Parent Guide: Two Kinds

This week in class, we’re reading “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan.

In “Two Kinds,” a woman reminisces about the misunderstandings and conflicts that contributed to her challenging relationship with her mother.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family, Growing Up, and Identity as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What makes a family?”, “What does it mean to be grown up?”, and “What makes you who you are?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: The Lottery

This week in class, we’re reading “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.

In Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” an entire town participates in a ritual that turns surprisingly sinister.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & Equality, Morality, and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is fair?”, “What are the effects of following the crowd?”, and “Why do people do bad things?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: The Gift of the Magi

This week in class, we’re reading “The Gift of The Magi” by O. Henry.

“The Gift of a Magi” is a classic Christmas story about love, sacrifice, and generosity.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & FamilyLove, and Power & Greed as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does love emerge?”, “Does money buy happiness?”, and “What makes a family?”

Ways to support your child:

 

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Parent Guide: How Boots Befooled the King

This week in class, we’re reading “How Boots Befooled the King” by Howard Pyle.

In this folktale, a wise king offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to whomever can make a fool out of him.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Prejudice & Discrimination and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why do people succeed?” and “How does prejudice emerge?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: How to Identify and Manage Emotions

This week in class, we’re reading “How to Identify and Manage Emotions” by Set to Go.

In the informational text, “How to Identify and Manage Emotions” Set to Go shares the benefits of emotional awareness, as well as tips for managing emotions.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Education & Knowledge as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How do we understand the world around us?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep

This week in class, we’re reading “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems” by Tori Rodriguez .

In the informational text “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems,” Tori Rodriguez discusses how missing even an hour of sleep can have an effect on teens’ mental health.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Beauty & Happiness as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How can we achieve happiness?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Help-Giving

This week in class, we’re reading “Help-Giving” by Set to Go.

The informational text “Help Giving” explains the importance of help-giving as a responsibility and a necessary life skill.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child:

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Parent Guide: Readtheory KP Goal (100)

Students will be assigned a Readtheory goal in Google Classroom that depends on their accumulated “Knowledge Point” score or KP.

You can help support your child’s learning by asking them to show you their “Readtheory Dashboard” and recording their “Knowledge Point” total at the beginning of the week.  Periodically check that that number is increasing during the week.

I have asked that they accumulate 100 KP this week. I really hope this goal is attainable.

If the 100 KP points goal is too hard (or too easy) to achieve in one week, let me know – have the student leave a comment in the assignment stream in Google Classroom. I will make adjustments where necessary.

How can students earn knowledge points?

Students can earn knowledge points in the following ways:
• Answer a regular question correctly: 1KP
• Answer a challenge question correctly: 2KP (+1KP for regular question)
• Pass a quiz: 15KP awarded (70% is a pass in ReadTheory)
• Get a perfect score on a quiz: 30KP awarded

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We Are Happy From …

Grab your smart phone and make your own “We Are Happy From…” video.

Team up with a group of friends, classmates, teammates … and work on your “lip dub.”

 

(name it Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city])

 

Read about Pharrell Williams at wikipedia.

Read about youth who cannot create and share such a video.

 

Watch, but not all of it at once, a 24 hour version of Happy, http://24hoursofhappy.com

 

Put your town on the map: http://wearehappyfrom.com/map

 

Tools:

Google Drive

WeVideo and WeVideo Help

iPhone WeVideo App

 

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Random ideas for a short story

  • fate vs free choice
  • a secret reason
  • a quiet sacrifice
  • betrayal of an old relative
  • flirting with a stranger
  • flirting with an old friend
  • predator vs prey
  • a symbolic object
  • jealousy
  • second language words or phrases
  • specialty jargon
  • animal captivity
  • symbol of good
  • symbol of evil
  • annoy your brother
  • regret a decision
  • choose safety over risk
  • something mythologically familiar
  • a song without words
  • a song with words
  • a passage from scripture
  • describe a colour
  • focus on hands somewhere
  • current piece of technology
  • a current event in the news
  • some natural phenomenon with infinite details
  • notice dirt, mud, dust, rust or decay in some small way
  • refer to a classic book by name
  • have a character cut something with scissors or a knife
  • have a character write something on a sticky-note
  • quit something
  • cuss but don’t write the word
  • flashback
  • whiffle ball accidents
  • two faced
  • dream with a shadow in it
  • eat healthy at a fast food restaurant
  • loss of your own soul
  • a falling object
  • focus on a facial expression
  • loss of a significant other
  • betrayal of another
  • poison from a secret
  • chaos from order
  • have a character say “Huh?” and really mean it.
  • smile fiercely
  • smile falsely

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