Thursday, August 25, 2011

Welcome Back! (First Week)

First Week:
Classroom Expectations:
Classroom Climate:
 RESPECT is key. What does that mean? Respect the ideas and work of your classmates. (No "put-downs," name-calling or other rude behavior will be tolerated.) Listen quietly while I'm giving instructions, lecturing, etc. (If this becomes an issue, I will assign seats and groups. Listen quietly while your classmates are speaking.) NO TEXTING OR LISTENING TO IPODS DURING CLASS UNLESS I SPECIFICALLY GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO DO SO!

NEW: All cellphones will be placed on my desk at the beginning of each class period. You may pick up your cellphone at the end of the class period.

It is important that you come to class prepared everyday. That includes coming to class with a notebook, planner, pen and highlighter.It is also important for each person to participate in individual, small and large group activities to the best of your abilities.
General Expectations:
Please be on time. I will take attendance right after the bell rings. If you arrive late, you will be marked tardy. Three tardies will result in a referral.

Please do not abuse the pass privilege. If excessive use of passes becomes an issue, I will no longer grant bathroom, locker, etc. passes.  Only one student out of the room at a time.

Please leave the room in a neat, orderly manner. Do not leave garbage on the floor or on or under the tables. Please do not write on the tables or white boards. Please do not move the tables unless I ask you to do so.

Grading:A: 100-90
B: 89-80
C: 79-70
D: 69-60
Below 60: F

Contact me: (Check your email at least twice a week!)

All classes:
Team Building Activity:

United States History
A Young People's History of the United States, Chapter 1
After reading chapter one, use the adjectives below and write an "A" for Arawak, "C" for Christopher Columbus, "S" for Spanish, "E" for English, and "P" for Powhatans next to each adjective that would describe that group. You may use each adjective more than once.

Cruel, Generous, Arrogant, Naive, Kind, Adventurous, Intelligent, Lazy, Honest, Brave, Primitive, Heroic, Greedy, Ignorant, Inferior, Thoughtful.

Look for facts in the text to demonstrate why you chose particular adjectives for different groups/individuals.

Discuss: The purpose of Columbus's voyage(s) was...
Discuss: The result of Columbus's voyage(s) was...

In your opinion, what are the three most important things Zinn says about Columbus?

Compare and contrast Columbus and Las Casas's diary entries. (Use a venn diagram.)

Introduce: The Freedom Writers Diary
First Day: "The Line Game"
Vocabulary: Bias, Prejudice, Discrimination, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Hate Crime, Anti-Semitism

World Studies:
Reading and Interpreting Maps (Chapter 1)
"A Map is a Kind of Picture"
"Map Symbols That Represent Natural Things"
Map Reading Activity (Interactive)
Name That Park (Interactive)
Historic Destinations (Interactive)
All students:
Learning Styles Inventory (done in class)
Learning Styles Inventory (Extra Credit) Print a copy of the results and hand in for extra credit.

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