Weeks 4-8 (February 6 – March 6)

THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Feb 23/24:   If you were absent today you missed some directions for your research report – You will want to look through this attached powerpoint Research paper tutorial Day 1 and see the samples for the assignment (checkpoint #1 for your three topics) is due next class. There are also some examples of what is due by Thursday  (checkpoint #2 – research on your first topic)

Next we moved on to our next Module – “Juvenile Justice”.   Please open this attached powerpoint and read the slides, complete the activities and take the notes in your spiral notebook.  Please have this completed for next class! day-1-of-juvenile-justice-activity-and-notes

Then, you need to read one of the following articles and TAKE NOTES!  These notes were Activity 3 in your spiral notebook. 1)  Lionel Tate Story,  2) Nathaniel Brazill Story ,  3) Thomas A. Preciado’s story ,  4) James Parker and Robert Tullock.

Then also went on to read the article in your reader titled “Kids are Kids – Until They Commit Crimes”   and “Startling Find on Teenaged Brains” and annotate them (see below – Monday’s blog – if you have misplaced your reader). Also write a paragraph at the bottom of each stating whether you agree or disagree with the author (using at least one direct quote). Be sure to read these articles prior to next class.

Homework – complete Checkpoint 1 for your THREE topics – DUE MONDAY!!!  

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If you were absent, please selest one topic (1st and 2nd period) or two topics (4th period) from the list below and EMAIL ME your choices at kmomaney@cnusd.k12.ca.us

Group #1 :

Emory University

Carthage, South Dakota

The Stampede Trail

Colorado River

Bullhead City

The “Slabs” / Slab City

Anza Borrego

Teklanika River

Fairbanks, Alaska

 Leo Tolstoy.

Jack London

Henry David Thoreau                  

Jon Krakauer

Everett Ruess

Sir John Franklin

Doctor Zhivago (fictional)

Oxfam America     

Outside Magazine           

Poisonous Plants of Alaska       

Hunting Game in Alaska

Any epigraph         

Any author of any epigraph

Fairbanks Transit bus 142

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WEDNESDAY, Feb 22nd: Today we introduced the upcoming research paper.  You will want a copy of the overlying checkpoints, which can be found here:  Research Directions .

The first checkpoint is due Monday/Tuesday of next week!  This includes the answering the following questions for each of your three topics:

  • 1) A written statement of WHERE in the Into the Wild story each topic was introduced/quoted/ addressed, along with a direct quote from the book
  • 2) A written statement of WHY each of these topics were introduced/quoted/addressed in the Into the Wild storyline – be specific.
  • 3) A written statement detailing how the accounts in Into the Wild would be different if this topic had been deleted

If you were not here today, you will need to select your first two topics when you return to class – we will be selecting the third topic that day, as well.

Also the website to quickly search for your assigned topics can be found here:  http://www.metropolitancollege.com/Into%20The%20Wild.pdf – once again, “Ctrl F” and search for your topics

I also collected the redos of the Into the Wild essays.  Be sure to submit them when you return.

Finally… FOR ANYONE WHO HAS MISPLACED THEIR READERS, THE ARTICLES FOR MODULE 6 CAN BE ACCESSED HERE!  Print them out and have them ready for class next week!

Kids are Kids Until They Commit Crimes

Startling Finds on Teenage Brains

On Punishment and Teen Killers

Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences

Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents

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TUESDAY, Feb 21:  Today we took a break and watched a documentary on the Chris McCandless story.  If you were absent, you missed out on some EASY class points so you need to view the documentary and take notes – be sure to submit them within a week!

Homework:  If needed, finish your Into the Wild essay and resubmit next class!

Also, if you do not have your reader anymore, you need to print out the articles linked last class and have them with you every day for the upcoming future!

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Feb 16/17:  Today we prepped for and wrote our in-class essay.  If you were absent today, please complete the quote gathering pre-writing sheet found here Quote Gathering for the argument that Chris was – prewriting for essay and have it ready for next week.   You will be writing the essay when you return.

