Friday, January 30, 2015

Searching Smart Online and the Feudalism Social Pyramid - 1/30/2015


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS/BIG IDEAS:
What sources can you trust online?

SUPPLIES NEEDED TODAY:
- Chromebook
- HANDOUT: "Searching Smarter and Feudalism Social Pyramid"
- Pen or pencil

AGENDA:
1. Let's first go over "History of the English Language" and "The Vikings Video Study Guide" from the last two days
2. Honing Your Internet Search Skills
3. Feudalism Social Pyramid (on the same handout as above)
4. Finish everything? Check out this sweet BrainPop video on The Vikings
https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/vikings/

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Be awesome.

HOMEWORK: Finish the Feudalism Social Pyramid by MONDAY


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Vikings (Mr. Ippolito absent) - 1/29/2015

Mr. Ippolito was out for training on Thursday, 1/29. We watched The Vikings from History Channel. The handout is HERE.

If you were absent, please see Mr. Ippolito to setup a time to watch the video at lunch.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Short History of the English Language - 1/28/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS/BIG IDEAS:
Do you know where your language comes from?

SUPPLIES NEEDED TODAY:
- Chromebook
- HANDOUT: "A Short History of the English Language"
- Pen or pencil

AGENDA:
1. Translate the first verse paragraph of the piece of literature you see on the handout. Then, answer the questions in the handout. You will start by NOT using your Chromebook, and later I will let you get a little digital help. This video will also help, and we will watch it together as a class.

This ARTICLE on Vikings will help too, and it's really cool.

3. Finish everything? Check out this sweet BrainPop video on The Vikings

https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/vikings/
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Family Technology Night II - Your family is invited to this amazing educational experience! We will include dinner, babysitting, and bilingual translators. We will be teaching parents about Google Drive in the Classroom and understanding different social media that teens use today. Mr. Ippolito will be one of the teacher hosts. I would love to see you there this TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 28, 6-8pm. You can sign up for free HERE.

HOMEWORK - Finish "A Short History of the English Language" by FRIDAY

Want to practice your pronunciation of Middle English? Check this out:



Hey, want to try this pepper?


So the latest thing to hit the Sierra Vista health office this morning seemed to be a few seventh grade boys trying out extremely hot peppers. Habañeros? Ghost peppers? Scotch Bonnets? Carolina Reapers? I'm not sure what peppers they were exactly, but more than one boy ended up with a painful learning experience in either the health office or the restroom. Some more than once.

Today might be a good day to speak with your child to think twice before taking and eating whatever exotic produce item a fellow 13-year-old offers you. And if your child was offered a pepper today and wisely said no, then it might also be a good day to say, "Smart choice, kid."

Happy Wednesday!
Mr. Ippolito

Ron Ippolito
Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Google for Education Qualified Teacher
Induction Support Provider & SDAIE Trainer, William S. Hart UHSD
twitter: @rippolito   voice/text: (661) 347-4990

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do you want to change your stars? - 1/27/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Does fate exist? Can you change your stars,
or is your future already written for you?

SUPPLIES NEEDED TODAY:
- Chromebook
-"Going Medieval Video Study Guide"
- Pen or pencil

AGENDA:
1. We will first read THIS and then we will watch this. The video today in class is produced by people who believe in astrology. We will discuss this in the context of medieval Europeans who also believed in astrology, and discuss whether or not someone's future can truly be "written in the stars":



2. WRITING PROMPT: Does fate exist? Can you "change your stars," or is your future already written for you?
(respond to this on the BACK of your "Going Medieval Video Study Guide")



3. BrainPop - Log into your BrainPop account. Finish taking your BrainPop quiz on "Feudalism." If you're done, explore other topics on BrainPop.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Family Technology Night II - Your family is invited to this amazing educational experience! We will include dinner, babysitting, and bilingual translators. We will be teaching parents about Google Drive in the Classroom and understanding different social media that teens use today. Mr. Ippolito will be one of the teacher hosts. I would love to see you there this TOMORROW NIGHT, Wednesday, January 28, 6-8pm. You can sign up for free HERE.

HOMEWORK
  • Complete the BrainPop "Feudalism" Quiz from yesterday
  • Check to make sure all your history assignments are up-to-date for this unit. Here is everything you should have completed so far:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Family Technology Night, Wednesday 1/28

Would you like to learn more about how to help your child with their homework on their computer? Join us at Family Technology Night this Wednesday evening! Mr. Ippolito will be teaching parents how to help with writing and class presentations on Google Drive. Mr. Zeilenga, our computer teacher, will share with parents the latest trends in social media, and how to keep your teen safe.

Family Technology Night
Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sierra Vista Library

A light dinner and Spanish interpreting services will be provided. Child care will also be available. For more information and to sign up (it's FREE), click HERE. Feel free to email Mr. Ippolito or Ms. Stauch for more information.

