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ELECTIVE WHEEL-School Organization & Strategies (S.O.S.)

Instructor
Mr. Gerald Gapusan
Term
Fall 2011
Department
Electives
Description
Period 3
6th Grade Elective Class Course Description & Objectives:
 
“Doing school” can be an intimidating, even scary experience for students. Balancing assignments & tests from several teachers on the same day, pacing work on projects for which there seemed to be years to complete but are suddenly due in two days, just finding one’s way around a new building – these can be daunting tasks to students.
The goals of the Elective class are to provide lessons that will help students acquire some basic tools needed to function in the school environment. This is a student-centered, activity-oriented, multidisciplinary class that will help students learn not only the value of being organized but skills for working their way through assignments and projects that they can transfer to any subject area at any level of their education.
Students experience situations that point out the need for developing such skills as time management and organization of information. They discuss these skills with other students, brainstorming how such skills can best be developed and in the process developing the additional skill of cooperating with others.
Students will begin their middle school experience by learning about skills and strategies to become a more successful student. The class is composed of several different elements, making students more successful in all their classes. The curriculum focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading skills. In addition, to develop students’ note-taking and study skills, while also teaching time management and goal setting. Mini lessons provide additional support for academic classes. Students will learn a variety of skills, techniques, and strategies to carry on throughout the year and beyond.

Upcoming Assignments

No upcoming assignments.

Past Assignments

Due:

Student Planner:
  • All student planners must be completed for ALL classes (including Advisory, P.E. & Elective)
  • Students must complete for every day (including when absent
  • The following are required elements of a "completed" planner:
  • Homework/classwork assignments and/or what was done in class that day (also acceptable is class agenda)
  • Reading Book (written on top, right hand box)
  • Weekly Goals: two goals which include an academic and personal goal
  • Weekend Activities: what was done over the weekend
  • Parent Signature: to be signed every week and checked on Monday

Due:

DAY 30
Assignment:
A Time for Justice video reflection
Objective: To learn about the history of intolerance in America throughout history
• Introduce background information
• Watch video; take notes
• Write reflection paragraph

Due:

DAY 29
Assignment:
Complete “Bullied” reflection
Plan of the day:
• Channel One News
• Review previous day’s lesson
• Bullied Documentary
o Explain & preview
o Take notes
o Write reflective essay on meaning of movie

Due:

DAY 28
Assignment:
“Viva La Causa” video
Plan of the day:
• Review previous day’s lesson
• Viva La Causa
o Explain history
o Watch video
Write reflection about what you learned

Due:

DAY 27
Assignment:
“The Children’s March” video
Plan of the day:
• Review previous day’s lesson
• The Children’s March
o Explain history
o Watch video
Write reflection about what you learned

Due:

DAY 26
Assignment:
“A Time for Justice” video
• Channel One News

• Review previous day activity; collect work

• A Time for Justice

o Preview video
o Take notes
Write reflection essay

Due:

DAY 25
Assignment:
Binder & Planner check
Choices Magazine
Objective: Evaluation of student planner & binder to check for organization

Due:

DAY 24
Assignment:
Story of Human Rights Reflection
Objective: Students discuss what are the 30 fundamental Human Rights (as listed by YouthforHumanRights.org)

Due:

DAY 23
Assignment:
Safety Net – Post to be Private
Objective: Students discuss what rules should be followed when adding “friends” on social networking sites
• Safety Net – Post to be Private
o Overview
o Program goal
o Internet safety message
o Activity
o Discussion question

Due:

DAY 22
Assignment:
Safety Net – Terrible Text Objective: Students examine real cases of Cyberbullying and learn about its effects and possible consequences
Net Safety – Terrible Text:

Cyber-bullying


Program Goal – Students will have a better understanding of cyber-bullying, including its effects and possible consequences.

Discussion Questions

·         What is cyber-bullying?

·         What are some of the ways that kids can be cyber-bullied?

·         Has someone ever sent you a mean e-mail, text, or IM?

·         Have you ever sent someone else a mean e-mail, text, or IM?

·         What can you do if you are the victim of cyber-bullying?

Due:

DAY 21
Assignment:
Safety Net – Amy’s Choice Objective: Students discuss how to avoid risky online behavior by communicating with a trusted adult
Safety Net – Amy’s Choice (Day 1): Avoiding Risky Online Behavior


Program Goal – Increase communication between adults & children about online safety.

Discussion Questions

·         At what point do you think Amy realized she was in danger?

·         When should Amy have told her parents or a trusted adult what was going on?

·         What were the consequences of Amy’s choice?

·         If you have a friend who’s thinking about meeting in person with anyone he or she first “met” online, what advice would you give him or her?

Internet Safety Message

·         I will never meet in person with anyone I have first “met” online without discussing it with my parents/guardian

·         I will never share personal information such as my full name, my mailing address, my telephone number, the name of my school, or any other information that could help someone determine my actual identity.

I will also not reveal any personal information about my friends and family.

Due:

DAY 20
Assignment:
Binder & Planner check
Choices Magazine
Objective: Evaluation of student planner & binder to check for organization

Due:

DAY 19
Assignment:
Value of College Education
Value

Due:

DAY 18
Assignment:
Value of High School Education

Due:

DAY 17
Assignment:
Calculating My GPA  Objective: To learn how to calculate grade point averages

Due:

Day 16
Assignment:
Important People Poster

Due:

DAY 15
Assignment:
Binder & Planner check
Choices Magazine
Objective: Evaluation of student planner & binder to check for organization

Due:

DAY 14
Assignment:
Declaration of My Identity/I Am Poem Objectives Students will complete an activity that examines their perspective and how others see them

Due:

DAY 13
Assignment:
Positive Self-Talk worksheet
Objectives: Students will learn about overcoming obstacles and becoming empowered

Due:

DAY 11
Assignment:
Important People activity (due next week)

Due:

DAY 12
Assignment:
I Made a Mistake worksheet

Due:

DAY 10
Assignment:
Binder & Planner check
Choices Magazine
Objective: Evaluation of student planner & binder to check for organization

Due:

DAY 9
Assignment:
Owning My Feelings

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DAY 8
Assignment:
My Accomplishments activity

Due:

DAY 7
Assignment:
Milestones in My Life worksheet Objective: to learn about how to account for major achievements in life

Due:

DAY 6
Assignment:
Time Management Packet (due next week)
Objective & Purpose: to learn about the importance of Time Management

Due:

DAY 5
Assignment:
Binder & Planner check
Choices Magazine
Objective: Evaluation of student planner & binder to check for organization

Due:

DAY 4
Assignment:
Complete My Top 10 activity
Objective: Building Community

Due:

DAY 3
Assignment:
Complete “Finding Your Way” activity
Purpose: To become familiar with new school; finding your way around.

Due:

DAY 2
Assignment:
Binder Organization packet
Get all supplies needed
Continue work on student planner

Due:

DAY 1
Assignment –
*Complete Student Planner entries for ALL CLASSES & school supplies
*Parent signature on syllabus
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