Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Going From Rome to Islam - August 31-September 1, 2010

In history class, we had lots to keep us busy today!  Let's go through these one-by-one so you know what we did:

Restroom Passes - Students are expected to use the restroom before school, at brunch, lunch, or after school.  However, when you gotta go, you gotta go.  To minimize the disruptions to our learning from the constant "I gotta go!" that seems to happen in junior high, I hand out restroom passes.  If you need to use the restroom, just use a pass.  If you don't use your passes, then as a reward for staying in class you can turn your passes in at the end of the quarter for bonus points.  If you have a medical reason, don't sweat it; we'll work something out.  I'm not an ogre.

Hand back the Fall of Rome Quiz - All the Fall of Rome quizzes are now graded, and I handed them back today.  If you didn't get the grade you wanted, you do have an opportunity to improve your grade this Friday at lunch.  If you got below an 80% on the quiz, you can raise your quiz score to a maximum of a B-.

Fact, Opinion, Belief - We will discuss several world religions during the course of our school year, so we had a brief discussion about the difference between facts, opinions, and beliefs.  Facts can be proven through observation with one of the five senses ("the sky is blue").  Opinions are personal judgments that can vary from person to person ("Justin Bieber is the best musical artist of all time").  Beliefs are thoughts which people hold to be true, but may not necessarily be observable using the five senses.  Religious beliefs are personal and powerful, and so when we talk about someone else's beliefs, it's important to be respectful, even if your beliefs are very different from the other person.

Infinite Campus Training - Over the last couple blocks, I taught each student how to log into the Infinite Campus student records system so students can see their own attendance and grade information, and can see exactly what their parents see when they log in.

Cover Page - "Fall of Rome/Rise of Islam" (pg 1 in INB) - We're finally ready to create our very first Unit Cover Page, and I've decided that because we don't spend too much time on either topic, I will combine the "Fall of Rome' unit with the "Rise of Islam" unit into one big unit.  For each cover page we do in class, you will write the unit name in big, bold letters in the center of the page, and then place six different symbols that represent what we learn in each unit around the center title.

HW:  5-4-3-2-1 for Chapter 3, Section 1 (pg 12 in INB).  This homework is due on our next block day (Friday for A-block and Monday for B-Block).  Also, remember that the Legacy of Rome Project is due this Thursday, our Back-to-School Night minimum day.

Need handouts?  Need another 5-4-3-2-1 worksheet?  Need the instructions for the Legacy of Rome Project?  It's all in the Digital File Cabinet.  Go to the top right corner of this website and click on the picture of a file cabinet.  It's all in there!


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