September 13, 2019
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American History ~ Mrs. Reilly
An update for you about this week!
We are in week 2 of our 2nd unit and so far so great! On Monday we did an Articles of Confederation simulation! The students got to be representatives of state governments and vote in congress under the Articles! They voted on a "new" national anthem and some of the results were priceless.
This week we also went over ending the Revolutionary War and we even watched a little of the Broadway musical Hamilton! It never ceases to amaze me how much the students love music! Such a great love.
On 9/11 we took a full day to talk strictly of how our brave and wonderful nation was targeted by evil. We read from a book titled "9/11 Heroes" and it was a somber, but impactful day. We went over some of the statistics from 9/11, and the changes that come with them. I hope the students got the message I was trying to send with this lesson: "When you get knocked down, get back up 10x stronger." That's exactly what we did. I'm so proud to live in a nation that has such brave and strong people who joined together, cared for each other, and "got back up 10x stronger" after such an evil act. The picture below is of my brother, a fireman, and his new baby after he climbed the ceremonial 343 stories honoring the 343 firemen and women who bravely and unselfishly gave up their lives on that day to save others.
It's on these that we should all say a huge thank you to all men and women who serve in many different ways to keep our great nation safe and strong. Thank You!
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This week students will be wrapping up our second short story of the year: "The Necklace" by French author Guy de Maupassant. This story had quite the plot twist and fit in perfectly with our Unit 1 Essential Question: how and why is truth manipulated? To end our time with this story, students will be writing an argumentative paragraph that explains how "The Necklace" answers our essential question. This will be their second writing assessment of the year! Be on the lookout for the feedback I give your student on this piece.
At the end of this week, we will start our final short story for Unit 1: the infamous "Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Foundations Language Arts
Students have wrapped up MAZE & ORF Diagnostic testing! We are already in the month of September, so students are beginning the month by ISIP testing the Foundation LA classes. Students are assessed monthly on skills such as comprehension, word analysis, fluency, text fluency, and vocabulary with the ISIP program.
We have began working on Unit-1, Lesson-1. The focus for this lesson is Citing Evidence, Making Inferences, and Predicting. Students are learning the 4-ways to effectively Cite Evidence with fiction and non-fiction text.
Students are required to write in their agendas each day when they enter the classroom prior to completing their bell-work. It is a participation grade each week, and parents can see what students are doing in class each day.
HOMEWORK: Students receive a homework reading log at the beginning of each week, and it is due every Friday. They are required to read at home for at least 15-minutes each night (Monday-Thursday), and complete the log/questions. Students must remember to turn in on Friday.
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