May 22-26, 2017

Students will show what they know on the English Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment, Monday-Wednesday. Our class will also read the next 4 chapters in Twelve Years a Slave this week. Each student should put their debate speech on note cards this week, and begin selecting certain phrases for tonal emphasis, facial expression, and meaningful gestures to aid their public speaking.  In U.S. history, students are making and performing in creative skits that will describe the reasons, hardships, and legacies of various people groups who migrated westward in the 19th century.

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May 15-19, 2017

Students will read the next 4 chapters in Twelve Years a Slave this week. This challenging but important nonfiction work can also be found as an audiobook if students would like to listen while they read.  I have extra copies if you would like to read and discuss along with your student. Students will continue revising their pro or con essay to become a speech for Debate Day.  In U.S. history, we will be examining the reasons, hardships, and legacies of various people groups who migrated westward in the 19th century.

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May 8-12, 2017

Students will continue reading Twelve Years a Slave this week. This challenging but important nonfiction work can also be found as an audiobook if students would like to listen while they read.  I have extra copies if you would like to read and discuss along with your student. Each student has now found out whether they will debate the pro or con side of their issue, and will begin revising that essay to become a speech for Debate Day.  

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May 1-5, 2017

Students will examine the motives and methods of the Jacksonian presidency, as well as the means through which the United States expanded its territory throughout the 19th century.  Students will also begin reading Twelve Years a Slave this week. This challenging but important nonfiction work can also be found as an audiobook if students would like to listen while they read.  I have extra copies if you would like to read and discuss along with your student.

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April 24-28, 2017

Students will be given eight hours of class time to write a five-paragraph argumentative essay based on the Constitutional Debate research they completed throughout the last two weeks.  Mark your calendars for June 16 if you would like to come to Liberty to watch your student perform this live debate in front of an audience on this topic!  I've also added a link to my website where students can gain additional practice for the Smarter Balanced Assessment coming up May 22-24, if they choose to or if you'd like to see what that assessment is like.  

 

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April 17-21, 2017

This week, students will conclude research for the con side of their chosen Constitutional Debate topics and we’ll take a short walk to Squeeze & Grind to celebrate all their hard work!  I’m so proud of them! :) Additionally, we will read the last section of our novel, The Glory Field, and students will have a unit test on the Constitution and U.S. government. I've also added a link to my website where students can gain additional practice for the Smarter Balanced Assessment coming up next month, if they choose to or if you'd like to see what that assessment is like.  

 

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April 10-14, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful spring break!  I have been reading and assessing students’ writing in their pro Constitutional Debate Essays and I have been very impressed with their level of critical thinking and persuasive language!  :) This week, students will begin research for the con side of their chosen Constitutional Debate topics.  Additionally, we will continue our novel, The Glory Field.

 

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