Weekly Update: Week of May 3, 2016

Overview this week:

In Social Studies, we are continuing our study of the Materials Economy, this week focusing on the relationships between distribution, consumption, and disposal. We are working our way toward an interdisciplinary project at the end of the year in which students write and perform a TED talk-style speech about how a specific ecosystem is impacted by the Materials Economy. In English, students are brainstorming and researching information for a speech they will write about a favorite book or genre from the semester. Meanwhile, students are still meeting with me individually​ for their compare and contrast reading conference.


Need to Know:

1. Students are still working on their Genre Reading Goals for the month of May.

– Completing an  entry form for each book they read toward this goal.

2. Grades in Power School have been updated for both English and Social Studies.

3. Summer Book Checkout time will be given to students NEXT Wednesday 5/11.

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT for tips and information.

4. Quiz NEXT Thursday 5/12 (Walker HB) and Friday 5/13 (McKnight HB) on the Materials Economy.

– We will review in class next week.

5. Genre Wheel Persuasive Speeches will begin the week of May 23rd.


Homework this week:

​1. ​Read a minimum of ​20-​30 minutes a day

​​​2. Genre Wheel Entries (for finished books)


Table Talk:

– What are the stages of the Materials Economy?

– What makes a decision “sustainable”?

– What do you need to accomplish during your last month (May) of the genre wheel goal?

– What are you currently reading?

– What genre will you read next?

– D​o you need a book recommendation?

What will you read over the summer?

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