Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Final Day of Class - May 31, 2016

FINAL DAY OF CLASS

Here is what you will do today:
1. Finish your letter to the Eike family. The assignment is in Google Classroom.
2. Your "Final Exam" project is this: create a SIERRA VISTA SURVIVAL GUIDE for incoming seventh graders.

  • You will create this using Google Slides.
  • Create 10 slides with 10 different pieces of smart advice to give to incoming seventh graders.
  • Your advice can cover everything from on-campus tips to relationship advice to academic advice--WHATEVER honest advice you think will be helpful to an incoming seventh grader.
  • You may turn in a slideshow by yourself, or turn in one slideshow for you and a partner (if you work with a partner, in your Google Classroom notes please indicate your partner before you click SUBMIT).
  • When I present these Survival Tips to next year's seventh graders, I want them to not only be helpful, but I want them to be visually appealing as well. As such:
    • Please FILL the entire slide with text. Use CTRL-SHIFT-< or CTRL-SHIFT-> to shrink or grow text. Avoid dead space on your slide.
    • Change the theme (the color scheme). Make it different than the default blue that I provided for you.
    • Make your slides easy on the eyes and easy to read. Don't go too far out there with font colors or background colors.
  • Most importantly: be honest and be REAL. The most helpful advice is the most honest advice.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON DUE DATES FOR THESE TWO FINAL ASSIGNMENTS:

  • The Letter to the Eike Family must be turned in on paper and signed, IN PERSON, to Mr. Ippolito's hands by Thursday at 12:30pm.
  • The Sierra Vista Survival Guide slideshow must be turned in using Google Classroom by 11:59pm tonight. If you need to turn it in late, please see Mr. Ippolito IN PERSON by Thursday at 12:30pm.



Friday, May 27, 2016

Letter from Anna Eike - 5/26-27/2016

Yesterday and today we read an actual letter written by Norwegian immigrant Anna Eike to her family in 1928 as she travelled to America.

Today we will write a letter to the Eike family. The assignment is in Google Classroom. The template looks like this:
Final Exam Study Guide
You will have a Final Exam assignment on Tuesday, 5/31. Your final exam will cover lessons you have learned over the last two years of junior high school.

It will not be multiple choice, however it is nothing you can study for. You'll find out more on Tuesday. You will complete the Final Exam on your Chromebook.

Finally, please bring your notes and/or your orange restroom pass strip on Tuesday if you wish to get credit for either of these two items.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ellis Island is 24 Hours Away - 5/24/2016



TODAY'S AGENDA:
1. Calendar for the next two weeks
2. The Keys to the White House - how to predict the winner of this year's Presidential election
3. Final Ellis Island reminders
  • How to tie a tie
  • Get your passport photo today if you haven't already
  • Finish your passport; you can leave it with me today if you wish
  • You MUST have your passport tomorrow
  • Participate and play the role--this is your grade tomorrow!
  • Go straight to the MPR tomorrow
  • Bring your paperwork to class on Thursday
4. Final Exam next Tuesday, May 31. Will cover everything that we have learned about citizenship and immigration


Monday, May 23, 2016

Ellis Island 48 Hours Away - May 23, 2016


TODAY'S AGENDA:

1. Calendar for the next two weeks
2. America's Immigration History (VIDEO)
  • Write down ten points from this video that stand out to you

3. Final day for Ellis Island independent work in class
4. Make sure you get your passport photo today from Mr. Ippolito
5. Turn in your "Citizen USA" worksheet at the end of the period

6. Final Exam next Tuesday, May 31. Will cover everything that we have learned about citizenship and immigration

Friday, May 20, 2016

Working on Ellis Island - 5/13-20/2016

First, let's review the

Now, here are some great things you CAN do to continue working on your Ellis Island project:
  • Create your passport!
    • Here are your PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS HERE
    • Print them from your Chromebook if you need to
    • Mr. Ippolito will review his master mini-book folding method and you can use this to create your passport
    • Do a Google search for IMMIGRANT PASSPORT or ITALIAN PASSPORT or GERMAN PASSPORT, etc. to get some great ideas about how to make the outside and the inside look
What you may and may NOT print using my printer:
  • You may print a photo of yourself if you were absent on the day we took passport photos in the library
  • You may print the text of the inside of your passport, if you'd like
  • You may print a copy of the passport instructions, if you need a paper copy
  • You MAY NOT use my classroom printer to print any artwork for the front of your passport. However, you may print this at home or simply do it the old fashioned way and draw it.
    • Mini-book instructions also available by watching this YouTube vid:

  • Review the assignment sheet HERE
  • Finish your Ellis Island Research and Immigrant Interview sheet
  • You can do more country research using Culture Grams online. It's a great resource!
  • You may do other online research to find out more about your country. Please note that Chromebooks will NOT be available to you tomorrow.
Want to learn more about Ellis Island? Check out these great selections from YouTube!








And then here is a piece on Angel Island, the Ellis Island of the West:

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ellis Island: Rolling the Dice - 5/12/2016

ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Why do we have such a strong connection to our roots, to our past? Do you think that desire to learn about our family history gets stronger as we get older? If so, why do you think that happens?


HOMEWORK: Ask a parent about your family's history. How did your family get here to the United States?