Finally… FOR ANYONE WHO HAS MISPLACED THEIR READERS, THE ARTICLES FOR MODULE 6 CAN BE ACCESSED HERE!  Print them out and have them ready for class next week!

Kids are Kids Until They Commit Crimes

Startling Finds on Teenage Brains

On Punishment and Teen Killers

Juveniles Don’t Deserve Life Sentences

Greg Ousley Is Sorry for Killing His Parents

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WEDNESDAY, Feb 15:  Today we prepped for our in-class essay, which you will be writing next class!  You need to decide whether you believe Chris was crazy or not and then brainstorm the three major overlying reasons why (for example, he was unprepared in many ways).  Then, you need to list quotes that support that claim – find a quote about his little sleeping bag, his cheap boots, his lack of a map (etc).  List them together using this pre-writing worksheet:  Quote Gathering for arguments  You can also just find single words that Krakauer uses like “stupid” (177) to support your reason.

You might be asking “how do I find all those quotes?”  You can either use the quotes that you have gathered, the ones in your grammar work, the ones we have talked about in class, the ones in your spiral notebook OR you can use the help of the online version of the book found here:  http://www.metropolitancollege.com/Into%20The%20Wild.pdf.   At this site if you do a “search this page” (try hitting the little box with the arrow at the bottom of your screen on your phone and scrolling over OR using Ctrl+F on your computer) and type in “tent” you will be taken right to the places in the book where Chris’s tent is mentioned.  Same with “boots” or “map” or “stupid”.  You will need to note the chapter number and title if you use the online book, however, as they do not list page numbers.

Regardless BE SURE TO HAVE THIS WORKSHEET COMPLETED FOR NEXT CLASS or you will not be able to write your final assessment for this module.

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Tuesday, February 14: Today Activity 6 in your spiral notebook was to analyze the two epigraphs at the start of the epilogue.  After analyzing the two epigraphs at the start of the epilogue, write a thoughtful reflection on one of them. Why was it selected?  In what way is it important to the close of this novel?

  • Use at least one quote and be sure to introduce where the material comes from (in original form and in the context of the novel).

Make sure IF ABSENT, you read the entire epilogue of the novel yourself and write a summary/response to it and submit that when you return. Your class points are dependent on it.

Homework: The essay for this novel will be in class on THURSDAY/FRIDAY! MAKE SURE YOU ARE HERE WITH YOUR BOOK (no phones allowed) and feel free to begin quote gathering! The more prepared you are, the easier it will be!

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Feb 9/10:  SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS WILL BE COLLECTED NEXT WEEK!  HAVE YOURS READY!

We started class with Activity 5 in your spiral notebook:  Respond to the following passage from Leo Tolstoy that Chris highlighted and annotated not long before he tried to get out of the wild and got turned back because of the roaring river. This ultimately led to his death “in the wild”  What do you think the following says about Chris McCandless?  Has he changed while in the wild?  Why might he be ready to go back to civilization?  What parts of this quote affect you, personally?  Be sure to include at least two quotes from his passage in your response. (1/2 + page).

  • “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor-such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of man desire?” (169)

Next, reviewed Chapters 16 and 17 and read all of Chapter 18 together as a class. We actually listened to it on this website: https://www.schooltube.com/video/4aabb77dab9a4a698ffd/Into%20the%20Wild%20Audio which is an audiobook of the novel. Chapter 18 begins at 6:33:00 if you would like to listen to it while answering the questions below.

To receive the points for this assignment you must answer the questions found here while you read: Chapter 18 questions with reading.  These are due within one week!

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WEDNESDAY, Feb 8:  Today we competed the grammar activity hyperlinked here:  Grammar – Verb variety and placing quotes in context . Be sure to submit it ASAP (and no later than a week from now!)

