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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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The Week of September 8

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 8th, 2014

Monday, Sept. 8

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 71 and answer the DBQ.

In Class: Students copied their assignments for the week.

We then completed the The Legacies of Two Pharaohs T-Chart Activity that we began in class on Friday.

We then discussed Ramses II, History’s First War Treaty, Valley of the Kings, and Decline of the Egyptian Empire.

Assignment: NONE!

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 74 and answer the Review Vocabulary questions #1-7. You only need to write the letter of the correct answer.

In Class: We discussed the Topic 2 Test Preparations post which can be found above this post.

Students then received a copy of the The Civilization of Kush Pamphlet. We discussed how to complete the pamphlet and students received thr following grading rubric:

  • 4 facts per subheading (.5 pts per fact for a total of 2 pts. per subheading)
  • 1 pt. per picture (required to have one picture per box)
  • 1 pt. per picture colored

Students had the remainder of the period to complete their pamphlets.

Assignment: The Civilization of Kush Pamphlet is due tomorrow.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 75 and answer the Geography Skills questions #21-23.

In Class: Students submitted their The Civilization of Kush Pamphlet at a value of 20 points.

Students received a copy of the Ancient Egypt Webquest.

Students accessed the classroom blog and clicked on the following link to complete the Ancient Egypt Webquest:

Students had the remainder of the period to begin completing this WebQuest activity. Students will have the entire class period to complete the WebQuest activity tomorrow after we grade this week’s bell ringers.

Assignment: Topic 2 Test is Friday!

Thursday, Sept. 11

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 75 and answer the DBQ questions #28-29. We actually will not have a Bell Ringer today since we will be in the B-11 Computer Lab. Bell Ringers will be submitted today at a value of 20 points.

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

Students then accessed the classroom blog and clicked on the following link to complete the Ancient Egypt Webquest:

Students had the remainder of the period to complete this WebQuest activity. Students will have the entire class period to complete the WebQuest activity.

Students should also access Edmodo and complete the Ancient Egypt WebQuest Quiz. Instructions for completing the quiz are on a Note in Edmodo. Students should read the Note first and then complete the Quiz. The Quiz is due tomorrow.

Assignment: Ancient Egypt WebQuest Quiz on Edmodo is due tomorrow.

Friday, Sept. 12

Bell Ringer: Write your name on the NAME line, Topic 2 Test on the SUBJECT line, your class period on the PERIOD line, and 9/12/14 on the DATE line of Side 2 (the green side) of your answer document.

In Class: Students completed Topic 2 Test today in class.

Students were allowed to read, work on assignments from other classes, or rest after the test.

Assignment: Topic 2 Test is today!

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The Week of September 1

Posted by Jay McGaughy on September 2nd, 2014

Monday, Sept. 1

Bell Ringer: Labor Day! – No School

In Class: Labor Day! – No School

Assignment: Labor Day! – No School

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 44 and answer the Understanding Charts questions.

In Class: Students received back last week’s bell ringers and other papers and filed them accordingly in their binders.

We then reviewed Geography of Egypt and Gift of the Nile and Upper and Lower Egypt.

We then discussed Unified Egypt, Theocracy, and Pyramids.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 62 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: I was not here today, but Ms. Faust, your substitute teacher discussed with you A Polytheistic Religion, A Mobile Social Hierarchy, Hieroglyphics and Papyrus, and Rosetta Stone.

Assignment: Finish the Old Kingdom section of the Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Front and Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Back if you did not finish this today in class.

Thursday, Sept. 4

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 64 and answer the Connecting to the Past questions.

In Class: We reviewed notes on Unified Egypt, Theocracy, and PyramidsA Polytheistic Religion, A Mobile Social Hierarchy, Hieroglyphics and Papyrus, and Rosetta Stone.

We then discussed Egyptian Science and Technology.

Students then had the remaining time in class to begin completing the Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Front and Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Back. All instructions are included on the handout.

Assignment: Finish all of the Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Front and Three Kingdoms Graphic Organizer – Back if you did not finish this today in class.

