DAILY JOURNAL ASSIGNMENTS:
Monday, Feb. 23: What do you already know about the Native Americans? Make a list of at least five things you already know.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Explain what “The Great Turtle” refers to, in Native American folklore. If you were absent when we discussed “The Great Turtle,” please have a classmate explain it to you.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: If you were a Native American person during the American Civil War, which side would you fight for, the north or the south, and why?
Thursday, Feb. 26: Imagine you were a US soldier during the forced marches we now call “The Trail of Tears.” Use your imagination to describe the Native Americans’ experiences as if you — a soldier witnessing the scene — were writing a description in your diary from that period in history.
DAILY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES:
Monday, Feb. 23: Today we were given a seating chart. Please ask where to sit if you were absent today. We also went over the syllabus (found in Box 2 in the Make-up Work Center at the back of the classroom). You need to take the syllabus home and have your parent go over it and sign it. That document will be due on Thursday this week. After that, we read pages 18-21 in the literature book. The best time to make up this reading assignment is during our library time on Thursday. Just ask the teacher if you can borrow a literature book during our library time and return it to class at the end of the hour.
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Today we read about the Kiowa/Cherokee author, N. Scott Momaday (page 18). If you click on the link provided, it may help you catch up on that reading. But we also read from Momaday’s memoir, “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” which you’ll need to make up when we go to the library this Thursday. We created a T-Chart for Momaday’s memoir, “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” and I recommend you copy a friend’s to get caught up, if you were gone today.
Wednesday, Feb. 25: Today we read about “The Trail of Tears” and we made (and presented) posters based on this important event in Native American history. Read the Wikipedia article (see link) and create a summary of the key events from the “Trail of Tears,” if you need to make up this assignment. You may be asked to read your summary to the whole class to make up for the poster presentation points.
Thursday, Feb. 26: Your vocabulary journal was collected today. Make sure you tell your teacher you still need a grade for your vocabulary from this week. Also, we read the biography of Chief Seattle (available through that link) and Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (an adaptation of Chief Seattle’s famous speech), which you can borrow when we go to the library next week.