Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection, 2018

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.  You can find the images here:  Feel free to include any group pictures, as well.
  2. Who was your Image of Greatness?  Why are they great, and what about them do you admire?
  3. What part of your work on this 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
Publish, and then comment on the posts of others in GOAL when you're finished.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hannibal Reflection

Please write a blog post to respond to the following questions:

1.  Give a summary of the field trip for anyone who might not know about our Mark Twain unit or might not have ever been to Hannibal, Missouri. 

2.  How did your Mark Twain class work help prepare you for your trip to Hannibal?  Explain.

3.  Write 2 things you learned from the Captain of the Mark Twain Riverboat.

4.  Write 2 things you learned from the exhibits at Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

5.  Write 2 things you learned from Nathan, our guide at Mark Twain Cave.

6.  What was your favorite part of the trip and why?

7.  What was the most fun part of the trip and why?

8.  What part of the trip would you improve for next year's class if you could?  Explain.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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?

Monday, April 23, 2018

8th Grade GOAL: Des Moines Trip Reflection

Write a blog post reflecting on our field trip last week to Des Moines to visit the Des Moines Art Center, Drake University, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and the Science Center of Iowa (Crime Scene Lab, Dream Big IMAX film, Fire and Ice Demonstration, and Independent Museum Exploration).  Answer the following questions.  Include pictures, if you'd like, to illustrate your points.

1.  What was your favorite part of the trip, and why?
2.  At the art museum, you had to find 4 things: your favorite piece, best example of "art," celebrity award, and an example of Why is it "art?"  Give titles and artists, reflect, and include pictures if you'd like.
3.  What was the most educational part of the trip, and why?  What is something specific that you learned?
4.  What was the most fun part of the trip, and why?
5.  How does this trip fit the theme "Images of Greatness?"
6.  If you could improve the trip in any way for the group next year, what would you change?  Explain.

Publish and comment on the posts of others.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Deep Thinking Friday

Check out as many videos from as you can watch.  If you have time, discuss the awesome stuff you watched!

Monday, April 16, 2018

7th Grade: Mark Twain Webquest

You will find the Mark Twain Webquest here:

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.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

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.

You can include a picture of your project or a link to your website or paper as well.

Please post and then comment on the posts of others in your class.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Comparison/Contrast Paper

For your comparison/contrast paper, you may choose from the following topics:

  • You may compare the movie to the play of The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • You may compare Anne Frank to Elie Wiesel.
  • You may compare Anne Frank or Elie Wiesel to any one character from one of your literature circle books.
Once you choose your topic, complete the following outline to organize your thoughts:
  1. Introduction with thesis statement
  2. 1st similarity
    1. 1st Work
    2. 2nd Work
  3. 2nd smilarity
    1.  1st Work
    2. 2nd Work
  4. 1st difference
    1. 1st Work
    2. 2nd Work
  5. 2nd difference
    1. 1st Work
    2. 2nd Work
  6. Conclusion

Write out your outline, and then you may compose at the keyboard or handwrite your first draft.  Take the paper through the writing process.