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, Feb 6/7: We began our class with a 4th Quick Write in our notebooks:

Activity 3D – “The Magic Bus”

In about ½ page, PARAPHRASE what you learned in this video. Then state whether or not this is a place you would ever like to live for an extended amount of time? Be sure to detail why. Why do you believe it appealed to Chris?

View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwMiLuYNeQ8

Here is the information to correctly introduce the video in your paraphrase:

“Visit The Into The Wild Magic Bus”

Jake Acton – producer

June 27, 2011

(www.youtube.com).

Next, we turned to the backside of our “paraphrase worksheets” to the “Direct Quotation side Grammar 1 and 2  and followed the directions to complete the writing assignment found there. We did a grand lecture on the complications of direct quoting, so if you missed this, take care to read the directions provided to you on the worksheet extra close, use Google as your friend (MLA Format), and I can always help during lunch, after class/ school & during office hours!

Next, we started a new activity in our notebooks called “Chapter 16” where we were given 1 of the 10 items Chris had in his backpack when he left for the Stampede Trail:

1) A 10 pound bag of rice

2) a used semiautomatic .22 caliber Remington rifle

3) four 100 round boxes of rifle-shells

4) a fake-fur parka and cheap leather hiking boots   (not waterproof)

5) 2 sandwiches and a bag of corn chips

6) nine or ten books

7) a small lightweight tent

8) sleeping bag (that his mom made)

9) Camera and a few rolls of film

10) a tattered state road map (not trail)

If ABSENT: Pick one of these and write it down in your notebook then answer:

Was this item a “smart choice” or Is it an example of Chris’ craziness/ stupidity/arrogance? Why?

Next, we got into groups of four and as a team we:

As a team, go through this chapter (16) and quote at least 20 words (or groups of words) that describe Chris McCandless and/or his actions in this chapter (include pg. #) – quotes that can help prove whether or not he was crazy. If ABSENT, do this on your own… 10 quotes will suffice.

Lastly for today, we took Chapter 17 Quiz. Be prepared to make this up when you return.

First Weeks of Semester 2!!! (Jan 9 – Feb 3)

THURSDAY/FRIDAY, Feb 2/3:  Today we started with Activity 3c in your spiral notebook titled “Places Chris Journeyed”.  It is a Quick Write titled“Slab City”. In about ½ page, PARAPHRASE what you just saw in this video and state whether or not this is a place you would ever like to live/visit. Be sure to detail why.  Why do you believe it appealed to Chris? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oig9ozZLCTk

I then shared a lot of information about the events in chapters 9-13. To make up the class points you need to view the following websites and submit your notes:

https://prezi.com/iehpt76qktwt/chris-mccandless-everett-russe/

http://www.christophermccandless.info/early-years.html

I also shared a little about the background behind chapters 14 and 15 about Jon Krakauer’s trip up the Devil’s Thumb. To make up your class points view this video of The Devil’s Thumb and write a ¼-1/2 page response and submit when you return. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=skiing+the+devils+thumb+tgr&view=detail&mid=C7F4D91CC958E2EF0219C7F4D91CC958E2EF0219&FORM=VIRE2

We also took a quiz on CHAPTER 16 QUIZ. You need to make this up ASAP.

Last, we began reading Chapter 17 IN CLASS. Instead of taking notes on the first couple of pages, we drew pictures as we listened to the story being read to us. Then, we wrote this paraphrase:

  • Introduce the first ½ of Chapter 17 “The Stampede Trail” and paraphrase it (172-176).  Then state your opinion as to why Krakauer busts into Chris’ story with this Chapter.

Homework: finish chapter 17 – notes are optional, but extra credit!

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WENDESDAY, FEBRUARY 1:  Today we started with a quickwrite in your spiral notebook (Activity 3b – on bottom of the quickwrite from last class) titled “Places Chris Journeyed”.  We then viewed the following video which highlight some of the places Chris spent time and wrote a reflection on it – this one is title “Carthage”.  Is this town a place where you would ever want to live?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGZpNwe3soM

Next using the “sandwich” technique from last class we also completed the “Paraphrase” side of grammar work that can be downloaded here:  Grammar 2 and 3.  Only complete the Paraphrase side!

