Friday, November 18, 2011

November 8 - November 18

It has been a long week, but ERB's are finished!  Congratulations to all of the dedication and focus demonstrated by the sixth graders this week.  Everyone put forth their best effort.

After completing four days of testing, students started to get back on track with their regular studies today.  We are building background knowledge for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.  It promises to be an insightful look into the lives of African-American sharecroppers during the Great Depression.  Historical context plays a huge role in fully appreciating and understanding the novel, so we will be spending time exploring the Great Depression as well as Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan, and sharecropping.  Students will be creating investigative research projects to help enhance their knowledge of these key ideas.  The projects will even contain QR codes as a way to make their work interactive.  We are very excited!

What is a QR code?  Scan this one with your smartphone to find out.

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