Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Images of Greatness... THE BIG REFLECTION!



This quarter has been all about Images of Greatness.  Using elaborated communication, reflect and respond on a new blog post to the following:

  1. Upload an image of you with your display board.  Mrs. Edlin will send it to you through e-mail.
  2. Who was your Image of Greatness?  Why are they great, and what about them do you admire?
  3. What part of the unit makes you most proud?
  4. What part of the unit was the most challenging?
  5. How did you grow as a student/learner/person because of this unit?
  6. How could you improve your work on this unit?  What would you do differently?
  7. What was the best part of the actual Images of Greatness Celebration?
Now, think of our Images of Greatness field trip.  Upload a picture or two... ask for Mrs. Edlin or a friend to send you some if you don't have any of your own.
  1. What was your favorite educational part the field trip?  Explain.
  2. In which part of the field trip did you learn the most?  Explain.
  3. What about the trip surprised you?  Explain.
  4. Discuss one of the categories you listed on your paper from the art museum.
  5. Did you break out of your Escape Chamber?  Why or why not?
  6. What part of the trip was the most fun?  Explain.
Now, think of your four years (or less) in GOAL.  
  1. What's the best part of GOAL?
  2. What advice would you give students for how to succeed in GOAL?
  3. What would you warn them about?
  4. What should they be excited about?
  5. What will you miss?



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7th Grade: Mark Twain Webquest


You will find the Mark Twain Webquest here:  http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=185833

Your groups are made up of people from your GOAL class.  You will find your groups in the Google Doc shared with you through your e-mail.  You will be combining your answers together to make a Google Presentation.  Start at the "Welcome" tab, and then continue down the line with the following tabs.  They explain how to complete the project.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nauvoo Field Trip Reflection

Reflect on your field trip to Nauvoo this week.  Write a new blog post, and answer the following:


  1. What was your favorite part of the trip, and why?
  2. What is something new that you learned about how pioneers lived in the 1840's?  Explain.
  3. What is something you learned about why the Mormons moved west in the 1840's?  Explain.
  4. If you had to choose one thing you saw or heard in Nauvoo to research and learn more about, what would you choose?  Why?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

History Day Reflection

Review the judges' form about your project for National History Day.  
On your blogs, complete the following reflection in paragraph form.  

1.  Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the category.   

2.  Do you agree with what the judges said about your project?  Why or why not?

3.  What is the most interesting thing you learned about your topic during your research?  Describe.

4.  What was the hardest part of this project, and why?

5.  How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.

6.  How could you improve your project?  Explain.

7.  What are you most proud of when it comes to the whole experience of this project?  Explain.

8.  If you have any genuine suggestions about how to improve this project or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.

When you finish your blog posts, you may continue your research for your next project.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday 4/7/17

For today's Deep Thinking Friday, go to the following link: 182 Questions to Write or Talk About.

Look over the list and pick out 3 questions you'd like to discuss with your class (a first choice and two backups if your first choice gets taken).  Some of these questions are from previous years, so adjust dates as necessary.

Whoever has the closest birthday to today gets to first.  Ask your question to the class.  Everyone should participate in the discussion... after all, that's what Deep Thinking Friday is all about!  Feel free to get a computer from the cart to look up any needed facts to back up your opinions.  When the discussion reaches a natural stopping point, the asker can choose the next person to go.

THINK DEEP, BACK UP YOUR OPINIONS WITH GOOD REASONING AND ELABORATED COMMUNICATION, AND HAVE FUN!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Moral Dilemma Literature Circles

To reflect on your recent literature circles experience, please write a blog post in paragraph form answering the following:

  • What is a moral dilemma?
  • What was the moral dilemma in your book/books?  Which characters were involved? Be sure to include title(s) and authors' names.
  • How was the dilemma solved?
  • Would you have done things differently if you were in the character's shoes?  Why or why not?
Proofread your post and then publish.  Please comment on the posts of at least three other students to make connections.




Images of Greatness Resources

As you 8th grade GOAL students are choosing your topics for Images of Greatness this spring, consider the following sites for reference:

Famous Biographies (Many categories)
Influential Americans
Honor Roll of Notable Women
100 Greatest Men of All Time
Time's 100 Most Significant Figures in History
100 Scientists Who Shaped World History
Great Artists in History
Spotlight: Inventors
A&E's 100 Most Influential People of the Millennium
The Most Important Leaders in World History






Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Invent Iowa Reflection/Self-Assessment

Now that we've had our Invention Convention, it's time to reflect.  Complete the following:


  1. Using your rubric, mark where you think you scored in each section and add up your totals.  Make sure your name is on it, and hand it in to Mrs. Edlin on your way out today.
  2. Start a new blog post called "Invent Iowa."
  3. Upload the picture of your invention that Mrs. Edlin will be sending you to your blog post.
  4. Answer each of these questions with a short paragraph on your blog post.
    1. What is your invention called?  Give a brief description.
    2. What problem were you trying to solve?
    3. How does your invention solve that problem?
    4. What are you most proud of with this project?  Explain.
    5. What were the challenges you faced during this project?  How did you face those challenges?
    6. What would you do to improve your project or make it better for the next level of competition, if you were to go?
  5. Publish your post!