Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Q2 Exam - 12/17/2014

to begin the exam.

When you finish your Q2 Exam today, you may:
  • Sit quietly at your desk while other students finish their exams. This gives everyone an opportunity to do their best with few distractions.
  • Do work or study for another class.
  • Work on Above and Beyond work for this class (coding, typing test, etc).
  • Read a book.
  • If you would like to listen to music from Mr. Ippolito's History of Music, Volume 1 Playlist, you may take out your own headphones or earbuds to plug into your Chromebook. You may not listen to your own personal music at this time. Remember to please keep the volume at a reasonable level so that you are the only one who can hear your music. You can find that playlist HERE.
  • CHROMEBOOK CAPTAINS: In order to receive credit for the work you have done this quarter, please complete this form HERE.
  • Students taking the History of Music Listening Exam tomorrow at lunch are reminded that your one-pager is due TODAY.
  • All Above and Beyond Tracker forms are due tomorrow.
  • Please sign the poster for Ms. Stauch and her mom located on the table in the southwest corner of our classroom.

Monday, December 15, 2014

This week in Mr. Ippolito's class - 12/15/2014

MONDAY, 12/15
  • History of Music preview
  • Check your grade in Infinite Campus
  • All Above and Beyond presentations all due today (place your name on the board if you are giving any kind of presentation)
  • Re-takes at lunch and after school
  • HOMEWORK: Study for Final Exam

TUESDAY, 12/16
  • Last day for retakes (lunch)
  • Quick Gmail tutorial - Keeping your Inbox clean
  • Kahoot review
  • Medieval Times forms due
  • HOMEWORK: Study for Final Exam

  • Q2 Final Exam
  • "History of Music" write-up due; you must turn this in to take the test on Thursday
  • HOMEWORK: Be kind to others.

  • "History of Music" test at lunch
  • 20 Hours of Code--last day to show proof of completion
  • Typing Test--last day to show proof of completion
  • HOMEWORK: Have a great Winter Break!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bye Mr. Carranza! - Dec. 12, 2014

I. Test Prep (Check Infinite Campus: if any scores are less than a 3, you should be retaking that part of the test)

1. Africa: See handouts/textbook

2. Ancient China: See handout

3. Genghis Khan: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/genghis_khan.php

4. Kublai Khan: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/world_leaders/kublai_khan.php

5. Ming Dynasty: http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/ming_dynasty.php

6. CNN Student News: http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/ (Nov. 24th, 2014)

- You can also check the Awesome Learning Guide

II. Retake Exam

III. CNN Student News

Model United Nations

We just got this information yesterday afternoon, so it's too late for the December 11 information meeting. However, the January 20 meeting will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about this program. There will be opportunities for multiple Above and Beyond credits for this activity during both the 3rd and 4th quarters, so please see Mr. Ippolito if you're interested. You can download a PDF copy of this flyer by CLICKING HERE.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Samurai - Dec. 11, 2014

I. New Social Order Review

1. The Fujiwara clan control the emperor.
2. The Taira and the Minamoto create their own armies and attack the Fujiwara.
3. The Taira and the Minamoto defeat the Fujiwara and then turn on themselves.
4. The Minamoto are victorious and Yoritomo becomes the first Shogun
5. Life under the Shoguns was lawless and violent.
6. Daimyos (land-owning lords) protected the people in exchange for labor.  (Feudalism)
7. Daimyos created armies made up of Samurai (those who serve) to protect the people. 

II. Bokken Demo

III.  Practice note taking (Videos: "The Last Samurai" and "The Way of the Samurai")
Homework: Study for test retake tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

After-school tutorial sessions being offered for Mr. Ippolito's history class

Dear parent/guardian,

As we approach the end of the quarter, I am so pleased to see all the students who are learning and re-learning key concepts to improve their grade and increase their understanding of history. This is the main reason why I use Standards-Based Grading: so students can learn and (if necessary) re-learn each concept, each standard, until they get it. I offer re-takes nearly every day at lunch in my classroom, but because we are nearly at the end of the quarter, those chances are running out. The last day for students to re-take any of the Quarter Two Standards in my class will be Tuesday, 12/16.

I am offering two after-school opportunities, called Mastery Days, tomorrow (12/11) and next Monday, 12/15, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Student tutors and I will be working in small groups and one-on-one to help students master these key concepts. Here is the flyer I posted on my website and in my classroom.
Please take a moment to review Infinite Campus with your child so that you both understand which standards have already been met, and which can use improvement. Whenever a student re-takes a standard, I provide comments so that both parent and student can understand whether or not progress has been made.

Thank you for your time and your support.

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

Improve Your Grade With Mastery Days

Unification to a new socal order: Japanese feudalism - 12/10/2014

I.  Review Prince Shotoku's relevance to current events.
-An education helps us be informed so we can make better decisions for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country.  (Teach how to think!)