Here is a sample of a good paraphrase:

  • In Chapter 1 titled “The Alaska Interior” Jon Krakauer recounts the story of the last human to ever see Chris McCandless alive – Jim Stucky; McCandless was hitchhiking when Stucky picked him up and drove him to the start of the Stampede Trail. He thinks Chris is a very intelligent young man, but he is concerned because McCandless seems ill-prepared for the adventure ahead of him. In this chapter the reader gets the first look at someone who thought Chris was a little crazy for marching off into the wilderness; this will be a reoccurring theme throughout the book (Into the Wild).  This chapter is important because it introduces the main character and starts asking the question “Is Chris crazy or not?”

Using the same technique completed the “Paraphrase” side of grammar work that can be downloaded here:  Grammar 2 and 3.  Only complete the Paraphrase side!

Homework:  read chapter 16 and take notes (mandatory) 

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, January 30/31: We began class with a QuickWrite in our spiral notebooks (Activity 3A): The Starting Point – “Emory University”
In about a ½ page, paraphrase what you just learned about this college and state whether or not this is a place you would ever like to go to school. Be sure to detail why or why not.  What do you feel appealed to Chris?
View video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh70E4hKTog

Today we had our full-class discussion of Chapters 8-15 of Into the Wild.  If you were absent you must answer all of the questions on the attached document IN COMPLETE SENTENCES and submit them within a week.

Chapter 8-15 – questions for absent students

Lastly, we ended with one more Quick Write on a blank piece of paper:
Select one of the 7 chapters that were NOT your assigned homework chapter
From the information that you received from your classmates, write a “paraphrase” of the chapter and argue why you believe it was included in the novel at all.
The “paraphrase” (i.e. rewording of something written by someone else) needs to be “sandwiched”; your thoughts on why it was included should come after the paraphrase.  This means that you need to introduce the chapter/book/author/page # at the START of your summary, as well as at the end.  The notation at the end needs to be placed in parenthesis.  See the following for an example:

  • In Chapter 1 titled “The Alaska Interior” Jon Krakauer recounts the story of the last human to ever see Chris McCandless alive – Jim Stucky; McCandless was hitchhiking when Stucky picked him up and drove him to the start of the Stampede Trail. He thinks Chris is a very intelligent young man, but he is concerned because McCandless seems ill-prepared for the adventure ahead of him. In this chapter the reader gets the first look at someone who thought Chris was a little crazy for marching off into the wilderness; this will be a reoccurring theme throughout the book (Into the Wild).  This chapter is important because it introduces the main character and starts asking the question “Is Chris crazy or not?”

Homework:  Read Chapter 16 and take notes.  Notes and a quiz next class!

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, JAN 26/27:  Today we took the FINAL part of your VERY IMPORTANT District Assessment.  If you were absent today, please make arrangements to attend office hours next Thursday and/or Friday to get caught up.  In the meantime, please read the third source which can be found hyperlinked here: source-3 and write a response where you trace the authors’ ethical appeal (ethos – credibility) and how it supports his claim.  Be sure to use details (quotes) to support your answer.

Also, we continued our review of Chapters 1-7 – if you were here on Monday/Tuesday, simply answer the questions that are on the back side of the “appointment” worksheet.  If you were not here, the questions can be downloaded here:  chapter-4-7

Also, just a reminder that when you are absent, you miss out on both class points, as well as leisure reading points.  To make these up you must write a 1/2-3/4 page summary on what you DID read on your own time.  Be sure to submit this when you return.

