May 23 – 27

This week in Social Studies we will wrap our discussion on Human Rights.  This will prepare them for the fishbowl discussion that they will have in English.

Lesson 1 – We will look at article 26 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights: Education.  The students will see some statistics about education (primarily in Africa) and then will read one of four articles relating to education in Africa.  The students will then share their information about their article with students who read the articles in a jigsaw activity so all students will have the important points of each article.

Lesson 2 – To start off the lesson the students will take a technology survey for grade 7.  Then we will have a discussion about the articles the students read in the previous class.  This will be followed by another practice discussion using persuasive language about the benefits of education and healthcare being a human right.  Then we will make a relationship brainframe that will put on paper all the facts and concepts we have discussed while highlighting the 4 human rights we discussed in both English and Social Studies.

Lesson 3 – As always, we will start lesson 3 with a kahoot of the week’s current events.  We will then make a categorizing brainframe about the human right that the students have been assigned to discuss in English.  This brainframe will be an organized way for the students to get their talking points on paper for the fishbowl discussion.

*All reassessments must be completed by Friday so I can have time to grade them and put them into Powerschool as well as take that into consideration while I write report card comments.  Thank you for understanding that this is a long process and students should not have waited until the very end of the semester to reassess.

May 16 – 20

This is our first full week in quite some time, I hope everyone is up for it.  This week we will be looking at very specific articles from the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  There will be a total of 4 different articles that we focus on in both Social Studies and English and the students will use the information that they learn for the final performance task of the year, a debate.

Lesson 1 – This first lesson will look at slavery and article 4 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  Students will do a true/false activity about some facts, watch a video clip about slavery in Mauritania, and then read a couple of articles about slavery around the world.

Lesson 2 – The second lesson will look at refugees and article 14 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  Students will answer a question on padlet, view a presentation, watch a couple short video clips and do a wrap activity to see statistics of refugees around the world.

Lesson 3 – We will start the lesson with a weekly Kahoot quiz about current events.  Then, students will use there knowledge from the first two case studies that we have looked at to answer some questions.  They will be using persuasive language including stating an argument and backing that argument up with facts.  This will be great practice for the kind of language they will then have to use in the debate.

May 10 – 13

This week students will finish up their essays and then shift their focus to the next half of the unit: Human Rights.

Lesson 1 – All students will create a telling brainframe about other factors that need to be considered when redrawing the borders of Africa.  They will discuss as a class different things such as resources, current government and population as different factors that would need to be considered if redrawing the borders.

Lesson 2 – Students will have their first look at at Human Rights.  We will go into the history of the UN Human Rights Declaration, countries that support human rights treaties and then start to refocus on Africa and different human rights violations that are occurring there.

*Blocks A & C will also have their Kahoot, current events quiz lesson 2 since they do not have a lesson 3 this week.

Lesson 3 (F, G & H) – We will start the lesson with the weekly current events quiz.  After the quiz, we will wrap up any questions from the previous day’s presentation about the introduction to Human Rights and then well start talking about a specific Human Rights area having to do with Sudan.

May 3 – 6

I hope everyone had a great 4-day weekend!  We have a short week this week which means some blocks will have fewer classes.

Lesson 1 (A, C, F) These classes will start the week with a mini lesson on in-text citation that will help them to complete their persuasive essay that is the assessment for both English and Social Studies.  They will be persuading the reader about how their redrawn map of Africa will better at avoiding conflict than the current political map of Africa.

Lesson 1 (G & H) – These two classes only had one lesson last week so their first lesson will be time for them to complete their new map of Africa.  It needs to be photographed and uploaded to Google Classroom before the end of the lesson.

Lesson 2 (G & H) – This lesson will start with a mini lesson on in-text citation that will help them to complete their persuasive essay that is the assessment for both English and Social Studies.  They will be persuading the reader about how their redrawn map of Africa will better at avoiding conflict than the current political map of Africa.

Lesson 2 (A & C) – Kahoot about CNN Student News will start off the lesson.  Then we will spend the rest of the class working on their persuasive essay that will be due next week either Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on when their English class is).

Lesson 2 (F) – These students will have an extra day in order to work on their essay.  They can use class time to edit, revise and continue writing.

Lesson 3 (F, G & H) – Kahoot about CNN Student News will start off the lesson.  Then we will spend the rest of the class working on their persuasive essay that will be due next week either Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on when their English class is).

For your information, we have another long weekend coming up.  School will be closed Monday, May 9.  If you are traveling, have a safe trip!  And if you’re staying here, I hope you have a relaxing 3 day break!