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The Week of October 27

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 28th, 2014

Monday, Oct. 27

Bell Ringer: p. 445; Interpreting Maps; list your answer #1

In Class: Students completed their bell ringer.

Any student who had make-up work either to submit or to complete on Edmodo, had an opportunity to submit their work. All students reported completing all of their make-up assignments minus those who need to complete Topic 5 Test.

We then reviewed thoroughly Topic 5 Test and discussed strategies for completing tests that ask such higher level thinking questions.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Bell Ringer: p. 446 – Biography: Empress Wu; Drawing Conclusions; Complete sentence.

In Class: The Period of Disunion Quick Write-3 Minute Pause-Quick Write

The Sui, Tang, and Song 3-Circle Venn Diagram

Assignment: HighFlight tomorrow; dress appropriately!

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Bell Ringer: HighFlight Today! p. 447; Interpreting Maps; list your answers #1-2

In Class: HighFlight Today! The Age of Buddhism K-W-L.

Students completed the China Reunifies Quiz in class today at a value of 10 points.

Assignment: HighFlight Today! High Flight has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6!

Thursday, Oct. 30

Bell Ringer: p. 453; Analyzing Information; Complete sentence(s)

In Class: Students read a series of primary source documents and answered several on the line, between the lines, and beyond the lines questions having to cite specific textual evidence.

Assignment: Complete Primary Source Packet.

Friday, Oct. 31

Bell Ringer: p. 459; Interpreting Maps; list your answer #1

In Class: Advances in Agriculture Knowledge Rating

Cities and Trade 5 Word Prediction, Semantic Map, 3-2-1

Assignment: Week 13 Bell Ringer Quiz on Edmodo due Monday.

 

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The Week of October 20

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 20th, 2014

Monday, Oct. 20

Bell Ringer: p. 183; Biography: Emperor Shi Huangdi; Drawing Conclusions; Complete Sentence(s)

In Class: We read selections from the classroom text and answered on the line, between the line, and beyond the line questions to prompt discussions.

Any student who was absent must see a classmate to get notes from today’s discussions.

Assignment: The Qin Dynasty Quiz on Edmodo. Liu Bang Biography.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Bell Ringer: p. 185; Interpreting Maps; list your answer #1-3

In Class: We read selections from the classroom text and answered on the line, between the line, and beyond the line questions to prompt discussions.

Any student who was absent must see a classmate to get notes from today’s discussions.

Assignment: The Han Dynasty Quiz on Edmodo. Wudi Biography.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Bell Ringer: EXPLORE TEST!

In Class: EXPLORE TEST!

Assignment: EXPLORE TEST!

Thursday, Oct. 23

Bell Ringer: p. 194; Interpreting Maps; list your answer #1

In Class: We completed a skills-based Pre-AP activity today in class.

Any student who was absent should meet with a classmate to discuss this activity.

Assignment: Han Contacts with Other Cultures Quiz on Edmodo. Topic 5 Test is tomorrow!

Friday, Oct. 24

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name; SUBJECT: Topic 5 Test; PERIOD: Your Class Period; DATE: 10/24/14

In Class: Students completed Topic 5 Test today in class.

Students read, worked on assignments from other classes, or rested after the test.

Assignment: Topic 5 Test is today! Week 12 Bell Ringer Quiz on Edmodo.

 

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The Week of October 13

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 13th, 2014

Monday, Oct. 13

Bell Ringer: No School Today!

In Class: No School Today!

Assignment: No School Today!

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Bell Ringer: p. 176; Analyzing Primary Sources; list your answers #1-3

In Class: Students copied tonight’s assignment for tonight.

Students then completed the The Zhou Dynasty 3-Minute Pause activity. There are three (3) different subheadings and students completed the same activity for each of the three subheadings.

Assignment: Geography and Early China Quiz on Edmodo due tomorrow. The Dynastic Cycle of the Qin Dynasty Bonus Opportunity due tomorrow by 8:00am. Information on Edmodo.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bell Ringer: p. 175; Biography: Confucius; Drawing Inferences; Complete Sentences

In Class: We finished the The Zhou Dynasty 3-Minute Pause activity today in class.

