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The Week of May 22

Posted by Jay McGaughy on May 17th, 2017

Monday, May 22

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: The Later Middle Ages; PERIOD: 1st, 3rd, 5th, or 6th; DATE: 5/22/17

In Class: Students completed The Later Middle Ages test.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, May 23

Bell Ringer: Please take a MOVIE FACT SHEET below.

In Class: Students recorded 20 facts from the movie The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross. I will be away from school the first half of the day. Those students needing to present make up presentations will do so upon my return.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, May 24

Bell Ringer: N/A

In Class: 8th grade breakfast. Awards Day. Lunch. Social time in the hallway.

Assignment: Last day of school tomorrow!

Thursday, May 25

Bell Ringer: N/A

In Class: Assemblies and lunch only today.

Assignment: Have a great afternoon!

Friday, May 26

Bell Ringer: N/A

In Class: Teacher Workday

Assignment: Wishing everyone a wonderfully relaxing summer!

 

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The Week of May 15

Posted by Jay McGaughy on May 15th, 2017

Monday, May 15

Bell Ringer: N/A!

In Class: Students who signed up to present their A Visitor from the Past presentation did so today.

Students completed 18.1 Quiz.

Assignment: A Visitor from the Past presentations continue tomorrow! 18.2 Quiz tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 16

Bell Ringer: N/A!

In Class: Students who signed up to present their A Visitor from the Past presentation did so today.

Students completed 18.2 Quiz.

Assignment: 18.3 Quiz tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 17

Bell Ringer: N/A!

In Class: Students completed 18.3 Quiz.

Assignment:  Visitor from the Past presentations continue tomorrow! 18.4 Quiz tomorrow!

Thursday, May 18

Bell Ringer: N/A!

In Class: Students who signed up to present their A Visitor from the Past presentation did so today.

Students completed 18.4 Quiz.

Assignment:  Visitor from the Past presentations continue tomorrow! 18.5 Quiz tomorrow! Students completed 18.4 Quiz.

Friday, May 19

Bell Ringer: N/A!

In Class: Students who signed up to present their A Visitor from the Past presentation did so today.

Students completed 18.5 Quiz.

Assignment: The Later Middle Ages Test is Monday!

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The Week of May 8

Posted by Jay McGaughy on May 15th, 2017

Monday, May 8

Bell Ringer: Clear your desk of everything except your textbook and read today’s text.

In Class: Follow the instructions on the front board for today’s assignments.

Assignment: Finish all assignments from class today.

Tuesday, May 9

Bell Ringer: Clear your desk of everything except your textbook and read today’s text.

In Class: Follow the instructions on the front board for today’s assignments.

Assignment: Finish all assignments from class today.

Wednesday, May 10

Bell Ringer: Clear your desk of everything except your textbook and read today’s text.

In Class: Follow the instructions on the front board for today’s assignments.

Assignment: Finish all assignments from class today.

Thursday, May 11

Bell Ringer: Clear your desk of everything except your textbook and read today’s text.

In Class: Follow the instructions on the front board for today’s assignments.

Assignment: Finish all assignments from class today.

Friday, May 12

Bell Ringer: Clear your desk of everything except your textbook and read today’s text.

In Class: Follow the instructions on the front board for today’s assignments.

Assignment: Finish all assignments from class today. A Visitor from the Past presentations begin Monday. 18.1 Quiz is Monday.

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The Week of May 1

Posted by Jay McGaughy on May 1st, 2017

Monday, May 1

Bell Ringer: p. 571; Standardized Test Practice

In Class: We completed a bell ringer activity. Students then logged into Google Classroom and accessed the test review slides. Students answered the questions on the slides by typing them onto the slides and submitting them at the end of the period.

Assignment: Study for Chapter 17 Test!

Tuesday, May 2

Bell Ringer: Fill out answer documents. Subject: Early Middle Ages

In Class: Students completed their Early Middle Ages test.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, May 3

Bell Ringer: None!

In Class: We celebrated today with Mrs. Prosch as she finished her student teaching!

Assignment: Select three historically significant figures from our studies for your A Visitor from the Past project.

Thursday, May 4

Bell Ringer: p. 577; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students received back their The Early Middle Ages test scores.