Your homework is to read your one “focus” chapter from chapters 8-15 and answer the assigned questions.  If you do not have the questions because you were absent, I emailed them to you – so check your email.  If all else, at least write a one sentence summary for each page in your assigned chapter.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN 25:  Today we took the second part of your VERY IMPORTANT District Assessment.  If you were absent today, please make arrangements to attend office hours tomorrow and/or Friday to get caught up.  In the meantime, please read the second source which can be found below and write a response where you trace the authors’ emotional (i.e. pathos) appeal  and how it supports their claim.  Be sure to use details (quotes) to support your answer.

http://www.prindlepost.org/2015/08/trigger-warnings/

Also… for those who were absent, your “focus chapters” are listed below.  Be SURE to read these chapters carefully and be ready to answer questions about them next class.

First Period:        Jill P – chapter 8

Fourth Period:  Quinn A- Chapter 9

  • Cassie J- Chapter 9
  • Rebecca Y – Chapter 15

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, JAN 23-24:  Today we took the first part of your VERY IMPORTANT District Assessment.  If you are absent today, please be sure to read the article found here and write a response to the LOGOS of this argument.  Trace the authors’ logical reasoning and how it supports their claim.  Be sure to use details (i.e. quotes) to support your answer.  The article can be found here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

Then, we had a lengthy discussion of Chapters 1-3 of Into The Wild. If you were absent, the questions that you are responsible for answering are attached here: chapters 1-3 all questions , using complete sentences and ideas.

Also, just a reminder that when you are absent, you miss out on both class points, as well as leisure reading points.  To make these up you must write a 1/2-3/4 page summary on what you DID read on your own time.  Be sure to submit this when you return.

Homework:  continue reading Into the Wild – we will be continuing with chapters 8-15 next week. Also, continue marking/noting quotes that address Chris’ sanity (or lack thereof).

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, JANUARY 19/20: Today we discussed the true-life account of our author, Jon Krakauer, on the deadly Everest trip of 1996.  To receive points for the discussion (if you were absent) you need to answer the following questions and submit them:

  1. What were the causes of the disaster on Everest? List as many of them as you can.
  2. Of all the people involved, who do you feel was most responsible? Why?  Who was second?  Who was LEAST?
  3. Name another participant in the disaster and list what you learned about them.
  4. List some of the challenges that you feel Krakauer faced in writing this book. List as many as you can brainstorm.

We also watched a motivational speech given by survivor Beck Weathers. It can be viewed here: http://www.kepplerspeakers.com/video/beck-weathers/   Include your thoughts on this speech on the bottom of the answers to the four questions above.

We also completed a very important Common Formative Assessment (CFA) using the things you learned from the movie AS WELL AS the information from  your research.  Your task is to do the following: Using your research notes and the movie as your sources, trace LOGOS, PATHOS or ETHOS-based reasons why humans SHOULD or SHOULD NOT attempt to climb to the “top of the world” – Mt. Everest. Be sure to use details (i.e. quotes) to support your answer.  Also, incorporate some of the grammar skills we covered first semester ( ; : – … []  )

The information for the movie are as follows:

  • Into Thin Air: Death on Everest (1997)
  • Directed by Robert Markowitz
  • Screenplay Written by Robert J. Avrech
  • 1997
  • Based on the novel Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Then we had some quiet time to read chapters 8-15 of Into The Wild and we reviewed the quiz from chapters 1-7.

Also, just a reminder that when you are absent, you miss out on both class points, as well as leisure reading points.  To make these up you must write a 1/2-3/4 page summary on what you DID read on your own time.  Be sure to submit this when you return.

Homework:  keep reading Into The Wild

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18th (all periods):  Today we completed the documentary about Krakauer’s story on Everest.  If you were absent today read about this account and answer the following questions and submit your written responses to me so you receive credit for this activity.

You can Google the account or read about it at sites like these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Mount_Everest_disaster

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/death-on-mount-Everest!

I collected the research notes and citation page last class.

Homework:  continue reading Into the Wild

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 17th (all periods):

Then we continued the viewing of the story of Jon Krakauer’s odyssey on Everest. If you were absent today read about this account and answer the following questions and submit your written responses to me so you receive credit for this activity.

