What's happening this week?

  • Final Project: Better World Art Project

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 5/28/2019

    Here is the calendar for our final project in social studies!


    Memorial Day

    Tues, May 28th

    Wed, May 29th

    Thurs, May 30th

    Fri, May 31st


    Intro to Social Justice Art (Powerpoint)

    If you miss today:

    Watch the video on slide 4, and look at the examples on slides 16-31. Recod at least 5 different mediums of art and 5 messages for a better world that you see

    Art Project Packet

    Brainstorm themes from our year in social studies

    (Silent Dialogue)


    If you miss today:

    Read over all our essential questions (on the front of your art packet), circle your top 3 most interesting questions and do a quick write answering each one. Then decide on your topic for your final piece.

    Review expectations, Setting our Calendar for rest of project

    Complete Proposal (rest of packet)

    Homework: Talk to parents or guardians if you need special materials for this project

    In Class Work Day

    Mon, June 3rd

    Tues, June 4th

    Wed, June 5th

    Thurs, June 6th

    Fri, June 7th

    **Bring any outside materials you need for your art by TODAY

        Peer Feedback #1

    I got specific + meaningful feedback today:


    Initials from a revision group member

    ⇧ your EXIT TICKET

    If absent, have a friend review your art and fill out peer feedback sheet

    In Class Work Day

    Peer Feedback #2

    I got specific + meaningful feedback today:


    Initials from a different revision group member

    ⇧ your EXIT TICKET

    If absent, have a friend review your art and fill out the peer feedback sheet

    In Class Work Day

    Compose Artist Statements, turn in on google classroom

    (Homework if not complete in class)

    Examples and requirements on slide 47-49 of powerpoint

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  • Research for Globalization Project

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 5/15/2019


    Follow the path of a product from its RAW MATERIALS to FINISHED GOOD to show the impact of globalization on all the different countries involved.



    Here is a model of what we are looking for in this project:


    Steps to research process:

    STEP 1 A: Find out what materials are in the product and see what you can learn about their production:



    STEP 1 B: Find out where those materials are produced:  https://www.worldatlas.com/economics/ (search function or browse economics)  


    STEP 2 and 3: Find out how the production affects those countries by picking two areas to investigate- either the gap between RICH and POOR or the impacts on ENVIRONMENT or how WORKERS are treated.

    *A good first step is to create a bank of search terms you will look for.

    Brainstorm search terms that would help you find the impacts on workers, environment or the gap between rich and poor. Possible search terms:



    Rich and Poor Divide:




    Job Creation


    Water quality



    Climate change

    Wealth gap

    Developed, developing

    first world, third world

    Low-skilled or low-wage jobs, factory jobs

    Group search terms carefully for example “rubber + environment + Thailand + impact” will find you information specifically on rubber in Thailand and how it affects environment.


    Additional resources for this portion of your project:

    -Search for your country to find out about how production affects that country:


    -Research positive and negative impacts of globalization by theme (health, environment, etc.) http://www.globalization101.org/

    -CIA World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook

    -Library of Congress Profiles: https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/cs/profiles.html

    -World Book Encyclopedia:

    Search for ”your good + environment” in World Book encyclopedia :


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  • May 13th-24th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 5/13/2019

    This week we will finish up our study of globalization with two in class simulations and then a student inquiry project.


    Monday we will look at globalization's impact on the environment through a short simulation and watching this video:


    If absent, watch the video and note down 5 health or environmental impacts of increasing global trade in China.


    Tuesday we will look at globalization's impact on workers through a role play, read the roles here (pages 2-5) and fill out the worksheet on page 6.



    Wednesday we will do a mini inquiry in google classroom to introduce their final economics project. The mini inquiry is on google classroom and is due Thursday.

    A sample project is here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YnF2RroKKNe7Gv1q4pzqyabnxSs5L31kZRUVwf0KW18/edit?usp=sharing

    Rubric is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UuePw0D_NLXyxVOlLoJneve1ePx_yTOaA31J3mHNErY/edit?usp=sharing

    Project packets are here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bhyJHp2x9nEeoE-0vUJDqnZDHJ9hAJ7gzqmrly44ts8/edit?usp=sharing

    Thursday students will begin their research with their partner, and will continue to research Friday and Monday the 20th, with time to prepare for their presentations next Tuesday and Wednesday (21st and 22nd) and partners will present to the class on Thursday May 23rd!


