7th Grade History – Assassin’s Creed Origins

Explore the world of Ancient Egypt during the rule of the Ptolemys.

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8th Grade Book – One Summer – Bill Bryson

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A wonderful and funny story of the summer of 1927 which will give you a great insight into life in the country during the 1920s.

 

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Student Work – Reasons for Exploration

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Weekly Plan – September 5th to September 8th

5th Grade

 

Students will be continue their study of the Age of Exploration by working on their projects about the technologies which made it possible.

 

Monday – Labor Day.

Wednesday – Technologies – Project Day

Thursday – Technologies – Project Day

Friday – Technologies – Project Day

 

Students will be working on their projects in class over the week.  Among the skills we will be covering/practicing are:

 

  • Planning and drafting text & illustration.
  • Using and framing printed images.
  • Summarizing.
  • Creating and using themes.

 

Students were told that they could research images over the weekend.  They can also, if they wish, type out text to use on their projects.

 

6th Grade

 

This week the 6th graders will be looking at the key differences between democratic and dictatorial forms of government.

 

Monday – Labor Day

Wednesday – Democratic and Dictatorial Governments – Reading

Thursday – Democratic and Dictatorial Governments – Project Day

Friday – Democratic and Dictatorial Governments – Project Day

 

Students should remember to have their homework about different forms of government completed by Wednesday.

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will continue their study of ancient Egypt.

 

Monday – Labor Day

Tuesday – The History of Egypt – Middle to New Kingdoms

Wednesday – The History of Egypt – Middle to New Kingdoms

Friday – The History of Egypt – Research & Project Day

 

Students will be creating a large timeline on the history of Egypt over the next week.  Students can research printed images to complete this project.  I’ll also be showing them how they can use PowerPoint, Youtube, and Video Editors to create a more interactive presentation.  They can bring in their computers on Friday if they wish.

 

8th Grade

 

Students will continue their study of the Prohibition era this week.

 

Monday – Labor Day

Tuesday – The Impact of Prohibition

Wednesday – Society in the 1920s

Friday – The Jazz Age

 

On Friday we will begin planning for the first essay of the year.  The question students will be answering is:

 

“In what senses could a person describe 1920s America as a paradoxical society”?

This question requires students to look at the major economic, social, and political forces which shaped the nation during the decade.  This essay is relatively simple in structure and is really designed to simply get students back up to speed and to remind them of the important writing conventions we already covered at the end of 7th grade.  To help plan, students should consider the following sub-questions:

 

  • What differences existed in the nation between inhabitants of different areas?
  • What differences existed in the nation between people of different ages and sexes?
  • How had technologies affected people’s lives?

 

Students will be planning and writing the essay in class next week so should remember to bring their computers with them the following monday.

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Weekly Plan – August 28th to September 1st

Welcome back to the new school year.  Here’s the plan for the first week of school.

 

5th Grade

 

Students will be beginning their study of the Age of Exploration by learning about the reasons why Europeans began their voyages of exploration and the technologies which made it possible.

 

Monday – Class Routines & Procedures.

Wednesday – Reasons for Exploration

Thursday – Reasons & Technologies – Project Day

Friday – Reasons & Technologies – Project Day

 

There is no homework this week.  Students will be working on their projects in pairs and may wish to look up/print some images to assist them.

 

6th Grade

 

This week the 6th graders will be looking at the roles of government and the different forms it has taken throughout human history.

 

Monday – Class Routines, Rules, & Procedures

Wednesday – Types of Government

Thursday – Types of Government – Project Day

Friday – Types of Government – Project Day

 

Students will have a homework about different forms of government to be completed by Wednesday of next week.

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will briefly review certain elements from the prehistory and Mesopotamia units and then we will begin our first full unit on ancient Egypt.

 

Monday – Class Rules & Procedures

Tuesday – Prehistory

Wednesday – Mesopotamia

Friday – The Geography of Ancient Egypt

 

Students will have a map and vocab sheet on ancient Egypt to be completed by Tuesday of next week.

 

8th Grade

 

Students will begin the 8th grade writing course this week.  If they completed the summer reading/essay work I would like to have their essays by the end of the week at the latest – although Monday would be even better.  We will then briefly review the material and basic writing conventions before moving on to the Prohibition era next week.

 

Monday – Class Rules & Procedures

Tuesday – Summer Reading Review

Wednesday – Summer Reading Review

Friday – Essay Writing – Review Day

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Emperor Norton – Project

A Special San Francisco based history unit which students can complete for extra credit if you’re getting a little bored over the vacation.

http://www.mrgrayhistory.com/special-units/emperor-norton-project/

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Tom Lehrer – Student Videos

NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD WEEK

 

SO LONG MOM

 

THE OLD DOPE PEDDLER

 

SMUT

 

POLLUTION

 

THE FOLK SONG ARMY

 

WERNER VON BRAUN

 

WE WILL ALL GO TOGETHER WHEN WE GO

 

THE WILD WEST IS WHERE I WANNA BE

 

WHO’S NEXT?