You can Google the account or read about it at sites like these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Mount_Everest_disaster

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/death-on-mount-everest!

We also had our Into the Wild chapter 1-7 quiz today – arrange to take it when you return.

Also, we collected the research notes and citation page.

Also, just a reminder that when you are absent, you miss out on both class points, as well as leisure reading points.  To make these up you must write a 1/2-3/4 page summary on what you DID read on your own time.  Be sure to submit this when you return.

Homework:  continue reading Into the Wild

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THURSDAY/FRIDAY, January 12/13:  Today we started with Activity #2 in your spiral notebook for the Into The Wild module titled “Alone”.

  • Think about an experience you have had when you were alone and made some misjudgments that could have led to disaster (but hopefully did not). It doesn’t have to in the outdoors, either. What miscalculations did you make and how did you avoid disaster? (~1/2 page).  Incorporate some of the grammar skills we covered first semester ( ; : – … []  )

We also recorded 20 new goals that you have set for yourself for this semester.  Be sure to submit those to us when you return – you received some class points.

Then we continued watching the reenactment of Jon Krakauer’s (the author of Into The Wild) true story of climbing Mt. Everest and the disaster that unfolded during his trip. If you were absent, you will need to read the following two websites about Jon Krakauer and add notes on his life to the bottom of Activity 2 – be sure to show them to me when you return so you get credit for the movie points!

We also leisurely read – you will need to submit a 1/2 page + of notes detailing what you read to receive those points.  Please read Into the Wild, as you will have a quiz on chapters 1-7 next class!

Also, just a reminder that when you are absent, you miss out on both class points, as well as leisure reading points.  To make these up you must write a 1/2-3/4 page summary on what you DID read on your own time.  Be sure to submit this when you return.

Homework:  be ready for a quiz on chapter 1-7 of Into The Wild and continue reading chapters 8-15. Also, you need to continue researching Mount Everest online and record a page+ of notes and create a Works Cited Page with at least three websites cited – be sure to show the URL address on your citation page.


WEDNESDAY, JAN 11:  Today we went to the theater to hear a presentation by the admin and counseling staff.

Be sure to keep reading Into the Wild!

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MONDAY/TUESDAY, JAN 9/10: Welcome back! Check here for work when you are absent or need extra assistance!

Today we started with a Holiday review activity.  For your points, please print out the activity and answer the questions for yourself and submit: Who in this class

We leisurely read for 15 minutes (Into the Wild), as you have to have chapters 8-15 completed by the end of the week of January 16th.

Then we continued with Activity #1 in your Spiral notebook for the Into The Wild module. You will want to create a cover page and then write at least a 1/2 page on the following (titled “The Wild Wilderness”):

  • Write about any experiences you have had hiking, backpacking, camping and/or existing in the wild. What are the benefits of any one of these activities? If you have no experiences in the wilderness, reflect on what you think it MIGHT be like.Homework: be ready for a quiz on chapter 1-7 of Into The Wild and continue reading chapters 8-15. Also, you need to continue researching Mount Everest online and record a page+ of notes and create a Works Cited Page with at least three websites cited. Also, be sure to have your parents sign a copy of the second semester syllabus/letter that can be downloaded below.
  • We then started watching the reenactment of Jon Krakauer’s (the author of Into The Wild) true story of climbing Mt. Everest and the disaster that unfolded during his trip. If you were absent, you will need to read about this account and write a one page+ summary of what you learned… students received credit for the viewing and you need to make up the points. You need to check out the following two websites and submit your one page+ summary when you return!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Mount_Everest_disaster  and  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/death-on-mount-Everest

Homework: be ready for a quiz on chapter 1-7 of Into The Wild and continue reading chapters 8-15. Also, you need to continue researching Mount Everest online and record a page+ of notes and create a Works Cited Page with at least three websites cited. Also, be sure to have your parents sign a copy of the second semester syllabus/letter that can be downloaded here: Parent letter to be signed