We discussed and assigned the A Visitor from the Past presentations.

Students selected their characters for A Visitor from the Past presentations.

I collected 8th grade banquet money. Money is due tomorrow.

Students had access to Chromebooks in class to begin research for A Visitor from the Past presentations.

Assignment: Continue research for A Visitor from the Past presentation!

Friday, May 5

Bell Ringer: p. 583; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We graded bell ringers today and students had an opportunity to earn up to 8 bonus points.

Students then had the remaining time in class to complete research for their Visitor from the Past presentations.

Assignment: A Visitor from the Past presentations begin on Monday, May 15.

 

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The Week of April 24

Posted by Jay McGaughy on April 24th, 2017

Monday, Apr. 24

Bell Ringer: p. 554; Analyzing Primary Sources

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity. We reviewed some of the information from the T-Chart we completed on Monday. Students need to have detailed information for monks and missionaries on their T-Chart.

We took notes on the following subheadings:

-The Franks Build an Empire

-Invaders Threaten Europe

Students worked on 17.2 Section Assessment #1-4 ONLY. Students who were absent need to see a classmate to get their notes from today.

Assignments: Study for 17.2 Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz

Tuesday, Apr. 25

Bell Ringer: p. 555; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We reviewed Section 2 Assessment together and then students completed Section 2 Quiz.

Students then had time to complete Section 3 and 4 Assessments since Mrs. Prosch was out today.

Students who had make-up work completed and submitted those assignments.

Assignments: None

Wednesday, Apr. 26

Bell Ringer: 

In Class: 

Assignments: 

Thursday, Apr. 27

Bell Ringer: p. 562; Drawing Conclusions

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity. We then took notes on the following subheadings:

-Feudalism Spreads

-Women in the Middle Ages

-Towns and Trade Grow

Students then completed 17.3 Section Assessment and studied. We reviewed answers for the Section Assessment.

Assignments: Study for 17.3 Matching Quiz

Friday, Apr. 28

Bell Ringer: p. 565; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer and submitted their weekly bell ringers. We took our 17.3 Matching Quiz. Students then worked on taking notes on Section 4- Feudal Societies. We reviewed notes and the Section Assessment as a class. There will be a quiz at the beginning of class on Monday.

Assignments: Have a good weekend!

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The Week of April 17

Posted by Jay McGaughy on April 17th, 2017

Monday, Apr. 17

Bell Ringer: p. 433; Reviewing Vocabulary, Terms, and People #’s 1-8

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activity. Students then got in their groups from Friday and finished their poster on the assigned subheading. The first four groups presented today.

Assignments: Early African Civilizations Test will be on Wednesday!

Tuesday, Apr. 18

Bell Ringer: p. 435; Standardized Test Practice

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activity. The second four groups presented their posters. We reviewed answers for 13.4 Section Assessment and completed 13.4 fill-in-the-blank quiz. Students then used the rest of class to finish writing prompts and/or study for their test.

Students who were absent need to complete 13.4 Section Assessment and make up 13.4 quiz.

Assignments: Early African Civilizations Test is tomorrow!

Wednesday, Apr. 19

Bell Ringer: Fill out your answer document. Subject: Early African Civilizations

In Class: Students completed their Early African Civilizations Test

Assignments: None!

Thursday, Apr. 20

Bell Ringer: p. 549; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activity. Students were given their tests back and organized their binders. Today we began a new unit- The Early Middle Ages. We completed an Anticipation Guide. We then filled out a graphic organizer together. Students completed a flipcard activity and worked on their 17.1 Section Assessment.

Students who were absent need to complete 17.1 Section Assessment.

Assignments: Study for 17.1 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday, Apr. 21

Bell Ringer: p. 553; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activities and submitted their weekly bell ringers. We reviewed answers for 17.1 Section Assessment. Students then took their 17.1 Quiz. We began Section 2 today by taking a few notes and filling out a T-Chart to compare the roles of monks and missionaries in the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire.

Students who were absent need to make up their 17.1 Section Assessment, Quiz, and turn in bell ringers when they return to school. Students who were absent should also see a classmate for notes that they missed.

