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Monday, April 13, 2020

Week of 4/13-4/17

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back!

Below you will see an outline of the instruction document I have posted to Google Classroom for this, our first official week of Trimester 3 via distance learning. Students should start by carefully reading the instructions. I have attempted to build in a lot of different choices for students so they can best manage their time and plan according to the resources that are available to them.

I have to admit, I was worried about attempting this whole “distance learning” stuff, but after some planning, I am actually incredibly excited!  I’m excited to see you all again, even if just through Zoom, and I am excited to hear from you again. Your creativity and humor tend to brighten my day, so I’m looking forward to having a bit more entertainment besides Netflix and the news!

To start out our first official week of distance learning, I merely want to do some review of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which is what we would have done if we had school the week before Spring Break.  This week, I will give you some videos to watch and an article or two to check out that will review some of the basics, both history and how the Bill of Rights play out in the modern world. Then, to show your learning, you will choose from three different “art projects”.  Lastly, we will close out the week with a Quizizz and/or a Kahoot. I have given suggestions as to what day(s) you might work on these things, but you can decide for yourself how best to split up the time.

And please remember, this is just as new to me as it is to you.  I will be doing my best to make instructions clear and easy to follow, activities somewhat interesting, and not give you too much work, but I’m probably not going to be super good at it at first, so ask me questions, give me kind feedback, and remember we are all in this together.

Monday - Tuesday:

  • Choose TWO videos to watch (links in doc)
  • Read ONE of two different articles (links in doc)
  • Song Parody Videos! (OPTIONAL, but oh-so-entertaining and cringeworthy)

Wednesday - Friday:
  • Choose ONE of the following options.  Click on the link for more detailed instructions:
  • Choose ONE (links in instruction doc):
    • Quizizz Bill of Rights Review Game
    • Kahoot Review Game

Monday, March 30, 2020

April Online Supplemental Learning

Hello to all my wonderful students and families,

This is a truly unprecedented time in which we are living. With our schools closed at least until April 28th, school districts around the country are having to get creative with how to continue to provide an education for students.  Kate Brown's school closure directive included a mandate to provide supplemental supports to students, and as I'm sure you've heard from the district by now, my goal over the next few weeks will be to create and send out to you all educational opportunities to learn more about some of the topics we have already covered in class.  For me, this is actually quite exciting, considering there is usually only time in class to cover the basics.  For lessons, we will be focusing on civics - the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and important Supreme Court cases.

But first and foremost, I want you all to know that I am here to provide whatever kind of support you may need.  My goal will be to provide some structure and routine, some fun lessons, and also to help you answer any questions you may have - about the class lessons, about something going on in the world, or about anything you may need help with.  If I don't have the answer, I will work to find somebody who can.  Nothing about this is easy, but I do think routine can help.  I know I have been trying to stick to a routine each day - give my self a set of tasks around the house to try to complete, read the news, exercise, cook, walk my dog, watch a movie. 

I think it will be nice to get back to work - to have that routine again.  I have missed seeing all of the wonderful ATA 8th graders every day, so hopefully we can connect through Zoom, even if only to say hi and check in.  Lessons will begin to be available on Google Classroom starting next week.  We are still working to devise a schedule - more to come on that - but I will be working all week and will be available to answer questions!

Lastly, I set up a Remind account at the beginning of the year, but haven't used it at all!  I think it could be very useful right about now, however, so if you have not yet signed up, here is the link: 
Following this link should immediately add you to my class.  If you don't have remind yet, you can create an account.  This can be for both parents and students, and is available for phones, tablets, or computers. 

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Week of 3/9 - 3/11 & correction from last week

Last week, I got pretty sick and had to miss the last three days of the week.  Because of that, I had to adjust my original plans.  Below will be the adjusted weekly breakdown for last week.

This short week in Social Studies, we will be looking at some Supreme Court Cases to consider the importance of the Bill of Rights in contemporary American society and the crucial role the Supreme Court plays in interpreting the Constitution.  Students will have a chance to become familiar with four cases that have shaped students' rights today, then have the opportunity to debate what they think the decision should be.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
Last week
  • Wednesday (3/4)
    • Work on Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Reading Notes
  • Thursday (3/5)
    • Constitution USA Episode 2 - It's a Free Country 
    • Video & Notes
  • Friday (3/6)
    • Continue Constitution USA Video
This week:
  • Monday (3/9)
    • Finish Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Reading Notes
    • HOMEWORK - Ch. 10 Reading Notes due Wednesday 3/11
  • Tuesday (3/10)
    • Supreme Court Case Debate Activity
  • Wednesday (3/11) 
    • Supreme Court Case Debate

Monday, March 2, 2020

Two weeks: 2/24 - 2/28 and 3/2 - 3/6

I am so sorry I did not get a chance to post my agenda last week!  I am now posting both last week and this week.  I hope it wasn't an inconvenience.

