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The Week of August 31

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 31st, 2015

Monday, Aug. 31

Bell Ringer: pp. 72-73; Analyzing Visuals; *Always write your answers in complete sentences.

In Class: We organized students’ binders to assure that their resources were in the proper sections of their binders.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Students were provided copies of the aforementioned notes.

We then annotated students’ notes while reading ‘Sumerian Achievements’ on pages 69-73.

Students began completing Section 3 Assessment on page 73 with their 5:00 clock appointments.

Students will complete Section 3 Assessment on page 73 with their 5:00 clock appointments tomorrow in class.

Students should study the ‘Key Terms’ listed on page 69 as well as cylinder seals, The Epic of Gilgamesh, 60, and the wheel.

Assignment: Study for Sumerian Achievements Fill in the Blank Quiz. See study guide above.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Bell Ringer: p. 77; Analyzing Primary Sources; *Always write your answers in complete sentences.

In Class: We discussed Topic 2 Test today in terms of the number and types of questions.

We then created a ‘Study Plan’ for Topic 2 Test.

Students completed Section 3 Assessment on page 73 with their 5:00 clock appointments.

We reviewed together Section 3 Assessment. This assignment is worth 20 points and is a bronze level assignment.

Students then completed the ‘Sumerian Achievements’ Fill-in-the-Blank Quiz. This quiz is worth 20 points and is a silver level assignment.

Assignment: Begin studying for Topic 2 Test. Test is Friday, 9/4.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Bell Ringer: p. 78; Interpreting Maps; *Always write your answers in complete sentences.

In Class: We talked today about revisionist vs. traditionalist history by reading two separate textbook’s accounts of the historical significance and cultural impact of Hammurabi’s Code.

We then read ‘Later Peoples of the Fertile Crescent’ together as a class.

We then completed Section 4 Assessment #’s 1-5 together as a class. For #4, we will attempt to list three advances or achievements for each of the empires.

We will complete Section 4 Assessment together as a class tomorrow prior to taking the Later Peoples of the Fertile Crescent Multiple Choice Quiz.

Assignment: Study for Later Peoples of the Fertile Crescent Multiple Choice Quiz.

Thursday, Sept. 3

Bell Ringer: pp. 80-81; Interpreting Maps; *Always write your answers in complete sentences.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today at a value of 20 points. This will be a silver level grade.

We then completed Section 4 Assessment together as a class, except for the Advanced class which completed the assignment with a partner. This assignment is worth 20 points and will be a bronze level grade.

We then completed the ‘Later Peoples of the Fertile Crescent’ Multiple Choice Quiz together as a class to practice for tomorrow’s test given that these multiple choice questions are a bit different than multiple choice questions students are probably accustomed to seeing on quizzes/tests. This quiz is worth 20 points and will be a silver level grade.

Students were reminded of tomorrow’s test and were allowed to ask any questions about the test.

Assignment: Use Study Plan to study for tomorrow’s Topic 2 Test.

Friday, Sept. 4

Bell Ringer: NAME: Your Name / SUBJECT: Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent / PERIOD: 2, 3, 4, 5 / DATE: 9-4-15

In Class: We answered questions 1-3, 11-13, 21-22, 31-34, 52, 54, 56, 59, 60, 69, 72, and 74 together in class to familiarize students with the test and using the answer document.

Students voted for SGA Representatives for 8th grade when they finished their tests.

Assignment: Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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The Week of August 24

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 24th, 2015

Monday, Aug. 24

Bell Ringer: p. 59; Interpreting Maps; *Always write your answer in a complete sentence.

In Class: Students received back their The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

We then read ‘Geography of the Fertile Crescent’ together.

Students then worked with their 3:00 clock appointments to complete the Section Assessment.

Students will begin working on the Section Assessment with their 3:00 clock appointments tomorrow in class.

Assignment: Study for Geography of the Fertile Crescent True/False Quiz.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Bell Ringer:  pp. 62-63; Interpreting Maps; *Always write your answer in a complete sentence.

In Class: Students completed #’s 1-4 of Section 1 Assessment on p. 61 with their 3:00 clock appointments.

We then, as a class, discussed the information gathered while completing Section 1 Assessment.

Students completed a self-assessment of their work on Section 1 Assessment and assigned themselves a score between 0-20. This will be a bronze level grade.

Students then completed the Geography of the Fertile Crescent True/False Quiz at a value of 20 points. This will be a silver level grade.

Assignment: Read slides #3 through #13 on Google Classroom.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Bell Ringer: p. 62-63; Interpreting Maps; *Always write your answer in a complete sentence.

In Class: Students then took notes on the following topic:

  • Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent (City-States of Mesopotamia, Sumerian Cities, Kingship, Economy and Society, Empires in Ancient Mesopotamia, Sargon’s Empire, The Culture of Mesopotamia)

We began reading The Rise of Sumer and using this section of the textbook to annotate the students’ notes.

Assignment: None!

Thursday, Aug. 27

Bell Ringer: pp. 66-67; Analyzing Visuals; *Always write your answer in a complete sentence.

In Class: We read ‘The Rise of Sumer’ together in class and used this section of the textbook to annotate the students’ notes.

Students then began completing #’s 1-4 of Section 2 Assessment on page 68 with their 4:00 appointments.