Friday, Sept. 5

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 70 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

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

We then discussed the quizzes and bonus opportunity that students have for this weekend on Edmodo. See the Note in Edmodo for further information.

Students then participated in the Egyptian Book of the Dead simulation.

We then discussed The New Kingdom, Hatshepsut, and Thutmose III.

Students began the The Legacies of Two Pharaohs T-Chart Activity. We will continue this activity on Monday.

Assignment: Complete quizzes and bonus opportunity on Edmodo by Monday.

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The Week of August 25

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 25th, 2014

Monday, Aug. 25

Bell Ringer: Take a copy of the The First Empires Pamphlet from the tray below and write and MLA heading below The First Empires. Sit quietly and wait for instructions.

In Class: Students copied tonight’s assignment into their agendas.

Students received back Week 3 Bell Ringers at a value of 20 points.

I then provided instructions on how to complete the The First Empires Pamphlet. Students were provided with the following rubric:

  • 4 facts per subheading (.5 pts per fact for a total of 2 pts. per subheading)
  • 1 pt. per picture (required to have one picture per box)
  • 1 pt. per picture colored

Students received back their Sumerian Civilization quizzes at a value of 20 points.

Students who owed make-up work submitted assignments today.

I shared with every student his or her current class average.

Assignment: The First Empires Pamphlet is due tomorrow. Topic 1 Test is tomorrow. STUDY!

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Bell Ringer: Write your name on NAME line, Topic 1 Test on the SUBJECT line, your class period on the PERIOD line, and 8/26/14 on the DATE line of Side 1 (the blue side) of your answer document.

In Class: We completed SGA elections today before the test.

Students completed Topic 1 Test today in class.

We answered one Matching, one Multiple Choice, three Reading Comprehension, and one Reading Charts, Maps, and Graphs question today before the test to model how students should approach answering the aforementioned types of questions.

Students will receive their grades for this test tomorrow in class.

Students submitted their The First Empires Pamphlet today at a value of 20 points.

Students were allowed to read, complete assignments from other classes, or rest once they finished their tests.

Assignment: None! We will begin our study of Egyptian Civilization tomorrow.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 39 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students received back any papers they have submitted for Topic 1.

Students also received back their The First Empires Pamphlet.

I taught students how to keep their binders current by using the sheet protector organization method. Students should place everything related to Topic 1 into a sheet protector, tape the top closed, and write Topic 1 on the sheet protector with a Sharpie.

While students organized their binders, I showed them their scores for Topic 1 Test. Students performed very well on Topic 1 Test and I am very proud of their efforts. Students who earned an ‘A’ on Topic 1 Test received a Recognition Notice. I collected these notices and will turn them in to the office for the students. Students will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the semester.

We then assigned students certain questions to complete from Topic 2 Guided Reading. Students will access their Google Drive accounts to complete their question(s) collaboratively with their classmates. Answers are due Friday!

We then began our study of Egyptian Civilization by discussing Geography of Egypt and Gift of the Nile.

We also began the reading portion of the Gift of the Nile A-B-C Brainstorm Activity. We will finish this activity tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Answer your assigned question(s) for Topic 2 Guided Reading by accessing your Google Drive account. Click on Shared with Me and you will find a document entitled Topic 2 Guided Reading by _your_ class period. Simply type your answer(s) below your assigned question(s). An unlimited number of students may edit the document, unlike titanpad.com, so you do not have to worry about having more than a specified number of people editing the document. Also, all work is saved automatically. There is no need to save your work. Answers are due Friday!

Thursday, Aug. 28

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 41 and answer the DBQ.

In Class: We reviewed our notes on the Geography of Egypt and Gift of the Nile that we discussed yesterday.

Students then completed a pop quiz comparing and contrasting the influence of geography on Sumer and Egypt.

We then continued and completed the Gift of the Nile A-B-C Brainstorm Activity.

I collected make-up work from students who have been absent or who needed to redo assignments per our EAET policy.

We then discussed Upper and Lower Egypt.

