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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:

In Class:

Assignment:

Thursday, Aug. 21

Bell Ringer:

In Class:

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Friday, Aug. 22

Bell Ringer:

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Assignment:

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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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Student Information for Beginning the 2014-2015 School Year

Posted by Jay McGaughy on August 6th, 2014

First of all, I appreciate your dedication to your education if you are checking this blog because you have learned that I will be your 8th Grade World History to 1500 teacher. We will begin our studies on the very first day of school. You will have a bell ringer to complete and then we will begin learning about prehistoric man and quickly move on to the development of the world’s first civilizations.

Here are the supplies I expect you to have in class with you on the first day of school.

  1. A 1.5″ three-ring binder
  2. 5 tab dividers labeled as followed (1. Bell Ringers, 2. Notes, 3. Activities, 4. Guided Readings, and 5. Previous Topics)
  3. Plenty of wide-ruled loose leaf paper behind the Bell Ringers, Notes, Activities, and Guided Readings tab dividers
  4. 15 sheet protectors behind the Previous Topics tab divider in your binder
  5. A mechanical pencil or blue or black ink pen

Furthermore, please read the 8th Grade World History to 1500 Course Syllabus 2014-2015 before the first day of school. The course syllabus outlines everything you will need to know for the upcoming year.

We are going to hit the ground running and I look forward to the opportunity to teach each of you and I look forward to a great year together!

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