Assignment: Read slides #14 through #17 on Google Classroom. The Rise of Sumer Matching Quiz tomorrow in class.

Friday, Aug. 28

Bell Ringer: p. 71; Analyzing Information; *Always write your answer in a complete sentence.

In Class: We graded bell ringers today at a value of 20 points. This will be a silver level grade because this week’s bell ringers were graded on accuracy.

Students then finished the Section 2 Assessment (#’s 1-4) on page 68.

Students completed a self-assessment of their work on Section 1 Assessment and assigned themselves a score between 0-20. This will be a bronze level grade.

Students then completed The Rise of Sumer Matching Quiz at a value of 20 points. This will be a silver level grade.

Assignment: None!

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The Week of August 17

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 17th, 2015

Monday, Aug. 17

Bell Ringer: Why did equality exist between men and women in Paleolithic society? You may use your notes.

In Class: Students copied tonight’s assignment.

Students received back last week’s bell ringers (Bell Ringer tab) and their Themes for Understanding World History quizzes (Section Assessments tab).

We set up students notebook tab dividers.

I provided students with a comprehensive example for the new grading policy for SCS.

We then finished the “cave painting of a human” example from Friday.

Students then went into a cave (the hallway) and examined five different artifacts and hypothesized why each artifact was created.

Students then read about social scientists hypothesis’s for each of the five artifacts.

Students then received an 18″x24″ sheet of construction paper and created their own cave paintings that represented the most important aspects of their lives by drawing at least five objects in their painting.

These cave paintings will be placed in the hallway to make up our own cave.

Assignment: None!

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Bell Ringer: What did you think about yesterday’s lesson? Write a three-to-five sentence, explicitly descriptive paragraph.

In Class: Students finished their cave paintings today in class. We then hung all the cave paintings in the hallway to create our own “cave”.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: Read over your ‘The Stone Ages and Early Cultures’ notes once.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Bell Ringer: Why did the equality that existed between men and women during Paleolithic times erode during Neolithic times?

In Class: Students copied their Topic 1 Test Study Guide.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

  • The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (Otzi the Iceman, Emergence of Civilization, urban focus, new political and military structures, new social structure based on economic power, development of more complexity in a material sense, distinct religious structure, development of writing, new and significant artistic and intellectual activity)

Assignment: Use objectives to create study guide for first test.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Bell Ringer: What did you think about Otzi the Iceman and the theories about his life?

In Class: Students then took notes on the following topic:

The Stone Ages and Early Cultures (development of more complexity in a material sense, distinct religious structure, development of writing, new and significant artistic and intellectual activity)

Students then worked with their 1:00 appointments to study for tomorrow’s test. Students used the Topic 1 Test Study Guide to formulate questions and then answer the questions using their notes during their first study session. Students then repeated this process, but answered the questions they created without using their notes.

Some students used their time to write the questions they created using the objectives on index cards and then wrote the answers to the questions on the index cards.

Students received their textbooks today in class and immediately took them to their lockers. Students are to leave books at school tonight and bring them to class tomorrow.

Assignment: The Stone Ages and Early Cultures Test tomorrow – STUDY!!!

Friday, Aug. 21

Bell Ringer: Describe how you studied outside of school for today’s test.

In Class: Students turned in this week’s bell ringers. Bell ringers are worth 20 points and will be a bronze-level grade.

Students then completed The Stone Ages and Early Cultures test. This test is worth 100 points and will be a gold-level grade.

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

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The Week of August 10

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 11th, 2015

Monday, Aug. 10

Bell Ringer:

In Class:

Assignment:

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Bell Ringer:

In Class:

Assignment:

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Bell Ringer: How would you describe yourself as a student? Write a five-to-eight sentence, explicit descriptive paragraph.

In Class: Students had about 10 minutes to complete today’s bell ringer writing assignment.

We then partially reviewed the most important parts of the 8th Grade World History to 1500 Course Syllabus 2015-2016.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: Get lots of rest tonight!

Thursday, Aug. 13

Bell Ringer: Do you enjoy learning about history? Why or why not? Write a five-to-eight sentence, explicit descriptive paragraph.

In Class: Students wrote their names on Popsicle sticks (we did this for those who were absent) that will be used all year for various engagement activities.

Students created Clock Appointments (we did this for those who were absent) that will be used first quarter for various partner activities.

Students copied tonight’s assignment and we discussed tomorrow’s quiz which will require students to simply list the seven themes for understanding world history. I also discussed with students how to use a couple of index cards to study for this quiz. Study time should be no more than 15 minutes cumulative.

We then reviewed notes from yesterday.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

Assignment: Be able to list the Themes for Understanding World History

Friday, Aug. 14

Bell Ringer: Tell me about yourself. Write a five-to-eight sentence, explicit descriptive paragraph.

In Class: Students submitted their bell ringers today. These will be graded as a Bronze level assignment at a value of 20 points.

Students then completed the Themes for Understanding World History Quiz. This will be graded as a Silver level assignment at a value of 15 points.

We used these two assignments to discuss the new grading policy for this academic year.

Students then took notes on the following topic:

We then began a partial lesson from History Alive! that we will complete on Monday and Tuesday.

Assignment: Have a great weekend!

 

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