Welcome to 7th & 8th Grade ELA & Social Studies!
I grew up in small community in Montana on the Matter family farm with my parents and two sisters. After graduating high school, I ventured to North Dakota to attend college. I graduated from Dickinson State University with a Bachelors in Education, a Minor in Psychology, with a Concentration in Reading. Then I was off to the great state of Nevada. For the past thirteen years, I have had the privilege of working at Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School as the Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Wow, how time flies! In 2016 I graduated with my Master’s of Education in Learning Design and Technology. Truly learning never stops!
Thank you for choosing SNACS and for your continued support!
Kamra Kay – firstname.lastname@example.org
Urban Air Waiver – 2nd Quarter AR Field Trip
“ALL FAMILIES must log-on to their website,www.
Middle School parents, please do this before Monday’s trip!”
Digital School Day 12/5/18
7th Grade English Language Arts – Log onto your Pearson account and read All Together Now & The Real Story of a Cowboy’s Life, then answer the following Sidebars and Critical Thinking questions – SB & CT – All Together Now – p.495 Spiral Review and Fact & Opinion,#4 CT, The Real Story of a Cowboy’s Life – p.511 Fact and Opinion, p.512 Word Choice and #1 CT. These need to be turned in by the end of the week – Skill Worksheets are also due on Friday the 7th.
*Read AR – 100% is due December 14th, work on your published book due date ask Homeroom Teacher
7th Grade Social Studies – work on your DBQ packet – hook through Document D – due on the 14th of December
8th Grade English Language Arts – Log onto your Pearson account and read The Trouble with Television & American Dream, then answer the following Sidebars and Critical Thinking questions – SB & CT see Agenda for question that are assigned. These need to be turned in by the end of the week – Skill Worksheets are also due on Friday the 7th.
*Read AR – 100% is due December 14th, work on your published book due December 6th with Published Book order form and Self & Parent Evaluation
8th Grade Social Studies – work on your DBQ packet – hook through Document D – due on the 14th of December
If you have any questions please contact me via Remind.
2018-2019 Middle School Supply Letter
Week of 12/3 – 7A & 7B – All Together Now & The Real Story of a Cowboy’s Life – Reading Skill: Classifying Fact and Opinion, Literary Analysis: Persuasive Essay & Word Choice/Diction, Word Study Skills: Latin root -vers- means “to turn” & Latin root -leg- means “low”, Conventions: Subjects and Predicates & Compound Subjects and Predicates
Week of 12/10 – 7A & 7B – Reading for Information – Analyzing Functional Texts & Comparing Literature – Comparing Humor – Alligator & The Cremation of Sam McGee
Week of 12/17 – 7A & 7B – 2 Bingo Cards for Unit 3, Social Studies DBQ
Week of 12/3 – The Trouble with Television & American Dream – Reading Skill: Fact and Opinion, Literary Analysis: Types of Appeals & Word Choice, Word Study Skills: Latin root -pass- means “to suffer” or “to endure” & Latin prefix -vad- means “to go”, Conventions: Conjunctions & Prepositions
Week of 12/10 – Reading for Information: Analyze Propositions and Support – Comparing Tone – Emancipation from Lincoln: A Photobiography & Brown vs. Board of Education
Week of 12/17 – 2 Bingo Cards for Unit 3, Social Studies DBQ
Weekly Homework Schedule (subject to change)
Mon. – read 2nd selection independently, start to work on Sidebar questions & Critical
Tues. – Quiz on Reading Check questions
Wed. – Sidebar Questions & Critical Thinking due
Thurs. – Reading selection test
AR (Accelerated Reader) – Read 30 min./night
Published Book Drafting to publishing
**Skill and Vocabulary Worksheets – will be completed in class and handed in by Friday
Pearson Literature Choice Schedule
Must Do Choice Centers
•Monday – introduce Reading, Literacy & Word Study Skill, Writing about the Big Question, Vocabulary, Conventions & Skill worksheets
•Tuesday – author/background info., whole group reading of 2nd selection, work on
Sidebar Questions & Critical Thinking
•Wednesday – group discussion of Sidebar Questions & Critical Thinking,
Test Preparation, discuss Skill worksheets & Writing Workshop
•Thursday – selection test & completion of Writing Workshop
•Friday – Review Exam, Writer’s Conference & DBQ packet
English Language Arts Choice Board Options (Completed Weekly)
Must Do’s (Complete all if applicable)
Pearson Literature Textbook assignment -Sidebars Questions & Critical Thinkinh
DBQ – Social Studies
Published Book – drafting
Can Do’s (Choice Centers)
Literature – Picture Response
Informational Text – Calligraphy
Writing – Revision
Language – Word of the Day
Legos – Building definitions for weekly vocabulary words
Technology – Smart Board – 5-Minute Proofreading Practice
Computer – Published Books due December 3rd
Figurative Language & Elements of Literature
IPad – Scrabble/ DuoLingo
Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School – snacs.org
Online ELA and Science HW and much, much more – pearsonsuccessnet.com
Student Treasures Published Books – onlinepublishing.studentreasures.com
Math homework (Digits) – mymathuniverse.com/digits
Infinite Campus – student & parent portal –washoecountyschools.org
Common Core State Standards and parent resources – corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/
Check AR Goal – hosted117.renlearn.com/1074851/HomeConnect
Weekly announcements – remind.com
AR Books – arbookfind.com
Practice AR quizzes –bookadventure.com
8th Grade Book Orders (Class Activation Code – GMTFP) – clubs2.scholastic.com
What is a DBQ (Document Based Question)?
