Mr. Cummings email email@example.com 5/17/2019 6th Grade: Continue your web research on your component of the HAN DYNASTY PRESENTATION. Groups will present on Friday, 5/24!
HOMEWORK #39F 6th Grade: Construct 4 sentences explaining which individuals or groups of people are in power in the United States in 2019, and why. 7th Grade: Construct 6 sentences explaining what GOOD THINGS come out of going to war.
WEEK of 4/28 2019 HOMEWORK #38 6th Grade: Use a reliable source to compose a 2 sentence explanation and definition of what a CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION is. 7th Grade: Complete your worksheet on My Brother Sam is Dead.
WEEK of 4/15/2019 Spring Break Homework #37: Compose 4 sentences on the importance of SOCIAL STUDIES for Middle School students in 2019. Due when we return from the break.
WEEK of 3/18/2019 HOMEWORK #35 6th Grade: Complete the missing information cards for your research on CONFUCIANISM and TAOISM. https://uri.org/kids/world-religions/taoism https://uri.org/kids/world-religions/confucianism 7th Grade: List 5 Leadership Qualities possessed by 3 modern-day (after the 20th Century) leaders. Be prepared to write on this material for a quiz grade on Monday 3/25
WEEK of 3/11/2019 HOMEWORK #34 6thGrade: Use the RACE Strategy to compose a 4 sentence response to the following question: What are the advantages to living in a city as diverse as New York?7thGrade: Use the RACE Strategy to explain in 2 paragraphs (4 sentences each) why it is important to fight for your beliefs no matter the cost.
HOMEWORK #33 6thand7th Grade: Examine the RACE strategy handout and be prepared to use it in your writing compositions for the rest of the school year beginning Wednesday.
HOMEWORK #32 6th Grade: Write 4 sentences on a spiritual tradition that you are familiar with or interested in. 7th Grade: Write 2 paragraphs (4 sentences each) on the colonial group that you would be most aligned with (Patriot, Loyalist, Neutral).
WEEK of 3/4/2019 HOMEWORK #31 6th Grade: Write 4 sentences explaining whether you think that all of the religions that we will be studying will have more commonalities or more differences and why. 7th Grade: Write 2 sentences on why the colonists should be loyal to the King and 2 sentences on why colonists should go against the King. HOMEWORK #30 6thGrade: Write 4 sentences explaining what the characteristics are of a religion or belief system. 7th Grade: Read the assigned excerpt from the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead. Annotate the reading on your 890 Notes.
WEEK of 2/25/2019 HOMEWORK #29 6th and7th Grade: Identify and write down at least 5 helpful hints for better test-taking.
HOMEWORK #28 6th Grade: What importance does water play in the success of a civilization? Explain in at least 4 sentences. 7th Grade: We have covered several different ways that the colonists displayed their disapproval of British rule. In 1-2 paragraphs (4 sentences per paragraph) write about whether, or not you believe that it is appropriate to publicly protest the government of the country you live in.
WEEK of 2/11/2019 HOMEWORK #27 6th Grade: Of the following civilization aspects (Plentiful Food and Resources, Specialized Jobs, Social Hierarchy,Government), which is the most important to you and why? 3 sentences 7th Grade: Parliament needed to convince the Colonists that they were being served by the British Crown. Write 4 sentences on how they should or could have done this effectively.
WEEK of 2/4/2019 HOMEWORK #26 6th Grade: Compose 3 sentences on why WATER is essential to the survival of a civilization 7th Grade: Research and describe what the Quartering act was in 4 sentences.
HOMEWORK #25 6th Grade: Use a reliable source to identify 4 facts about Egypt and the Nile River. 7th Grade: Compose a definition for the following vocabulary words: dreadful – doleful – dollar-less – expiring – resurrection
WEEK of 1/28/2019 HOMEWORK #24 6th Grade: Identify a strategy that we could implement to combat the effects of a problem the world faces because of climate change. Answer in 3 sentences. 7th Grade: Benjamin Franklin published “Join, or Die,” the first known American cartoon, in his Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, to support his plan for colonial union presented at the Albany Congress. Use a reliable source to explain what his plan was in 2-4 sentences. HOMEWORK #23 6th Grade: How are geographic processes such as desertification, drought, deforestation, the rapid retreat of Himalayan glaciers, and typhoons connected to climate change and development in nations of the Eastern Hemisphere? Answer in 3 sentences 7th Grade: Analyze the JOIN OR DIE political cartoon. Use inferences to explain in at least 3 sentences what you think the meaning of the cartoon is.
WEEK of 1/22/2019 HOMEWORK #22 6th Grade: Write a definition for the term OBELISK. 7th grade: Write at least 4 sentences on how stereotypes can misrepresent a group of people. WEEK of 1/14/2019 Assignment #21 6th Grade: Write at least 4 sentences on how your life might have changed if one event from your life had not happened or had happened differently. 7th Grade: Consider a historical event that you have a perspective on. Write at least 4 sentences on how you feel about this event.
