From May 12th – May 19th, 2017, all periods will spend parts of their history class viewing, discussing, and analyzing the historical drama Glory! to wrap up the Civil War unit. Glory is based on the letter of Robert Gould Shaw, a Union officer in the Civil War. the film focuses on the Massachusetts 54th regiment, the first all black volunteer company and how they battled the prejudices of both their own Union army and the Confederates.
The movie was rated R in 1989 for some violent content, thematic material and racially charged language, but I feel the film has important lessons about overcoming obstacles and courage in the face of adversity. For a detailed list of why this film is rated R, please visit the IMDB.com Parent Guide at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg.
Your child MUST have a permission slip signed by you and returned in order to view the movie and participate in the discussion and analysis. If you do not approve, or your child does not produce a permission form, they will switch to another another room to complete a comparable, alternate written assignment during the viewing. There is no penalty for not watching the movie, but I encourage all to see it. I appreciate your support of our learning.
Here is a digital copy of a permission slip : Glory Letter
Please print out the permission and return it ASAP.
1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Periods:
TKAM – Students should be reading Chapters 21 – 26 this week. We will have our Mini-Test over Chapters 10-20. Students should be working on their character charts as they read.
Project – Students should have completed their interviews and will be submitting their interview notes. Students will have class time to work on their projects as they finish the assigned reading for the day.
Vocabulary.com – The TKAM POMS Ch. 21-31 2017 (the final list) has been assigned and is due Monday, May 1.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: The Ch. 1-5 Quiz was postponed from Friday and will now be on Tuesday. We plan to read Chapters 6-9 this week, completing the vocabulary and questions in the packet as we read.
Project – Students should have completed their interviews and will be submitting their interview notes. Students will have class time to work on their projects on Thursday and Friday if their interviews are done.
Below are the links to the Unit 9 vocabulary and the same vocabulary broken into sets. Each day next week, the students will quiz over a given set at the beginning of class.
I will quiz over these terms on Monday/Tuesday (April 24th/25th)
I will quiz over these terms on Wednesday/Thursday (April 26th/27th)
I will quiz over these terms on Friday (April 28th)
These are the last terms for the entire 8th grade year! Let’s work hard and finish on a good note 🙂
If PreAP students (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Periods) would like to purchase a personal copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, they are available for sale at Pin Oak on a first come, first serve basis.
Many students have realized that they would benefit from having their own copy to keep up with the reading and annotate as thy read.
- Cost: $8.00
- How to pay: Pay through SchoolPay-To Kill a Mockingbird
- Print your receipt OR send a picture of the receipt to your child’s phone or tablet.
- Show your receipt to the front office to pick up your copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Be sure to write your name on your book in case you leave it somewhere! There are many copies around 8th grade!