Thursday, November 2, 2017

Final Colonies Project

We read, listened to, watched, and learned a great deal of historical content over the last seven weeks.  Your job is to find examples of the following themes from what we've studied.  It can be as far back as Columbus and Spain, or as recent as all of the English colonies being finalized and settled.  

You are to have one example of each of the following themes:
Cooperation, Conflict, Interdependence, perspective, and migration.  After you come up with an example for each of those, you are to choose three more examples (pick any of the 5 themes you want).

Once you have your 8 examples of themes, you are to do one of the following:

Create a comic-strip-like poster with an image explaining your example and 1-2 sentences in the box written properly as a brief explanation of what is happening.


Write 8 paragraphs.  Each paragraph should be a detailed explanation of your example and why it applies to your theme (4-5 sentences long).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rubric for Colonial Narrative

Written Paper Language Arts Rubric  50 pts

Sentence Fluency
Writing is very difficult to follow; incomplete sentences, rambling, or awkward
The writing tends to be either choppy or rambling. Awkward constructions often force the reader to slow down or reread.
The writing tends to be mechanical rather than fluid. Occasional awkward constructions may force the reader to slow down or reread.
The writing flows; however, connections between phrases or sentences may be less than fluid. Sentence patterns are somewhat varied, contributing to ease in oral reading.
The writing has an effective flow and rhythm. Sentences show high degree of craftsmanship. Consistently strong and varied structure that makes expressive oral reading easy and enjoyable.
Demonstrates a lack of
command of
conventions: errors are
frequent and severe and
meaning is obscured
Demonstrates a partial
command of
conventions: frequent
errors in usage may
obscure meaning,
inconsistent use of
capitalization, etc
Demonstrates adequate
command of
conventions: some
errors in usage and
sentence formation
present nothing
systematic, adequate
use of punctuation, etc
Demonstrates solid
command of
conventions: minimal
errors in sentence
capitalization, spelling
Demonstrates exemplary
command of
conventions: few, if any
errors in sentence
formation, effective and
consistent use of
capitalization, spelling

Written Paper Social Studies Rubric  50 pts

Completeness of Content
Most topics were not addressed.
Role is minimally addressed, and most questions answered with  1 sentence about each.
Role is addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.
Role is fully addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.
Significant depth and devoid of errors.
Quality of Content
Most information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Minimal information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.
Most Information clearly relates to the main topic. It  provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.
All information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.
Significant depth and devoid of errors.

Final Colonial Narrative Assignment

Colonial Narrative Essay
You will research and develop an understanding of the role you have been assigned. Based off of what is discovered, you will construct a historical narrative with at least three fact based supporting details.
1) You will be assigned a role of a type of person in colonial society. a) Research and find answers to these questions for your narrative:
  • i)  What was daily life was like for your role?
  • ii)  What specific jobs/responsibilities did they have?
iii) Where did they fit into their community’s social structure?
2) Create a rough outline with your research and ideas BEFORE you start writing. a) Make sure you include at least three supporting facts with sources
  • 3)  Using what you’ve learned in class and in research you will write a first or third person narrative essay.
    • a)  You need to use factual dates from at least three reliable sources.
    • b)  You need to cite ALL sources in a bibliography.
  • 4)  You will be assessed on integrating your knowledge into a work of historical fiction and on conventions.
a) Remember to refer to the rubric as you are outlining, writing, and editing your narrative
Size 12 normal font
One to two pages 1.5 spaced
Approved internet sources are:
  • .edu, .org., .gov, or OR
  • mvstudentblog.wordpress under the RESEARCH/Colonial tab
A Bibliography is a list of the sources you use in your writing and is REQUIRED at the bottom of your paper.

• *Snap&Read or will help you create your MLA bibliographies

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Long Term Book Report/Review

Because I'm providing class time to read personal novels, there are some expectations that go along with the reading.  Please see below for a list of the expectations.  This is a project that you are to work on throughout the semester when you find yourself with time.  I will be providing specific check-in dates as the semester progresses.

Semester Book Review Project

This project will be completed mostly OUTSIDE of the classroom. You will be given time to read in class, but the bulk of this assignment is to be completed on your own. Let me know if you need help or support and I will be happy to offer guidance or assistance.

Projects are due Friday, January 19th by the end of the day.

Student must include:
1.     Introduction of the story
2.     Summary of the story
3.     Book Details: Character analysis (At least three characters)
4.     Book Details: Plot, Conflict, Theme, Genre
5.     Reading elements support and identification
6.     Evaluation and rating
There will be a final presentation of your finished products.

How this information is delivered is up to YOU!! Here are some ideas:
·      A classic book report, all in writing and utilizing graphic organizers provided
·      A book trailer/video
·      A visual book sandwich
·      A scrapbook
·      A windmill/mobile
·      A poster board
·      A board game board
·      A new book jacket
·      A comic of the story
·      Write an interview between yourself and the protagonist
·      A detailed and illustrated timeline of the story
·      A children’s picture book version of your story
·      A slide/digital presentation
·      Or, come up with an idea all your own!

Not sure what to include? Here is a section from with some suggestions.

Introductory Paragraph
Most book reports begin with the basic information about the book: the book’s title, author, genre, and publication information (publisher, number of pages, and year published). The opening paragraph is also your opportunity to build interest by mentioning any unusual facts or circumstances about the writing of the book or noteworthy credentials of the author. Was the book a bestseller? Is the author a well-known authority on the subject? Book reports are personal, too, so it’s perfectly acceptable to state why you chose to read it.

What’s the Book About?
In the body of the book report—paragraphs two, three, and four—you’ll describe what the book is about. This is your chance to show you’ve read and understood the book. Assuming you’ve read a fiction book, below are helpful writing tips:

Summary: Start this paragraph by writing an overview of the story, including its setting, time period, main characters, and plot. Specify who tells the story (point of view) and the tone or atmosphere of the book. Is it a creepy tale of suspense or a lighthearted adventure?

Character Details: 
In this paragraph, describe the main characters and identify the major conflict or problem the main characters are trying to solve. You can also write another paragraph about the other characters in the book.
*You should include introductions and analysis of at least three characters in your book.

Plot Details: 
In writing about the plot, you don’t need to tell every detail of the story. Instead, focus on the main sequence of events. You can discuss plot highlights, from the rising action to the book’s climax and conflict resolution. Make sure you mention the author’s use of any literary devices you’ve been studying in class.

Book Reports on Non-fiction
If you are writing a book report on a biography or other factual text, you’ll want to devote the body of your book report to a description of the book’s subject and the author’s points of view. Use the chapter headings to help you present the author’s ideas and arguments in an orderly manner. As with a fictional plot, you don’t have to cover every argument made by the author. Instead, choose the main ideas and the ones most interesting to you. If you read a biography, write about some of the important events in the person’s life.

Personal Evaluation and Conclusion
You’ll like writing the final paragraph because it is here that you’ll be able to offer your own critique of the book. What are the book’s strengths and weaknesses? Did the book hold your interest? What did you learn from the book? If you read a work of fiction, how did the book affect you? If you read non-fiction, were you swayed by the author’s arguments? Try to be balanced in your opinions, and support your statements with examples from the book. Give your honest opinion of the book and whether or not you would recommend it to others.