II.  Annotate handout on the new social order.

III. CNN Student News

Homework: Read pgs 332-333 in the textbook


  • Mastery Days - tomorrow and next Monday, 2:15 to 3:30pm
  • The LAST in-class re-take of the quarter will be this FRIDAY, 12/12

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Prince Shotoku unites the clans - Dec 9, 2014

I. Google Slides presentation: Review! 

1. Japan is an mountainous and volcanic archipelago (chain of islands) with very limited farming land.  The lack of resources and clan like system of living (a close knit group of families) led to a lot of clan warfare.  Clash of Clans! (Chap 12 Sect 1)

2. Eventually, one of these clans, the Yamato clan, under Prince Shotoku, managed to unify Japan for the first time. He was not the emperor, he was a regent, or governor, for his aunt who was too young to lead.  (Chap 12 Sect 2)

II. Annotating Lecture Study Skill

1.  Prince Shotoku uses Buddhism as a way to unite Japan.
2.  Prince Shotoku creates a constitution based on Confucian ideas

III. CNN Student News

Homework: Read pg 331

Monday, December 8, 2014

Current Events with Newsela - 12/8/2014

"A new Civil Rights Era taking place" is just one of the articles you can choose to read on Newsela.com

1. Grades will be updated today in Infinite Campus

2. Congratulations to our Fantasy Geopolitics Winners - Claim your prize!
3. Learning current events with Newsela
  • Log into Newsela at http://www.newsela.com
  • Create a Newsela account using your Google account
  • Use the class code A6GEDP to sign up for Mr. Ippolito's class
  • Read one of the three articles I have selected for you and take the quiz
    • The New Civil Rights movement
    • Water in California
    • Malala wins the Nobel Peace Prize
4. Turn in your Medieval Times Interest Form
5. MASTERY DAYS - this Thursday and next Monday

HW: Get your Medieval Times form signed and continue checking Infinite Campus to stay on top of ALL your grades

Friday, December 5, 2014

Test Re-Take Day and CNN Student News - 12/5/2014


I. Test Retake. 

CLICK HERE for the Africa Re-Take.
CLICK HERE for the China/Mongols Re-Take.

II. CNN Student News

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Japan - Prince Shotoku - Dec. 3, 2014


I. Review Homework.  
 How did Japan's geography help shape its history?

II. The Yamato Clan
Clash of Clans - Prince Shotoku
Japan unified - Religion and Government 

IV. Bubble map graphic organizer
What is are some of the main points that the author is trying to say about prince Shotoku?

Homework: Read Chap. 12 Sect. 2, on page 326-327.  Finishing annotating headings: 

1. Prince Shotoku Unites Japan
2. Support for Buddhism
3. Borrowing from China

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Annotating Text - Dec. 2, 2014

I. Teaching how to annotate

C. Circle unfamiliar words
U. Underline key concepts 
S. Summarize chunks in 10 words or less

II. Practice annotating

III. CNN Student News 

Homework: Read Chap. 12 Sect 1 in your textbooks. Finish annotating handouts.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December from Mr. Ippolito!

Here are some important dates to note for December:

Friday, December 5 - Last Day to Submit Above and Beyond Proposals
Friday, December 5 - In-Class Re-take for both AFRICA and CHINA/MONGOLS

Wednesday, December 10 - History of Music Listening Test

Monday, December 15 - All Above and Beyond Projects Due
Tuesday, December 16 - Last Day for All Test Re-Takes
Wednesday, December 17 - Q2 Final Exam

Population Density and Japan - Dec. 1, 2014

I. Introducing population and population density.  What are they?

II. Population Density demonstration

III. Defining population density: The number of people living in an area (per square mile)

IV. What problems arise with over population?  

 Homework: Introducing Japan.  A mountainous archipelago with many volcanoes.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of living on an island?  How does this connect with over population?

HW: Based on what you have learned today about population density, what are the advantages and disadvantages of living on an island?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! - Nov. 26, 2014

 I. Presentations

II. CNN Student News

III. Thank you Wednesday

IV. Brain Pop: Thanksgiving

(F Period: Test Retake)

Homework: Have fun! Eat lots of good food!

Monday, November 24, 2014

China/Mongols Exam - Nov. 24, 2014

I. Prepare for exam

II. China/Mongol exam - CLICK HERE when instructed to do so

If you finish early get out a book to read or work on above and beyond projects

Homework: C-period, turn in video release forms

China/Mongol Review - Nov. 24, 2014

I. Kahoot! Review

II. CNN Student News


-Topics: Natural disasters, Black Friday, and U.S. Marine.  
-Essential Question: What makes a hero? What do heroes look like? How do individuals transition from ordinary to extraordinary?  What does our culture say about heroes?

