWBAT identify and describe key elements of the Mongol and Ottoman Empires, and ancient China.

Wednesday

SWBAT describe the cause and effect the Han dynasty had on philosophies.  

Thursday

SWBAT identify and describe the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.  

Friday

SWBAT identify and describe the differences between Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.

Week 11 (10/17-10/21)

ENGLISH

This is Parent Conference week! There will be no school Friday, because we will be having a full day of conferences. In English, students will finalize their essays comparing “The Necklace” and “The Gift of the Magi.” Typed essays must be submitted though Google Docs by Thursday at 8 PM. . We will then be working on several lessons from the CASA curriculum. Students will be discussing what it means to live in a multicultural society.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT use correct MLA formatting to finalize a compare/contrast essay.

Tuesday

SWBAT define the term “culture, ”identify cultural characteristics that define them, and compare and contrast cultural characteristics.

Wednesday

SWBAT define the term “community,” understand the values that characterize their community, and personalize their understanding of a shared value.

Thursday

SWBAT define bias, stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination, and analyze how they are interconnected.

Friday

No school. Parent conferences.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be continuing into our unit on Asian civilizations. Students will study Chinese geography and we will discuss the timeline of major Chinese dynasties.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT describe the roles of Ottoman leadership.

Tuesday

SWBAT describe key features of major Chinese dynasties.

Wednesday

SWBAT identify key features of Chinese geography.

Thursday

SWBAT identify and describe key features of Chinese geography.

Friday

No school. Parent conferences.

Week 10 (10/10-10/14)

ENGLISH

We will be continuing our unit on short stories. Students will discuss irony in the short stories “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Necklace.”  Students will also take a short vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT use specific evidence to analyze Mme. Loisel’s unhappiness in “The Necklace.”

Tuesday

SWBAT identify and analyze the use of irony in “The Necklace.”

Wednesday

SWBAT compare and contrast theme, use of irony, and characterization in two short stories.

Thursday

SWBAT prepare a rough draft of an essay comparing two short stories.

Friday

SWBAT edit and revise their essays, which compare two short stories.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will be taking a unit test on Africa on Tuesday. Then, we will begin our new unit, in which we will discuss ancient Asian civilizations. This week, we will be discussing the Mongol and Ottoman empires.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

SWBAT compare and contrast trade in present-day and ancient Ghana.

Tuesday

SWBAT demonstrate their knowledge of ancient Africa, by taking a summative unit exam.

Wednesday

SWBAT assess their knowledge of ancient Asia, using a game of Kahoot.

Thursday

SWBAT describe the expansion of the ancient Mongol empire, and describe why their leaders were powerful.

Friday

SWBAT identify reasons why the Ottoman empire grew and took power.

Week 9 (10/4-10/7)

ENGLISH

This is an exciting week! On Wednesday, students will be participating in a field trip to the Apple Store, where they will assemble their own short stories into digital iBooks.  We will also be discussing the meaning of the term “irony.”  We will then be reading the short story “The Gift of the Magi,” which effectively uses irony.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

No school.

Tuesday

SWBAT determine and identify different types of irony.

Wednesday

SWBAT assemble iBooks, which incorporate a short narrative story and illustrations.

Thursday

SWBAT identify irony and theme in a short story.

Friday

SWBAT identify irony and theme in a short story.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will be concluding our unit on Africa. Students will independently research and present on the Kongo Kingdom. We will then review key facts about Africa, using independent study guides and Kahoot, in order to prepare students for next week’s unit exam, which will be given on Monday.

The objectives for the week are as follows:

Monday

No school

Tuesday

SWBAT understand key components that let to the rise of the Congo.

Wednesday

SWBAT assemble iBooks, which incorporate a short narrative story and illustrations.

Thursday

SWBAT understand key elements of trade between Congo and Portugal.

Friday

SWBAT review key information on Africa.