Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mr. Ippolito away at a training - 4/27-29/2016

Mr. Ippolito is headed up to Northern California right now at a training. Here I am at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank!
I'll update this with information about what you are learning during these three days, as well as helpful resources for your exam review. Your Manifest Destiny Unit Exam is MONDAY, 5/2. Have a great week! --Mr. Ippolito

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Presenting "The Alamo Through Your Eyes" - 4/26/2016

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Were the Texans justified in fighting to break away from Mexico?  Was their fight for independence right or wrong?

HOMEWORK: Study all your notes for the Manifest Destiny Unit Exam. You will take the exam next Monday, 5/2. You'll get a Study Guide later this week.

TODAY'S AGENDA
1. Restroom Passes - hand out today
2. Today is another kinda sorta Super Tuesday. Five states are voting today:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

3. Six Flags Magic Mountain reminder - PERMISSION SLIP PACKET HERE
4. Four Elements of Good Public Speaking

  • Body Language - good posture, hand motions, natural stance
  • Vocal Range - pitch, speed, volume control, tone
  • Enunciation - the act of pronouncing words properly and clearly so they can be understood
  • Proximity - draw your audience in and connect with them; do this with both your physical presence and your eye contact
5. Begin our "Alamo Through Your Eyes" Presentations

Monday, April 25, 2016

Two Manifest Destiny Wars - 4/25/2016


ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Were the Texans justified in fighting to break away from Mexico?  Was their fight for independence right or wrong?

HOMEWORK: The Alamo Through Your Eyes - DUE TOMORROW TUE, 4/26

TODAY'S AGENDA
1. Collect "Remember the Alamo"
2. Update from the 2016 Presidential Campaign--Cruz and Kasich are currently working together to stop Trump
3. Six Flags Magic Mountain reminder - PERMISSION SLIP PACKET HERE
4. WARM-UP ACTIVITY - Two Manifest Destiny Wars

5. Continue "The Alamo Through Your Eyes" - GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Alamo Through Your Eyes - 4/22/2016

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Were the Texans justified in fighting to break away from Mexico?  Was their fight for independence right or wrong?

HOMEWORK: The Alamo Through Your Eyes - DUE TUESDAY, 4/26

TODAY'S AGENDA
1. Collect "Remember the Alamo"
2. Discussion Questions from the film
  • Why do you think Santa Anna called himself "the Napoleon of the West"?
  • How were slaves depicted in the film? What do you think the filmmaker was trying to say about the treatment of slaves in Texas, and in the South in general during this time?
  • "The enemy of my enemy is my friend?" Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?
  • Jim Bowie is telling a story in the bar with his friend. When he asks his friend why he didn't help him fight at the brawl in Natchez (where he was stabbed and shot in the chest), his friend says, "You were in the wrong, Jim." Bowie replies, "That's when I need you the most!" Is this true about our own friendships? Explain.
  • Many refer to The Alamo as a "lost cause." They knew they were outnumbered. They knew they weren't going to get help. They knew they would most likely die. Was the Alamo a "lost cause"? Was the battle worth it, or did they die for nothing?
  • Why did Santa Anna keep waiting for Sam Houston? Why did Sam Houston wait for so long?
  • The filmmaker used several different methods for portraying Santa Anna as a real bad guy, perhaps even worse than he was in real life. What were they?
  • William Travis, in his final speech at the Alamo, says, "Texas has been a second chance for me. Perhaps it has been so for you as well." When do we need second chances in life? Is there ever a point when someone DOESN'T deserve a second chance?
  • If you have time, here are some interesting facts about Santa Anna
3. The Alamo Through Your Eyes - GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Alamo continues - 4/19-21/2016

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Were the Texans justified in fighting to break away from Mexico?  Was their fight for independence right or wrong?

HOMEWORK: Remember the Alamo - DUE FRIDAY, 4/22

TODAY'S AGENDA
1. Previously on The Alamo


2. Continue scenes from the 2004 Disney film - The Alamo
    REMEMBER THE ALAMO HOMEWORK
    (Due Tuesday on a separate sheet of paper):

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Remember the Alamo! - 4/15-18/2016


    ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Were the Texans justified in fighting to break away from Mexico?  Was their fight for independence right or wrong?

    HOMEWORK: Remember the Alamo - DUE WEDNESDAY, 4/20

    TODAY'S AGENDA
    1. Texas War for Independence - HANDOUT HERE

    2. Watch a portion of the 2004 Disney film - The Alamo
      REMEMBER THE ALAMO HOMEWORK
      (Due Tuesday on a separate sheet of paper):

      Thursday, April 14, 2016

      Finishing Gold Rush, Pioneer Women, Mormons, and Missions and Pawn Stars?? - 4/14/2016

      ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: What were the push/pull factors that contributed to American westward expansion in the 1800s?