Homework: Study for unit test tomorrow!  (C period-turn in video release forms) 

What's going to be on the test?
1. Ancient China: Everything on the study guide on Ancient China is fair game.

2. The Mongols: Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, and The Ming Dynasty.  Everything on these websites are fair game.  

3. CNN Student News:  We will also have questions on current events found on CNN student news that we covered in class which includes Nov. 24, 2014 and Nov. 21, 2014.  The website is listed above.

-The Test will have some multiple choice and some short answer questions.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Can my child really "hack" their grade?

Dear parent/guardian,

Recently, some students on our team have been convincing other students (and perhaps their parents as well) that their grades are higher than they really are. They have been doing this by supposedly "hacking" into Infinite Campus and changing their grades in one or more classes.

Can students really hack into Infinite Campus? No, but with a little technology knowledge, they can give the appearance that they have. They could even fool a parent or guardian into thinking that any website (including the grade portal in Infinite Campus) says something different than what it really does. Check out this demo here: http://youtu.be/RWHAKM3Yyx0

Some kids have learned this trick, so parents should know the counter-trick: CTRL-R. That's how you refresh a webpage. If you're ever suspicious of a website, grade page, or anything your child is showing you online, simply Refresh the page. Or you can close the page they are showing you and log in yourself (or have them log in with you watching). This "hack" is only temporary, and disappears as soon as you close or refresh that browser window.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. Have a great weekend, and a great Thanksgiving holiday next week!

All the best,
Mr. Ippolito

Presentations and CNN Student News - Nov. 21, 2014

I. Announcements by Mr. Ippolito

II. Finish presentations

III. CNN Student News

IV. Population Density Exercise

Homework: Study for unit exam!

(Unit exam will be on Tuesday November 25, 2014.  The exam will cover ancient China and the Mongols) 

C Period: Return Release forms for Monday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mongol Presentations - Nov. 20, 2014

I. Introduce handout

II. Mongol Presentations

Homework: Watch trebuchet video

Want to know what a trebuchet is? Check this out:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Art in the Time of Confucius - 11/19/2014

1. Celly refresher - getting messages from Mr. Ippolito
  • Text the word @TitanHistory to the phone number 23559
  • Mr. Ippolito sends important reminders and messages from time to time; I will send a message out sometime today between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and would love your response!
2. Art in the Time of Confucius
  • Handout and slideshow

3. Take 5-7 minutes to make any final preparations for your Mongols Presentation (Ming Dynasty, Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan)
    4. Infinite Campus - Make sure you continue to monitor your grades this week as we approach the quarter progress report.

    • Make sure you are ready to give an OUTSTANDING Mongols presentation.
    • Please make sure you share it with Mr. Ippolito in Google Drive. Share it with "Ron Ippolito" at rippolito@hartdistrict.org.
    • Know your words; you should not simply be reading from the screen. You should NOT face the screen while you present. Present to your audience.
    • Make sure the text on each slide is easy to read.
    • Understand the answer to your essential question. Be prepared for Mr. Ippolito to ask any student in the group about the essential question.
    • Smile. Presenting to a group is easier when you smile. You will feel more confident, and your audience responds to you more positively.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    The Mongol Empire - 11/18/2014

    1. Collect homework from last night
    2. Take out your paper notes from your research on your "Mongols Presentation"
    3. Infinite Campus - this is the last week before the 15-week progress report. It is important that you stay on top of your grades in ALL classes. I will walk around today to verify that you can successfully log in to Infinite Campus, and provide help for those students who cannot. To make things easier for both of us, please open up a separate tab (CTRL-T) and have yourself already logged in to Infinite Campus so I can quickly check when I come to your table group. You can quickly toggle from one tab to another with CTRL-TAB. When I am finished checking your table, you can close your Infinite Campus tab with CTRL-W.

    • Finish your Mongols presentation, and be ready to present starting tomorrow. Please note that this presentation may be used as an assessment, meaning a successful presentation can earn you credit for having met your particular standard.
    • Support your team! Sell Popcornopolis!

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    China Presentation Intro - Nov 17, 2014

    I. Kahoots!

    II. Google Slides (Share with group and Mr. Carranza)

    III. Presentation Requirements:

    1. Students will have 2 or more slides
    2. All questions and answers must be on the slides
    3. All questions must be answered
    4. The essential question is the most important question
    5. All students must speak during the presentation
    6. Make sure it is well organized
    7. Be creative and if you would like to go beyond the questions, please do so!
    8. Each group will have 4 minutes to present.  
    9. Practice your presentation

    (Mr. Carranza will come around to help out with organization and essential question)

    Homework: On a piece of paper, answer these questions: explain what the Silk Road was and how it contributed to the sharing of Chinese and European ideas, technology, and goods.  What did they trade and how did they travel?  This will be collected tomorrow

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Africa Exam - Multiple Choice Re-take

    Do you need to do the re-take for the MULTIPLE CHOICE questions (African geography)?