Assignments: Have a good weekend!

 

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The Week of April 10

Posted by Jay McGaughy on April 10th, 2017

Monday, Apr. 10

Bell Ringer: p. 423; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students continued responding to the writing prompts for Early African Civilizations.

Assignment: Complete 13.2 Section Assessment, #1-4. True/False Quiz tomorrow!

Tuesday, Apr. 11

Bell Ringer: p. 425; Drawing Inferences

In Class: Students continued responding to the writing prompts for Early African Civilizations.

Assignment: None (Early African Civilization Test next Tuesday, Apr. 18)!

Wednesday, Apr. 12

Bell Ringer: p. 426; Reading Time Lines

In Class: Students continued responding to the writing prompts for Early African Civilizations.

Assignment: Complete 13.3 Section Assessment, #1-4. Fill-in-the Blank Quiz tomorrow!

Thursday, Apr. 13

Bell Ringer: p. 427; Identifying Points of View

In Class: Students completed the writing prompts for Early African Civilizations. Students took Section 13.3 Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Assignment: Early African Civilization Test on Tuesday.

Friday, Apr. 14

Bell Ringer: p. 430; Analyzing Information

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity today and submitted their bell ringers for grading. Students formed groups of 4 and were assigned a subheading from section 13.4. Students created posters for their assigned subheading, and will present their section on Monday.

Assignment: Complete 13.4 Section Assessment, #1-3. Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz on Monday!

 

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The Week of April 3

Posted by Jay McGaughy on April 3rd, 2017

Monday, Apr. 3

Bell Ringer: p. 413; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students organized their binders.

We discussed the writing prompts that students would complete for their study of Africa.

Students began completing the first of 10 writing prompts for their study of Africa.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Apr. 4

Bell Ringer: p. 417; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We completed a bell ringer activity.

Students continued writing prompts. Students worked on 13.1 Section Assessment when they completed writing prompt #3.

Assignment: 13.1 Section Assessment #1-3, Study for Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Wednesday, Apr. 5

Bell Ringer: No School

In Class: No School

Assignment: No School

Thursday, Apr. 6

Bell Ringer: p. 419; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We completed our bell ringer activity.

We then reviewed answers for 13.1 Section Assessment.

We took our 13.1 Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz.

Students continued to work on writing prompts.

Assignment: None

Friday, Apr. 7

Bell Ringer: p. 420; Contrasting

In Class: We completed and submitted bell ringers for this week.

Students continued writing prompts on Early African Civilizations. The goal today was to complete #5, but students should work to complete as many as they can.

Assignment: None

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The Week of March 20

Posted by Jay McGaughy on March 22nd, 2017

Monday, Mar. 20

Bell Ringer: p. 522; Interpreting Maps

In Class: We began class by reviewing the bell ringer for today. We then completed our study of the Aztecs by getting in our groups and finishing our reciprocal teaching notes. Students had time to finish their notes and the 16.2 Section Assessment. We reviewed the Section Assessment, then took our 16.2 fill-in-the-blank quiz. After students were finished with the quiz, they began working on a pre-reading activity called “First Line Predictions.” Students were given a worksheet with the first lines of each subheading on the sheet, and there was space for students to make a prediciton about the text, and ask a question that they hoped would get answered from the text. Students worked on this until class was over.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Mar. 21

Bell Ringer: p. 522; Drawing Inferences

In Class: We began class by reviewing today’s bell ringer. We then began our study of the Inca Empire. For this section, we will be taking notes. We reviewed first line predictions that should have been completed yesterday. After a quick review of that pre-reading activity, we began taking notes on the following headings:

-The Incas Create an Empire

-Central Rule

-A Well-Organized Economy

-Life in the Inca Empire

-Social Divisions

-Religion

Students who were absent should see a classmate about getting the notes that they missed. We will finish notes on the Incas tomorrow.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Mar. 22

Bell Ringer: p. 524; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity which we reviewed at the beginning of class. We then completed notes on the following headings:

-Religion

-Achievements

-Pizarro Conquers the Aztecs

These notes were the last that we had for our section on the Incas. After completing notes, students were given time to work on the Section Assessment. We reviewed answers for the Section Assessment at the end of class. Students who were absent should see a classmate to get notes that they missed. Absent students should also complete the Section 3 Assessment.