We then read and discussed Confucius and Society and Daoism and Legalism. Any student who was absent will need to see a classmate to get today’s notes based on our discussions.

Assignment: Complete Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism Quiz on Edmodo. Also, complete The Teachings of Confucius and Laozi Primary Source Activity.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Bell Ringer: p. 177; Biography: Laozi; Drawing Inferences; Complete Sentences

In Class: We discussed the The Teachings of Confucius and Laozi Primary Source today in class.

Students should change their tab dividers in their binders as follows: 1. Bell Ringers, 2. Notes, 3. Enrichment, 4. Pre-AP, and 5. Previous Topics.

We then completed a The Qin Emperor’s Strong Government Cost-Benefit Analysis. Students who were absent should complete this activity.

Assignment: The Zhou Dynasty and New Ideas Quiz on Edmodo.

Friday, Oct. 17

Bell Ringer: p. 179; Interpreting Maps; list your answer

In Class: Students completed the A Unified China 3-2-1, Magnet Summary, and GIST.

Any students who were absent should see a classmate to get the remainder of the notes from our class discussions.

Assignment: Week 11 Bell Ringer Quiz on Edmodo due Monday. Cost-Benefit Analysis Skill Practice due Monday.

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The Week of October 6

Posted by Jay McGaughy on October 6th, 2014

 Monday, Oct. 6

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name, TEST: 1st 1/4 BE, DATE: 10/6/14

In Class: Students completed their First Quarter Benchmark Exam.

Students then studied/prepared for remaining benchmark exams.

Assignment: 1st 1/4 Benchmark Exam today. Bring textbook to class tomorrow!

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Bell Ringer: p. 167, Interpreting Maps, list your answer 1-4

In Class: Students returned old textbooks today and received their new textbooks.

We then discussed some of the shifts in learning that students can expect.

Assignment: Bring old textbook to class tomorrow to receive new textbook.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Bell Ringer: p. 168, Geography and Living, list your answer 1-3

In Class: Students completed the China’s Physical Geography – Anticipation Guide. Students then answered a variety of ‘on the line’, ‘between the lines’, and ‘beyond the lines’ questions after completing the aforementioned activity. Students who were absent will need to see a classmate to discuss these questions and answers and the thought processes utilized in answering the questions.

Students then completed the Civilization Begins – ABC Brainstorm. We began by collaboratively completing the activity with attributes that applied to all of the first four civilizations we have learned about to activate prior knowledge. After completing the prescribed reading, we began completing the activity a second time using only attributes that apply to China. We fill finish this activity tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Use your username and password to access your new textbook online. Students wrote their username and passwords on the inside front cover of their agendas or binders. Click here to access the new online textbook.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Bell Ringer: p. 170, Interpreting Maps, list your answer 1.

In Class: We finished the Civilization Begins – ABC Brainstorm today in class. After completing the prescribed reading, we began completing the activity a second time using only attributes that apply to China. We fill finish this activity tomorrow in class.

We then began completing the China’s First Dynasties Preview and Predict Activity. We began by exploring Chapter 6, Section 1 and then moved our predictive focus to the section entitled China’s First Dynasties. I modeled six predictions for the students and how to make the predictions using headings, subheadings, maps, pictures, and charts. We will read the subsection tomorrow to determine whether or not our predictions were accurate.

Assignment: None

Friday, Oct. 10

Bell Ringer: p. 173, Interpreting Maps, list your answer 1.

In Class: Students received chromebooks and completed their Week 10 Bell Ringer Quiz on Edmodo. This will be the students’ last grade for first quarter. Students will complete Bell Ringer Quizzes on Edmodo for the remainder of the school year. Students may use their bell ringer answers from class and their textbooks when completing these quizzes. Quizzes will be released each Friday and are due before students return to class the following Monday.

We then finished the China’s First Dynasties Preview and Predict Activity. Students then answered a series of questions. Any student who was absent should see a classmate to discuss these questions and answers.

Students received their copy of History and Geography: Shang China Skills Practice Activity. Students were instructed to finish this activity in Advisory today.

Assignment: Complete your History and Geography: Shang China Skills Practice Activity by Monday. Any student who was absent today needs to complete the Week 10 Bell Ringer Quiz by Monday.

