Globalization Venn Diagrams

Soon you begin to prepare your debates. Here are the two Venn diagrams you constructed from viewing the videos. I have attached them in case you want to use your thoughts to help you prepare.


Globalization 2

Getting ready for the ERBWrap

Hey Dear Students,

I wish I were there to explain this in person, but if I’m not yet back, let’s gear up. You have shown me, again and again, all year, that you are the most focused, hard-working, and inspired writers of all time. Now it’s your chance to prove it to the world. I am very excited to see how you score on the ERBWrap because I know what you’re capable of. Everyone will be very surprised by your excellent results, of that I am sure.

3d people partner.

Here’s how I can help you get ready:

  1. Here’s a 2-slide presentation that includes the rubric.
  2. Here’s the link to a YouTube “lecture” I’ve prepared for you to help you understand how the test is scored. It shows two examples. Ms. Esther will show it in class, which will give you time to discuss it. Then of course you can watch it at home a few times if you need to. I am so sorry for the fan sound, but it kept coming on, so please excuse me and thank you for your patience.
  3. Here’s the link to a document that has even more samples. For each one, read the sample, think about how you would score it, and then check to see how the “professional readers” scored it.
  4. Right before you start the test, play this song. The whole time you watch it, just remember this – You came into my classroom at the beginning of the year, lacking in confidence, not sure you could do it, and feeling overwhelmed by this difficult language. Then, over and over I asked you to do something impossible, and over and over you did. You wrote beautiful narratives and powerful social commentary using creative and poetic literary elements. You wrote convincing arguments, gave articulate speeches, researched and wrote amazing POP papers and exploitation essays. You participated in Socratic Seminars where you shared powerful ideas, in English, using complex sentences and building on each others’ ideas. You shared your ideas through Pechakuchas and text protocols, and analyzed narrative and expository text. Now show what you can do.

You are ready.


Preparing for your Socratic Seminar

Hello Dear Students,

As you prepare for your seminar, please consider the ideas and considerations I discuss in this short video. I look forward to hearing the seminars. They will be most interesting, I’m sure.

Please remember to try to use the different types of conversation skills we’ve learned in class. The more you practice them, the more they become a habit for you.


What might a Feed test response look like?

Hi Everyone,

Here’s a sample of how to structure a response on the Feed test. We have decided you will only be asked to write two responses. Each should follow a format similar to this. It has been color-coded to help you understand the function of each section.


What would you do…

Welcome back! First we’ll watch these thoughts regarding “the pale blue dot“.

What if you were suddenly given five hundred million US dollars (approximately thirty one billion rupees). That’s too much to spend on electronics, nice clothes, or super cool vacations. What would you do with the money to best help all of the beings on this “blue dot”?

Plan your thoughts. During our conversations, please keep in mind how they would score on this conversation analysis tool. It will help us to understand whether we are productively building upon each others’ ideas.


Welcome to our Socratic Seminar

Please go to this link for your backchannel period 5

Here for period 6

Character Traits of People Who Write POP Papers

Dear Heroes,

Wowwie, wow, WOW! You are WAY smarter than I am! I’m just finishing up grading your research papers. I can’t believe you’re only in 8th grade. I can’t believe you’re not native English speakers! Your dedication to these papers is truly an inspiration. As the idiom goes… Hats off to you!


Here are the list of character traits and qualities you have just demonstrated by writing these enormous, informative, well-written POP papers. Remember to link them to your blog, along with a self-evaluation (once I return your paper and the scored rubric). You have to admit, it’s an impressive list of traits. More importantly, they’re TRUE!

POP Character traits

Grammar Boot Camp

Get messy tromping through dense thickets of English phrases, clauses, and sentences. Master articles, comb through subject/verb agreement challenges, and spot a noncount noun from kilometers away…

It’s…. Grammar Boot Camp!

teen boot camp

Information about a book we will read in quarter 4

Dear 8th grade parent,

Throughout the course of the 8th grade year in Humanities here at AES we have been exploring how power is garnered and exercised in human societies. The first three quarters focused primarily on the past and present, but the fourth quarter extends into the future.  The Humanities classes plan on reading the book Feed by M.T. Anderson. The book is a 2002 National book award finalist for young people’s literature, and a winner of the 2003 Boston Globe-Horn book award for fiction.

The book is a timely and insightful look at the logical extension of the potential of digital technology to fundamentally alter the human brain and social relationships. As the book serves as a cautionary tale, the outcomes are not positive. In order to help illustrate this point the author’s characters at times use profanity. Far from gratuitous, the language serves to indicate that the characters no longer have the mental precision and insight to converse in an articulate manner.

We want to advise you of this aspect of the book, and you may rest assured that the discussion of the profanity will be addressed in the manner mentioned above. Should you have concerns about your child reading the book, we encourage you to read it. Of course we are able and willing to accommodate you should you prefer that your child read an alternate selection. Please do advise us should this be the case.

Best Regards,

The 8th grade Humanities team

American Embassy School

Reviewing commas

We’ve discussed these in the past, but oh so many rules! Please look these over before we start writing.

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