February 29 – March4, 2016


Unit Test Day

Written Rap Battle/Poetry Slam – Topic “If I were president”


Essential Questions:

  • What is the purpose of government?
  • How does the role of government differ from one culture to the next?
  • How do the attitudes that a culture has about economy affect its people/ progress

What is Leap Year?


  • Do you prefer a tight, structured government where you have to wait on commands/ direction or
  • a loose one, where the expectation is apparent and you can choose how you like to do something?
  • What are the consequences of both?
  •  What’s wrong with a tight-fisted government?
  •  How can different types of governments benefit different cultures?
  •  Is there ever a need for another type of government besides democracy?

Vocabulary words: Plutocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Theocracy, Dictatorship, Monarchy, Anarchy, Economy, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Globalization, Integration, Multiculturalism, Pluralism, Diaspora

Watch Loose vs Periodic Sentences

Write: What is the difference between loose or periodic sentences? What are the effects of both?

Write: Write a loose (cumulative) sentence. Rewrite as a periodic sentence? How does the revision change the meaning or affect of each?

Homework: Practice analyzing periodic sentences


Read “Democracy” in  the textbook. What does your perfect government look like?

Homework: Comprehension questions


Read “Sonia” in the textbook. What kind of goverment exists in this text? Compare and comtrast the types of government in the texts we’ve read. What are the pros and cons of each?

Homework: Comprehension questions


Quiz on types of government and texts



February 22-26, 2016

This is the last week to complete your Black History month presentation.


This unit discusses Religion, Education, and Tradition. We will answer the essential questions so far:

1)What is the importance of Mardi Gras?

2) What happens when religious rituals become secularized? Is that acceptable?

3) In what ways can we respect religious rituals that we do not practice?

We will quiz on BMU through chapter 4.


We will create a Flip Chart of the Cultures from the group culture presentations on Bigmyth.com. You can organize your notes as it makes sense to you so your can study the facts and apply the knowledge to your life.

Read BMU through chapter 10.


We will discuss BMU and have a binder check for the following items:

  1. Black History Notes
  2. Culture Notes
  3. BMU  study guide through Chapter 10
  4. Essential Questions
  5. BMU  Anticipatory Guide


We will complete a timed writing that synthesizes our understanding of cultural contributions over time:

Timed writing – Because of _____ (Black American, _______ Cultural Contribution) I have ______. If it wasn’t for them, my life would be like:________.

Homework: Read BMU through Chapter 15


Answer these essential questions:

Why are traditions important for a culture?
How do traditions define a culture?

Class Team Survivor Series:

If I were in _____ situation, I would want _____(culture) or ______ (notable Black American), because________.

Based on______ culture’s creation story, these American traditions or values_______ are acceptable/ appropriate or unacceptable/ inappropriate because_______.

Homework: Create a blog post answering the following questions:

My family traditions include____________.

Currently, we don’t practice __________, but I would like to _____________ with my family as an adult.

The Unit Test for  Religion, Education and Tradition will be Monday, February 29.

Winter Break

As it nears the end of our Winter Break, be sure to read through chapter 4 of Bless Me, Ultima to prepare for a quiz on Monday when we return.

Also,  if you have not presented your Black History Month presentation, you have until Friday to earn your grade.

February 8-12, 2016

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, every day of February, students will open class with Black history presentations. We have a short month, even more with Winter Break next week. So be sure to volunteer to present your presentation before time runs out. Take notes as your classmates present so you will be prepared for the test at the end of the month.


1 page paper (double-spaced; Times New Roman or Arial 11-12pt font) with separate works cited page -or-

10 slide presentation (no paragraphs, just bulleted facts) with a works cited slide

Either format must include:

  • Pictures
  • Date of birth-date of death
  • Birthplace/hometown
  • Significance and accomplishments
  • Spouse and/or children (if any)
  • Quote
  • Education
  • How she/he impacted the world
  • What he/she overcame

This week’s essential questions:

What is the importance of Mardi Gras?
What happens when religious rituals become secularized? Is it acceptable?
In what ways can we respect religions that we do not practice?


We will complete our Mardi Gras/mythology notes and learn about “the real history of Mardi Gras.”


We will learn about Fat Tuesday and participate in Mardi Gras activities. Bring an old shoebox to construct a shoebox float to represent your class theme or group culture.


We will resume our World Mythology presentations and notes.


Review similarities and differences in creations stories/pantheon.
Which roles are repeated?
Which natural elements/occurrences were important in more than one civilization?
Which ideas/themes were valuable to only one culture?
Which deities still seem important today? In what ways?

How can you appreciate these ideas more now that you understand them? How does this knowledge help you understand other cultures/religious ideas?


Quiz day!

Reading Bless Me, Ultima. Complete first section of the study guide questions.

February 1-5, 2016

February: Religion, Education, and Tradition

It’s Carnival, Be’be! We will begin our Mardi Gras/ Mythology Unit.  Learn the history of Mardi Gras, it’s relation to world mythology and study mythological legends. Le Bon Temps Roule!

Monday – Review for the Family, Race & Gender Test. Last day to turn in Summer Reading for partial credit.

Tuesday – Test on Family, Race, and Gender

Everyone will be assigned a notable Black American to present during Black History month. The entire class will be tested on each other’s individual presentations. It is important to take notes during classmates’s presentations.

Each student will present either a paper or presentation (prezi or powerpoint) and a works cited page/slide.

Paper: 1 Typed page; 11-12 pt Arial or Times New Roman; double spaced

Presentation: 10 slides; no paragraphs on slides — just bulleted information

Be sure to include your subjects: date of birth/death; birthplace/hometown; spouse/children; education; significant events involved in the person’s life; accomplishments; how this person impacted America/the world; anything this person overcame. Include at least one picture of the person.

WednesdayMardi Gras and Mythology Terms & History of Mardi Gras

Research a different culture & its creation story from BigMyth.com

Thursday – Begin Reading Bless Me, Ultima


Friday – Group Presentations from BigMyth.com