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English
Students will continue their study of March by John Lewis and begin Warriors Dont Cry, an autobiographical account of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. They will compose original poetry, including some poems based on events in the book. Review of poetic devices, revisions of past writing, and personal reflections are also on the agenda. Vocabulary, journal entries, and periodic review of grammatical construction continue.
American Studies II
Students will begin January continuing our study of economics, focusing on business and the entrepreneur. We will also begin our simulated stock market game which will continue for 10 weeks. Later this month, students will resume studying American history beginning with George Washingtons Presidency. Students will examine how the leaders of the new nation met the challenges of establishing a sound economy and a stable, democratic government.
Science
Students are working through topics in their Motion, Forces and Energy Textbook. Early topics include work and simple machines. This is followed by energy and energy transfer. This should expand on topics they began learning in previous science courses. Finally, our physics topics section will end with a brief study of heat energy and thermodynamics.
Math:
Algebra
Students will begin the study of Polynomials including review of exponents, operations with polynomial expressions, and solving of polynomials equations with applications. Other topics include binomial expansion with Pascals Triangle.
Algebra 2
Students will begin the study of rational functions. We will then prepare for the midterm, which will be administered over two class periods.
PreAlgebra
We finished a unit on Systems of Equations before break.We will begin a unit on Functions after winter break.This will complete book A of the Math in Focus Course 3.
Geometry
Students will complete the similarity unit as our focus shifts from proof writing to problem solving. We will then prepare for the midterm which will be administered over two class periods. In class, we will focus on study skills and test taking strategies.
Study Skills
Students will finish reading an adapted version of The Odysseyand they will complete several short creative writing assignments. They will continue developing their action plan for success in high school, and they will continue studying vocabulary and grammar. To contribute to their comprehension ofWarriors Don't Cry, students will begin a nonfiction unit regarding the Civil Rights movement and will examine several primary sources.
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