Assignment: Set up new Edmodo accounts. Use the Group Code you copied in class and enter the remaining information as suggested in class today. Click https://shelbyed.edmodo.com/?language=en&auto_selected_lang=true&logout=true to set up your new Edmodo account. You do not have to complete this assignment tonight at home. We will set up new accounts tomorrow in class!

Friday, Aug. 29

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to pages 42 and 43 and answer the Connecting to the Past questions.

In Class: Students submitted bell ringers today at a value of 20 points.

Students then received a Chromebook and students set up Edmodo accounts and students linked their Google Drive accounts to Edmodo.

Assignment: Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Topic 1 Test Preparations

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 21st, 2014

You have the following items to prepare for Topic 1 Test:

  1. Bell Ringers – Week of 8/4, Week of 8/11, and Week of Aug. 18. Review your bell ringers once in preparation for Topic 1 Test.
  2. Notes – Review your notes twice in preparation for Topic 1 Test.
  3. Activities – Review your Otzi Writing, Prehistory Quiz, Paleolithic & Neolithic ONE-PAGER, Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Quiz,  Neolithic Farming Communities JIST, Challenge and Response Theory Writing, Sumerian Civilization Quiz,  and The First Empires pamphlet twice in preparation for Topic 1 Test.
  4. Guided Readings – Read your Guided Readings questions and answers three times in preparation for Topic 1 Test.

Topic 1 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 1 Test will be worth 100 points!

Study Schedule for Topic 1 Test (Pick One):

Saturday, Aug. 23 – 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).

Sunday, Aug. 24 -  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).

Monday, Aug. 25 - Take out your binder and review your guided readings (read questions and answers).

—OR—

Monday, Aug. 25 – 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 1 Test will be Tuesday, Aug. 26!

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The Week of August 18

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 19th, 2014

Monday, Aug. 18

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 33 and answer the DBQ questions #24 and 25.

In Class: We began class today by grading Topic 1 Guided Reading that the class completed collaboratively via titanpad.com.

We then reviewed Geography of the Fertile Crescent that we discussed on Friday. Some classes watched the second video today because they did not view it on Friday.

Due to our lack of time, we had to skip ahead and discuss Sumerian City-States.

We will go back and discuss the Challenge and Response Theory for the development of civilization tomorrow after we complete the tape and balloons activity.

Assignment: None

Tuesday, Aug. 19

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 32 and answer the Get Ready to Read questions #15 and 16. You may simply write the letter of the correct answer.

In Class: Students received back their Week 2 Bell Ringers and their Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Quizzes. Students placed the bell ringers in the Bell Ringer section of their binders and the quiz in the Activities section of their binders.

Students then participated in the tape and balloons activity. Students had 10 minutes to construct the largest tower possible.

We then discussed the Challenge and Response Theory and related it back to the tape and balloons activity.

We then reviewed Sumerian City-States and watched the video in the classes that did not get to view it yesterday.

We then discussed the Development of a Dynasty and related the development of government and the change in leadership to the challenge and response theory that we learned about earlier in class.

Assignment: None

Wednesday, Aug. 20

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 32 and answer the Review Vocabulary questions #2, 3, and 4. Follow the directions from the textbook.

In Class: We began class by discussing the Tape and Balloons Activity from yesterday as it relates to the Challenge and Response Theory for the development of civilization with emphasis on the development of government.

Students then wrote a response to the following prompt:

  • Explain the tape and balloons activity you participated in yesterday as it relates to the challenge and response theory for the development of civilization with special emphasis on the development of government.

Students had the following Focus Correction Areas:

  • Topic Sentence (1pt)
  • Activity Description (2pts)
  • Relation to Theory (2pts)
  • Development of Civilization (2pts)
  • Development of Government (2pts)
  • Conclusion (1pt)

Students had 10 minutes to answer the question. Students then swapped papers with a neighbor and graded one another’s responses based on the Focus Correction Areas. Students scored each Focus Correction Area and also wrote a reflective response for the person’s paper they graded.

We then reviewed the Development of a Dynasty.

We covered new information on Cultural Diffusion and A Polytheistic Religion.

Assignment: Study all notes related to Sumerian Civilization. Quiz on Friday!

