Posted by Jay McGaughy on 19th August 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.
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.
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.
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.