      HOMEWORK: Be kind to others.

      TODAY'S AGENDA
      1. Finish Gold Rush, Women, Mormons, and Missions - READING HERE
      • Instructions for this activity were in yesterday's agenda


      Wednesday, April 13, 2016

      Gold Rush, Women, Mormons, and Missions - 4/13/2016



      ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: What were the push/pull factors that contributed to American westward expansion in the 1800s?

      HOMEWORK: Be kind to others.

      TODAY'S AGENDA
      1. Gold Rush, Women, Mormons, and Missions - READING HERE

      • Create a four-rectangle graphic organizer like the one above
      • Read the FOCUS article Mr. Ippolito has assigned to your group first; take notes on that article and prepare to share your findings with the class; become an EXPERT on that topic
      • If you have time after you finish your focus article, read and take notes on the other articles in the series
      • When reading time is up, Mr. Ippolito may call upon your group to present to us about your focus topic--BE PREPARED!!

      2. Eighth grade trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain - Wednesday, June 1, 2016
      • PERMISSION SLIP/INFO PACKET DOWNLOAD HERE
      • Trip isn't until the last week of school, but we need to order buses early! Therefore, permission slips and money are due SUPER early (by 4/29) so don't miss out!
      • Students arrive at 10am and will be checking in at their bus table to receive their shirt and write down their cell #, etc...  We do not know yet if we have wrist bands, but if we do, students will also get wristbands at this time.
      • Students must wear their shirt before entering the bus.
      • 5. Once you arrive at MM, teachers will pass out a ticket to each student. For season pass students, you must show you their season pass at check-in to receive your shirt.  No season pass = NO Magic Mtn. trip
      • 6. Students will need to meet at the exit of the park at 7:45pm SHARP!

      Tuesday, April 12, 2016

      Equal Pay Day - 4/12/2016


      ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Why do women, on average, get paid less than men? What are the factors that have affected the "pay gap" over time? Why do you think the pay gap is greater in some states more than others?

      HOMEWORK: Be kind to others.

      TODAY'S AGENDA
      1. Let's take a look at two graphics. The one up above (pay over time) and then state by state:
      • Why do women, on average, get paid less than men?
      • What are the factors that have affected the "pay gap" over time?
      • Why do you think the pay gap is greater in some states more than others?
      • What, if anything, needs to be done about the pay gap? Will a pay gap always exist between men and women?
      2. Eighth grade trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain - Wednesday, June 1, 2016
      • PERMISSION SLIP/INFO PACKET DOWNLOAD HERE
      • Trip isn't until the last week of school, but we need to order buses early! Therefore, permission slips and money are due SUPER early (by 4/29) so don't miss out!
      • Students arrive at 10am and will be checking in at their bus table to receive their shirt and write down their cell #, etc...  We do not know yet if we have wrist bands, but if we do, students will also get wristbands at this time.
      • Students must wear their shirt before entering the bus.
      • 5. Once you arrive at MM, teachers will pass out a ticket to each student. For season pass students, you must show you their season pass at check-in to receive your shirt.  No season pass = NO Magic Mtn. trip
      • 6. Students will need to meet at the exit of the park at 7:45pm SHARP!
      3. Today, let's review and finish analyzing John Gast's American Progress - PAINTING HERE and QUESTIONS HERE

      Monday, April 11, 2016

      Reviewing our progress and American Progress - 4/11/2016


      ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: What were the push/pull factors that contributed to American westward expansion in the 1800s?

      HOMEWORK: Be kind to others.

      TODAY'S AGENDA
      1. How was your Spring Break? What was your favorite or most interesting memory of Friday's field trip to downtown Los Angeles?


      2. The Manifest Destiny quiz we took on 3/31 will be graded and returned to you later this week. Those absent on Thursday should see Mr. Ippolito at lunch today to take the quiz.
      3. Eighth grade trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

      • PERMISSION SLIP/INFO PACKET DOWNLOAD HERE
      • Trip isn't until the last week of school, but we need to order buses early! Therefore, permission slips and money are due SUPER early (by 4/29) so don't miss out!

      4. What's the latest in Presidential politics?
      • Bernie Sanders just won the Wyoming caucus over the weekend, but Hillary Clinton still maintains a solid lead for the Democrats
      • For the Republicans, it looks like we may be getting closer to a brokered convention
      • Let's look at THE NUMBERS
      • Let's find out more about what a BROKERED CONVENTION looks like, and how it would work for the Republicans this summer in Ohio
      • The Republican National Convention is shaping up to be a hot ticket! HERE'S A LOOK into how Republicans in Colorado are competing to be one of the delegates to represent Colorado Republicans in July

      5. Today, let's review and finish analyzing John Gast's American Progress - PAINTING HERE and QUESTIONS HERE