Here are the notes on our section covering the Incas —————–> The Incas

Assignment: Study for 16.3 Matching Quiz

Thursday, Mar. 23

Bell Ringer: p. 527; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Today we reviewed our bell ringer activity, then submitted them to be graded. We also took our quiz on Section 3- The Incas. After students completed the quiz, they worked on a study guide for the rest of class. The study guide is not for a grade but will be a great study tool for tomorrow’s test.

Here is a copy of the study guide:

The Early Americas Study Guide

Assignment: Study for The Early Americas Test

Friday, Mar. 24

Bell Ringer: Fill out the blue side of your answer document for the test. The subject is “The Early Americas.”

In Class: Today we completed our test on The Early Americas. Students who were absent will take the test on the Monday after Spring Break (4/3). 

Assignment: Have a great Spring Break!!!

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The Week of March 13

Posted by Jay McGaughy on March 13th, 2017

Monday, Mar. 13

Bell Ringer: p. 511; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students were given back their benchmark exams, then organized their binders in preparation for the next topic. Students completed a bell ringer activity.

After the bell ringer, we began our new topic, “The Early Americas.” We completed an ABC Brainstorm and reviewed answers for the brainstorm. Students were to list all the letters A-Z and come up with as many words as possible for each letter, using knowledge that they have about the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.

We looked at a map of the Mayan Civilization, our first civilization of study. We discussed the geography and resources.

After introducing the geography of the Maya, we started making GIST summaries for this section. For each subheading, students are to complete a summary using only 20 words. Today’s subheadings to be completed are:

-Early Peoples of MesoAmerica

-The Classic Age

-Social Structure

We then reviewed and shared summaries with one another. At the end of class, we completed a 3-2-1 activity. Students listed 3 important details from today, 2 things that stuck out to them about class, and one question they still have about the material. Students who were absent need to make sure that they get their bell ringer and complete summaries for all of the subheadings in Section 1.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Mar. 14

Bell Ringer: p. 513; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Students completed a bell ringer activity. We then finished doing out GIST summaries for this section. Today’s subheadings are:

-Religion

-Achievements

-Decline of Maya Civilization

See Monday’s post for instructions on completing summaries. We shared and reviewed summaries as a class. Students worked on 16.1 Section Assessment and we reviewed answers for the Section Assessment as a class to prepare for tomorrow’s quiz.

Assignment: Study for 16.1 T/F quiz

Wednesday, Mar. 15

Bell Ringer: p. 517; Interpreting Maps

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer activity. We then took our 16.1 T/F quiz on the Mayan Civilization. After the quiz, we took a pre-assessment of the Aztec Empire.

Students then completed an entrance slip. We wrote down something we already knew about the Aztec Empire. Students shared some of their answers. Students kept their notecard in their notebook untill the end of class.

We then formed groups for Reciprocal Teaching. Students worked on Reciprocal Teaching until the end of class. At the end of class, students took out their notecard from the beginning of class, turned it over to the other side and completed their exit slip. Students wrote something they learned about the Aztec Empire from class today and turned it into the teacher.

Assignment: None

Thursday, Mar. 16

Bell Ringer: p. 518; Analyzing Visuals

In Class: Today we completed our bell ringer activity, then formed our groups to continue working on our Reciprocal Teaching notes. Groups who complete Reciprocal Teaching then worked on Section Assessment for Section 2. We will have some time in class tomorrow to get everything completed for this section.

Assignment: None

Friday, Mar. 17

Bell Ringer: Write five words that describe Cortes’ conquest of the Aztecs. Use page 520 in your book if you need to.

In Class: Today we completed and discussed our bell ringer activity. We submitted our bell ringers from this week to be graded.

We did an activity on historical perspectives and did a class discussion on a primary source. The source was a letter from Hernan Cortes to Charles V. We did an analysis activity as a class. After we did the activity, we completed the post-assessment.

Students who were absent do not have anything to make up from today’s class. However, students must submit their bell ringers from this week to Mrs. Prosch when they return to school.

Assignment: Have a good weekend!

 

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