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.