G/T In the Know

Posted onMay 18, 2015 
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Grade 8 (going into Grade 9)
Summer Reading: There is no assigned summer reading for students going into GT Humanities I, but students still want to know “what to read”. I encourage you to read throughout the summer, focusing on the philosophies and the classics:

  • http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/ap-literature
  • Anthem
  • Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Awards/Celebration: May 29
Field Day: June 1
Field Trips: June 2 (Team Cheetahs) & June 3 (Team Pumas)

Grade 7 (going into Grade 8)
Summer Reading: You will read The Hobbit.
Awards/Celebration: May 28
Field Day: June 1
Field Trip: Thursday, May 22

Barnes and Noble Bookfair for FISD
“Barnes and Noble is going to have a special “bookfair” the weekend of May 22-24 to sell summer reading books to our students.  The FISD libraries will get a portion of the sales from this weekend.  When students present the attached flyer (grade level specific) to the upstairs cashier at B&N, we will get credit for the sale and the student will be entered into a drawing for a free book.  If B&N runs out of a specific title during the designated weekend, they will ship the book to the student’s home free of charge.  It really is a win-win for all of us!”

Order Form (going into Grade 6 GT) – Stargirl
Order Form (going into Grade 7 GT) – Lone Star Reading List 2015
Order Form (going into Grade 8 GT) – The Hobbit
Order Form (going into 9th grade Pre-AP) – Anthem

Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM)
Final Presentation Night
ISM Teachers: Matthew V. Pirtle (Heritage HS); Kara Brittain (Independence HS)
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Heritage High School (Auditorium)
ISM Program Description
*Centennial/Independence ISM will be a part of HHS’s Final Night

Evening’s Schedule (Approximate):
6:30 – 7:00 Come and Go Student Showcase (cafeteria at most campuses)
7:10 – 7:45 Mentor Acknowledgment (Auditorium)
8:00 – 8:30 Individual Student Presentations (Classrooms)

* If you’re unable to attend our feeder high school’s ISM night, you may attend another high school’s event:
Frisco – May 19
Wakeland – May 20
Lone Star – May 20

**Extra Credit Opportunity: If you attend an ISM presentation, write about the one presentation that you found to be the most interesting and why. Be sure to include the student’s name and his/her topic. Your write-up should also reflect information that you gathered from having had a conversation with the student about his/her topic.

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Insults by Shakespeare

Posted onMay 15, 2015 
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The Taming of the Shrew

O monstrous beast, how like a swine you lie!

  1. Watch: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/insults-by-shakespeare
  2. Get insulted: http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/
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Folger Shakespeare Library – Digital Texts

Posted onMay 13, 2015 
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If you need to access Shakespeare’s texts, click on this link: http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/

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Expository Article

Posted onApril 8, 2015 
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Hey, kids,

Here’s the PDF of the article  Bystanders to Genocide_G8 I tried to email you. You can save this to your files.

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Grade 8 – Holocaust/Genocide Unit

Posted onMarch 25, 2015 
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Never before seen or rare images

Letter from Gandhi to Hitler:

US Intelligence’s renderings of Hitler if he were to go into hiding:

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day 2015!

Posted onMarch 17, 2015 
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Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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Happy International Women’s Day 2015

Posted onMarch 8, 2015 
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Hi, kiddoes!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first weekend of your long-awaited Spring Break. Let’s hope we have some good weather to enjoy our week!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the four TED-Ed videos to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Learning never stops.  http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/03/07/four-ted-ed-lessons-to-watch-on-international-womens-day/

Ms. C

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Science Fair Shout-out

Posted onFebruary 25, 2015 
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Congratulations, Amber, on your Honorable Mention at the Regional Science Fair!

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Writing Revisited

Posted onJanuary 29, 2015 
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Here are some items to help you with your revising and editing:


Editing Checklist

Creating Clear and Concise Sentences

General Outline


General Reminders:
Do not announce you are about to write about the topic in your essay.
Avoid the use of second and third person.
Avoid the use of contractions.
Review the video on blending quotations.

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GT Humanities Course Information

Posted onDecember 12, 2014 
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8th Grade:

Here is the document that contains information about the GT course that will be available to you as freshmen and sophomores.

GT Humanities – Course Information & FAQs

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