Week of October 13-17, 2014

Friday, October 17

8th grade U.S. history:

Standard of the day - 8.2.6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights.

10/17 Our learning goal today is to know: Congress can override a veto with a 2/3 vote of both houses. The Executive branch carries out the laws that Congress passes.

 

We will begin class today by taking a quiz on our first 8 learning log entries.

After the quiz you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

 

We will wrap up our look at the Legislative Branch by watching this video clip: How Congress Operates (10:01)

 

Then we will move on to learn about the Executive Branch. We will read pg. 229 in our textbook.

 

Afterwards you will continue work on your Bill of Rights Project. It is due on Monday.

 

You can also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 62 -71.

 

7th grade social studies:

Standards of the day- 7.4.1 Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires. 7.4.2 Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa.

10/17 Our learning goal today is to know: Mansa Musa, one of Mali's greatest rulers, made a trip to Makkah, gave away a lot of gold, and brought scholars back to West Africa.

 

There is NO new learning log entry for today. We are finishing up yesterday’s topic.

  

Today we will learn more about Mansa Musa and his great trip to Mecca. We will read a play to help us with this.

  

Afterwards we will watch this video clip: Islam comes to Timbuktu 4:16

  

Next you will finish work on A Post card from Ghana. It is due on Monday.  There are no opportunities for a "Fix and return" on this assignment so make sure you do your best before turning it in.

  

You can also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 33 – 43.

 

Speech and Debate

Standards of the day: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Our learning goals today are to be able to research and find evidence to support an assertion.

 

Today you will meet with your team to begin researching your debate topic.

 


Thursday, October 16

 

8th grade U.S. history:

Standard of the day- 8.2.6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights.

10/16 Our learning goal today is to know: All bills go through committees in both the House & Senate. If a majority of both houses vote in favor of the bill it goes to the President who can sign it into law or veto it.

 

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

 

Today we will learn more about the Legislative Branch, specifically about how a bill becomes a law. We will use pg. 228 of the textbook to help us.

 

Then we will watch this short video clip: "I'm Just a Bill."

 

Next we will work on the Bill of Rights Project. It is due on Monday.

 

Afterwards you will also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 62 -69. 

We will take a
quiz tomorrow on the first 8 Learning Log entries.

 

7th grade social studies:

Standards of the day- 7.4.1 Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires. 7.4.2 Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa.

10/16 Our learning goal today is to know: Mansa Musa, one of Mali's greatest rulers, made a trip to Makkah, gave away a lot of gold, and brought scholars back to West Africa.

 

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

  

Today we will learn about the Empire of Mali. We will begin by reading pages 228 - 229 and p. 225 in our textbook.

  

Then we will focus in on one of Mali's most famous leaders, Mansa Musa, by watching this video clip: Islam comes to Timbuktu 4:16

  

Next you will work on A Post card from Ghana. It is due on Monday.  There are no opportunities for a "Fix and return" on this assignment so make sure you do your best before turning it in.

  

You can also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 34 & 42, the Africa worksheet, your map, or the Adapting to Africa worksheet if you need to.

  

At the end of the period we will take a quiz on the first 8 learning log entries.

 

Speech and Debate

Standards of the day: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Our learning goals today are to understand how to create arguments with impact.

 

Today we will use our textbook to read more about how to make arguments that have “impact.” We will read pgs. 135 – 137 and discuss what we learn in relation to the debates we’ve just completed.


Wednesday, October 15

 

8th grade U.S. history:

Standard of the day - 8.2.6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights.

10/15 Our learning goal today is to know: The Legislative Branch consists of the 2 houses of Congress: the Senate & the House of Representatives. They make laws, lay & collect taxes, & declare war.

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your new learning log.

Today we will learn about the Legislative Branch. We will use pg. 227 of the textbook to help us.  We will also watch a short video clip.

Next we will work on the Bill of Rights Project. It is due on Monday.

You will also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 62 - 69.

