Category: Homework

May 28th Daily Update

To Do Today:

  • Do your math and novel reading
  • Turn in your progress report for this week (page 94)
  • Research paper rough draft is due today
  • You should turn in your draft, even if it is only a few sentences
  • If you need help, ask for a meeting on Zoom (send an email to either teacher)
  • The final draft is due June 11th – you have time to catch up, but must start working now
  • Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xROmDsULcLE
  • Complete notes on the video and write a one paragraph summary (use your own lined paper or just send an email)
  • Weekly progress report (page 94-95)
    • Note: We did not read the article on Eurasia and North America trade routes

If you are finished with your rough, then you should:

  • Start article summary #5 (page 90-91) and #6 (page 92-92)
  • Start your rough draft (page 95-98) of the research paper

What is Due on June 11th?

  • Weekly progress reports for all weeks of the project
  • Article summaries #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6
  • Outline
  • Rough Draft
  • Second Draft
  • Final Draft
  • Interview notes (this starts in June, so I will explain the interview
  • Final draft:
    • You must use your outline (that was due last week)
    • Write in your packet
    • State your topic
    • State your thesis
    • Have three sections (introduction, main body, conclusion)
    • Include at least 4 sources
    • Include at least 1 citation sandwich
    • Typed in Word
    • Correct APA formatting

May 26th Daily Update

To Do Today:

Complete both summaries and watch both videos. These are due today.

Other Things to Do Today:

  • IXL math and novel reading
  • Start reading two more articles about your topic
  • You can use any source – World Book, Wikipedia, online, etc.
  • Be sure to record (write down) your source and ask if you are not certain that it is credible or trustworthy
  • Start article summary #5 (page 90-91) and #5 (page 92-92)
  • Start your rough draft (page 95-98) of the research paper
    • You must use your outline (that was due last week)
    • Write in your packet
    • State your topic
    • State your thesis
    • Have three sections (introduction, main body, conclusion)
    • Include at least 4 sources
    • Include at least 1 citation sandwich
    • Aim for 2-4 pages (not double spaced)
    • Writing using paper and a pencil for this draft

The Five Fs Are:

  • Focus
  • Form
  • Filler
  • Flow
  • Feeling

At this stage (writing the draft) you are using filler the most.

There are many kinds of filler, including:

  • Ideas
  • Thoughts
  • Facts
  • Connections
  • Theories
  • Questions
  • Data
  • Dates
  • Measurements
  • Descriptions
  • Details
  • Examples
  • Quotations (citations)

Define Filler:

Filler is what you use to “beef up” your paper with facts and ideas that prove your thesis. Each paragraph is about one main idea. The filler for that paragraph proves or explains that idea. Filler matters because it makes the paper interesting and helps you prove your point.

How do you write a citation sandwich?

  • Describe
  • Cite
  • Explain

Example: There are many kinds of dogs. According to Smith (2002), “More than 500 kinds of dogs exist” (pg. 209). This means that you can choose from all the different kinds of dogs.

When citing use this format: According to ______ (____), “____________________________________________________” (pg. ___).

If you don’t know the date or there is not a page number, leave those out of the citation. Be sure to explain what the quote from the text (the citation) means in the next sentence.

May 25th Update

No Zoom meetings today. The next Zoom meetings will be:

  • Mr. Budning’s class: Tuesday May 26th 11 AM
  • Mr. Kertes’s class: Wednesday May 27th 11 AM

Progress reports will go out later this week (I am still running a bit late). There is time to catch up. Please be sure to have completed:

  • Your IXL (20 minutes a day)
  • Your article summaries (#1, #2, #3, #4)
  • Your research paper outline

To Do Today:

  • Start reading two more articles about your topic
  • You can use any source – World Book, Wikipedia, online, etc.
  • Be sure to record (write down) your source and ask if you are not certain that it is credible or trustworthy
  • Start article summary #5 (page 90-91) and #5 (page 92-92)
  • Start your rough draft (page 95-98) of the research paper
    • You must use your outline (that was due last week)
    • Write in your packet
    • State your topic
    • State your thesis
    • Have three sections (introduction, main body, conclusion)
    • Include at least 4 sources
    • Include at least 1 citation sandwich
    • Aim for 2-4 pages (not double spaced)
    • Writing using paper and a pencil for this draft

How do you write a citation sandwich?