WEEK of 1/7/2019 Homework Assignment#20 6th and 7th Grade: Complete the handouts that are unfinished from this week to submit on Monday.
Homework Assignment #19 6th Grade: Use the timeline handout to create a timeline of events that took place in our class this school year. Include at least 5 events. 7th Grade: Use the document analysis sheet to deconstruct the article that you selected for homework #18. Homework Assignment #18 6th Grade Consider how your life would be different a decade in the past and a decade in the future. Write at least 4 sentences. 7th Grade Select a historical event to research. Find at least one article on the event to print up and bring in, email it to me if you cannot print it up. Homework Assignment #17 6th Grade Consider the timeline of one of your favorite shows, movies, stories, etc. Construct a timeline that includes at least 5 major plot points. 7th Grade Write 4 sentences on someone from history or someone that you know personally that has gone through a hardship. Describe the ordeal and explain how they survived.
WEEK of 12/17/2018 Homework Assignment #16 6th Grade Out of the following man-made threats to the planet, which is the most dangerous and why? Deforestation, Extinction, Desertification, Climate Change, Air Pollution. Explain in 4 sentences. 7th Grade Think of an example of someone in history getting into ‘good trouble’. What came of this individual’s actions? Explain in 4 sentences.
WEEK of 12/10/2018 Website for class activity on 12/14/2018: Copy and paste the following link to view on your iPad: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation/ Homework Assignment #15 6th Grade Write down 4 things that you see at home or at school that you can do to improve the environment. 7th Grade Read the article authored by Representative John Lewis and write 2 sentences discussing what the civil rights leader means by “good, necessary trouble”.
Homework Assignment #14 6th Grade Make a list of 5 things that you or your family does at home or at school that are positive for the environment. 7th Grade Identify an article that you think has questionable facts and one whose validity you trust. Print them up to turn in or copy the web address to print up at school. Homework Assignment #13 6th Grade Write 3 sentences on how humans effect their environment. 7th Grade Write 4 sentences about the effects of fake news on our country and the world. Homework Assignment #12 6th Grade Write 3 sentences about what a hunter-gatherer was, and what it was that they did. 7thGrade Write 4 sentences about why it is important analyze the validity of the ‘news’ that you consume. WEEK of 12/3/2018 Homework Assignment #11: 6thGrade Write 3 sentences about how the 5 Themes of Geography could be used to learn about a specific culture. 7thGrade Write 3 sentences about how opinions can change about things over time. What is something that is looked at as bad that was once acceptable, or the other way around.
Homework Assignment #10: --6th Grade Submit a definition for each of the 5 Themes of Geography (Location,Place,Human/Environment, Interactions,Movement,Regions) --7th Grade What other group in our nation’s history has been a victim of oppression? Write 1 paragraph (4 sentences). Homework Assignment #9: 6th Grade There are 5 Main Themes of Geography. Identify and list them. 7th Grade What role did the King and Queen of Spain play in the enslavement and oppression of the Tainos? Write 1 paragraph (4 sentences). Homework Assignment #8: 6th Grade What is the difference between absolute location and relative location? Write at least 2 sentences to answer this question. 7th Grade In 4 sentences compose a paragraph arguing whether or not you feel that Columbus was a hero deserving of his own holiday or a problematic figure that history should regard as a villain. Use evidence to support your argument. WEEK of 11/26/2018 Homework Assignment #7: 6th Grade Complete the Topography Quiz using your notes and handouts that we have composed in class. 7th Grade In 4 sentences compose a paragraph identifying and deconstructing at least one example of how European explorers (like Columbus or the Puritan settlers at Plymouth Colony) oppressed Native Americans. Homework Assignment #6: 6th Grade Write down a landmark that you think is interesting. Write down 1 interesting fact about this place using a reliable source. 7th Grade Write down these 4 vocabulary words from today’s article and define them: Takeover, Voyages, Organized Society, Religious Beliefs. Homework Assignment #5: 6th Grade Research and write down the definition of the word GEOGRAPHY. 7th Grade Research and write down the definition of the term GENTRIFICATION.
WEEK of 11/19/2018 Homework Assignment #4: 6th and 7thEnjoy your time away from school and be prepared to share 1 interesting thing that you did while you were away from school. When you come back be ready for visitors and new experiences in our classroom! --Homework Assignment #3: 6th and 7th Write 4 sentences on our essential question: How do ideas, animals, and diseases spread around the globe?
Homework Assignment #2: 6th and 7th Write down and define 5 vocabulary words from the NearPod lesson that you participated in today. Explorer, colony, Puritan, Mayflower
11/16/2018 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT #1 6th and 7th: Write done something that we have done in this class that you enjoyed and something that we have not done yet that you think would be fun or cool. 11/14/2018 HOMEWORK6th and 7th:Complete any and all missing homework assignments for you to make up and avoid getting a ZERO for any homework!
11/13/2018 HOMEWORK 6th and 7th: Check the class page on the website to make a list of ANY and ALL homework assignments that you have not turned in. Present this list to me tomorrow so that we can arrange for you to make up this work and avoid a ZERO!
