Welcome back, Warriors.

Hey there, guys– it was good to see you today.  I know it was a rough first day back; finding the rhythm after a week off is always difficult, and I know today was especially challenging, given the loss in our community.  I do appreciate your kindness, understanding, and willingness to buckle down and work today.  We’ll try our best to get things as close to normal as we can, as soon as we can.  Remember, if you need any assistance or want to talk over the next several days or weeks (or beyond), please feel free to talk to any teacher or staff member, and we’ll do our very best to help in whatever way we can.  Keep an eye out for each other over the next few days, okay?  We all process grief and loss at our own pace.

As to tonight’s homework– remember that you have a reading quiz over the Unit Three material tomorrow during the first thirty minutes of class, and your Unit Three vocabulary is due at the same time.  If you have misplaced your vocabulary list, you can download another copy on the Unit Three resource page.

And if you are interested in reading parts of The Tale of Genji (which we discussed in class today), you can find an abridged version of the first seventeen chapters here.

IMPORTANT: Early Release on 1/22

As you have no doubt learned already, Cobb County schools will dismiss two hours early tomorrow, January 22nd.  I’m sure Twitter is a-buzz.  However, please keep in mind that:

  • You will, as far as we know right now, have ALL of your classes tomorrow, even if they are shortened.  Mr. Horton has just emailed the faculty to let us know that the administration is working on an alternate bell schedule for tomorrow, so you should prepare as you normally would for ALL of your classes.
  • Barring a sudden and unexpected transportation to the planet Hoth, YOU WILL STILL HAVE A READING QUIZ TOMORROW.  Reading quizzes take half an hour; if I have you for thirty minutes, you’re taking a quiz.  Sorry.  (Or should that be #sorrynotsorry?  I get so confused by what The Youth are currently saying.)

If you had planned to stay after school to make up any work, or to attend a club or sporting event, please know that they have all been cancelled, and make your plans accordingly.

Remember: Unit Two Reading Quiz Tomorrow!

No official homework tonight, guys!  (College tour crew: I decided to cut back on the reading from the Vedas, so feel free to skip that.)  Instead, tonight you should review for your reading quiz and make sure you’ve finished your Unit Two vocabulary assignment.  We’ll be taking our reading quiz during the first thirty minutes of class tomorrow– it will be comprised of thirty multiple choice questions (no short answer).

And one other thing: here are the terms for the Thesis Statement Bootcamp Donut Challenge.  For the next three weeks, we’ll be doing a Thesis Statement Bootcamp as often as possible.  At the end of the three weeks, I’ll check the score, and the class with the most valid thesis statements at the end of that period will receive donuts.  At present, here are the scores:

  • First Period: 0
  • Second Period: 1
  • Third Period: 0

We’ll be starting with another thesis statement first thing tomorrow, so make sure you bring your A-game.

 

 

Homework: Study for Unit One Reading Quiz!

Apologies for the late-ish post, guys!  I had a former student anxious about their upcoming Senior Magnet research presentation this Saturday come and talk to me after school, and I’ve only just had the opportunity to put this up.

Remember, you have your reading quiz over the first fourteen chapters of Guns, Germs, and Steel (including the preface) tomorrow during the first thirty minutes of class.  You will also need to turn in your summer reading journal prior to taking the quiz, so don’t forget to bring it in!

In order to help you study this evening, you might consider the following:

  • With regards to the historical example Diamond uses in the chapter “Collision at Cajamarca,” what sort of advantages did the Spanish have?  What disadvantages did the Inca have?  Why did the conquest occur?
  • Consider the reasons why food production developed in some parts of the world, and why it failed to develop in others.
  • What makes an animal domesticable?  Why and how were animals domesticated?  Why do some places NOT have domesticated animals?
  • How did plant domestication occur?  Be able to describe the process.
  • Why did Diamond decide to write Guns, Germs, and Steel?  What is his point of view?  (Remember, POV is different from argument!)  How does that point of view influence what he’s writing?

This is only a starting point for the quiz, of course, so it’s a good idea to review ALL of your summer reading journal in anticipation of the quiz.  The quiz will be comprised of six multiple choice questions (worth two points each), and six short answer questions (worth three points each).

I will be posting our Twitter chapter summaries shortly, so please check back later this evening if you would like to see your classmates’ work summarizing each chapter.

Edited: Here’s most of the summary tweets, guys: Tweets GGS.  I left part of second period’s tweets and all of third’s on my desk.  Sorry!  However, I can link you to a good summary site here!

 

Homework: Great Depression Zaption!

Don’t forget you’ve got a reading quiz tomorrow (your very last one!) and your unit vocabulary is also due.  And while I know you’re slammed with work, I also need you to watch the following Zaption on the Great Depression, and respond to the embedded questions.  Remember to sign in and provide your name.  If you run into difficulties, let me know:

The Great Depression: Zaption!

Just a head’s up about tomorrow, guys– first period will only be meeting for an hour, and all of the other classes will be longer than normal, since Math is starting their EOCs.

19th Century Migrations: Classwork for November 10th

Hello, lovely students!  I hope everything went smoothly today with your substitute– remember, all of your work is due at the start of class tomorrow.  If, for some unknown reason, you didn’t finish gathering all of the material you needed from the signs up around the room, please check the file located below.

Nineteenth Century Migration Placards

That should be all you need to finish your work.  Also, remember that your Unit Five Vocabulary is due at the start of class tomorrow, and we’ll begin class with your Unit Five reading quiz.

See you soon!

Information about Tomorrow’s Reading Quiz

(Just a note: if you’re looking for the post on the homework for Hammurabi’s judgments, please scroll down one entry!)

I totally forgot to remind first period, but we’ll be taking our reading quiz for Unit One over the first fourteen chapters of Guns, Germs, and Steel tomorrow.  Additionally, your summer reading journal is going to be due at the start of class, so don’t forget to bring it with you!

In terms of things you need to consider in preparation of the reading quiz:

  • Consider the historical example Diamond uses in the chapter “Collision at Cajamarca”– what sort of advantages did the Spanish have?  What disadvantages did the Incas have?  Why did the conquest occur?
  • Consider the reasons why food production developed in some parts of the world, and why it failed to develop in others.
  • What makes an animal domesticable?  Why and how were animals domesticated?  Why do some places not have domesticated animals?
  • How did plant domestication occur?  Be able to describe the process.
  • Why did Diamond decide to write Guns, Germs, and Steel?  What is his point of view (remember, POV is different from argument!), and how does that point of view influence what he’s writing?

Remember that this is only a STARTING point for the quiz, so it’s a good idea to review your whole summer reading journal for this.  Happy studying!