  • Describe
  • Cite
  • Explain

Example: There are many kinds of dogs. According to Smith (2002), “More than 500 kinds of dogs exist” (pg. 209). This means that you can choose from all the different kinds of dogs.

When citing use this format: According to ______ (____), “____________________________________________________” (pg. ___).

If you don’t know the date or there is not a page number, leave those out of the citation. Be sure to explain what the quote from the text (the citation) means in the next sentence.

Preparing for In-Person School

The classroom is ready for the June 1st return to in-person school. The return to in-person school is optional and remote learning will continue with the weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 11 AM. One on one help will continue to be available as well.

Below are some photos of the classroom. You will notice:

  • There are only eleven spaces for students to work at
  • The tables are spaced apart with ample room between chairs
  • Students are facing away from each other when working at a table or desk and are facing a wall or a barrier
  • There is soap, water, and paper towels for hand washing every time you enter the room

The school is being set up now as well. There are directional signs in the hallways and stairs. Students will enter and exit from three doors (one per grade level) to reduce congestion. The hallways will have fewer students. Lockers are off limits.

The room has more space between furniture to help support physical distancing.
There is ample space between tables. Students do not face each other and face either the wall or a barrier.
Students will sit at the round table when meeting with Mr. Kertes. That puts more than 2 metres spacing between people.
Everyone is expected to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when they enter the room. There is also hand sanitizer for students when they enter the school.

May 22nd Daily Update


To Do Today:

  1. Watch this video on math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAoLCXpao6s
  2. Complete the math video notes on page 75.
  3. Work on IXL for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Read a novel for at least 20 minutes and complete the novel log on page 74.
  5. Make sure that you completed (due yesterday) the following:
    1. Outline (page 70-72).
    2. Article notes and summary #3 and #4 (page 65-68).

You should have read at least four articles for your research project topic and have completed notes. You should also have finished your outline.
Next week you will take notes on two more articles. And you will complete your rough draft.

The rough draft is on page 95-98. It is due next week on Thursday. You should start this NOW. Be sure ask for help if you need it. We can set up Zoom with you or answer questions by email. Thanks!

May 20th Daily Update

Today we start weekly meetings. We will meet every Wednesday on Zoom at 11:00 AM. Please be sure to attend. 

Today’s work:

  1. Work on the outline of your research paper (pages 70-72).
  2. Work on IXL math for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Read a novel for at least 20 minutes and complete the Novel Log on page 60.
  4. Attend the Zoom meeting. We will go over an article and complete a levels of analysis reflection together.

New Schedule Starts May 20th

What Stays the Same:

  • Daily email every morning at 9:30 AM.
  • Work out of the packet “Indigenous Foods and World Cultures” each day. (Note: Some assignments will be optional with a reduced workload starting May 20th).
  • The research paper is still due on June 11th.
  • Work on IXL daily (20 minutes) and read a novel daily (20 minutes).

Current Schedule Ends on May 20th:

  • No more Monday Morning Meeting after this week.
  • No more afternoon small group Zoom sessions after today.
  • No more 1:1 Zoom sessions after today.
  • No more office hour from 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON each day starting today.

NEW: Weekly Class Meeting Starts on May 20th:

  • Mr. Budning’s class:
    • Meets weekly every Wednesday from 11:00-11:45 AM.
  • Mr. Kertes’s class:
    • Meets weekly every Wednesday from 11:00-11:45 AM.

Reduced Workload Starts May 20th:

  • We will reduce some of the workload starting May 20th. Check your daily email for daily assignments.

Note: There may be additional changes starting June 1st when the school returns to in-class instruction at 20% capacity. We will let you know of any changes in the weeks ahead. Thanks!

