Monday, February 15, 2010

The End of All Things... or at least Second Trimester

The Second Trimester reaches its natural conclusion with the next week. We will be spending this week preparing for the final climb up the steep summit. Certainly, what awaits both groups of 7.8/3 emerging scholars will test their internal mettle and go far in defining who we are and who we seek to be.
For the seventh grade, it comes down to next week's Constitutional Exam. There is little else to say. The exam will encompass five days, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. It covers the concepts related to our study of the Constitution. Students are encouraged to examine exams from previous years and see how they fare. Click here for direct link. Nightly study will be critical for this one. The exam will cover the following topics:
* Goals
* Principles
* Structure of the Constitution
* Branches of Government
* Thinkers of the Constitution
* The Supreme Court
* The First Ten Amendments and Voting Rights Amendments
The 145 questions are broken into these topics and nightly study is the only way out of this one. Students are encouraged to speak with me privately if any other help is needed.
For the eighth grade, the World War I Exam is on the 25th and the 26th. This two day exam is going to cover facts about the war and then examine Primary Source Documents on the second day. The other pressing issue on our brave and mature academic warriors is that their Digital Portfolios will be due by the 26th. Those who are investigating glogs or blogging are strongly encouraged to incorporate the topics on World War I in the process of their digital work. Grades for Social Studies will be finalized on the 26th for both groups. Time is running out, and points are becoming scarce. Students are encouraged to investigate as many means as possible in picking up points to assist them in the process of trying to close out in a strong manner.
If I can be of any further help or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at school or at my home.
Happy Hunting!
Mr. Kannan

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