Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Shine on, you crazy scholar..." Pink Floyd and 8.2 Social Studies

The mere mention of the group's name conjures so much in the mind that might not necessarily be associated with middle school social studies.

Pink Floyd.

It's one of those proper nouns that functions as a declarative sentence.  It speaks volumes.  This week, we will try our best to appropriate Pink Floyd as we conclude the World War I.

"Shine on, you crazy scholar," indeed.

Some minor points:
1)  Students have declared or will be declaring their World War I assessment options- Students who chose options 1 or 3 will have their assessment due on Friday, 3.1 at 9:00 AM.  Students who declared option 2 will be submitting their work anytime before noon on 3.3.
2)  There are some (plenty) of extra credit writing assignments on this week's syllabus.  Encourage your student to be a better thinker and a better writer and a wealthier Social Studies student in terms of points by pursuing these opportunities.
3)  We start the 1920s this week and permission slips for the Tommy Guns Field Trip will be sent out Monday, 2.25.  It's time for us to start thinking about which figure in the 1920s is most appealing.

This week, our work resides in the following:
Tuesday- "Shine on" Sacco and Vanzetti.  HW:  Students should make sure that their World War I declarations are ready to go and they know their deadline.  Perhaps, students should work on their World War I assessments.
Wednesday- "Echoes" of the 1920s- We start the 1920s.  HW:  Work on World War I assessments.
Thursday- "Wish You Were Here" in the Themes of the 1920s.  HW:  Review themes and work on World War I assessments.
Friday- "Learning to Fly"- Chalk Talk and examination of 1920s culture through video iconography.  HW:  Work on World War I assessments.

"Shine on," indeed.
All best.
Mr. Kannan

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