Thursday, Aug. 21

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 33 and answer the Linking Past and Present question #23. You may simply make a list.

In Class: Students received back their Challenge and Response Theory writings from yesterday at a value of 10 points.

We then discussed Polytheistic Religion, Sumerian Society, Sumerian Contributions, and Empire Builders.

Students will complete a Sumerian Civilization Quiz tomorrow in class. Students should study the following notes in preparation for the quiz:

  • Sumerian City-State
  • Cultural Diffusion
  • Development of a Dynasty
  • Polytheistic Religion
  • Sumerian Society
  • Sumerian Civilization
  • Empire Builders

Assignment: Sumerian Civilization Quiz tomorrow! Study your notes.

Friday, Aug. 22

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 32 and answer the Critical Thinking question #13. Use your notes to answer this question.

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

We then reviewed Polytheistic Religion, Sumerian Society, Sumerian Contributions, and Empire Builders notes from yesterday.

Students then completed the Empire Builders Magnet Summary.

Students then completed the Sumerian Civilization Quiz.

We then discussed the Topic 1 Test Preparations post.

Assignment: Topic 1 Test will be Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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The Week of August 11, 2014

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 11th, 2014

Monday, Aug. 11

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 13 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: We began class today by setting up and completing our bell ringer together.

We then discussed expectations for the quality of work that is expected for this class.

Students then copied their assignments into their agendas.

We reviewed our notes from Friday on Lucy and Otzi the Iceman. We also finished watching the video on Otzi the Iceman in those classes that did not finish the video on Friday.

We then read an article from the September 2012 issue New York Times UpFront magazine entitled Defrosting the Iceman’s DNA and we read the Otzi the Iceman Biography from our classroom textbook to compare and contrast the theories developed about prehistoric man based on Otzi.

Students then responded to the following writing prompt: Write a paragraph detailing Otzi the Iceman’s life. Conclude your paragraph withe the theory you believe concerning his death. Cite specific textual evidence from your notes, textbook, video you viewed in class, and the article from the New York Times UpFront magazine.

Students will be evaluated on the following Focus Correction Areas:

  • Topic Sentence – 1pt
  • Evidence #1 – 2pts
  • Evidence #2 – 2pts
  • Evidence #3 – 2pt
  • Evidence #4 – 2pts
  • Theory of his death – 1pt

Students began writing in class today. Any student who did not finish his or her writing today in class will need to finish tonight and have his or her writing ready to be peer reviewed tomorrow at the beginning of class.

Assignment: 2014-2015 Syllabi & Blog Acknowledgement Form is due Wednesday, August 13. Also, complete Otzi the Iceman writing prompt tonight if not completed in class today.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 14 and answer the Understanding Charts questions.

In Class: Students received back their Week 1 Bell Ringers and Prehistory Quiz papers.

Students received their copy of the classroom textbook. Please take this book home and leave it there until you return it at the end of the school year.

Students who were absent today will receive their papers and textbooks tomorrow.

Students then used the following FCA’s to peer review one another’s Otzi the Iceman writings:

  • Topic Sentence – 1pt
  • Evidence #1 – 2pts
  • Evidence #2 – 2pts
  • Evidence #3 – 2pt
  • Evidence #4 – 2pts
  • Theory of his death – 1pt

Students were also required to provide one (1) positive comment and one (1) constructive comment and the correct any misconceptions for the paper they graded.

We then discussed Cave Paintings. Copy and paste the following link into your web browser to take a virtual tour of the Lascaux Cave in Dordogne, France:

  • http://vimeo.com/40849516

We then began discussing the Paleolithic Age and will continue our discussion tomorrow.

Assignment: Print Topic 1 Guided Reading and bring to class tomorrow.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 17 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students submitted their signed copy of the 2014-2015 Syllabi & Blog Acknowledgement Form. Students who did not submit the form today have a ‘grace day’ and should submit their forms tomorrow. Failure to submit forms on Thursday will result in a detention.

