Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Updates

LOTS of things to tell you this week: Halloween, homework assignments, extra credit opportunities, Honors Assembly, Parent Teacher conferences ... check it all out: 

Happy Halloween weekend!  I hope you have a great weekend, and please stay safe :) 

6th Social Studies:
- "I Love My Mummy" Project is due Monday
- (5pts for set up: proper heading, mummy outline. 10pts for design: hand drawn, in color, no pencil showing, done neatly. 10pts for explanation: 5pts describing your symbols of Ancient Egypt, and 5pts for describing why those things were important in Ancient Egypt)

 7th Social Studies:
- Research Web about your colony AND the works cited page due MONDAY
- Email me if you have any questions/need clarification!

... 6th and 7th graders, please focus on your projects this weekend. You will have an extra credit opportunity next week!

8th Social Studies:
- 19.4 notes due on Monday
- Extra Credit:
- Go to, Ch 19, "Chapter Links"
-  Choose an event from Ch 19, Sections 1-3, and using the links provided on the page listed above, summarize the event in the 5W + H format. (Write one sentence each for: who it involved, what happened, where it happened, when it happened, why it happened, and how it happened.) 

 African American Studies:
- Vocabulary Quiz on Monday: Terms from Reconstruction to 1920
- Cornell Notes: Pgs 435-442 (due on Tuesday) 

The Honors Assembly for Quarter 1 Honors will be next Tuesday, November 2nd at 8am. Please feel free to invite your parents - especially if you are on the honor roll!

Conferences are NEXT Friday, November 5th from 11am - 2pm, and 4pm-7pm. Please remind your parents about these and make sure to tell them if you are going to have any mandatory conferences - if you have more than one, your parent needs to be at school at least an hour before closing time.

 Have a GREAT weekend everyone - and as always, GO STATE! Michigan State is looking to go 9-0 this weekend against Iowa!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend Homework/Extra Credit: Oct 22nd-24th

Hello! Here is the weekend homework:

6th Graders:
- I'll be checking 5.1 notes in on Monday, Oct 25th
- Current Event #2 is due on Wednesday, Oct 27th - get a head start and do it over the weekend! (Reminder: Event must take place OUTSIDE of Chicago)
- EXTRA CREDIT: NewsWatch! 30 mins, 4 stories (Detail about each one), Channel, Parent Signature. Due Monday.

7th Graders:
- 5.1 notes due Monday, Oct 25th  .... and get excited for an upcoming project!

8th Graders:
- Chapter 18 Test is on MONDAY, Oct 25th. You have a review sheet, so please use it and study! Email me if you have any questions.
- EXTRA CREDIT: Create a visual diagram showing the cycle of sharecropping. It should have both words and pictures that clearly explain each step. Please do this on plain white paper, no pencil lines should be showing! Use color/ink, and put your heading on the front of the paper.

Extra Credit Reminder (for everyone): A box of kleenex = 5pts! Redeemable once per quarter.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Homework

Email me or leave a comment if you have any questions / need any help!

6th Grade Social Studies:
- 4.3 notes due Monday
- Current Event due Wednesday (event must happen outside the city of Chicago)

7th Grade Social Studies:
- 4.2 notes due Monday
- Salem Witch Recipe (Project Grade!!) Due Monday

8th Grade Social Studies:
- Civil War Letter (Project Grade!!) due Monday

African American Studies:
- Reconstruction Quest (Quiz? Test? Somewhere in between...) on Monday

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


The rest of the high schoolers were testing today, so we only had seniors in African American Studies this morning. They took the opportunity to develop a lesson about Booker T Washington and W.E.B. DuBois using what they're learning in class and finding ways to teach it to the 8th graders, who will be learning about these two men soon. Here are some pictures from their planning session:
Marvin, outlining the beliefs of each man

Hortensia and Nadia, gathering information to present a skit

Nadia, Ariel, and Tanicia brainstorming...
Ariel and Tierra, preparing a debate

Nadia and Hortensia, pausing in their script writing for a quick picture!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Both the 8th graders and the 7th graders were working with maps today. The 7th Graders were learning about the Triangular Trade and the 8th graders were identifying which states were in the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Here are some pictures I took in class today:

Teshaun and Chris, describing the goods being traded in the Triangular Trade

Kayla and Samantha, coloring in the states that seceded and made up the Confederacy

Lee, identifying the Border States

Desiree, Sania, Zharia, and Mariah identifying the stops in the Triangular Trade

Friday, October 8, 2010


Exams are over - you made it through Quarter One!

For those of you who might like a head start, you can start reading/previewing what's coming up next week:
6th Grade - Chapter 4: Early Empires
7th Grade - Chapter 4: The Colonies Develop (we'll see which of your colonies survived the long winter!)
8th Grade - Chapter 18: Reconstruction (You may want to review Chapters 15-17, The Civil War)

Get some rest, and get ready for Quarter Two ... I'll see you on Monday, ready to go!

... in the meantime, it's a big game for my Spartans this weekend - GO MICHIGAN STATE!! :)