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Hello there!
This will be my second year teaching at WWJH. However, I was once a student myself at Willow Wood - even in the same room! I am a proud Tomball High School graduate and then attended the University of North Texas. I feel very lucky to be back in Tomball and teaching in a warm and welcoming environment that feels like home.
I am very excited for this upcoming year and the journey through US History we will be taking together!

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STAAR Review Game

In addition to the review folders students have made in preparation for their Social Studies STAAR test next Thursday, 5/17, there is a comprehensive online review game available. Students can access the quiz game through google classroom and are able to play an unlimited number of times. Additionally, the game is smartphone and tablet accessible!
Happy studying!

STAAR Review Folders

Students received a STAAR review folder on Friday, 4/30 that we will be adding information to over the next two weeks in preparation for the Social Studies STAAR test on Thursday, 5/17. This folder will be taken as a major grade on Friday, 5/18! 
It is expected that students will keep up with their review folder and add/complete the pages as they are handed out. Students do have the opportunity to leave their folder in their class period's bin, but it is still the responsibility of the student to keep track of it -- if the folder "goes missing" in the classroom it is understood that it is still the student's responsibility. If a folder goes missing, I can give new copies of the pages (if there are extras), but it is up to the student to find a new folder to place them in.
When students are absent, they are to come see me to receive the papers that they missed for their folder. All of the information necessary to complete the folder pages will also be posted in google classroom.
Additionally, review games will be posted to google classroom to assist students in the review process.
Happy reviewing!

Major Grade Writing - Reconstruction

Students will be completing their major grade writing assignments today (4/24) in class. Students were given all day Monday (4/23) to complete the pre-write while collaborating with other students. Today's writing assignment will be done individually and give students the opportunity to express learned knowledge.
The writing assignment consists of 3 paragraphs (PAP will also write a conclusion) and is due at the end of the class period.
Again, students were told the prompt yesterday and given the opportunity to organize their thoughts in a structured and guided way for the entire class period and were made aware of the due date.

Major Grade Civil War Project + Quiz

This week students will be working on a major grade project that will be due at the beginning of class Friday (4/13).
They will have Monday + Thursday in class to work on it in class and can also complete it outside of school.
They have 3 options to choose from:
1. Battle scene illustration (full color) or 3D model with 1 page written report.
2. Historical Figure illustration (full color) with 1 page written biography (include sources)
3. Journal/Letter exchange (made to look old) utilizing 2 different perspectives at one page each in length.
There will also be a quiz in class on Friday (4/13) over the Civil War -- students should use their growing tensions notes, civil war foldable, and Emancipation Proclamation worksheet to study.

Spring Benchmark

Students will be taking a benchmark exam for a major grade on Thursday, 3/29. Students who are absent will take their exam when they return Monday, 4/2 (no school Friday, 3/30 due to Good Friday).
In anticipation of the benchmark, students were given a review packet on Thursday, 3/22. A review game is also available for students to play through google classroom -- it is both computer and smart phone compatible! 

Upcoming Major Grades

As we quickly approach the end of the 3rd 9wk grading period, there are a few important dates to know. These dates have been on my board since returning from Christmas Break, but I understand we are all bombarded with deadlines right now and would like to send a little reminder.
Industrial Revolution Project - DUE Monday, 2/26
Students have received 2 days in class (Wednesday 2/21 + Thursday 2/22) to work on their invention blue print and questions. Most students finished in class as it is a simple assignment, but the deadline is Monday at the beginning of class for students who need a little extra time over the weekend.
Social Studies Mock STAAR test - TO BE TAKEN Wednesday, 2/28 
Students will be taking a mock STAAR test (a practice version of the standardized test administered by the state in May). It is 48 questions covering material from throughout this school year and students will receive a 4 hour block of time to take the exam. The review game was released to google classroom today (2/22) and will remain there until the test date. The game works on computers and smartphones -- great to play on the bus! Students will also be given a review sheet to complete that matches the game either Friday or Monday (just waiting for the copies to be made).

Major Grade Writing

Reminder: students' major grade writing assignment is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 2/20. This has been assigned since last Wednesday and many students turned in their assignments early after working diligently for 2 days in class. If it has not been turned in, it will need to be completed prior to class and turned in immediately following the bell. 

Presidents Quiz

Students will be taking a quiz over the first 7 presidents and the court cases discussed in class on Monday, 2/12. All of the topics on the quiz can be located in students' notes. To help students further review, I have made a review game available in their google classroom. It is smart phone compatible as well as capable to be played on the computer. It can be played an unlimited number of times (I would recommend playing until a comfortable 100% accuracy is achieved).

George Washington

Welcome back! 
We are starting our spring semester with George Washington. This week students have worked on a chart titled "Challenges of the New Republic" and a worksheet titled "Washington's Farewell Address". Both assignments were given class time to be completed. I will be collecting both worksheets on Tuesday, 1/16, for a daily grade. If students did not finish in class, it is their responsibility to complete the assignments using google classroom. 
Have a great long weekend!


Students will be taking their benchmark on Tuesday, 12/12.
There are man resources to help them study:
  • Review sheet given on Friday, 12/8
  • Completed review sheet in google classroom
  • Review game in google classroom

Major Grade Debate

Students will be working on a major grade written debate in class on Wednesday, 12/6 over the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists perspectives on the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The debate is due Thursday, 12/7 in class.
Students who are absent or on the orchestra trip will receive their assignment on Thursday and turn it in on Friday.

Test - Thursday 11/9

Students will be taking their Road to Revolution Test on Thursday, 11/9.
Students will have an opportunity to create study cards in class on Tuesday and will have an opportunity to play a review game on Wednesday. 
Both will also be available in Google Classroom by Wednesday evening to help students study prior to the exam on Thursday.

Major Grade Project - Baseball Cards

Students are working on a major grade project in class on Monday and Tuesday. The project is due Wednesday at the beginning of class. 
Monday - Students are drawing/coloring the pictures of a patriot and a loyalist. They are able to take this with them to work on in advisory or at home.
Tuesday - Students are writing the inside component of their baseball cards. Again, they will be able to take it with them to finish at home. 
The project is segmented to help students track their progress and prevent falling behind. While I understand Tuesday evening is both a game night and Halloween, there is no excuse not to have the project complete on time. The portion completed on Monday is the most time consuming and they can finish it Monday evening if not complete. The written portion should be easily done in class if students focus and remain on task.

Major Grade Writing Assignment

Tomorrow, 10/5, students will be completing a major grade writing assignment in class. It will be a few questions that they will need to respond to in paragraph format. 
Today students will be completing a pre-write related to the writing assignment in class. They will be able to use their pre-write paper (purple sheet) to assist them with their writing assignment so long as they bring it with them to class.  

Warm Up Check

As discussed at open house, students leave a notebook in class to complete their quick write warm ups. These are checked and graded periodically. Most students received a 100. If a student received a 50, that means they had their notebook in the class bin with their name on it, however they had not actually completed any warm ups. If a student received a 0, the student either did not have a notebook in the bin, could not show me their warm ups stored in a separate location, or their name was not on their warm up book. If their name was not on their book, they can put their name on it and show it to me for up to full credit. 
Have a great afternoon!