May 19th Daily Update

Today:

  1. Today is on page 53.
  2. Watch today’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaO-82H1t7c
  3. Complete the video key ideas summary (pages 57-58).
  4. Look over (you don’t have to start yet) the outline on pages 70-72. We will go over this in Zoom today and you will finish this by Thursday.
  5. Work on your project:
    • Read two more articles about your topic.
    • Take notes (pages 65-68).
    • Think about your outline and start planning your paper.

Every Day:

  1. Check your email every day after 9:30 AM.
  2. Go to your one on one session (if you have one today).
  3. Go to your afternoon small group session.
  4. Read the novel for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Complete the Novel Log for the day and turn it in.
  6. Work on IXL for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Work on the project for at least 20 minutes.
  8. Do your PE and other classes for the day.
  9. Turn in all your work for the day.

May 14th Daily Update

Today – Thursday is BOOK CLUB day…

NOTE:

  • There is no school on Friday May 15th and Monday May 18th.
  • Progress reports will be emailed to students today at 3:00 PM since there is no school on Monday.
  • Be sure to have completed and turned in the following by 3:00 PM today:
    • Your short story from last week
    • At least 20 minutes of IXL Math every day this week
    • The Writing Process Quiz from Monday
    • Novel Logs for this week
    • The Video Key Ideas and Summary from Tuesday
    • Article Notes and Summaries #1 and #2
    • Weekly Project Progress Report for week 2
  • Any work that is not completed and turned in by 3:00 PM will receive a 40 (Incomplete). (Note: If you are on a home school plan or other alternate program you may be completing different assignments. If you are not sure, check with Mr. Kertes.)

Be sure to attend today’s afternoon session. It will be a book club on Hatchet. You will receive a mark for showing that you can discuss a book as part of a book club. Remember: Don’t say “I did not read it” (even if that’s true). If you say this, the highest mark you can receive is a 50 (C-).

Today:

  1. Today is on page 47.
  2. Turn in your notes from two articles (page 49-50 and 51-52).
  3. Turn in your Novel Logs. Be ready for the Book Club. Today’s session will be graded. You must participate in the discussion and share your own reflections on Hatchet.
  4. Watch this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QVHviI3x1E&t=1s
  5. Complete the Weekly Project Progress Report (page 53-54).

Every Day:

  1. Check your email every day after 9:30 AM.
  2. Go to your one on one session (if you have one today).
  3. Go to your afternoon small group session.
  4. Read the novel for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Complete the Novel Log for the day and turn it in.
  6. Work on IXL for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Work on the project for at least 20 minutes.
  8. Do your PE and other classes for the day.
  9. Turn in all your work for the day.

May 13th Daily Update

Today – Tuesday is ARTICLE day…

  1. Today is on page 31.
  2. Read “How to Write a Research Paper”. Focus on Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. Be prepared to discuss these steps in Zoom this afternoon.
  3. Review on the idea from last term on how writing is thinking made visible (this is in the introduction of the article). Be prepared to discuss this in Zoom this afternoon.
  4. Complete page 45-46. Here are some starters:
    • Main topic: Writing process
    • What you already know: You already know how to think and you already know how to write a research paper
    • One thing you learned how to do in a new way: ???
    • Summarize one theory: Writing is thinking made visible by forcing you to put thoughts on paper – this explains how
    • Explain why this theory is useful: It is useful because you see the value of writing and know to focus on thinking (focus on explaining what you think); it helps you see the purpose of working through a process (to improve your thinking)
    • Four facts/key ideas: (1) For lots of students writing is a pain or a panic, (2) Writing is a system, (3) The simple act of writing forces you to focus on one thought at a time, (4) To explain something, you first need to understand it
  5. Be prepared to discuss the video during afternoon meetings.

This Week:

  1. You will read two articles and complete two sets of notes (one per article) (pages 49-50 and 51-52). These are due on Thursday.
  2. No school on Friday (or Monday next week).

Every Day:

  1. Check your email every day after 9:30 AM.
  2. Go to your one on one session (if you have one today).
  3. Go to your afternoon small group session.
  4. Read the novel for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Complete the Novel Log for the day and turn it in.
  6. Work on IXL for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Work on the project for at least 20 minutes.
  8. Do your PE and other classes for the day.
  9. Turn in all your work for the day.

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