Also, the end of the Trimester is coming up soon!  This Friday will be the deadline for late/missing work from Trimester 2.  This includes test and quiz makeups.  Please email me if you have any questions!

Last week in Social Studies, we wrapped up with our study of the original Constitution, and this week we are beginning a look at the Bill of Rights.

Here is the two-week breakdown:
  • Monday 2/24
    • Law Firm Constitution Smackdown
    • No makeup work if absent
  • Tuesday 2/25
    • FINISH Law Firm Constitution Smackdown
    • No makeup work if absent
  • Wednesday 2/26
    • Video - Constitution USA: A More Perfect Union 
    • Video Notes
  • Thursday 2/27
    • Finish Video - Constitution USA: A More Perfect Union 
    • Turn in Video Notes
  • Friday 2/28
    • Political Parties in the US
      • Brainpop: Political Beliefs
      • Brainpop: Political Parties
  • Monday 3/2
    • Ch. 10 Bill of Rights Preview - Fundamental Rights
  • Tuesday 3/3
    • 10.1 - 10.3 (Creating the Bill of Rights & 1st amendment)
  • Wednesday 3/4
    • 10.4 - 10.5 (Amendments 2 - 8)
  • Thursday 3/5
    • 10.6 (Amendments 9-10)
    • Begin Supreme Court Case Debate 
    • HOMEWORK - Ch. 10 Reading Notes Due MONDAY
  • Friday 3/6 
    • Supreme Court Case Debate

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Week of 2/18 - 2/21

This week in Social Studies is all about the Constitution!  We started with Bar Exam Retakes.  All students who didn't pass the bar exam on the first try must study and retake this week to pass.  The beginning of the week, class time will focus on giving students a chance to study using Quizlet and Quizizz (links available under classroom links), then retake the exam.  Then, after students receive their law degrees, they will be put into Law Firms!  Each law firm will come up with a name, and on Friday, we will begin the Law Firm Smackdown, in which law firms compete to answer constitutional questions as quickly as they can.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday
    • Study/review for bar exam (quizlet & quizizz)
    • Work on Reading Notes
    • Retake Bar Exam
  • Wednesday
    • Finish/Turn in Reading Notes
    • Study if you didn't pass Bar Exam
      • Retake Bar Exam (as necessary) 
    • HOMEWORK - Ch. 9 Reading Notes due FRIDAY!!
      • Links under Textbook Chapters on the right side of this page ------------>
  • Thursday
    • Bar Exam Retakes
    • Graduation
    • Law Firm Assignments
  • Friday
    • Law Firm Signs
    • Law Firm Smackdown!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Week of 2/10 - 2/14

This week in Social Studies, we are continuing our study of the Constitution!  To start out the week, however, we have the great opportunity to hear a presentation from guest speaker, Brenda Brainard, from the 4J TRIBAL program.  She will be speaking to students about the Iroquois Confederacy, and how its form of government (called the Great Law of Peace) influenced the framers of the US Constitution. 

Then, students will work to finish chapter 9 reading notes and will take a short exam over information they have learned about the Constitution.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
    • Brenda Brainard Presentation & Notes: Iroquois Confederacy & Great Law of Peace
  • Tuesday
    • Review Presentation
    • Activity: Comparing Constitutions
  • Wednesday
    • Finish Ch. 9 Reading Notes 
    • HW: If you haven't finished your notes, they are due FRIDAY 2/14
  • Thursday
    • Review Notes/Check Answers 
    • Quizlet Review
  • Friday
    • Bar Exam
    • Review answers/Kahoot

Monday, February 3, 2020

Week of 2/3 - 2/7

This week is all about the US Constitution!  Students will be actually delving into the original constitution and learning about how our government is structured.  Using a combination of the History Alive textbook and the Constitution itself, students will work in pairs to answer a variety of questions about the key features of the constitution, including the roles of the three branches, checks and balances, federalism, amendments, and the law-making process.

Here is the weekly breakdown:
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Continue Ch. 9 with partner reading
    • Goal: Complete 2 sections (sections will vary)
  • Wednesday
    • Continue Ch. 9 with partner reading
    • Goal: Complete 2 sections (sections will vary)
  • Thursday
    • Continue Ch. 9 with partner reading
    • Goal: Complete 2 sections (sections will vary)
  • Friday
    • 1st & 3rd period (Constitution USA Video - More Perfect)
    • 4th - 6th period (Teacher on Special Assignment [TOSA] Jenoge Khatter will be visiting classes to survey students for help with social studies curriculum adoption