    When Mr. Ippolito instructions you to do so

    China Study Guide - Nov. 14

    China Study Guide! Test on Monday November 17, 2014!


    1. Who was Buddha?
    -A sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

    2. What did Buddhists in China believe?
    -The Chinese believed in Zen Buddhism which emphasizes meditation and experience to reach perfect wisdom.

    3. What country did Buddhism come from?

    4. Approximately what year did Buddhism come to China?
    -500 C.E. (A.D.- the paper handout says BCE but this is a typo.  The correct answer is 500 C.E.)

    5. How did Buddhism come to China?
    -Traders coming along the Silk Road

    6. What is a meritocracy?
    -An elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth.

    7. How did meritocracy change the hierarchal order in ancient China?
    -People from the lower classes could become government officials.

    8. Under which dynasty did meritocracy begin to flourish?
    -Song dynasty

    9. Explain what the exams the candidates for public office would look like. 
    -They wrote essays and poems.  They answered questions about political and social problems based on Confucian ideas.

    10. The ancient Chinese government was run by officials whose qualifications were based on education and talent.  Who established this idea?


     13. What was the Silk Road?
    -A trade route from China to Europe

    14. Why was it so important?
    -It generated trade and commerce between a number of different kingdoms/empires.  It helped spread ideas, culture, inventions, technology and other products around the world.

    15. What did they trade on the Silk Road?
    -Silk, tea, spices, silver, gold, ivory

    16. How did they travel?
    -Caravans of camels escorted by guards.

    17. What technological advances did China share with the world?
     -Metal casting, compass, paper, gunpowder, silk

     16. Why did the Chinese develop martial arts?
    -War, hunting, raise soldier morale

    17. Who practiced martial arts?
    -Soldiers, hunters, and eventually monks

    18. What character traits did the ancient Chinese value?
    -Wisdom, patience, and hard work.

    19. Why did the ancient Chinese tell myths, stories, or idioms?
    -To teach a lesson, to entertain.

    20. What was the name of the books Confucius's students wrote based on Confucius's teachings?
    -The Analects


    Retake and Presentation Research - Nov. 14, 2014

    I. Africa Unit Retake

    II. Fantasy Geopolitics

    III. Finish Presentation Research (Goal: Research should be finished by today!)

    *Genghis Khan Questions:
    1. What was Genghis Khan's real name?
    2. What year was Genghis Khan born?  What year did he die?
    3. What does Genghis Khan mean?
    4. After marrying Borte, why did Genghis Khan have to return to his father's tribe? What did he find when he got there?
    5. Why did the other tribe leaders join Genghis Khan?
    6. What made Genghis Khan's armies so powerful?  (Describe their military tactics)
    7. What year did Genghis Khan invade and conquer northern China?
    8.  What do you think, "Conquering the world is easy, it is dismounting and governing that is hard" mean?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy left behind by Genghis Khan


    *Kublai Khan Questions:
    1. What year was Kublai born?  What year did he die?
    2. What experiences in Kublai's childhood would help him become a powerful war leader?
    3. What dynasty ruled southern China when Kublai Khan invaded?
    4.  What was the capital city of the Yuan Dynasty?
    5. Why did Kublai stop invading China after his brother, Mongke died?
    6. What weapon did the Mongols use to defeat the Song?  Where did they get it from?
    7. Describe 3 ways Kublai Khan remained in power of the Yuan dynasty.
    8. Who was Marco Polo and what was his relationship with Kublai Khan? (Click on the link and scroll down to the paragraph that talks about the relationship between Marco Polo and the Silk Road)

    Essential Question:  How did the relationship between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan affect the world? (hint: the Silk Road)


    *The Ming Dynasty
    1.What ancient enemy of China set up the Yuan dynasty that ruled before the Ming took over?
    2. How did the Ming dynasty begin?
    3. Who was the first ruler of the Ming dynasty?
    4. List 3 great projects the Ming worked on and describe them.
    5. What was the Jinyi Wei? Who established them and why?
    6. Who was Zeng He and why was he important to the Ming?  (Click on the link)  Where did he travel and what did he bring back?
    7. The first traders from Europe arrived in China during the Ming Dynasty.  What country were they from?
    8. What type of blue and white art was the Ming Dynasty famous for?

    Essential Question: What was the legacy of the Ming Dynasty?


    IV. Watch Google Slides Video
    -If you have completed the presentation research.  Everyone in your group must have completed their work before watching the video.

    V. Begin Presentation
    -If you have watched the video

    Homework: Study for Monday's quiz!