 

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Topic 4 Test Preparations

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 29th, 2014

You have the following items to prepare for Topic 4 Test, which is Thursday, Oct. 2:

  1. Bell Ringers – Week of 9/22 (Thursday and Friday only) and Week of 9/29. Review your bell ringers once in preparation for Topic 4 Test.
  2. Notes – Review your notes from September 25 and September 26 India’s First Empires Note Sheet twice in preparation for Topic 4 Test.
  3. Activities – Review your Indian Civilization Quizzes #1 and #2, your Hinduism and Buddhism Chart, Your Hinduism & Buddhism Quiz, and your India’s First Empires Quiz in preparation for Topic 4 Test.
  4. Guided Readings – Read your Guided Readings questions and answers three times in preparation for Topic 4 Test.

Topic 4 Test has 70 questions (1-20 are matching, 21-40 are multiple choice, 41-61 are reading comprehension, and 62-70 are functional reading). Topic 4 Test will be worth 100 points!

Study Schedule for Topic 4 Test (Pick One):

Monday, September 29 - Take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Tuesday, September 30 -  Take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Wednesday, October 1 - Go to either your Edmodo backpack or your Google Drive account and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

—OR—

Wednesday, October 1 - When you get home, take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive}  (read questions and answers).

After you’ve had dinner, take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Before you go to bed, go to either your Edmodo backpack or your Google Drive account and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

Topic 4 Test will be Thursday, October 2!

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The Week of September 29

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 29th, 2014

Monday, Sept. 29

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 204 and answer the Understanding Charts questions.

In Class: Students copied their assignments for the week.

Students then completed the Hinduism and Buddhism Chart. Students will have time tomorrow in class to complete the chart before we review the central aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Assignment: Indian Civilization Quiz #2 on Edmodo is due tomorrow. Topic 4 Test is Thursday! See the Topic 4 Test Preparations post above this post.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 206 and answer the DBQ.

In Class: Students had about 20 minutes to complete the Hinduism and Buddhism Chart.

We then discussed the Completed Hinduism and Buddhism Chart.

Assignment: Hinduism & Buddhism Quiz on Edmodo is due tomorrow. Topic 4 Test is Thursday!

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 210 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students completed the India’s First Empires Note Sheet in class today.

Assignment: India’s First Empires Quiz on Edmodo due tomorrow. Study 6.3 Guided Reading from your Topic 4 Guided Reading. India’s First Empires Note Sheet due tomorrow. Topic 4 Test is tomorrow!

Thursday, Oct. 2

Bell Ringer: Write your name on the NAME line, Topic 4 Test on the SUBJECT line, your class period on the PERIOD line, and 10/2/14 on the DATE line of Side 2 (the green side) of your answer document.

In Class: Students completed Topic 4 Test today in class.

Students then copied their First Quarter Benchmark Exam Study Guide. This study guide will be available on the side board today and tomorrow.

Assignment: Print Topics 1 (you can find this one on the classroom blog), 2, 3, and 4 (you can find these either in your Google Drive account or in your Edmodo Back Pack) Guided Readings and bring them to class tomorrow.

Friday, Oct. 3

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 213 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today at a value of 20 points.

Students received back their Topic 4 Test scores.

Students organized their binders as we have done following the previous three topics.

Students copied or finished copying their First Quarter Benchmark Exam Study Guide from the side board.

Those students who completed last night’s homework assignment began studying for their First Quarter Benchmark Exam.

Assignment: First Quarter Benchmark Exam is Monday, October 6. STUDY!!!

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The Week of September 22

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 22nd, 2014

Monday, Sept. 22

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 98 and answer the Connecting to the Past questions.

In Class: Students copied their assignments for the week.

Students were divided into EXPERT groups based on the headings and subheadings from Chapter 3, Section 3.

Students worked with a partner to become and EXPERT on their assigned topic.

Students were then divided into two SHARE groups in which EXPERTS shared information on their respective topics.

We will finish this JIGSAW group activity tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Tomorrow is the last day to submit the three (3) quizzes associated with Chapter 3, Section 2 Activities. Quizzes will not be accepted after students’ respective class times. Quizzes submitted by the students’ class times tomorrow will be worth 60% of the earned grade in accordance with the EAET policy.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 102 and answer the DBQ.

