Monday, January 8, 2018

Tuesday/Wednesday, January 9/10, 2018

Announcements and Reminders:

If you did not receive the Book-of-the-Month Assignment, get it from Ms. Dorsey, or from the handouts file at the back of the room. 
Or you can download it from here:    Jan BookoftheMonth 2018.docx

Sign up for your Book-of-the-Month, if you have chosen your book.
Sign up by January 12 for full points. 

If you are still looking for a book for the Book-of-the-Month, Mrs. Jones has two copies of Refugee.  Ask me about going down to pick one up.  -- The books have been claimed.

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .


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Notice:  This is what to do if you received a poor grade on your notes from How They Croaked and the podcast:

  •      If you were absent, see the blog post for that day, look at the If You Were Absent  box, and read the instructions for what you are to do.
     If you were here when we did this in class, come to 
Cave Time to do make-up work.    

Cavetime this week:
Tuesday -- Available
Wednesday -- Enrichment only
Thursday -- College Assembly for all 7th Graders
Friday -- Available  

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I earned an Associate's Degree from Ricks College,
then a Bachelor's from BYU.

Targets for Today:


✣  I can read the historical fiction genre,  research using reliable nonfiction sources, and compare the fictional and nonfiction versions.

✣  I can read, research, and present.

✣  I can recognize and write complete, correct sentences.
✣  I can correctly spell commonly confused words.  

Detailed Targets from the State Core: 
Utah State Core -- Reading: Literature Standard 9 
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period [or culture] as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
How They Croaked Teaching Assignment
Writing Standard 7 
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
Writing Standard 8 
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Speaking and Listening Standard 4 
Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Speaking and Listening Standard 5
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points. 
Definition: salient = most noticeable or important
Quiz of the Week:  
Conventions of Standard English
Language Standard 1 
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
a.  Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
b. Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.
Language Standard 2 
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Today’s  Agenda:

1. Sign up for class jobs.
    Sign up for the Book-of-the-Month if you have chosen a book 
       (due by January 12).

2. See a student sample for the Book of the Month:  
Sample January/February Book of the Month

3. Receive the Conventions of the Week assignment.
      You will take the quiz on January 16/17. 
    Subjects: creating complete sentences
                   correctly spelling some commonly confused words

4. How They Croaked Assignment 
       You will be the Teacher! 
       Receive the assignment, read your chapter, and begin your slide show. 
       We will do these in class, so don't work too far ahead because you will                 receive extra instructions as we go.  
How They Croaked Teaching Project Rubric.docx 

If You Were Absent:
See above.  


For Book-of-the-Month
The Basics About the Genre:   Historical Fiction
Lists of books:
Recommended Historical Fiction Books
Historical Fiction Books and Topics
Historical Fiction
More Recommendations for Historical Fiction

How They Croaked: