WILLIAM MENDENHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sandra Elliott Locker

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Library Presentation Handouts

Please Help Me with My History Project!

 

 

Start at the Livermore Public Library home page: www.livermorelibrary.net

FOR BOOKS:

On the library website home page:

  • Locate the “Catalog Search” on the right side
  • Make sure “Keyword” is selected in the first box
  • Type your topic in the catalog search box and click “Go”
  • Once you find a book you would like to borrow, click “Request” and enter your name and library card number

Helpful Hint: If you want to see books from other libraries, click “Search Link+.” You also can request these books but remember it can take 3-5 days for them to get to Livermore!

 

FOR ENCYCLOPEDIAS, NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PRIMARY SOURCES:

On the library website home page:

  • Locate the “Virtual Library” on the right side
  • Click “Enter” then click History
  • Select a Database, such as the database you learned about called U.S. History in Context
  • Enter your name and library card number
  • Type your topic in the search box (top right) and click search

 

Helpful Hints:

In the search box area,

  • Click “Primary Sources” to just search for primary sources
  • Click the arrow next to “More” to select “Magazines” or “Newspapers” to just search for those types of sources

Once you are on the results page for your search:

  • Look at the left column and click the + sign to get more options of document types

 

INTERNET SITES:

  • ipl2: www.ipl.org
  • Library of Congress: www.loc.gov
  • www.usa.gov, under “Explore Topics,” click “History, Arts, Culture”
  • New York Times: www.nytimes.com

Helpful Hint: If you need to log-in for the full-text of an article, come to the library and we can get it for you!

 

Are you still feeling lost or frustrated?

Get some help from a librarian!

  • Instant Message from the Livermore Public Library home page
  • Call us at 925-373-5505 or 925-373-5504
  • Visit us at
    • Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue
      • Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm
      • Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 12pm-6pm
    • Rincon, 725 Rincon Avenue
      • Monday, 12pm-8pm; Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-5pm

Sandra Elliott Locker

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Eastern Seaboard Spring Break 2018 Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.

The Pearl - Honors Core Class Novel for January! Check out the Top 20 Quotes from the author, John Steinbeck.

Rewordify.com

https://rewordify.com/

 

 

Students try out this site, you simply copy and paste text and it rewrites it using easier to understand language. For example, you found a primary source but do not understand a word of it. You copy and paste it into the text box and it uses synonyms to rewrite it in simpler terms. It's fantastic!

 

Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:

  • Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension
  • Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary
  • Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons
  • Help improve learning outcomes

AR DUE DATES


 

Halfway  Due Date

Last Day for Book

Approval

AR Goal and Log Due

 

First Tri.

 

Oct. 4, 2017

 

Nov. 8, 2017

 

Nov. 15, 2017

 

Second Tri.

 

Jan. 24, 2018

 

Feb. 28 , 2018

 

Mar. 6, 2018

 

Third Tri.

 

April 25, 2018

 

May 30, 2018

 

June 4, 2018

BreakOut EDU

2016 Mock Election

SUMMER HOMEWORK 2016

6/17/16

Welcome

Welcome to Eighth Grade Honors Core!  I am looking forward to an active and stimulating year.  Because 8th Grade History is the story of our country, we will focus on many aspects of American citizenship.  What does it mean to be an American?  What are our shared values?  What are the goals of our country? These questions have special relevance in this election season.  Due:   Wed. 8/24/16

 

Reading   (40 points)

Read Lincoln:  A Photobiography by Russell Freedman.  Take a little more than half a page of Cornell Notes per chapter.  Don’t write every detail, but make sure to record the most important events. For future reference, put page numbers in the left margin. After you finish the book, write short (5-10 sentences) paragraphs for each of the following questions.  (You will have a total of five paragraphs.)

  1. How did Lincoln face and overcome challenges as a young man?
  2. Lincoln lost his senate race against Stephen Douglas, but won the presidential election two years later.  Why do you think he succeeded as a national candidate but lost a state election?
  3. How did Lincoln’s position on slavery change over the course of his life?
  4. How much did Lincoln contribute to the North’s victory in the Civil War? 
  5. All deaths are sad, but the country found the loss of Lincoln especially tragic.  Why?

Social Science

You will read two speeches that outline traditional beliefs of our major political parties, and you will follow current events in our country today to analyze whether these beliefs have changed over time.

 

  1. Reagan, Election Eve.  On the evening of the 1980 election, Republican nominee Ronald Reagan spoke eloquently about traditional Republican values.  The next day he won the election.  Read his speech and make notes in the margin.  Try to identify the values that people found so compelling, and then record those on the “1980’s” column on the chart for the Republican Party.

 

  1. Cuomo, National Convention.  At the Democratic National Convention in 1984, New York Governor Mario Cuomo articulated the beliefs and goals of the Democratic Party.  Although the Democratic nominee lost that election, many still turn to this speech as an excellent summary of Democratic principles.  What are those principles?  Write notes in the margin of the speech, and then transfer the most important principles to the “1980’s” column on the Democratic Party chart.
     
  2. News Reports and Speeches.   Follow the progress of the summer campaign by reading newspapers and watching the national candidates as they campaign.  Take at least one page of notes per candidate, making sure you record the date and source of your information.  Identify the values of each candidate and complete the “Today” column on each chart.
     
  3. Write Two Paragraphs.  Finally, write one paragraph summarizing the major differences between Republicans and Democrats today, and one paragraph explaining which party has changed the most, and how.  (If you think neither party has changed very much, you may write about that, but then you must give evidence from both parties.)
     
  4. Classroom Follow-up.  During the first two weeks of school, each party will host its convention.  Be prepared to analyze their rhetoric to see whether the principles of each party have changed.
     

 

Summer Homework Materials

You can find the summer homework materials attached in my locker.

 

We The People - Mock Congressional Hearing

Debate Day!

Publishing Party

After weeks of writing, revisions and peer reviews, we are able to enjoy each other's final published draft!

Spring Break in Peru- Service Learning Tour

Getting ready for our Lord of the flies final presentations!

Sandra Elliott Locker

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SUMMER HOMEWORK 2015

Download Summer Homework Here
 

The summer homework for 8th Grade Honors is to read Lincoln:  A Photobiography by Russell Freedman and complete some graphic organizers.  Additionally, students choose two books by the same author and compare them using charts. 

If you prefer to do your writing on the computer, or if you did not receive a packet from the library, download the files from my locker (named summer homework and summer homework #2). 

ENJOY your summer and I look forward to meeting you all soon!

 

Sandra Elliott Locker

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Debate Day

Debate Day

Presentation from the Livermore Public LIbrarian

We were lucky enough to have two presentations given to us by the public Livermore librarian, Jennifer Mosel.  She taught us how to use the public library data base, which will be an excellent tool for our NHD projects.  Here is a "tip" sheet she created to use as a reference.  She is also available by email, text or of course at the Civic Center Library location.  

 

Please Help Me with My History Project!

 

 

Start at the Livermore Public Library home page: www.livermorelibrary.net

FOR BOOKS:

On the library website home page:

  • Locate the “Catalog Search” on the right side
  • Make sure “Keyword” is selected in the first box
  • Type your topic in the catalog search box and click “Go”
  • Once you find a book you would like to borrow, click “Request” and enter your name and library card number

Helpful Hint: If you want to see books from other libraries, click “Search Link+.” You also can request these books but remember it can take 3-5 days for them to get to Livermore!

 

FOR ENCYCLOPEDIAS, NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, PRIMARY SOURCES:

On the library website home page:

  • Locate the “Virtual Library” on the right side
  • Click “Enter” then click History
  • Select a Database, such as the database you learned about called U.S. History in Context
  • Enter your name and library card number
  • Type your topic in the search box (top right) and click search

 

Helpful Hints:

In the search box area,

  • Click “Primary Sources” to just search for primary sources
  • Click the arrow next to “More” to select “Magazines” or “Newspapers” to just search for those types of sources

Once you are on the results page for your search:

  • Look at the left column and click the + sign to get more options of document types

 

INTERNET SITES:

  • ipl2: www.ipl.org
  • Library of Congress: www.loc.gov
  • www.usa.gov, under “Explore Topics,” click “History, Arts, Culture”
  • New York Times: www.nytimes.com

Helpful Hint: If you need to log-in for the full-text of an article, come to the library and we can get it for you!

 

Are you still feeling lost or frustrated?

Get some help from a librarian!

  • Instant Message from the Livermore Public Library home page
  • Call us at 925-373-5505 or 925-373-5504
  • Visit us at
    • Civic Center, 1188 South Livermore Avenue
      • Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm
      • Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 12pm-6pm
    • Rincon, 725 Rincon Avenue
      • Monday, 12pm-8pm; Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-5pm

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!

Welcome back to Mendenhall and a new school year.  I am excited to be able to spend the upcoming school year as a member of this amazing community.  I earned both my Multiple Subject and Single Subject (Social Science) credential at SJSU and most recently my Master of Education specializing in Educational Curriculum and Technology.  I live in Pleasanton with my husband and three children (Haley 18, Preston 8 and Carson 7).  Eighth grade has an impressive curriculum that will be both engaging and academically challenging.  I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing in your successful 8th grade year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Elliott

ENGLISH

Writing well disciplines our thinking and teaches us to connect our ideas rationally.  This year, we begin with a simple poster, progress through essays and research papers, and finally challenge ourselves by responding to on-the-spot questions.

Literature broadens our perspective, helps us to perceive the world through the magic of metaphor and analogy, and gives voice to points of view we might not otherwise consider.  We will examine shorter texts closely in the classroom, working together to uncover subtle distinctions and obscure implications.  At home and independently, you will read widely and broadly in the Accelerated Reader program.

Grammar and Vocabulary are fundamental to the precise use of language.  We will work consistently in class to build our knowledge of words and language structure.  This year we will be using Vocabulary Through Morphemes by Susan M. Ebbers, MA. Ed. and Grammar for Middle School by Don Killgallon.

HISTORY

America's story is the story of diverse cultures meeting, interacting, and struggling toward a fair balance of power.  Along the way, heroes emerge, villains show their true colors, and thousands of ordinary people manage to live with dignity even when conditions are difficult.  Our country's first major conflict ended with England holding the balance of power; a few years later, American colonists threw out the world's greatest power in a revolution, deciding in the process that citizens should choose their leaders and have a voice in government.  The history of that experiment in self-government became the history of the United States, and its success influenced the expectations of citizens in many other nations.  In order to understand our own history and our legacy to the world, we begin by studying our Geographyprogress through Colonial times, study the Revolution and the values of the Early Republic, appreciate the delicate craftsmanship that is our Constitution, analyze the regional conflicts that erupted in the Civil War, and observe the rise and fall of civil rights during Reconstruction.  The capstone of our Honors curriculum is our We The People simulated Congressional hearing project, which synthesizes our knowledge of the Constitution, our survey of history, and our understanding of our nation today.

 

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