Aug 27 2014


Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan & Resources

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Essentially I oppose all forms of bullying. I have adapted materials for middle school created by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program. The full plan and how it addresses appropriate middle school standards can be found here – BULLIED: A Student, A School, A Case That Made History.

Why, you ask, do we need to focus on bullying? Empathy – the ability for a person to care about the feelings of others so much so that s/he can know what it feels like to walk in another’s shoes. Compassion - sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It is essential for us all to want to care about others. THis plan will help you gain an understanding of empathy and compassion. So, let’s get to it.

Before we view the film we will . . .

  1. First, take a Quick Bullying Quiz.
  2. Discuss the results of the quiz.
  3. Second, find out the answer to this question: How safe is your school?
  4. Discuss the climate at the school.
  5. Third, analyze the actual situation as you answer some questions about Bullying By the Numbers.
  6. Discuss what we uncover after looking at the statistics

After preparing ourselves, we will watch the film. As you watch the film, take notes so that you can answer these questions.

Questions about Courage and Empathy

  1. What did Jamie and his lawyers hope to accomplish by filing a lawsuit?
  2. What do you think Jamie felt on a typical day?

Questions about The Impact of Bullying: Dealing with Discrimination

  1. What role did bystanders play in Jamie’s bullying?
  2. What are some common misconceptions about bullying?

Questions about how this case Made History: Standing Up for Justice

  1. What is the constitutional basis of Jamie’s case?
  2. What are Jamie’s key messages when he speaks at the assembly?
  3. What lessons do you take away from his story?

After the film, answer the follow up questions for the film, BULLIED.

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Aug 27 2014


Kicking Off the Year with A LOT of Paperwork

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This year is shaping up to be a stellar one. I can already tell that thet you will be some of the greatest graduates this school has seen yet!

I have issued every one of you several handouts, some of which MUST be returned by the end of the first week – this FRIDAY. Here is the list of handouts.

Students MUST have this form completely filled out and Signed/Initialed by a parent/guardian EVERY DAY.

  1. REQUIRED Independent Reading Log – Parent – Initials/Signature Required DAILY

Students MUST fill out and have these forms completely Signed & Returned by FRIDAY

  1. Video Usage Parent Permission/Walking Field Trip to Library Permission Form – Parent Signature
  2. Student Website Authorization Form – Parent Info & Signature
  3. Reading & Interest Survey – A Parent Signature is NOT Required
  4. Southwest Middle School Anti-Bullying Pledge for Students - 

Student MUST keep these handouts in a safe secure folder or pocket for use throughout the school day and/or for homework.

  1. Journal Starters for Responding to Literature – This is needed in class and at home every day.
  2. Article of the Week Rubric & Grades Cover Sheet/Approach Paper Scores – Predicted Scores Tracking Tool – This is needed in class weekly. When these fill up, students are expected to get PARENT SIGNATURES and then turn them into be filed.
  3. Writing Process Grades Cover Sheet/Common Assessment Student Accountability Sheet – This is needed in class weekly. When these fill up, students are expected to get PARENT SIGNATURES and then turn them into be filed.
  4. Proofreading Marks – A Parent Signature is NOT Required. This is needed in class weekly.
  5. How to Use Graphic Organizers - A Parent Signature is NOT Required. This is needed in class weekly.
  6. Multiple Intelligences Test – This should be filled out completely by the student and returned to me by Friday. A Parent Signature is NOT Required.
  7. Questions to Support Comprehension of Fiction/Nonfiction - A Parent Signature is NOT Required. This is needed in class weekly.

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Aug 23 2014


These 29 Clever Drawings Will Make You Question Everything Wrong With The World – The Mirror Post

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I know we all enjoy seeing our friends and family post pictures of what’s going on in their lives: the first lost tooth, the latest lost great grand parent, the trip to the mountains, the trip over the dog into the living room, the broken elbow, the broken relationship. That’s one of the big advantages to social networking. Most of my extended family lives in another state. I subscribe to some amazing thought provoking stuff my friends and family appreciate. I feel that every person in my life is a miracle of humanity: my daughters, my mother and father, my girlfriend . .  All of you too are miracles of humanity. You will continue to become more miraculous as you grow and change…and change the world with you. I wanted to share this with you and my socially networked community of friends, family, anonymites, colleagues, present and past students. You must never stop thinking about the world, yourself, others. It is why we grow up. It is how we grow up. Enjoy. http://www.themirrorpost.com/2014/08/these-29-clever-drawings-will-make-you.html?m=1

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Aug 23 2014


Get ready to Write the greatest essay ever!| 60second Recap®

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You will be asked to write papers for one thing, another, or maybe even a different topic. Get these videos under your belt (that’s an idiom that actually means ‘Master that!’), and you’ll have a head start on getting the best possible grade you can earn. That doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to get an A. It means you, personally, have a better chance at earning a better grade than you would have gotten had you not watched the videos. Now…GO! Watch! Grow!

http://www.60secondrecap.com/recap-resources/how-to-write-a-paper/

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Aug 23 2014


Hey kids! Check out this article on Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding.

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Wanna be ready for some ways I’m going to look deep into your understandings? Read this. Do a short presentations on one or two of them? Request I use your favorites.

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Aug 23 2014


Compassion Games ..Let’s do this!

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https://www.facebook.com/compassiongames?ref=br_rs

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Aug 22 2014


This is interesting . . .11 Famous Authors Who Weren’t Published Until After Age 40 – 11 Points

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http://www.11points.com/Books/11_Famous_Authors_Who_Werent_Published_Until_After_Age_40

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Aug 21 2014


CMS history  |  Tuesday Forum  |  Charlotte

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http://www.tuesdayforumcharlotte.org/newspages/14Q1/140225CMS.htm

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Aug 18 2014


If it’s not dealt with in your classroom, it will certainly be worked over in mine. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN FERGUSON, MO?

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http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/curriculum-resources/c/current-events-classroom.html#.U_JtBys4WV5

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Aug 18 2014


It isn’t that memories are short, it’s that hatred can be masked, hidden for a long time. Jews mustn’t forget.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2727269/Are-tasteless-selfies-Tourists-post-pictures-skipping-doing-HANDSTANDS-Berlins-Holocaust-Memorial.html

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Aug 17 2014


more novel suggestions about novels to read this year: Eight classic young adult novels that deserve the Hollywood treatment

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Eight classic young adult novels that deserve the Hollywood treatment

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/apr/25/classic-young-adult-novels-hollywood-adapt-hunger-games-divergent

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Aug 17 2014


Check this out to help you make decisions about what to read this school year: YA books on death: is young adult fiction becoming too dark?

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YA books on death: is young adult fiction becoming too dark?

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/may/11/ya-books-on-death-is-young-adult-fiction-becoming-too-dark

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Aug 17 2014


Read about writers and what they do…Article: Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance

http://www.hbook.com/2014/07/authors-illustrators/rita-williams-garcias-2014-csk-author-award-acceptance/

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Aug 17 2014


Considering some GLBT books for your personal reading list this school year? Stonewall Book Awards List | Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)

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http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/award/honored

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Aug 17 2014


What about a few books by a single author who has contributed greatly to teen literature? Edwards Award | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

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http://www.ala.org/yalsa/edwards-award

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