Society Projects!

A would like to express a heartfelt “Thank you!” to all the parents and “Elders” who visited and participated in our society displays yesterday. Additionally, I would like to congratulate all of the students for their originality, perseverance in the face of obstacles, and ingenuity.

I have made (a fairly feeble attempt at) a video, which showcases each students’ projects. For those who would like to see what our future in the hands of these children may look like, please take a look! Enjoy.

And some snapshots below as well…

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Weekly Update: Week of October 19, 2015

Overview this Week:
In Social Studies, we are ​are ​​finalizing the society project. We are continuing to apply collaborative skills such as leadership roles, task management, and delegation to help the teams achieve success. In English, students are wrapping up their ​expository essays which explain in detail one structure of their team’s new society: government, education, culture, or mapping. ​

Need to Know:
1. ​THURSDAY (10/22): Society project (display presentation) due
​- ​You can look over the instructions here.
– ​Invitation for parents to act on our “Committee of Elders” this Thursday here.
3. FRIDAY (10/23): Expository essays due
– This is the last day to edit the essay on google drive.

Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day
– Manage and complete tasks for project and essay (depending on student and group needs)

Homework over the break:
– None! Just relax, and hopefully find some time to read and rejuvenate!

Table Talk: 
– What goals do you have for improving in English and Social Studies?
– What have been your greatest strengths in this class so far?
– Wh​at have you learned about leadership and collaboration from the society project?
– What aspect or part of your society project are you most proud of?
​- What are you currently reading?​

Weekly Update: Week of October 12, 2015

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at parent-teacher conferences in the next two weeks! Thank you to those who have signed up!

Overview this Week:
In Social Studies, we are ​are ​​continuing with the society project. ​Last week, the student teams worked to brainstorm all the structures in their society, from core values, to government, to culture. We are discussing and using collaborative skills such as leadership roles, task management, and delegation to help the teams achieve success.
In English, each student will write one ​expository essay to explain in detail one structure of their team’s new society: government, education, culture, or mapping​. ​I will be guiding them through the writing process, from planning and drafting to revising and editing, in class.​

Need to Know:
1. YOU are INVITED to act as an “Elder” during the display of students’ society projects NEXT THURSDAY (10/22)
– More detailed invitation here.
2. ​Metacognitive Reading Assessment is Graded
​- ​grades are already in gradebook
– ​students who would like to redo a section should read a new story and redo the section they want to improve during tutorials this Tuesday or Thursday
– learning habits have also been updated
3. Supplies for the project should be brought in by THIS WEDNESDAY
– ​students have worked with their team to plan what supplies are needed and who is responsible for what
4. ​NEXT THURSDAY (10/22): Society project (display presentation) due
​- ​You can look over the instructions here.
5. NEXT FRIDAY (10/23): Expository essays due

Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice​)​

Table Talk: 
– ​What goals do you have for improving in English and Social Studies?
– What have been your greatest strengths in this class so far?
– What are your teams ideas so far for the society project?
– What will the topic of your expository essay be?
​- What are you currently reading?​

Weekly Update: Week of October 5, 2015

Overview this Week:
In Social Studies, we are ​beginning our much-anticipated culminating performance task: creating a society.​By tomorrow, all students will be put in groups of 3 or 4 and will work together to start planning a new society after a theoretical disaster. The challenge is for their ideas to result in a UTOPIA rather than a DYSTOPIA. You can look over the instructions here.
In English we are assessing metacognitive reading strategies this Thursday. For the assessment, students have chosen and read a short story, and will use this short story to apply all of the reading strategies we have practiced. After our assessment, we will also be supporting the social studies project through the writing of expository essays – each student will ultimately have one essay to write for their group: government, education, culture, or mapping. The students will plan the information together in their groups, but each individual will be responsible for the writing of one of the essays.

Need to Know:
1. Metacognitive Reading Assessment on Thursday
​- Students already have the short stories​ (and they are on google drive)
– Students may look back over the stories during the assessment, but may not use notes
2. Students’ FINAL Book Club grades 
​- will be entered by tomorrow into Gradebook ​(students will also get a rubric)
– the final grade is not exempt and is the culminating grade
3. NEXT Tuesday/Wednesday students will need to start bringing in supplies for the creation of their society projects – they will brainstorm what each person will need to contribute during class this week.

Homework this week:
– Read 30 minutes a day (student choice​)​
– ​Be ready for metacognitive assessment Thursday

Table Talk: 
– ​What are you going to read now that book club is done?
– What is the difference between narrative and expository writing? What are examples of each?
– What short story did you choose for your reading assessment?
– ​What ideas has your team developed so far for your “create a society” project?
– What role do you have for your project team (leader, time keeper, scribe, or spokesperson)? What responsibilities do you have because of this role?