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?