March 9-13, 2020

This week, students will will begin researching for an extensive project that will culminate in a public debate on a current controversial topic with constitutional underpinnings. On Friday, our class will walk a few blocks to the Camas Public Library for a tour and opportunities to research for their debates using a variety of sources.

Additionally, our class will learn their last set of Latin Roots for the year, and will continue with Daily Language practice, in order to constantly improve their reading and writing skills.

We will also begin a new book that takes place during the latter half of 19th century. Students are reading either Last Dance on Holladay Street or 12 Years a Slave, and responding in small discussion groups. 12 Years a Slave is available in hard copy, e-book, and audible, if you'd like to read along with your child. I encourage students to use several strategies we'll discuss in class to help them comprehend and process this challenging, but worthwhile, text.

Please see the Assignment Calendar & Learning Targets on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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March 2-6, 2020

Students' final drafts of their literature-based expository essays on a theme statement or author's message from Nothing but the Truth will be due Friday. We will also learn a new set of prefixes.

Additionally, groups will continue to present their claims and evidence regarding a controversial issue that they have researched, and will include constitutional support for their arguments, as well.

Lastly, each student will evaluate the presidency of Andrew Jackson, and will create a poster indicating whether they consider him to be more of a villain or a hero based on his actions.

Please see the Assignment Calendar & Learning Targets on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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February 24-28, 2020

Our Olympia field trip was an incredible experience! Thank you for raising such wonderful young people–the tour guides and bus drivers all complimented us on their manners, their responsibility, and their engagement!

This week, students will begin to research an issue they care about and prepare an informal debate on the topic. Our class will also continue analyzing current events.

Students will write a literature-based expository essay on a theme statement or author's message from Nothing but the Truth this week. We will also learn a new set of prefixes.

Please see the Assignment Calendar & Learning Targets on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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February 18-21, 2020

Our field trip to Olympia is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Please read these Important reminders of the capitol's policies for groups:
* No hats/hoods, torn/holey clothing, gum, water, food, backpacks/bags inside the building
* Phones can be used as cameras only at appropriate times
* Lunch bag and food must be completely disposable
* Wear layers in order to be comfortable indoors and prepared for weather on the outdoor tour

This week, students will learn about the rights and implications of the remaining 17 amendments to the Constitution. Our class will also continue analyzing current events.

Students will have a final assessment on Nothing but the Truth this week, where they will be asked to write about a theme from the novel, and provide text evidence and reasoning to support their claim.

Please see the Assignment Calendar & Learning Targets on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions! :) 

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February 10-13, 2020

This week, students will have the opportunity to learn from our guest speaker, Prosecuting Attorney Laurine, who will provide insight into how Amendments 4, 5, 6, and 8 are applied to criminal cases. Students will get to demonstrate their own understanding of Amendments 1 and 4 as they argue to defend their "clients" in landmark Supreme Court case presentations.

Our class will continue analyzing current events, via 10-minute short videos each weekday. Students are practicing their critical thinking and listening skills as they identify a speaker's claim and evaluate whether the supporting evidence is factual, relevant, sufficient, and logical.

We plant to finish reading Nothing but the Truth this week, analyzing themes of free speech, patriotism, media influence, and personal and political bias. Please see the Assignment Calendar & Learning Targets on my website for more information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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February 3-7, 2020

Last week, our class began analyzing current events, via 10-minute short videos each weekday. Students are practicing their critical thinking and listening skills as they identify a speaker's claim and evaluate whether the supporting evidence is factual, relevant, sufficient, and logical.

This week we will continue reading Nothing but the Truth, analyzing themes of free speech, patriotism, media influence, and personal and political bias.

Additionally, we're still learning about the U.S. Constitution, as we investigate how the Bill of Rights affects our everyday lives. Students will apply their understanding as they work in law firm small groups to argue various sides of landmark Supreme Court cases.

Please see the Assignment Calendar and Learning Targets tabs on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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January 21-31, 2020

Our team could still use more volunteers for our field trip to the Olympia Capitol Building on February 20! You can ride the bus, carpool with other chaperones, or drive yourself. Email me or complete the following google form if you're interested. https://forms.gle/xCvKFbTRe9LH2gTv5

This week we will continue learning about the U.S. Constitution, as we investigate how the Bill of Rights affects our everyday lives. We will have a Camas police officer visit to share experiences with citizens' rights and answer students' questions. Students will apply their understanding as they work in law firm small groups to argue various sides of landmark Supreme Court cases.

Additionally, we will continue reading Nothing but the Truth, analyzing themes of free speech, patriotism, media influence, and personal and political bias.

Please see the Assignment Calendar and Learning Targets tabs on my website for more specific information. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

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