Category Archives: Big Questions

Wrapping Up a Year…My Gift to You

As I begin to write out the last two weeks’ worth of lesson plans and agendas, it strikes me that I really don’t want this to be quite over. Yes, I can hear you all now, that you can’t WAIT to get out for summer vacation, not have to worry about a darn thing, and mentally and emotionally prepare yourselves for high school. Well, I’m looking forward to summer break, too. But it shouldn’t feel like this permanent boundary, that once crossed, you can never return. I haven’t taught 8th grade students before, and while I was teaching 7th grade, I had a pretty good idea that I would see most of you again. Now that you’re off to high school, this is when you will really need a friend, a mentor–I just wanted to let you all know I’m still here for you, so please email me, let me know how you are, and ask questions.

Some of the things we’ll be finishing up are:

  • Writer’s Portfolio: In my overly ambitious attempt, I don’t think it will be possible to bind and laminate your writer’s resource guides, but you will have your Writer’s Portfolios, and those are still heavily graded.
  • Make sure all missing assignments (blue sentence packet, set 1 and set 2 of the grammar vocabulary words, your burning questions summer reading list) are all completed by June 12. Grading begins then, and I must have my grades done before school is out.
  • We will conference over the Writer’s Portfolios:
  • We still need to add poetry
  • We still need to add a small expository piece

So, write, write, write! Get your assignments done! Don’t worry, be happy!

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World Religions

Think of your “five” themes/words that describe the religion you’re studying. Here are some helpful links:

Buddhism:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm

Judaism:

http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm

Islam: Muslim

http://www.islamreligion.com/

Daoism/Taoism

http://www.geocities.com/tokyo/springs/6339/Daoism.html

Native American Spirituality:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/nataspir.htm

Australian Aborigines:

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aboriginal1.html

Christianity:

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aboriginal1.html

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How to describe the indescribable…

 

How do you describe the indescribable? How do you answer the unanswerable? Well, we must be open and flexible to thinking outside of our own experiences, and being willing to take emotional and mental risks. One way is to think about the world as if it were one tiny village, and we are all in this together. How would we treat one another if each of us were connected (and we are)?

http://www.miniature-earth.com/

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