Monday, February 5, 2018

Anne Frank Introduction

We will start reading the play The Diary of Anne Frank on Wednesday.  As a prequel to this event, please watch the following videos and read the following pages to give you some more background knowledge before we begin.  You do not have to view in order.  Pick and choose according to your interest.

Take some notes on questions, comments, and/or connections you have as you view.

The Story of Anne Frank from the Anne Frank House

The Secret Annex Online (Make sure to read the directions then explore the whole space, all floors.  You might have to enable Adobe Flash to get it to work.)

Video: "Discovered and Arrested"

Video: "Otto Frank Tells His Story"

The Hiding Place

The History Channel: Anne Frank

Biography: Anne Frank

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Holocaust Encyclopedia: Anne Frank

Washington Post: Anne Frank and Her Family Were Also Denied Entry as Refugees to the U.S.

Gale Biography in Context: Anne Frank (Hundreds of hits here... explore and investigate.  You may need to log in to the online databases to see this content.)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Independent Project Reflections

Now that you're done presenting your projects, write a blog post sharing and reflecting on your experience.  Include the following:

  • Embed your project into your blog.
  • Briefly describe your project, both your topic and the format in which you presented. 
  • What do/did you like most about your project?  Explain. 
  • What was the hardest part of this project, and why?
  • How did you improve as a learner or as a student during the process of this project?  Explain.
  • If you could do the whole thing over again, what would you change and/or improve?  Why?
  • If you have any genuine suggestions for Mrs. Edlin about how to improve this assignment or how to make this project more meaningful to future students, please include them at the end.
Publish your blog post, and submit the link on the Canvas assignment (for GOAL, not for language arts).  After you publish, please comment on the posts of at least three other people.

When you finish, you may visit any link under Idleness Prevention Society at the left-hand side of this blog.



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

One Word

What is your word?






Watch the three videos above.  
  1. Brainstorm YOUR word.
  2. Make and decorate a physical copy of your word that will be posted in the classroom.  Use markers, stencils, stickers, crayons, ribbon... whatever you need to make it uniquely yours.
  3. Once you have designed your word, write a blog post explaining why you chose it.
  4. Find or create a digital image of your word (or take a digital photo of the physical word you made), and include it at the top of your blog post.
  5. Comment on the blog posts of at least 5 other students.  Use good commenting skills.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TKAM Blog Post

Now that we're done with the movie, compare and contrast it to the book in a blog post of your own.  Then comment on the posts of others.


  • COMPARE means to find similarities.
  • CONTRAST means to find differences.
  • How did the movie compare to your expectations?
  • What would you have changed?
  • Was anything better than you imagined it in your mind?
  • Include any other relevant thoughts or conclusions.


National History Day, 2018

History Day Resources

The following links can help you with your project for this year's National History Day theme: Conflict and Compromise.

https://www.docsteach.org/topics/nhd

https://www.nhd.org/students

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/finding.html

https://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/History_of_the_United_Kingdom:_Primary_Documents

http://www.shsulibraryguides.org/worldprimary

http://guides.library.duke.edu/c.php?g=289297&p=1929346

https://www.archives.gov/research/catalog

https://www.nhd.org/conflict-and-compromise-history?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq93-1oaZ2AIVgbjACh1irgGcEAAYASAAEgLIuvD_BwE


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

7th grade GOAL:

Reflect on your day in Ames.  Answer the following questions in a thoughtful paragraph.  Back up your opinions with evidence and/or explanation.

Here's a link to the official track titles, if you need them.
  • Describe your first class.  What did you learn?  What did you do?  
  • Describe your second class.  What did you learn?  What did you do?
  • What was the most educational part of your day?  Explain.
  • What was something you learned about Iowa State University?
  • What was the most fun part of the day?
  • If you could give one piece of advice on how to improve the experience, what would you say?  Explain.
  • What is your biggest "takeaway?"  In other words, why did we do this?  What did you get out of the experience?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thesis Statements

Here's a quick and easy guide to writing thesis statements.