Thursday, September 13, 2012

Textbook reading, money, and 8.2 Social Studies: Compatriots in scholarship

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Curriculum Night. I was fortunate to speak, albeit very little, about the small part I play in your child's pursuit of scholarship. To all of those who attended and gave your time and attention to our team's presentation, I am humbled by your dedication.
This week is another challenging one for our students.  Monday and Tuesday night should be spend ensuring that all work is done.  Wednesday will be spent in a breakout session.  For those who need more time in completing their work, time will be granted.  For those who are done, we will speak about the assessment that is scheduled for Thursday.   Students will be notified if the assessment is open note or closed note.  Certainly, if they work well, it is an open note, open homework assessment and determinations will be announced regarding this Wednesday.  Once Thursday's assessment is completed, we start a mini lesson on immigration Friday.
Students need to be working on their 8 sections of textbook reading each night or as much as possible.  Time will be granted in class, but there cannot be enough time with only in class work granted.  Please help me help your child by asking to see their notes on the textbook reading.  Scan over their work by seeing if they have used the word "because" in a prominent fashion in their notes and if they have included relevant vocabulary in their answers.  Are their notes reflective of comprehension found in the text?  These are questions that you can use to guide your assessment of their work, work that will help them with their own assessment on Thursday.
If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I hope students can find themselves immersed in the study of American History after the Civil War, a narrative of how money can drive people to do things that can only be the source of more questions.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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