We then discussed how students will complete Topic 1 Guided Reading on titanpad.com. Students should select their respective class’s etherpad below:

Only eight (8) students maximum may edit an etherpad on titanpad.com at any one time. Any student editing the etherpad in excess of the eight (8) student limit will not have his or her work saved. The etherpad will only save the work of eight (8) students at any one time.

We then reviewed our notes on Cave Paintings and reviewed and/or finished our notes on the Paleolithic Age.

We then completed the Paleolithic Age ONE-PAGER Activity. Students had time to begin in class. This is a 10-minute activity. Classes that had ten minutes in class today will review the activity at the beginning of class tomorrow. Classes that did not have 10 minutes will have the remaining time tomorrow at the beginning of class before we review the activity. Any student who was absent today is expected to complete this activity and be ready to share tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Topic 1 Guided Reading Assigned Question(s) on titanpad.com due Friday. See instructions from today’s entry above.

Thursday, Aug. 14

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 28 and answer the Using Geography Skills questions.

In Class: Students had no more than 5 minutes to complete the Paleolithic Age ONE-PAGER Activity at the beginning of class today. We then reviewed the contents of this activity together.

We then discussed the Mesolithic Age and Neolithic Age.

Students then completed the Neolithic Age GIST Activity.

We then discussed the Neolithic Age Consequences.

Students will have a quiz tomorrow contrasting the Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages.

Assignment: Assigned question(s) for Topic 1 Guided Reading due tomorrow.

Friday, Aug. 15

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 33 and answer the Geography Skills questions #17, 18, and 19.

In Class: We graded this week’s bell ringers at a value of 20 points. Students are reminded that all answers must be written in complete sentences.

We then reviewed the Paleolithic AgeMesolithic Age and Neolithic Age.

Students then completed the Paleolithic vs. Neolithic Ages quiz at a value of 10 points.

We then discussed the Geography of the Fertile Crescent.

Assignment: Print your class period’s Topic 1 Guided Reading questions and answers below and bring to class on Monday.

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The Week of August 4

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 7th, 2014

Monday, Aug. 4

Bell Ringer: No School: Local Professional Development.

In Class: No School: Local Professional Development.

Assignment: No School: Local Professional Development.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

Bell Ringer: No School: Teacher Institute and Workday.

In Class: No School: Teacher Institute and Workday.

Assignment: No School: Teacher Institute and Workday.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Bell Ringer: No School: Teacher Workday.

In Class: No School: Teacher Workday.

Assignment: No School: Teacher Workday.

Thursday, Aug. 7

Bell Ringer: Welcome back! Find your name on your desk, have a seat, and follow the instructions on your desk.

In Class: Students completed their first Bell Ringer by following the instructions on the Welcome to 8th Grade World History to 1500 for 2014-2015. We discussed the Bell Ringer procedures detailed on the aforementioned link.

I then described the four epochs of history using varying light sources to represent our knowledge base of each of the epochs, respectively.

We then completed an oral history versus written history simulation to highlight the importance of writing to our study of history.

Each row was assigned one of the following six words to define: archaeologists, artifacts, anthropologists, culture, paleontologists, and fossils. Students wrote working definitions of each of the words based on their classmates definitions they formulated. In some classes, I then defined the word historian as one who uses information from all of the aforementioned to write the story of the human past. We will define historian for the remaining classes tomorrow. Please view your Epochs of  History and Prehistory notes. Definitions of words are included if you would like to prepare for tomorrow’s class if your class did not get to the definitions today.

Assignment: 2014-2015 Syllabi & Blog Acknowledgement Form due Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Friday, Aug. 8

Bell Ringer: Open your textbook to page 11 and answer the Connecting to the Past questions.

In Class: Students submitted this week’s bell ringers at a value of 20 points.

We then reviewed the information we learned yesterday about the epochs of history, the importance of writing to history, and the four scientist that work to recreate the story of the human past.

Following the review, students completed the Prehistory Quiz valued at 10 points.

We then discussed Lucy and Otzi the Iceman. We watched a video about Otzi the Iceman. Some classes will have to finish the video on Monday.

Assignment: Set up binder over the weekend with appropriate materials. See the Student Information for Beginning the 2014-2015 School Year post below.

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