Located right along the information Highway.

Technology is integrated throughout the Language Arts and History/Social Studies Curriculum

The TECH ZONE On-line grade book
Quiz Lab Research/ Presentations for Social Studies and Language Arts Word Processing

By using on-line tests and a grade book at www.mygradebook.com , we are able to avoid papers stacking up and we can be more eco-friendly.

MR. CURRY HAS TAKEN ADVANCED COURSES AND WORKSHOPS IN TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION. HE HOPES TO EARN HIS MASTER’S DEGREE IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. HE PARTICIPATED IN AN INTERNSHIP AT LOCKHEED MARTIN’S SPACE SYSTEMS’ IT DEPARTMENT (SUMMER 2004). In 2007, he worked at National Semiconductor.

In July 2006, he was part of the Yahoo! Teachers of Merit program at Yahoo! Headquarters in Sunnyvale!

MR. CURRY’S CLASSES WILL BE USING COOPERATIVE LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM. THIS STRUCTURE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, SOCIALIZATION AND SELFESTEEM STUDENTS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO 3-5 MEMBER LEARNING GROUPS. WE WILL CHANGE GROUPS EVERY 6-8 WEEKS. IN OUR COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACH, STUDENTS WILL HELP EACH OTHER TO STUDY AND TO DISCUSS TOPICS, BUT ALL GRADES WILL BE INDIVIDUAL AND NOT GROUP GRADES.

EVERY SUMMER IS SPENT IN TAKING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES AND EDUCATIONAL TRIPS.
In 2009, Mr. Curry studied Immigration at Ellis Island in New York and he studied American Civil Rights at Cambridge University in England. Two major projects we will do are based on those workshops.
IN 2008, HE SPENT INDEPENDENCE DAY IN Washington, DC AND THEN ONTO PHILADELPHIA WHERE IT ALL BEGAN. HE ALSO WENT TO STUDY BEN FRANKLIN. IN SUMMER 2005, HE STUDIED THE US CONSTITUTION AT GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON. IN OTHER RECENT YEARS HE TRAVELLED TO NEA CONVENTIONS IN NEW ORLEANS (before Katrina) WASHINGTON D.C., PHILADELPHIA AND ORLANDO. IN 2004 HE TOOK A COURSE ON SLAVERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AND HELPED CREATE A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PROJECT ALSO IN DC.

In 2008, Mr. Curry attended the NEA Convention in Washington, DC where he heard then Senator Obama speak and he also participated in a seminar on Benjamin Franklin at Villanova University and in Philadelphia.

To prevent this from happening, students have an “at home” set of books.

Grading
Students are expected to turn in all their work on time. Grades will be corrected and recorded on www.MyGradebook.com usually the same day.

Grading
-Report Cards sent out at the end of each trimester. -Progress reports sent home halfway through each trimester.

Mr. Curry will be only happy to schedule a conference or discuss your child’s progress, but NOT at Back To School Night.

Use of Technology in Class
-Appropriate use only -No Chat nor IM allowed unless assigned by class -QuizLab (www.quizlab.com) access in class or at home, though those with no home access are given preference in class. -E-mail pen pals project is possible if a partner class is found in another country. -Research for projects -Power Point presentations and possibly video “Movies” -Word Processing of assignments -Use of software and web-based educational programs -Weekly Assignment sheets

We have about 9 student computers in class and students can also use computers in the school’s computer lab as well.

READING, Writing and Speaking/Listening Standards Are available for viewing online at: www.sjteach.org/gr8ELAstandards.html

The focus will be on continuing the development of phonemic awareness, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. We will be using the Holt Language Arts / Literature books this year. The Literature books have some outstanding stories and skills instruction. Students will be also challenged to read books at their instructional level but which also become more challenging as they progress during the year. Book reports will be done for each trimester.

Our text program this year will be Holt Elements of Literature. The typical weekly expectation for all the programs is that students will read the selection, answer the increasingly more difficult “Response” questions and write a minimum 1 paragraph (5 quality sentences) summary of the selection. That is followed by taking the online test for the selection and doing any skills practice work that is assigned. Students are to have a novel to read every day.

We use a very structured and basic step-by-step approach to the writing process, similar to the Step Up To Writing used in the district’s Elementary Schools.

Written and Oral English Language Conventions 1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions (grammar)

We use teacher developed rubrics for assessing student writing. The state will test student writing in 7th grade. 6+1 Trait Criterion 2. ideas 3. organization 4. voice 5. word choice 6. sentence fluency 7. conventions +1presentation

English/Language Arts Standards
Listening and Speaking 2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) Students deliver well-organized formal presentations employing traditional rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, exposition, persuasion, description). Student speaking demonstrates a command of standard American English and the organizational and delivery strategies outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard

Students will give both small group and individual oral reports based on both language Arts and Social Studies Reports and Projects. They will be assessed for their presentations and the students listening will be accountable for listening skills.

Students will learn about the American nation from the American Revolution through the end of WW I. We will also do special units on immigration and the American Civil Rights Movement.

Our main text program is Glencoe/McGraw Hill’s Discovering Our Past: The American Journey

Discovering Our Past: The American Journey to World War I Unit 1: A Changing World Chapter 1: Expanding Horizons Chapter 2: Road to Independence Unit 2: Creating a Nation Chapter 3: A More Perfect Union Chapter 4: The Constitution Unit 3: Launching the Republic Chapter 5: The Federalist Era Chapter 6: The Age of Jefferson Chapter 7: Foreign Affairs in the Early Republic

Unit 4: The Young Republic Chapter 8: The Northeast: Building Industry Chapter 9: The South Chapter 10: The Age of Jackson Chapter 11: Manifest Destiny Unit 5: Civil War and Reconstruction Chapter 12: Road to Civil War Chapter 13: The Civil War Chapter 14: Reconstruction Unit 6: Reshaping the Nation Chapter 15: The Western Frontier Chapter 16: The Growth of Industry Chapter 17: America Enters a New Century

Since Mr. Curry has taught classes which have won awards for multimedia projects, we can look forward to an awesome experience!

Students will be required to do many of their writing projects on the computer and either submit by email or send as a Google Document to the teacher.

We will be learning about our world and developing literacy skills through participation in the Chronicle In Education program. We will get online access to eeditions of the newspapers more than once each week.

Check student Binder Reminders regularly Check student progress on www.mygradebook.com or request for a printed copy (give Mr. Curry the response card) Contact Mr. Curry whenever you have a question or concern email: rdcurry@sjteach.org Voice Mail: 408-923-1800 ext 4420 Our Class website is at: www.sjteach.org/20.html

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