This week was very busy for Gr. 8! They needed to complete nine notecards from their research. Note cards are due today at 5 pm. They then had to use that research to write a policy statement for their country along with three operative clauses for action during the MUN conference that will begin next week. Time was given in the classroom to do this, but most of them needed extra time. Policy statement and operative clauses are due this Saturday at 5pm through turnitin. Here is a template with scaffold for the policy statement and below is a sample policy statement from their MUN delegate packet.
Next week will be all about the Model United Nations Conference. Students will read their policy statements and submit their operative clauses for debate. This conference will be the final assessment of the semester. Students will be given a grade on their participation and talking points during the conference. They are encouraged to practice during the long weekend because they will be graded on how they speak and how they ask questions. They also need to have the policy statement printed for the conference. No device will be allowed. Note cards will likewise be printed and cut up.
This week has been dedicated to supporting students with working on their poem analysis essay. Rough draft is due next week and the entire week will be spent on revising their work through different stations. Rough draft is four paragraphs long, double spaced, 500-1000 words, 11-12 font, left justified, first sentence of each paragraph indented, and no extra space between paragraphs.
Final essays are due end of next week, Dec. 3 or 4 depending on their block. Last book club next is week as well and the sheet is due end of that week.
Science has been focused on physical changes this week and they concluded with their exploration of physical changes. Many of the activities focused on states of matter and why these changes take place. Next week they will be exploring chemical changes and looking for evidence that a chemical change has taken place. Quiz on the physical changes on the week of Dec. 7.
This week the students had an assessment on the four transformations (translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation). Next week students will begin with an in depth look at similarities and congruence that will then lead to working with triangles and Pythagorean Theorem.