Perspective is our conceptual lens this year. A conceptual lens is a particular concept that helps focus the thinking for a unit of study; a way to produce intellectual depth and understanding. While studying the causes of the Revolutionary War we have been looking at both the American and British point of view. Our students discovered what it was like to be taxed in a way that seemed unfair and learned the slogan “No taxation without representation.” However, they also looked at why the British needed this money and whether this was indeed unfair. Our students read passages about the Boston Massacre from the two different points of view and had quite a discussion as to which account was true. They are trying to decide if they would be a patriot or a loyalist. Surprisingly, we do have some loyals in our midst!
Our topic work is carrying over into Writers’ Workshop. All students have chosen a famous person from this time and will write an essay about his/her life and importance to the war. We will be focusing on organization, transitions and detailed facts when completing this five paragraph essay. The older kids are excited for this challenge.
On Tuesday we have Rivendell restaurant night at the Panera Bread from 5:00 to 7:00, so please come and support Rivendell while socializing and eating good food. It is the Panera Bread on Council Tree Avenue. The older kids’ teachers and Jessica will host.
Remember – no school on Friday due to parent/teacher conferences.
Complete vocab A-D/ study vocab
Math 25 minutes
Do more research for essay, if necessary
Complete finding the main idea section E/Study vocab
Tuesday, Jan. 29 Restaurant Night at Panera (Council Tree) 5-7.
Friday, Feb. 1 Parent Teacher Conferences no school
Friday, Feb. 8 Parent Teacher Conferences no school