 

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2016-17 History Review

To download the file in pdf please use the link below the slide shows.

 

THIRD GRADE

 

FOURTH GRADE

 

FIFTH GRADE

 

SIXTH GRADE

 

SEVENTH GRADE

 

EIGHTH GRADE

 

 

 

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Weekly Plan – May 15th to May 19th

3rd Grade

This week students will conclude their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.

Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Final Work Day

Students have been practicing using titles and lists to help organize their information.  They will be presenting their sample pages on Tuesday and then should have finished their booklets by Friday.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.

Tuesday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing

Thursday – Spanish Armada – Project Day

Friday – Spanish Armada – Project Day

 

On Tuesday, students will be working on their summarizing/templates.  I will then give them Thursday and Friday to work on their Spanish Armada projects.  Once again, the major goals/areas of focus for students are:

1 – Presenting information in a clear and logical order to show the chronology of the events of the Spanish Armada.

2 – Using short summaries and templates to maximize time.

3 – Using lines/symbols to help show order/progression.

 

6th Grade

This week students will begin to study the topic of taxation – looking at how governments both raise and spend money.

Monday – Taxation

Wednesday – Taxation – Research Day

Friday – Taxation – Making Charts

 

Students will be working on another research project for this topic with the main focus on showing them how to create basic graphs/charts to help people visualize government spending and revenue.  This can be done using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides.  I will demonstrate this in class on Friday and then students will have over the weekend to make their own.

Students will be asked to research the following questions :

1 – How much revenue in total did the Federal Government collect in 2013?

2 – What were the different sources of this revenue (percentages)?

3 – How much in total did the Federal Government spend in 2013?

4 – What were the major areas of federal spending in 2013 (percentages)?

 

The class is making very good progress using their computers so far.  I would normally recommend only that students have access to their own computer in 7th grade, and there will still be Chromebooks available, but it is definitely much easier to create some of these visuals/graphs using PowerPoint or Keynote than Google slides.  If you are thinking of purchasing a computer please get in touch with me and I can make some recommendations.  There is also an online PowerPoint option available at a relatively small cost.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study on the Early Middle Ages.  Please see last weeks plan for more details.

 

This week students will be learning how to present both their paper and slideshow presentations with a focus on:

 

1 – Avoiding reading off the slide.

2 – Keeping eye contact with the audience.

3 – Creating easy/automatic transitions.

 

 

8th Grade

This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.

I will be recording students starting this week.  During this time, other students can continue working on their presentation boards.  I am planning to have a public performance, hopefully towards the end of the month.

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Weekly Plan – May 8th to May 13th

3rd Grade

This week students will conclude their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.

Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

This week students will be focusing on how to use templates to effectively summarize and write their information about farming, mining, and foods.  They should have finished copying over their rough draft onto their final sheet by Tuesday and then will spend Thursday and Friday putting the final touches to their work.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.

Tuesday – No Class – Willy Wonka Rehearsal – Substitute

Thursday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing

Friday – Spanish Armada – Note Card Making

 

Over the last week/weekend I asked students to make a variety of different note cards/flaps which they could reuse during class which will save them significant time.  This week we will be working on creating effective summaries which will also save them considerable time – allowing them to then focus on how to develop their themes and visual clues (see last week’s weekly plan for more details).

 

6th Grade

This week students will continue their research paper project on voting in the United States.

Monday – Research Paper – Review

Wednesday – Research Paper – Work Day

Friday – Research Paper – Work Day

 

On Monday I’ll be reviewing some student examples in class and giving direct feedback so students can then work towards completing their final projects.  I have not given a final due date as I really want to see what the students have come up with by themselves on Monday.  However, they will probably be due on Monday of next week if everything goes to plan.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study on the Early Middle Ages.  Please see last weeks plan for more details.

I will want to have the presentations completed by the end of this week.  If students think they need additional time I can give them an extension over the weekend to finalize their work but this needs to be arranged in class.  We will then start work on their oral presentations next week.

 

If students have laptops they should bring them into class.  If not, I will get hold of some Chromebooks to help them work/research.

 

8th Grade

This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.

All the backing tracks have been uploaded (please scroll down this page).  I will begin recording hopefully mid-week and should be finished by early next week.  Students will then continue to work on their presentations/filming their music videos.

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