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

Ron Ippolito
Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Google for Education Qualified Teacher
Induction Support Provider & SDAIE Trainer, William S. Hart UHSD
twitter: @rippolito   voice/text: (661) 347-4990

Intro to Feudalism - 1/26/2015


ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Is it better to be able to make decisions for yourself, or is it better for someone to make decisions for you?

AGENDA:
1. Seating Chart and the new "Tech Chair" position
2. Collect 14:3 homework and "Religious Orders" (if you printed it yourself or created it on paper)
3. Review responses to "Going Medieval" Video Study Guide
3. VIDEO - "Feudalism" from BrainPop
4. Set up your own BrainPop account!
  • Go to http://www.brainpop.com, click on the Enter Code button at the top, and enter this code: ipp301
  • Create your own BrainPop account by creating a username and password. I STRONGLY recommend that you use your Infinite Campus username and password as your BrainPop username and password.
  • Once you have created your account, take the quiz on "Feudalism"
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Family Technology Night II - Your family is invited to this amazing educational experience! We will include dinner, babysitting, and bilingual translators. We will be teaching parents about Google Drive in the Classroom and understanding different social media that teens use today. Mr. Ippolito will be one of the teacher hosts. I would love to see you there this Wednesday, January 28, 6-8pm. You can sign up for free HERE.

HOMEWORK
  • Check to make sure all your history assignments are up-to-date for this unit. Here is everything you should have completed so far:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Medieval Times extended to Monday

The ASB Office has been overwhelmed today with seventh graders in line for Medieval Times (the field trip is open to all teams). Therefore, if your child was unable to turn in his/her materials today, the ASB Office will continue to accept permission slips and money through the end of lunch on Monday, January 26.

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Ippolito

Ron Ippolito
Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Google for Education Qualified Teacher
Induction Support Provider & SDAIE Trainer, William S. Hart UHSD
twitter: @rippolito   voice/text: (661) 347-4990

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Reviewing Monks, Nuns, and Presidents - 1/22/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Is it better to be able to make decisions for yourself, or is it better for someone to make all the decisions for you?

AGENDA:
1. Hand back 5-4-3-2-1 from 14:2 and go over some good examples
2. Catch up on any work you may still need to do. This may include:
  • The Rule of St. Benedict - list of rules is HERE
  • A Day in the Life of Medieval Religious Orders (on Google Drawings or on regular paper) - assignment description HERE
  • State of the Union 2015 - assignment HERE and tons of resources and videos HERE
  • The 5-4-3-2-1 for 14:3
3. Seating Chart Survey (see below) and the "Tech Chair"

HOMEWORK
  • "Religious Orders" - DUE TOMORROW
  • 5-4-3-2-1 for Chapter 14, Section 3 (14:3) - DUE MONDAY
SEATING CHART SURVEY

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Catch-Up Day and the Republican Response to the State of the Union - 1/21/2015


ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Is it better to be able to make decisions for yourself, or is it better for someone to make all the decisions for you? Is Loki correct about humanity?


"It's the unspoken truth of humanity--that you crave subjugation...You were made to be ruled."
- Loki of Asgard
AGENDA:
1. Catch up on any work you may still need to do. This may include:
  • The Rule of St. Benedict - list of rules is HERE
  • A Day in the Life of Medieval Religious Orders (on Google Drawings or on regular paper) - assignment description HERE
  • State of the Union 2015 - assignment HERE and tons of resources and videos HERE
  • The 5-4-3-2-1 for 14:3
2. As a class, we will watch Sen. Ernst's Republican Response to the State of the Union. Giving an effective speech is about both message and delivery. Therefore, be prepared to discuss:
  • Between President Obama and Senator Ernst, who had a better message?
  • Who had better delivery?
Highlights from President Obama's Address last night


President Obama's Full State of the Union Address


Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gives the Republican Response to the 2015 State of the Union


MORE STATE OF THE UNION RESOURCES
  • You can find a summary of all of the President's talking points HERE
  • Full text of the President's speech, as prepared for delivery, is HERE
HOMEWORK:
Complete the "Day in the Life of Medieval Religious Orders." Due FRIDAY.
Complete the 5-4-3-2-1 on Chapter 14, section 3 (14:3). Due MONDAY.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Medieval Times Field Trip

Hello Team Titans parents!

As you know from the information we sent out before Winter Break, all seventh grade teams here at Sierra Vista are taking a field trip to Medieval Times on Thursday evening, February 12. The next day is a Pupil-Free Day and is the beginning of the Presidents Day Holiday weekend.

Permission slips for Medieval Times went out to students last week. You can download a digital copy HERE and print at home if you need an extra copy.

I wanted to remind you that the permission slip, along with $55 (cash or check payable to "Sierra Vista ASB") is due to Mrs. Nelson at the ASB window by this Friday, January 23.

