Parent Night PPT 9th Block 2014

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Language Arts: Amy Byus [email protected]

(425)837-7894 http://byus.wikidot.com

Office: 2410K

Social Studies: Kelsey Sprague [email protected]

(425) 837-7775 http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/ high/skyline/staff/ ms_spragues_site/default.aspx

or http://tinyurl.com/lyfvofv

Office: 2410A

Teacher Introduction

General Syllabi Review

Texts/Skills

Expectations

Grading Scales and Categories

Website

Family Access

Student-Parent-Teacher Teamwork

7 years of teaching/5 th

Skyline year at [email protected]

Byus.wikidot.com

Washington State University (2001-2005)

8 th

Cum laude Honors College graduate

B.A. Social Studies Education

Year of Teaching

Previously taught high school in Lacey and junior high in

Puyallup

Courses taught include US History, World Studies, Pacific

Northwest History, Language Arts, Leadership, Drama

Background

I grew up in Port Orchard and attended South Kitsap High

School.

I love to dance (studio, swing, ballroom, etc.), garden, read, craft, and travel.

I am incredibly empathetic but believe in helping students understand consequence of choice.

I run my classroom on mutual honor and mutual effort.

What is Civilization?

What role does geography play in the development of civilization?

How have different civilizations structured themselves? (Hierarchy and

Caste)

How do groups make decisions? (Political systems)

How do groups divide resources? (Economic systems)

Why do some groups conquer others?

What is the relationship between society and the individual?

How do you fight against a more powerful enemy?

How have ideas changed history? (Enlightenment)

What role do American values play in our national and foreign policies?

Why do civilizations make certain decisions (policies) at certain times?

Texts

House on Mango Street-

Cisneros

Sandra

Things Fall Apart

- Chinua Achebe

Bless Me, Ultima

- Rudolfo Anaya

Animal Farm,

George Orwell

Romeo and Juliet

- William

Shakespeare

History

Textbook

World History, 2014

Online Access

Primary sources, articles, short stories and other literature provided in class

Areas of study

Cultural Anthropology

Africa

Latin America

Asia

Middle East

Civics

Foreign Policy

Thesis writing

Critical reading

Historical Analysis

Document analysis

Causation

Research and thesis-driven research papers

Sourcing

Historical Bias

Historical Interpretation

Composition Component

Weekly vocabulary

Thesis statements

Outlines

Essay: Literary Analysis

Thesis-Driven Multi-Paragraph Essays

Causes of colonization research paper

(1 st semester)

Foreign policy Research Project (2 nd semester)

Persuasive pieces

Essay Tests: Timed-writing strategies

Document-based questions

Sample Rubric:

Thesis

Exceeds Standards Standard Approaching Standard Below Standard

Thesis is clear, supportable, and specific; statement is complex and thought provoking.

Thesis is clear, supportable, and specific, though written in a simplistic style.

Thesis has a great idea but the wording is disjointed and hard to follow.

Thesis almost meets the requirements, but it may be too board/vague or too specific.

Getting there, but hard to understand, a little confusing.

Thesis does not meet requirements:

Unclear as to what the author is trying to say.

Wrote a question not a statement.

It is so broad that it is barely resembles a thesis statement at all.

Co-teaching: Language Arts/Social

Studies

Academic Honesty

Punctuality

Student Communication

Grading

Kelsey Sprague, SS; Amy Byus, Language Arts

Blended curriculum

Joint expectations

Joint success

Student Handbook

No plagiarism/collaboration/cheating

1 st offense= 0 on the assignment, 2 nd offense= loss of credit for the course www.turnitin.com

MLA Format

Students need to be on time to class

Students need to be in class

Students need to communicate with us in a timely fashion

The general expectation for make-up work is that if it was accessible and on the website, it should be done if possible! If not, school policy allows three days.

30-60 minutes a night for both LA/SS

Students need to communicate with us when they need assistance

No late work

SHS Standard

Grading Scale

93 - 100% A

90 - 92% A-

87 - 89% B+

83 - 86% B

80 - 82% B-

77 - 79% C+

73 - 76% C

70 - 72% C-

67 - 69% D+

63 - 66% D

60 - 62% D-

59 – below F

30

20

30

10

10

Grading Categories

Social Studies

Culminating

Assessments and

Projects

Culminating Writing

(Sophomore Project,

Semester Essays,

Major Rubric and teacher scored writing)

30

20

Process (Homework, some Quizzes, some classwork)

20

10

In-Class

Participation

(Socratic Seminars,

In-class work and discussion)

Final Exam

10

10

Language Arts

Culminating Assessments and

Projects

Culminating Writing

(Sophomore Project, Semester

Essays, Major Rubric and teacher scored writing)

Process (Homework, some

Quizzes)

Vocabulary Acquisition

In-Class Participation (Socratic

Seminars, In-class work and discussion)

Final Exam

http://connect.issaquah.wednet.edu/high/skyline/ staff/ms_spragues_site/default.aspx

Or use http://tinyurl.com/lyfvofv http://byus.wikidot.com

Family Access

Updated regularly so students can track their progress.

Any discrepancies in grade book should be brought to our attention within 7 days or no change will be made.

There is no late work accepted, no extra credit, and no rounding.

Please allow your student to contact us about a concern before you contact us (absences, trouble-shooting, grade questions).

Help your student compose an email asking for an appointment during office hours

Help your student brainstorm possible solutions to the issue to discuss with teachers

Goal: Open communication between teacher, parent, and student

Please copy both Sprague and Byus on all emails

We’re so thankful you came to support your student. We apologize for not accommodating conversations about a specific student need at this time, but please consider completing the survey at:

http://tinyurl.com/ph5h352

You can also email us at:

[email protected]

[email protected]

Because we move classrooms throughout the day, email is the best way to contact us.

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