In Class: Students returned to their SHARE groups and EXPERTS continued teaching their respective topics.

In classes where students finished SHARING before class ended, students had time to study for tomorrow’s test.

Assignment: Prepare for Topic 3 Test.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Bell Ringer: Write your name on the NAME line, Topic 3 Test on the SUBJECT line, your class period on the PERIOD line, and 9/24/14 on the DATE line of Side 1 (the blue side) of your answer document.

In Class: Students completed Topic 3 Test today in class.

Students could either read, work on assignments from other classes, or rest after the test.

Assignment: Topic 3 Test is today!

Thursday, Sept. 25

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 195 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students organized their binders today using the sheet protector organizational system to keep their binders current.

Students received their Topic 3 Test scores today.

Students copied tonight’s and Friday night’s assignments.

We then began our study of Indian Civilization by discussing The Land of India, Civilization Emerges on the Indus, Sophisticated, Planned Cities, and City of Harappa.

Assignment: Topic 4 Guided Reading assigned question(s) due by the time students return to class on Monday. Students’ answer documents can be accessed through either their Google Drive account or through their Edmodo BackPack which we have linked to Google Drive. Also, Indian Civilization Quiz #1 on Edmodo is due by the time students return to class on Monday.

Friday, Sept. 26

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 198 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today at a value of 20 points.

We then discussed Harappan Culture, Indus Valley Culture Ends, The Aryans Invade, The Aryans, and The Aryans Bring Change.

Assignment: Indian Civilization Quiz #2 on Edmodo is due by the time students return to class on Tuesday.

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Topic 3 Test Preparations

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 18th, 2014

You have the following items to prepare for Topic 3 Test:

  1. Bell Ringers – Weeks of 9/15 and 9/22 bell ringers. Review your bell ringers once in preparation for Topic 3 Test.
  2. Notes – Review your The Growth of Judaism JIGSAW group work notes twice in preparation for Topic 3 Test.
  3. Activities – Review your Who Were the Israelites? ONE-PAGER, From Slavery to Freedom news article, What Are the Ten Commandments Magnet Summary, The Promised Land 3-2-1, Whe Were the Fighting Judges? GIST, The Phoenician Alphabet question #7 from the Section 1 Review, The Rule of King Saul text, David and Solomon and The Rule of King Solomon T-Chart, and Who Were the Prophets?, What Caused the Fall of Israel?, and Why Did Judah Fall? vertical timeline activities twice in preparation for Topic 3 Test. You also have nine (9) quizzes on Edmodo that you should review twice in preparation for Topic 3 Test.
  4. Guided Readings – Read your Guided Readings questions and answers three times in preparation for Topic 3 Test.

Topic 3 Test has 70 questions (1-20 are matching, 21-40 are multiple choice, 41-61 are reading comprehension, and 62-70 are functional reading). Topic 3 Test will be worth 100 points!

Study Schedule for Topic 3 Test (Pick One):

Sunday, September 21 – Take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Monday, September 22 -  Take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Tuesday, September 23 – Go to either your Edmodo backpack or your Google Drive account and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

—OR—

Tuesday, September 23 - When you get home, take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive}  (read questions and answers).

After you’ve had dinner, take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings {on Edmodo or Google Drive} (read questions and answers).

Before you go to bed, go to either your Edmodo backpack or your Google Drive account and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

Topic 3 Test will be Wednesday, September 24!

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The Week of September 15

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 15th, 2014

Monday, Sept. 15

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 83 and answer the DBQ’s.

In Class: Students received their respective question(s) to answer for Topic 3 Guided Reading.

Students received back their Topic 2 Test scores.

We then began our study of Judaism by beginning the Interactive PowerPoint Presentation for Judaism.

Students should click on the following links and follow the directions for each activity:

Assignment: Answer your assigned question(s) for Topic 3 Guided Reading by class on Wednesday. You can access the Topic 3 Guided Reading answer document through either your Google Drive account or through your Edmodo account (recommended).

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 89 and answer the DBQ.