For any parent/guardian who is attending, the cost is $65. Parents should also fill out a permission slip (you can sign it for yourself), and send it in to school with your son or daughter.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Mr. Ippolito

Ron Ippolito
Teacher, Sierra Vista Junior High School
Google for Education Qualified Teacher
Induction Support Provider & SDAIE Trainer, William S. Hart UHSD
twitter: @rippolito   voice/text: (661) 347-4990

Monday, January 19, 2015

The 2015 State of the Union Address - 1/19/2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
Is it better to be able to make decisions for yourself, or is it better for someone to make all the decisions for you?


"It's the unspoken truth of humanity--that you crave subjugation...You were made to be ruled."
- Loki of Asgard
AGENDA:
1. Examine the Essential Question--watch clip from The Avengers (39:25-42:50). What do you think of what Loki says to the crowd in Stuttgart?
2. HANDOUT: "President Obama’s State of the Union Address 2015"
3. Here is the article we will all read first:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/29811/brief-history-state-union

Here are some other resources to better help you understand tonight's State of the Union Address
http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/opinion/2015/01/19/state-union-address-rich-history/22028107/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu#2426
http://history.house.gov/Institution/SOTU/State-of-the-Union/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/19/watching-state-union-everything-you-need-know
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php

You can then take a fun "State of the Union for Kids" Quiz here:
http://clinton4.nara.gov/WH/SOTU00/kids/quiz.html


HOMEWORK:
Watch the State of the Union Address and complete THIS ASSIGNMENT handed out today.

More State of the Union photos here:







Friday, January 16, 2015

The Daily Life of Medieval Religious Orders - 1/16/2015

AGENDA
1. Turn in HW
2. VIDEO - "Making Manuscripts" from the Getty Center

3. A Day in the Life of a Medieval Monk OR A Day in the Life of a Medieval Nun


  • Create a day's agenda for a monk or a nun in Medieval Europe
  • Use the resources listed below or in your textbook
  • Create the agenda using paper and colored pencil OR Google Drawings
  • The agenda should include at least TEN activities
  • The agenda should include what each activity is and the time it starts
  • At least HALF of your activities should have an illustration next to it (you may choose to draw or use online art)
  • All of these will be printed in full color and displayed in our classroom!
HERE ARE SOME GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOUR ASSIGNMENT
You can learn more about monastery and nunnery life in Medieval Europe here:
http://www.lordsandladies.org/daily-life-monk-middle-ages.htm
http://www.lordsandladies.org/daily-life-nun-middle-ages.htm
https://prezi.com/acdshqy9fhfk/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-nun-in-the-middle-ages/
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medieval_monasteries.htm
http://www.ducksters.com/history/middle_ages_monastery.php
http://www.mostly-medieval.com/explore/dailylife.htm

Here are some resources from MODERN Benedictine monasteries. Some of the activities haven't changed much in a thousand years, but keep in mind that your assignment should be for a MEDIEVAL monk or nun:
http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/vocations/daily-life/
http://www.stmarysmonastery.org/daily_life.html

MEDIEVAL TIMES
Permission slips are now available on top of the Chromebook cart for our Medieval Times trip. Permission slips and payment are due to Mrs. Nelson at the ASB window by next Friday, January 23. You can also download HERE.

HOMEWORK
  • Read 14:3 and fill out the 5-4-3-2-1 handout to go along with it. Need another copy? You can download one HERE. (due next WEDNESDAY, 1/21)
  • Finish "A Day in the Life" assignment (due FRIDAY, 1/23)
TECH TIP!
Hey, thanks to Caleb Moen for figuring this out and sharing with us!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Monastic Life and the Rule of St. Benedict - 1/15/2015

AGENDA
1. Remain silent until Mr. Ippolito turns the lights on.
2. Get a handout titled - "The Rule of St. Benedict." It is on top of the Chromebook cart.
3. You will watch a short video clip FIRST before doing the "Rule of St. Benedict" activity. Mr. Ippolito will put that video up on the screen. It is a clip from the History Channel special, "The Dark Ages."
4. Once you have finished the video, you may then open your Chromebook and read the Rule of St. Benedict. The reading begins in the MIDDLE of the article, and starts with the words "Chapter 4." You will see a list of 72 rules. This is what you are reading to complete the assignment.

IF YOU FINISH EARLY
And you can learn more about monastery life in Medieval Europe here:
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medieval_monasteries.htm
http://www.ducksters.com/history/middle_ages_monastery.php

Here's a complete reading on the Rule of St. Benedict:
http://www.ewtn.com/library/PRIESTS/BENRULE.HTM

The moveable-type printing press wasn't invented until 1450, so monks would create books by hand. It's amazing! Watch this video to learn more (on mute, or with your own headphones): 


HOMEWORK
Finish reading 14:2 and fill out the 5-4-3-2-1 handout to go along with it. Need another copy? You can download one HERE.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Welcome to the new semester! - 1/12/2015

On Monday, January 12, please report to the classroom listed below, based on your last name. You will pick up your class schedule first.

Here's the bell schedule for the day: