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"This thing we all a part of, it's living history.  Our children are all a part of this, and it will be talked about for generations to come.  Schools are closed; sports are cancelled; people are quarantined....on a GLOBAL level.  The best thing your children can do is keep a journal over the next 5+ weeks.  Handwritten, typed, in photographs or drawings....record events, day to day activities, fears, and feelings.  Let them make a video journal if that's the media they prefer.  As parents, let them interview you, be a part of it.  When it's all over, save it /  store in a safe place for them.  They will share this with their children and grandchildren.  Help them create a tangible, primary source of their own history."
Author Unknown
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Hope you all stay Safe and Healthy!

Please Log Into ConnectED (Study Sync) and NewsELA for Assignments Each Week!

I have found articles in NewsELA that are aligned with our History Alive! books.  Please be sure to complete quizzes and writing assignments after reading each article.
You are encouraged  to access programs such as Duolingo, Study Island, Typing, or AES during this time!
Let me know by email or phone if you have any problems logging in.  If it's a glitch in the link, you can also email Mrs. Cole at tcole@shafferschool.com

Current Week - 3/30-4/2

7th Grade
Study Sync - "Simeon's Story" - Think Questions /
                       Writing Prompt
                      "The Story of My Life" - Think Questions /
                        Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "A Look at West African Empires" -
                    Quiz & Writing
                   "Central Characters in African Myths" -
                     Quiz & Writing
8th Grade
Study Sync - "The Girl Who Came Home" - Think
                       Questions / Writing Prompt
                       "The End of Airports" - Think Questions /
                        Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "Presidency of James Madison" -
                    Quiz & Writing
                   "War of 1812" - Quiz.& Writing

Week of 3/23-3/27:

7th Grade

Study Sync - "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" -
                         Think Questions / Writing Prompt
                       "Jailed For Freedom" - Think Questions
                       "Red Scarf Girl" - Think Questions /
                           Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "The Crusades" - Quiz & Writing
                   "The Songhai Empire" - Quiz & Writing
                   "History of Benin" - Quiz & Writing
8th Grade
Study Sync - "Mark Twain's First Sweetheart" -
                           Think Questions / Writing Prompt
                      "All the Light We Cannot See" -
                            Think Questions / Writing Prompt
                       "A Night to Remember" - Think
                             Questions / Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "The Louisiana Purchase" - Quiz & Writing
                   "Meriwether Lewis" - Quiz & Writing
                   "Lewis & Clark Expedition" - Quiz & Writing

Week of 3/18-3/20: 

7th Grade ELA / History:
Study Sync - "Harriet Tubman" - Think Questions /
                       Writing Prompt
                       "Broadside of a Slave" - Think 
                       Questions / Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "The Patron Saint of Ireland" - Quiz
8th Grade ELA / History:
Study Sync - "Drive" - Think Questions / Writing
                       "Tom Sawyer" Chapter V - Think 
                        Questions  / Writing Prompt
NewsELA - "Remembrance of Japanese Internment" -

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Where Monsters Can Grow

Beware of the monsters
Who dwell in the mind, 
Who grow in the shelter
Of shadows they find.
Beware of the demons
Who hide from the light,
Who only survive
When our spirits lose sight.
Those creatures can thrive
Where our knowledge is low;
They fill in the spaces
Of what we don't know.
Beware of the monsters
That cause us to hate,
To strike out in anger
When we can't relate.
For ignorance darkens
The mind and the heart,
And helps all our monsters
To tear us apart.
But learning and thinking
Will strengthen us so
We won't be the places
Where monsters can grow.

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.

Albert Einstein

Congratulations to 7th & 8th Grade February PRIDE Recipients:


James West & Killian Moncada

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