Thursday, December 12, 2013
One thing to keep in mind as we study the Pharaohs and the monuments that they built is the fact that they had ABSOLUTE power over their people. Absolute power means that nothing and no one had any control over the Pharaohs of Egypt. They believed that they were gods on earth, and that they could do anything that they wanted, without fear of punishment.
Does the President of the US have this kind of power today? Thoughts?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I hope that you have all rehearsed. If not, grab a family member and run through your presentation tonight. Projects are welcome in my room in the morning - come up when you arrive at school. The project has to arrive tomorrow if you are presenting tomorrow, but Tuesday projects are welcome if they are complete.
Papers are not due until Wednesday, but if you are done - hand it in asap! You don't want to forget it at home on Wednesday!
Good luck, sleep well, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Monday - Noah, Charlotte, Nicholas, Jillian, Peter, Tristen, Chris and Michael C.
Tuesday - Cayley, Luther, Michael M., Ashley, Safe, Elizabeth, Kevin, and Samantha
Monday - Evan, Jacob, Abby, Asmine, Courtney, Enzo, and Shekinah
Tuesday - Shane, Butaina, Tia, Bridget, Chrystie, Amer, Teofilia, Lakesha, and Joseph
Monday - Mallika, Colleen, Phaidra, Gavin, David, Gabriella, Jackie, and Noemi
Tuesday - Sam, Niko, Julianne, Alexander, Ryan, Samantha, Evelande, Donovan, and Hannah
Monday - Cadee, Alyssa, Audrey, Chris, Meghan, Gabriel, Michael, Nicole M., Shruti
Tuesday - Isabelle, Trinity, Matt, Karla, Krystal, Iman, Kevin, Nicole C., Valeri, Jovia
If the Yellow Group needs more time, I will probably ask the teachers to switch your double to Tuesday. All projects will be presented by Tuesday.
If you don't see your name, please send me an email. If your family is leaving early for Thanksgiving break, let me know - I will schedule you on Monday. Papers must be submitted BEFORE you leave for the holiday weekend.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I will definitely be in school next Monday, which is the first day of presentations. Tomorrow I will put homework up under the Tuesday tab, asking which day (Monday or Tuesday) you want to present. Everyone can't present on Tuesday, so if I get 70 requests for Tuesday I'll have to assign days...
Remember that Friday is the deadline for returning permission slips and $30 for the December 6 field trip. My homeroom is about 3/4 of the way there. If you haven't turned in your slip and money, please do so by Friday!
I am available by email or Google Hangouts for any questions that you have about the test or your projects. I will have a laptop with me wherever I go, so my response time should be prompt.
Last but not least, here he is - James.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The field trip is coming upon us quickly as well. It is scheduled for December 6 which is less than a month away! Permission slips and the $30 are due in homerooms by next Friday, November 22. I know that 3/4 of my homeroom still hasn't turned anything in as of yet...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Early in September, each homeroom received some kind donations of tissues and other items needed in the classrooms, but the tissues (as always) were the first to run out. I opened and used my last box of donated tissues last week. The other classes are running low as well. If any parents could grab and extra box or two of tissues while shopping, it would be greatly appreciated. I would also recommend individual packages of tissues for your own student. Always having some in your binder or pencil case makes life easier (and neater).
I never thought that I'd blog about tissues...
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
The club will also be holding it's annual bake sale on Meet the Teacher Night, next Wednesday. This fundraiser has been a good kick-off fundraiser for the past few years, and has raised money for club supplies throughout the year. Gym bags, tee shirts and other items will also be available at the bake sale.
We'll have the test next Wednesday, then it's on to The Fertile Crescent!
Friday, October 4, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Midterm reports go home with you on 10/15. Meet the Teacher night in on 10/16.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Next week, we begin presentations and final papers are due on Friday! Students will be presenting on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (we don't have school on Tuesday). You will know which day is yours by the end of the week.
Since presentations begin in five days, I hope that you have your costume ready and have begun to prepare your props. For your presentation, you will be speaking in the first person ("I am Socrates..."), so rehearse your part! Practice in front of your family, your dog, your cat or your fish! Practice will make it easier to stand up in front of the class, so practice as much as you can between now and next week. You won't regret it.
It's going to be a great week with lots of amazing presentations. I can't wait to see your work!
Monday, March 25, 2013
You MAY use highlighters or pens during the MCAS, so bring some if you like to mark up passages as you read them. You will be given a pencil, but you should bring your own #2 pencil, as it never hurts to have extra pencils during an exam.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We are just about done with section one at this point. For those of you blogging, you should be working on entries about the geography of Greece, the isolation that led to city-states, and the access to the sea which led to trade and colonization.
The origins of Greek civilization are also important here, as the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations provide the foundations of early Greek culture and are windows into the earliest days of Greek civilization.
Monday, March 11, 2013
The first deadline has passed-you all have a topic and it's time to do some research. The next deadline is next Monday, March 18. You will need to present your research materials in class, and we'll get a better idea of what you have as we'll as what you still need for your paper.You can always move FASTER than the pace that I've outlined in the directions but don't fall behind. If you keep up with the timelines that I've set, you should be able to submit a complete your project on time.
Remember, books are a good resource (imagine that), so go to the library or a bookstore, or check out some online bookstores to find some books on your topic. The Internet is a great resource, but the volume of information can be overwhelming! Don't trust everything that you read-confirm your information in more than one place. If you find conflicting information, check another source. We are dealing with ancient times, so experts might disagree about things. You may very well end up sharing more than one opinion on a subject. If this confuses you, talk to me and we'll figure out how to word things in your paper.
We will try to go to the computer lab during our double periods, but don't expect that to be enough time to complete your project. Think of it as extra time to work, but the majority of your work should be done at home.