In Class: Due to a wonderful professional development opportunity today, I was not here for 1st – 4th periods. 5th period did the same activities in class today that 1st – 4th periods.

We will review today’s bell ringer tomorrow in class.

Students received a handout with the following activities. Students were not expected to complete all these activities in class today. We will review the activities that students did complete tomorrow in class and then continue on with our lessons as usual. The activities are as follows:

Assignment: Who Were the Israelites? Quiz on Edmodo due tomorrow.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 85 and answer the question written in red that is below the Alphabets chart.

In Class: We reviewed both yesterday and today’s bell ringers in class today.

We then reviewed the following activities that students completed yesterday in class:

Assignment: Read Chapter 3, Section 1. You also need to review/study all of your Activities for Chapter 3, Section 1. You will take five (5) quizzes on Edmodo tomorrow in class.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 90 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students received chromebooks today in class.

Students then logged in to their Edmodo accounts and completed five (5) different quizzes based on the activities that were completed Tuesday in class and that we reviewed extensively in class on Wednesday.

Any student who did not complete the Who Were the Israelites? Quiz by class today was allowed to do so in class for 60% of the earned score.

Any student who did not answer his or her Topic 3 Guided Reading question(s) was allowed to do so in class today.

Once students completed their quizzes, they accessed this classroom blog and began completing the following activities:

Students will have time tomorrow in class to complete the aforementioned activities. We will review students’ activities tomorrow in class.

Assignment: 3.2 Activities today in class. Quizzes on these activities tomorrow in class. Students will have time to complete these activities tomorrow in class before completing the quizzes. Any quizzes not submitted in class on Friday are due by class on Monday.

Friday, Sept. 19

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 91 and answer the Understanding Charts questions.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today at a value of 20 points.

We reviewed the Topic 3 Test Preparations Post which can be found above this post.

Students then had time to complete the following activities:

Students then accessed their Edmodo accounts and completed three (3) quizzes. Any quizzes not submitted today in class are due by class on Monday.

Assignment: Topic 3 Test will be Wednesday, September 24! Any quizzes not submitted in class on Friday are due by class on Monday.

 

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Topic 2 Test Preparations

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 8th, 2014

You have the following items to prepare for Topic 2 Test:

  1. Bell Ringers – Week of 8/25, 9/1, and 9/8. Review your bell ringers once in preparation for Topic 2 Test.
  2. Notes – Review your notes twice in preparation for Topic 2 Test.
  3. Activities – Review your Gift of the Nile Brainstorm Activity, Sumer vs. Egypt Venn Diagram Quiz, Egypt’s 3 Kingdoms Graphic Organizer, Ancient Egypt Historical Equations Bonus Opportunity on Edmodo, Sumer/Egypt Analogies Quiz on Edmodo, Egypt Quiz on Edmodo, The Legacy of Two Pharaohs T-Chart, Civilization of Kush pamphlet, Ancient Egypt WebQuest, and Ancient Egypt WebQuest Quiz on Edmodo twice in preparation for Topic 2 Test.
  4. Guided Readings – Read your Guided Readings questions and answers three times in preparation for Topic 2 Test. Your Topic 2 Guided Reading is in your Google Drive account, which you can access through your Edmodo account. Read all questions and answers and read the comments that I left as well. 

Topic 2 Test has 70 questions (1-20 are matching, 21-40 are multiple choice, 41-61 are reading comprehension, and 62-70 are functional reading). Topic 2 Test will be worth 100 points!

Study Schedule for Topic 2 Test (Pick One):

Those of you with extracurricular commitments on Thursday night should select the first study schedule. You may choose to complete the final study session on Friday morning since it only involves your Guided Readings.

Tuesday, September 9 - Take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings (read questions and answers).

Wednesday, September 10 -  Take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings (read questions and answers).

Thursday, September 11 - Take out your binder and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

—OR—

Thursday, September 11 - When you get home, take out your binder and review your bell ringers (go back and practice), notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings (read questions and answers).

After you’ve had dinner, take out your binder and review your notes (use the ‘study from the bottom up’ strategy), activities (read over all activities), and guided readings (read questions and answers).

Before you go to bed, take out your binder and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

Topic 2 Test will be Friday, September 12!

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