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Friday, Oct. 6, 2017


I have been out of the classroom for 4 days attending district training.  It was great to be back with my students today.  Now that I’m back, I want to make sure we are all on the same page.  Here are upcoming deadlines and clarifications.  Students with questions, please e-mail me or come see me Monday.  


Middle Ages Study Guide

  1. Chapter 2--Today we checked most of it and will review a bit more on Monday.  

  2. Chapter 3--We will do several questions together Monday.  Students should complete their reading and the Chapter 3 study guide so we can check it Tuesday.  

Middle Ages Assessment--We will take this in two parts.

  1. Tuesday--Part I-Written.  This covers the feudal triangle/pyramid.  Ten days ago students created a triangle and were given early access to the writing prompt.  On the tests they are asked to write two duties or responsibilities for each group of people in the feudal system.  These eight answers will be written in complete sentences.  We have modeled strong answers in class and will review more on Monday.

  2. Wednesday--Part 2--This consists of 16 multiple choice questions based on Chapter 2-3, the warm up page and study guide.  Students also need to know the definition of clergy (on warm up page).


        a.  Students were assigned these Chapter 3 sections  on                 Wednesday.  

  • Sacraments and Salvation

  • Art and Architecture

  • Holidays

Wise students will have it done!  We will finish other sections on Monday in class.


b.  The TCI online work is NOT required.  It’s great independent practice though!



September 25, 2017


This week we will continue learning about what happened after the Fall of the Western Roman Empire.  Chaos reigns and order must be restored.  Various barbarian tribes will claim power, but so will strong individuals.  The Roman Catholic Church will play a key role in restoring order.  


Here are some deadlines for the week.

1.  By Wednesday--Have Chapter 2 reading completed.  Know about Charlemagne, the Frankish King and Holy Roman Emperor. We started this chapter last Wednesday.


2.  Thursday--Quiz over Chapter 2.  What to study?  Go to online TCI textbook.  Review sections we've read.  Know about what happens after Rome falls and know the four basic sections of the feudal system and responsibilities of people in each section.


September 15, 2017




This week we have been wrapping up the Rome unit.  Most students have completed the Rome assessment and turned in their packets.  Most students have submitted the Roman Fall and Legacy presentation.  Those who have make-up work or need more time will finish in CUB next week. 


I will continue to update grades as I finish scoring student work. Thank you for your patience.  I was out of the classroom for two days this week for district training.  My substitute left a note praising the students as respectful and hardworking.  Bravo!



In the coming weeks we will shift the focus from the Roman Empire, to what happens in the western part of the Empire after it fell in 476 C.E.  People go on living, working, fighting, but chaos reigns.  How will some semblance of order be restored?  Enter the Middle Ages.  It will take time, but eventually the Feudal system, with the help of the Roman Catholic Church, will help to impose some order.






August 22, 2017


We've gotten off to a good start.  Now that we've been in school for almost two weeks, the work is rolling forward.




1.  Wednesday--The "My Origin Project" is due at the beginning of class Wednesday.  This is a 20-point assignment that will go in the CE (20%) part of the grade.  Students were given clear instructions, many chances to ask for clarification, and a workday in class Friday.  I'm excited to see this first assignment.


2.  Friday--World Map Assessment--Tuesday students will have time in class to work on the world map.  They will review 15 basic map facts for this first geography assessment.  Spelling counts. We will review the practice maps in class on Friday.


This is where links to assignments or information on upcoming deadlines will be posted periodically.  


Upcoming deadlines and test dates are advertised in class daily on the agenda board.  Wise students will record these in their planners.




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