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!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Deep Thinking Friday

Watch the following video:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/class-divided/

We'll discuss when you're finished.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

History Day Category Examples

Go to this link to see examples of all the possible category entries for History Day.