TODAY'S AGENDA
1. Ellis Island Project
  • We handed out the Project Requirements on Tuesday - HANDOUT HERE
  • On Tuesday we chose family groups and countries
  • There will be a contest with prizes for BEST GROUP COSTUMES, BEST INDIVIDUAL COSTUME, and BEST PASSPORT
  • TODAY: Ellis Island Research and Immigrant Interview 
  • TOMORROW: Orientation and information in the library; you will take your passport photo tomorrow
  • TOMORROW: Go straight to the library at the start of class
  • You can start doing some country research using Culture Grams online. It's a great resource!
  • MONDAY: Library research all period; Mrs. Fulleman will have example passports on display for you to check out

3. CAASPP Testing - check out the window to see where you go for the PT (Performance Task) next Tuesday and Thursday)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What can I do (and NOT do) if I finish CAASPP testing early today? - 5/11/2016

Here are some great things you CAN do if you finish your CAASPP testing early:

  • Look at your assignment sheet that you got yesterday. You may take this out of your backpack, or check out the digital copy HERE
  • Start up a collaborative Google Doc where you can interact with your "family members" and share ideas and research - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS! Call the file something like "Ellis Island Research" and then share it with everyone in your family group. That way you can communicate with your family members even while the room is quiet.
  • Brainstorm what your name might be. Do a Google search for "common Greek names" or "common British names" or "common Irish names" or whatever your nationality is
  • Check out a sneak preview of your Ellis Island Research and Immigrant Interview sheet that I will give you tomorrow. It contains the questions you will need to answer when you do research on your country. You will have one day (next Monday) to do research in the library. The rest of your research will need to be on your own.
  • You can start doing some country research using Culture Grams online. It's a great resource!
  • You may do other online research to find out more about your country

    Here are some things you MAY NOT do if you finish your CAASPP testing early:
    • Take out a cell phone or any electronic device
    • Watch any video on your Chromebook
    • Play games of any kind
    • Talk or make any other noise
    • Do anything that would disturb others or prevent them from doing their best on the CAASPP test

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Ellis Island and the New Immigration - 5/10/2016

    ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Why do we have such a strong connection to our roots, to our past? Do you think that desire to learn about our family history gets stronger as we get older? If so, why do you think that happens?

    HOMEWORK: Ask a parent about your family's history. How did your family get here to the United States?

    TODAY'S AGENDA
    1. The New Immigration - Ellis Island

    • Hand out Ellis Island Project Requirements - HANDOUT HERE
    • Choose groups today
    • Choose your country today



    2. Finish Where Are You From? - GOOGLE CLASSROOM assignment - DUE TODAY

    3. CAASPP ELA Testing in this classroom tomorrow

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    Where Are You From? - 5/9/2016

    ESSENTIAL QUESTION/BIG IDEA: Why do we have such a strong connection to our roots, to our past? Do you think that desire to learn about our family history gets stronger as we get older? If so, why do you think that happens?

    HOMEWORK: Ask a parent about your family's history. How did your family get here to the United States?

    TODAY'S AGENDA
    1. Bonus Exam explained
    • Identify the questions where students had the greatest difficulty
    • Propose questions/topics that should appear on the Bonus Exam
    • If you got below 80% on the first exam, this can raise you to 80%
    • If you got 80-89% on the first exam, this can raise you to 90%
    • If you got 90-99% on the first exam, this can raise you to 100%
    2. Immigration and Ellis Island


    3. Where Are You From? - GOOGLE CLASSROOM assignment


    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    California Primary on June 7

    Sample Ballots have just been released for the California June Primary! Several students have asked me what the ballot looks like, so here they are.
    Have a great weekend! And for those of you wondering, yes, I will be voting for one of these two parties. --Mr. Ippolito

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Continue "Alamo Through Your Eyes" presentations - 5/4/2016

    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 for tomorrow's BONUS EXAM. Everyone has a chance to improve their grade!

    TODAY'S AGENDA
    1. Cruz stuns his party and drops out after a disappointing loss in Indiana; Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee. Kasich determined to go all the way to the convention in July

    2. Meanwhile, Sanders tops Clinton in Indiana, but Clinton still holds a sizeable lead in the delegate count
    3. CAASPP testing is next week
    4. Continue our "Alamo Through Your Eyes" Presentations

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    Going over the MD Unit Exam and Continuing "Alamo Through Your Eyes" presentations - 5/3/2016

    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 for Thursday's BONUS EXAM

    TODAY'S AGENDA
    1. Today is do or die for Ted Cruz in Indiana; Hillary Clinton is cautiously optimistic in her primary against Bernie Sanders

    2. Bonus Exam on Thursday - how this works

    • Identify the questions where students had the greatest difficulty
    • Propose questions/topics that should appear on the Bonus Exam
    • If you got below 80% on the first exam, this can raise you to 80%
    • If you got 80-89% on the first exam, this can raise you to 90%
    • If you got 90-99% on the first exam, this can raise you to 100%
    • Everyone can win on Thursday!

    3. Contine our "Alamo Through Your Eyes" Presentations

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Manifest Destiny Unit Exam - 5/2/2016

    When it is time for us to begin the exam, it will be available for you on Google Classroom:
    http://classroom.google.com

    Presidents can actually be funny! Each year, the White House Correspondents Association hosts an annual dinner. It's the one time of year that Presidents are encouraged to make fun of themselves. The Dinner just happened this weekend, and here is President Obama's speech. You can search YouTube to find speeches from every President going all the way back to President Clinton in the 1990s.