Monday, August 29, 2016

Ancient Rome in Your Home

Find three examples of Roman cultural influences in your community or home.  For example, you might see a building with a dome, a mosaic or a sign containing a word derived (that comes from) Latin.

Take a photograph or sketch each example.  Then write a caption (written explanation) for each one. In the caption, describe the example, state where it is located in your community or home, and explain the Roman cultural influences it contains.

Your examples should include three of the four categories discussed in the first chapter of the history book: art; architecture and engineering; language and writing; philosophy, law and citizenship.  Please review chapter one if you need ideas of what to look for.

It is possible to do this assignment without leaving your home.  You may use internet sources, but all examples must be things found in Novato.

Make sure all three pictures and their captions fit on one side of one piece of paper.  You will be cutting these out to create a mini-theatre flip book on Friday.

For this assignment you may type or write, in black or blue ink.  Be sure to print your pictures before Friday morning.  If you do not have a camera or a camera function on your phone, you may draw your pictures but photographs are preferred.

This is a 30% assignment.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How much can you read in a semester?

This is homework for my English classes.  Due for the next Reading Race on Friday, August 20 

How many books can you read this semester if you read for 20 minutes a day every school day?

Hint: there are 78 days left between today, August 23, 2016, and the end of the semester on December 22.

To figure out the answer you'll need to start by determining your words per minute reading rate.  To do that go to this website sponsored by Staples.  Take the reading test there.     Once you do the timed reading and pass the test, Staples will tell you your reading speed. Be honest with this test. We just want to see what your score is; you don't get a higher grade for having a higher score.

Write your speed down in your English journal on the last page.  Then do these calculations to see how many books you could read by December 22 if you read 20 minutes a night.

Multiply your reading speed by 20.  This shows how many words you can read in 20 minutes.  Write this number down.

Multiply how many words you read in 20 minutes (the amount above) by 78 days.  Write this amount down.

Divide this amount by forty thousand (40,000).  The average middle school level book has about 40,000 words in it.  Write this number down to the first decimal point. This is how many books you can read in 78 days if you read 20 minutes a night.

These are Mr. Chester's results:

  • 305 Words per minute
  • 6100 words in 20 minutes  (305 x 20 = 6100)
  • 475,800 words in 78 days  (6100 x 94 = 475,800)
  • 11.9 books in 78 days.  (475,800 / 40,000 = 11.8)

After you finish the calculations, write a short paragraph in your English journal about your results. Write on the same page you used for your calculations if there is room. Were you surprised by any of them?  How does this compare to what you actually read each semester?  Do you think you could spend more time reading?  Set a reading goal for this semester.  My goal is 15 books.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How Can Reading Help You Live Longer?

A recent study by the Yale University School of Public Health has found that people who read live longer lives than people who do not read.

How can reading help you live a longer?

Read the articles listed below to find out.

Article 1
Article 2
Article 3

After you read each article take some notes on it in your English journal or on binder paper if you do not have a journal yet.  Be sure that your notes include the following information:

  1. Article title and author (if given)
  2. Name of the website.  
  3. Important words that you need to know.
  4. Important information from the article that helps you answer the question "How can reading help you live longer?"
After reading the three articles, what do you think?  Which article does the best job answering the question?  What makes it the best article?  How would you answer the question?

Illustrate your answer. 

All of your work for this assignment should fit onto one side of one piece of paper.  You do not have to stay between the lines. 

This assignment is due on Wednesday, August 24. It is a 30% assignment.