    FRIDAY May 24th 7th graders will be on a field trip with their advisory, to see a play on Anne Frank and themes of standing up for others. We will spend some time in advisory debriefing the play and making connections to Memorial Day, culminating in a school art installation  on honoring people we have lost. Please ask your student who they honored and check out the installation after Memorial Day!



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  • Week of May 6th-10th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 5/5/2019 6:00:00 AM

    We will be taking a short quiz to assess student's knowledge on the economic terms we learned last week on Monday.

    Study Guide can be found here

    Notes from the Opener to our China unit and notes from the Foundations of Wealth video we watched are here 

    After the quiz we will compare market economics where decisions are decided by price and other kinds of economies by finishing the Foundations of Wealth video (1:40-1:48)


    Tuesday we will explore some current events discussing impacts of the market using this newsela text set, and have workshop time for students missing work or needing to revise the quiz.  Impacts of Markets: https://newsela.com/text-sets/443658


    Wednesday there is no school.


    Thursday we will look at free trade versus fair trade, to address some of the impacts of the markets in the articles students read Tuesday, using a in class simulation.

    If your student is absent, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUGvhINwHw and create a t-chart of Free vs Fair Trade.

    Friday we will do a simulation looking at how rich vs poor countries do in a market economy. I will attach a reading for students who are absent later on this week.

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  • Week of April 29th: Finish testing and ECONOMICS unit!!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 4/29/2019

    On Monday we will FINISH our state testing in social studies class! Hooray!


    Tuesday we will be in new seats for our last unit on China and Globalization (Modern Global Trade).

    Tuesday we will look at the relationship between China and the US today through the "trade war" and fill out a worksheet on the impact of the trade war. Our goal is to understand how we are connected to China through trade.

    Reading on Tariffs  

    Worksheet completed in Class: (Pages 2-3 of this document

    Videos in Class (Journey of a Soybean) Stop at 1:47


    Wednesday May 1st we will look at globalization through the journey of a T-shirt by watching the Planet Money Series and filling out a map of the t-shirts journey across the globe. Our goal is to understand how we are connected to the world through trade.

    This is also a model for the final product for this unit, so students will submit an exit ticket with their ideas for products they might want to research.


    Thursday and Friday we will be looking at Foundations of Wealth, a video series. Our goal is to understand the terms market, price, supply and demand, so during the video students will be taking notes.

    Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXJO1nqwO2U  (Watch 51:07-1:02, then 1:13-1:25, then 

    Note Sheet

    MONDAY we will have a QUIZ on the economic terms: import, export, tariff, supply, demand, price, and  market.

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  • April 15th-26th: Ancient Japan and SBAC

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 4/15/2019

    For the next two weeks, we will be exploring Ancient Japan.

    Monday and Tuesday we will look at Western Values through the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and the 3 Billy Goats Gruff.


    Wednesday we will look at Eastern Values through the stories of the Stonecutter and the Disobedient Frog 

    To determine society's cultural values, students will answer the following questions:

    What are the traits of the main characters?

    What behaviors get rewarded?

    What behaviors get punished?

    Students will record notes about each culture's values, copy these notes if you are absent



    Thursday we will read the code of the samurai to see how Eastern values shaped Japanese society and Friday we will see how this structured Japanese society using a packet on the Samurai available here:



    Monday the 22nd we will be creating a narrative on Google classroom using information presented in class on

    slides 57-63 and on Tuesday the 23rd we will finish and share our narratives.

    Wednesday the 24th is HALFWAY to HIGH SCHOOL- no social studies class

    Starting Thursday the 25th through Monday the 29th we will be taking the SBAC test in social studies


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  • April 8th-12th: Ancient China continued

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 4/8/2019

    This week we are delving further into Ancient China!

    Monday= no school, grading day!

    Tuesday we will compare the beliefs of Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism- notes are available here if you are absent

    Wednesday we will be reading about Confucianism shaped China's social structure and led to the Golden Age. The reading on newsela is here:


    Thursday we will explore the achievements of the golden age. The Retrieval Chart for gathering notes is here and the achievements are here.

    Friday we will do a quick write on Ancient China's achievements (available on Google Classroom) and then have some workshop time to catch up on missing work and game time!

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  • April 1-5th: New Unit on China!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 4/1/2019

    Welcome back from Spring Break!


    We will be starting our new unit on China!