7th grade social studies: 

Standards of the day - 7.4.1 Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires. 7.4.2 Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa.

10/15 Our learning goal today is to know: The Empire of Ghana fell because of: new gold mines outside its control, over-farming, and constant warfare. Sundiata Keita of Mali took it over.

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

Today we will learn about the downfall of Ghana and the rise of Mali. We will begin by reading pages 210 - 211 in our textbook.

Then we will read the story of Sundiata on pages 215 - 220.  When you are done, you will answer any 3 of the 5 Responding to Literature questions on p. 220. Be sure to include the question in your answer.  These answers are a binder paper.

Next you will work on the Postcard from Ghana project. It is due on Monday.

You can also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 34 & 42.

Tomorrow we will take a quiz on our first 7 learning log entries.

Speech and Debate   Duck and cover drill

Standards of the day: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Our learning goals today are to understand how to create arguments with impact.

 

Today we will use our textbook to read more about how to make arguments that have “impact.” We will read pgs. 135 – 137 and discuss what we learn in relation to the debates we’ve just completed.
 

Tuesday, October 14

8th grade U.S. history:

Standard of the day - 8.2.6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights. 8.2.7 Describe the principles of federalism, dual sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, the nature and purpose of majority rule, and the ways in which the American idea of constitutionalism preserves individual rights.

10/14 Our learning goal today is to know: Amending the Constitution can be done by: a 2/3 vote of both houses of Congress OR 2/3 of the state legislatures asking for a special convention. Ratification requires approval by 3/4 of the states.

 

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your new learning log.

 

Today we will learn about the Constitution as a living document. We will use pgs. 224 - 225 of the textbook to help us

 

Next you and your partner will work on the Bill of Rights Project.  It is due on Monday.  This is the PowerPoint we used in class: Bill of Rights

 

You will also work on your Active Reading Workbook pgs. 62 - 65.

 

7th grade social studies:

Standard of the day - 7.4.1 Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert to trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; and the growth of the Ghana and Mali empires.  7.4.3 Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law.

10/14 Our learning goal today is to know: North Africans brought West Africans: Islam, Arabic, paper & books, Patrilineal succession, glass beads,

and fine ceramics.

 

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

 

Today we will learn about the exchange of ideas caused by trans-Saharan caravan trade to West Africa. We will discuss this PowerPoint: Exchanging Items and Ideas.

 

Then you will work on your new project: A Postcard from Ghana. It is due on Monday.

 

Speech and Debate

Standards of the day: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Our learning goals today are to understand how to create arguments with impact.

 

Today we will use our textbook to read about how to make arguments that have “impact.” We will read pgs. 133 – 137 and discuss what we learn in relation to the debates we’ve just completed.

 

 


Monday, October 13

8th grade U.S. history:

Standard of the day - 8.2.6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights.

10/13 Our learning goal today is the same one we had last Friday.

 

There is NO new learning log entry for today. We need to finish Friday’s.

 

Today we will continue to learn about the Bill of Rights. We will use pg. 260- 261 to help us.

 

Next we will work on our new partner project on the Bill of Rights. It is due next Monday.

 

Afterwards we will hear the final re-recites of the Preamble.

 

7th grade social studies:

Standard of the day - 7.4.3 Describe the role of the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law.

10/13 Our learning goal today is to know: Ghana used matrilineal succession in which the king's sister's son became the new king. 

 

While I take roll, you will write today's learning goal in your learning log.

 

Today we will learn about the government of Ghana. We will read pg. 228 in our textbook.

 

Then you will begin work on your new project: A Postcard from Ghana. It is due next Monday.

 

You can also finish your primary source notes from Friday if you are not yet done.

 

Speech and Debate

Standards of the day: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1.a Come to discussions prepared having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Our learning goals today are to be able engage effectively in a debate and to use a flowchart to monitor the debate.

 

Today we will have our second debate. Good luck to both sides!