11/9/2018 HOMEWORK:6th- Write 2 sentences about a current event news story that takes place in the location that you wrote your travel article about. 7th- List 5 items that are examples of products or goods that the United States exports.
11/7/18 HOMEWORK: 6th- Write a review of a recent show or movie that you watched. Explain what you liked about it and what you would have done to improve it. 7th- List 5 examples of products that we use regularly that is imported to the United States.
11/5/2018HOMEWORK: 6th- Write 4 sentences on an exotic food you have eaten. Use the same storytelling skills that we have practiced in class. 7th- Write 4 sentences about a historical event that has happened. Use parents or someone at home to interview or reliable sources to support your writing.
11/2/2018 HOMEWORK: 6th- Find and read an example of a travel article and print it up to hand in on Monday. 7th- Write 4 sentences about how a primary source can be more useful than a secondary source when researching a historical event. 10/30/2018 HOMEWORK: 6th- Brainstorm at least 3 locations that you are familiar enough with to be able to write a travel article about. 7th- Write 4 sentences about how a secondary source can be more useful than a primary source when researching a historical event.
CLASS LINKS: https://explorepartsunknown.com/ https://www.thirteen.org/brooklyn/history/history2.html
10/24/2018 HOMEWORK: 6th- Write down why it would be profitable for a travel blog to discuss different locations to visit. (At least 4 sentences) 7th- Identify and write down at least 4 words, names or locations/areas that New Yorkers might be familiar with that are derived from Native American culture. 10/23/2018 CLASS LINKS: https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/native-american-sports https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdain-thailand-parts-unknown.cnn
HOMEWORK: 6th- Research a food from the Eastern Hemisphere that you have never tried. Who eats it? What country or culture is it from? 7th- Identify a game or sport that was played by the Lenape, Nayack or Canarsee tribes. 10/22/2018 HOMEWORK: 6th- Research a location in the Eastern Hemisphere that you think would be a unique place to visit. Tell me where and why. 7th- Write 4 sentences on why you think the sports that you researched today are so popular. 10/17/2018 6th Compare and contrast 2 different places that you like to go. Movie theatre vs. Mcdonald’s, Park vs. Beach, etc. Yourresponse should tell why each place is different from each other and why you prefer one over the other. 7th Write 4 sentences on anything that changes ownership from one group or person to another. Apartments, cars, hand-me-down clothes, etc.
10/16/2018 6th Draw a map of someplace that you navigate every week (your apartment building, MS 890, your neighborhood). 7th Identify and investigate at least one component of culture of the Lenape Tribe that lived in present-day Brooklyn. 10/15/2018 HOMEWORK 6th Grade Complete your geography definitions on your handout. 7th Grade Identify 2 Native American tribes that lived in the area of present-day New York City. 10/12 HOMEWORK
6th and 7th Grade: On your Cultural Interview template conduct a brief interview with someone from a different generation than yourself. Write at least 2 sentences to answer each question.Due Monday 10/15
Week of 10/01-10/05 HOMEWORK 10/05 6th- Write a paragraph (4 sentences) on SIMPLE TOOLS that early man used which we still use today. 7th- Write a list of at least 7 different factors which make the climate zone that New York City is located in unique to the rest of the US.
10/03 6th- Generate 3 pieces of evidence why homo sapiens are more evolved than their ancestors. Write your findings on looseleaf. 7th-Write about what the pros and cons would be for living in 3 different US climate zones, you may use any reliable source that you wish to support your opinions.
10/02 6th-Write 1 paragraph (4 sentences) on how Lucy’s life was different from Otzi’s.7th-Identify and shade in/color the different US states that you have visited in your life . 10/01 6th Graders- Review your self-written quizzes and select the 5 overall toughest questions. Use a highlighter to mark which ones you have chosen.7th Graders- Write 1 paragraph (4 sentences) on why it is important that we use reliable information for our research. Week of 9/24-9/28 We will be learning about annotation and applying it to texts regarding prehistoric figures. HOMEWORK 9/24 Practice annotation on the sample text distributed in class. 9/25 Using the text on Otzi, write 5 ways in which your life is different from his life. Extra credit for definitions for the following terms: paleometallurgy, paleontology, iceberg, archaeobotany, subclavian. 9/26 Study assigned article on Otzi the Iceman. 9/27 Complete the annotation process using our new symbology on the entire article on Otzi. Annotated article due on Monday,10/1. Week of 9/17-9/21 We will be discussing how archaeology is used to decode the past. We are concentrating on the case of the hominid "Lucy". HOMEWORK 9/17: Select one of the guided questions from the Lucy handout to write about. If you have not yet presented your findings from yesterday select your edited response to present to the class. 9/18: Think about how future civilizations will learn about us. Write a paragraph about what clues future civilizations will use to learn about us. How will our civilization be thought of? What could we have done better? What did we do well? This should be 4-5 sentences long. Week of 9/10-9/14 We will be discussing the concepts of rights, privileges, responsibilities, and ethics. Homework for 9/12: Construct one paragraph on an example of a right, responsibility, or privilege that students deal with in their own life.