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Monday, March 20, 2017

Week of 3/20 - 3/24

This week in social studies, students will be wrapping up the second trimester with a project!  Last week, we read and discussed a short traditional story from Japan called "the Samurai and the Tea Master" (ask your student what it's about, or, here is a link to the audio version: http://www.storynory.com/2011/03/27/the-samurai-and-the-tea-master/).  This week, students will be re-telling this story in comic book form, either by hand, or using comic life on the school computers.  This is a fun project that often results in great comics!  See below for a few examples from last year. 

Students will receive an assignment sheet that describes the project in more detail and gives grading requirements.  Please let me know if you would like me to send you a digital copy of this sheet.

Breakdown of the week:
Monday: Finish reading/taking notes on the story.
  • Homework!  finish brainstorm we started in class (students must summarize the story in 6-10 plot points and draw sketches of the two main characters: the samurai and the tea master.)
Tuesday: Finish Rough Draft (on back of grey assignment sheet)
Wednesday - Friday: Work on Comic Strip (due on Friday!!)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week of 3/13 - 3/17

This week in social studies, students will be busy in social studies wrapping up chapter 22 of the History Alive textbook about the Rise of the Samurai, then transitioning to a final project on the topic.  This will also be our last project of trimester 2.

First, we will finish reading chapter 22 and complete Reading Notes 22 (blue packet).  Then Wednesday will be a Final Test on the topic.  To wrap up the week, students will be reading a short story called "The Samurai and the Tea Master," which will also be the subject of our final project (a short re-telling of the story in comic strip form - more information on this next week).

Here is a (projected) breakdown of the week:
Monday & Tuesday: Finish Chapter 22 and Reading Notes 22. 
**Begin study guide (optional extra credit)**
Wednesday: Chapter 22 Final Test
Thursday & Friday: Read "Samurai & Tea Master" short story.  Take notes/highlight as we read.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week of 3/6 - 3/10

This week in Social Studies, we are beginning our study of the Japanese Samurai.  To start, students will be watching a video (link below) that gives background information and the history of the development of samurai.  During the video, students will be expected to take guided C-Notes on the main topics of the video.

Next, we will be transitioning the Chapter 22 of the textbook.  We will begin this chapter this week, then finish and complete the reading note packet next week.

Here is a breakdown of this five day week:
Monday & Tuesday: "The Samurai" Video & C-Notes
Wednesday: Begin Chapter 22 (22.1-22.2)
Thursday: Read sections 22.3 - 22.5 & fill in the corresponding reading notes
Friday: Read sections 22.6 - 22.8 & fill in corresponding reading notes

The Samurai Video Link (YouTube - missing part 1)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Japan Enrichment Activity

Here is a link to a video on Learn 360 about Japan's history and geography:


Here also is a link to an article and activity students may do for extra credit:


Enjoy your learning!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week of 2/27 - 3/3

This week in Social Studies, we will be wrapping up with chapter 5 (about the decline of feudalism) then transitioning to our next topic: medieval Japan!  After taking the chapter 5 test on Wednesday, students will be introduced to Japan with a Geography Challenge from the History Alive textbook.

Here is a breakdown for the week:
Monday: Finish chapter 5 reading notes
Tuesday: Chapter 5 study guide & review
Wednesday: Chapter 5 Final Test
Thursday & Friday: Japan Geography Challenge

Remember!  If you need to finish work from class, or are absent, the textbook is available in PDF form, using the links on the right side of the page. 

Important Note!  The links do not appear in the mobile version!  If you are looking at this blog on your phone, you will need to switch to the web version to see the links.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Week of 2/21 - 2/24

This week in social studies, we will be continuing our work to learn about the decline of Feudalism.  Last week, we ran a little short on time, so we will be starting this week with our re-enactment of the bubonic plague.  In this re-enactment, students will travel around Europe in "families" contracting and spreading the plague.  After the reenactment, students will complete a reflection on goformative.com and we will read the textbook section on the plague and answer questions in our reading notes. 

Thursday is our 7th grade field trip to Mckenzie River.  There will be no regular classes this day.

Friday, we will most likely complete our last reenactment of the chapter: the Hundred Year's War.  In this activity, students will reenact the Battle of Crecy, in which the English archers using longbows battled against the knights of France using crossbows.  This activity will also be coupled with a reflection on Formative.

Here is the breakdown of the week:
Monday: No School - President's Day
Tuesday: Bubonic Plague reenactment & reflection
Wednesday: Section 5.3 in textbook & reading notes
Thursday: Mckenzie River Field Trip
Friday: 100 Year's War Re-enactment & reflection