Collection of primary and secondary sources
Often highlighting multiple perspectives
Used to answer an overarching historical question
Includes writing and discussion
History SS.6-8.EUSH.13. Investigate the factors that shaped group and national identity in early U.S. history, in relation to views of American identity today. SS.6-8.EUSH.21. Evaluate the use of conflict and diplomacy in international relations from a U.S. perspective. SS.6-8.EUSH.22. Investigate the causes, impacts, and attitudes towards conflict and war from various points of view throughout early U.S. history. French and Indian War Loyalist v. Patriots American aid from France, Spain, Prussia, Netherlands Guerilla Warfare Treaty of Paris DBQ • Valley Forge; would you have quit? Project TAHOE • March 5th 1770 Massacre or Mob (Discussion 8, 9) • Was the Stamp Act fair (Discussion 8, 9) • Patrick Henry: Give Liberty or Give Me Death (Close Read) • Thomas Paine and African Slavery (Close Read) • Crevecoeur What is an American (Close Read) • Analyzing the Declaration of Independence (Argumentative Writing 6) • The Boston Massacre: Were the British Soldiers Justified (DBQ 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) • What were the reasons colonists rebelled against the King in 1776 (DBQ 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) • Footsteps to the Revolution (Evidence Ranking 6) C3 Inquiries • Was the American Revolution avoidable? (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) Simulation • Mission 1: For Crown or Colony? (4) Multi-Cultural SS.6-8.EUSH.24. Analyze the ways in which dominant cultures have oppressed groups through institutionalized discrimination within U.S. history. Role of Women Slavery Issues Civics SS.6-8.EUSH.32. Analyze the expansion of representative government throughout early U.S. history. Continental Congress “Common Sense” Declaration of Independence Geography SS.6-8.EUSH.39. Explain how global circumstances affect changes in immigration, land use, and population distribution in various regions across early U.S history. Disputes over land use Economics SS.6-8.EUSH.42. Assess the state of the early U.S. economy based on trade, resources, labor, monetary system, and other factors. SS.6-8.EUSH.43. Investigate the effects of U.S. foreign economic policy both nationally and globally across early U.S. history. Taxation Boycotts British Blockade.
SS.6-8.WGGS.14. Describe the factors that shape identity – including institutions, religion, language, social class, geography, culture, and society. SS.6-8.WGGS.16. Investigate cultural developments within and across human societies with attention to belief systems, philosophies, ideologies, and the arts. SS.6-8.WGGS.17. Analyze the impact of technological developments on events, peoples, and cultures across the world. Assimilation Chinese Exclusion Act Company Towns Capitalism Captains of Industry Corporations Gilded Age Immigration Industrialization Labor Reforms Laissez-Faire (Deregulation) Poverty Progressivism Push and Pull Factors Racism Regulation Robber Barons The Jungle Unions Urbanization Vertical Integration Women’s Suffrage DBQ Project: The Philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie: Did it make him a hero? (2, 4) Progressivism: Where will you put your million dollars? (2, 4) Project Tahoe: Robber barons or captains of industry? (Seminar Discussion 4, 6) The Jungle (Close Read 2) Hyphenated Americanism (Close Read 2) Declaration of Sentiments (Close Read 2) Why was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 a disaster of epic proportions and how did it create changes in law? (DBQ 4, 6) Indian Boarding Schools: Tools of Forced Assimilation? (DBQ and Controversial Issue 6, 7, 10) Women’s Suffrage (Textbook Lesson 4, 6) Were Industrialists Good for America? (Discussion Lesson 8, 9) SHEG: The Homestead Strike (Close Read 2) Albert Parsons (SAC) Pullman Strike (Close Read 2) Political Bosses (Close Read 2) Jacob Riis (DBQ 2, 4) Settlement House (SAC 2, 6, 7, 9) Japanese Segregation in San Francisco (DBQ 2, 4) Booker T Washington v. W.E.B. Dubois (DBQ 4, 6) Background On Woman Suffrage (Discussion 7, 9) Anti-Suffragists (Close Read 2) C3 Inquiries: The Gilded Age: Is Greed Good? (Creating a Claim 1, 3) CommonLit: Code-Switching to Assimilate Multi-Cultural SS.6-8.WGGS.20. Explore instances of oppression in the modern world as well as individual and group resistance movements for social justice which have developed in response. SS.6-8.WGGS.22. Discuss the contributions of racially and ethnically diverse leaders to the advancement of communities and nations around the world. Civics SS.6-8.WGGS.24. Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives. Geography SS.6-8.WGGS.27. Utilize and construct maps, charts, and other geographic representations to explain and analyze regional, environmental, and cultural characteristics in various places around the world. SS.6-8.WGGS.28. Analyze and explain the cultural, physical, and environmental characteristics of places and regions and how these affect the lives of the people who live there. SS.6-8.WGGS.29. Explain how changes in transportation, communication, and technology influence the movement of people, goods and ideas. SS.6-8.WGGS.30. Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular areas. Economics SS.6-8.WGGS.32. Explain how supply and demand, costs and competition influence market prices, wages, social, and environmental outcomes. SS.6-8.WGGS.34. Assess the economies of various nations based on trade, resources, labor, monetary systems, and other factors.
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2nd Quarter – AR Dates
25% – 10/23
50% – 11/9
75% – 11/29
100% – 12/14
8th Graders who reached 100% of their AR Goal in the 1st Quarter
12/5 – Digital School Day
12/14 – 100% of AR Goal
12/17 – 6th – 8th Grade 2nd Quarter AR Field Trip to Urban Air
12/20 – 1/2 Day Dismissal @ 11:15
12/21 – No School – Full Day Professional Development Day
12/21 – 1/11 – No School – Winter Break
12/21 – 1/11 – No School – Winter Break
12/14 – First Day back form Winter Break
1/21 – No School – Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
1/31 & 2/1 – 1/2 Day – Dismissal @ 11:15 – Parent Teacher Conferences