    Monday, April 1st: Silk Road Reading and connections to our own products and lives with "Made in China" activity

    "Made in China" warm up:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gckO6enITTHnHrZTTT_xlQxTM6WUAfqMSVEahHjpRmQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Silk Road Reading available in class in the what you missed folder!


    Tuesday April 2nd: Geography of China with Map Inquiry Activity

    Map Inquiry Instructions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CW9RQWMJyejzbg6h2TeNwErzyDg-E8RVBQVNlFxBdJA/edit?usp=sharing

    Maps: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uB2-MRmNfuFgl5_xsuHLGqXnJHGmcrfA/view?usp=sharing 

    Student Exit Ticket: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LnUWWfaSZlReej8D3naEHvqYJbIhqyOZQifPMUJIRFM/edit?usp=sharing


    Wednesday April 3rd: What is a Dynasty? Reading (Available in the what you missed folder) and discussion


    Thursday April 4th and Friday April 5th:  Each one Teach one: Philosophies of China

    -Reading is on Google classroom

    -Retrieval Chart (the information you must find for each philosophy) is here: 


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  • March 18th-21st

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/18/2019

    Happy week before Spring Break!
    This week we are wrapping up our Africa unit with an argumentative essay.

    Here is the graphic organizer which you should use to prepare your draft:



    Monday: We will complete all of the graphic organizer, with the evidence and reasoning, except for the counter-claim and rebuttal.

    Evidence You can use in your essay:

    -Journal Notes (Cite them as Journal Entry "Title of Journal Entry" page in journal)

    -East and West African Kingdoms (Blue and Yellow Articles available in class hard copy, please grab one if you need it)

    -Gold and Salt Article (hard copy available in class)

    -Slave Trade video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NXC4Q_4JVg

    -East Indian Ocean Trade: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18uodeR7XPCq4NE76c6Ta6eYhrd4kLAOT1mypjVzXNbM/edit?usp=sharing

    -European stereotypes during Imperialism: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-o_ieQ9dGv1aXVWYzlCT0s2aWM/view?usp=sharing

    -Health in the Congo articles: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GISHzLkatqy9T1JtUqbak0E_8ENw1B6uMCelenCi7wk/edit?usp=sharing

    -Notes from Jared Diamond episode discussing health impacts of imperialism are here:

    -Conflicts in the Congo article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b0nLENFUt2AWneWWPxQGBZ-jBnN8F_rljC-iXCYnOrA/edit?usp=sharing 

    -Imperialism article: https://newsela.com/read/BHP-10-africa-slavery/id/9607/

    -Imperialism video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJe1W_HIWmA

    -Africa's wealth today articles:

    Chocolate: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xsw0aIJuRCpiNginUHXX6sY2HMjlonmirQrfFmXWlTI/edit?usp=sharing

    Coltan (in iPhone): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sQTEiXDJeZ7c5DhFHNEP1h4NQ0PdHfIq_1Xf5nXXojU/edit?usp=sharing

    Diamonds: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z8ZC8z3RdghPlP4kAKzuOl0GcWiXuX8V3sEjdcrSqLQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Gold:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dkaDTYH1RCJ8oraEBcHJomwiji7rzubJe6BPZNJBCH8/edit?usp=sharing


    Tuesday we will work on rebuttals and counter claim (slide show explanation on slides 86-88: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FSTMxxr5k1cRtJJEJ5z1Myd_y1xu_kfvzknVxGw5zlo/edit?usp=sharing)

    then begin drafting our essay (ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM)

    Wednesday and Thursday we will finish the essay and celebrate our accomplishments this unit!


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  • March 11th-15th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/11/2019

    Welcome to the home stretch before spring break!

    This week is all about understanding impacts of imperialism on Africa today

    Monday we will check in our journals to evaluate our progress in the unit so far and make some statements challenging stereotypes in Africa to summarize our learning

    Tuesday and Wednesday we will look at a specific case study: the Congo (see Google Classroom for packet) and practice comparing sources to make a claim

    Thursday we will organize our evidence for our final assessment for the Africa unit, an argumentative essay that will be completed in class.

    If you are absent, please print and fill out this graphic organizer:


    Friday will be a student choice investigation into "Where are Africa's wealth/resources today? How do you see impacts of imperialism in Africa today?"

    using a variety of current events articles, students will read and summarize evidence to answer the question.

    (See google classroom for assignment)

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