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Thursday 05-14-2020

Language Arts

  • On Google Classroom, find the link to the "What My Father Said" CommonLit assignment
  • As you read the poem and answer the questions, think about how the theme of this piece relates to "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"
  • Do your iReady reading by Sunday night

Social Studies

  • Finish your Webquest from yesterday if you haven't already done so (links to everything are on Google Classroom)
  • Choose one of the two prompts and do your final writing (it's not really an essay since you're imagining being a Native American or a white settler in the 1830s-40s and what you would be seeing/experiencing).
  • Remember: Today is the last day of new work for ELA and SS. Next week will be an opportunity for you to go back and complete any missing assignments, or to revise assignments you earned a lower grade than you would like. All assignments are due on May 21st.

Wednesday 05-13-2020

Language Arts

  • In Google Classroom, watch the video about 8 kinds of figurative language
  • Complete the video notes as you watch the video (you can pause it as much as you need)

Social Studies

  • Start the Conflict Over Western Lands interactive Web Quest linked in the SS Google Classroom page
  • The writing portion will be assigned tomorrow, but you can start on it today while the material is fresh in your mind if you like

Tuesday 05-12-2020

Language Arts

  • Using the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" that you read yesterday, you will do a figurative language review. All the information you need is on Google Classroom.

Social Studies

  • On Google Classroom, locate the assignment for today which is an Actively Learn article about The Trail of Tears. As you read through the article, think about what the video you watched yesterday said about The Age of Jackson. In what ways does this article expand on the video?
  • Answer the questions about the Trail of Tears on Actively Learn. As long as you have logged in with your Google credentials, I will be able to see your work.

Thursday 05-07-2020

Language Arts

  • Complete your iReady reading for the week. Remember to pass at least one lesson and do at least 45 minutes in order to get full credit. The program will tell you how many lessons you've passed this week and how many minutes you've worked. If you are not on the iReady screen, it pauses your time, so stay on the page please.

Social Studies

  • In Google Classroom, find the assignment for today (due today on the left side assignments tab). Read the CommonLit article: Manifest Destiny, I do believe
  • As you read, think about how the author of the letter (Cordelia) is similar to and different from other people of her time and cultural background. In what ways are her beliefs about Manifest Destiny also shown in the painting we analyzed earlier this week?
  • Answer the guiding questions and the assessment questions

Wednesday 05-06-2020

Language Arts

  • Revise and edit your perseverance essay into a final copy. Turn it in on Google classroom.
  • Remember to finish your iReady reading by Sunday (you should pass at least 1 lesson and do at least 45 minutes)

Social Studies

  • On Google Classroom, do the Actively Learn assignment: Growth of the Industrial Northeast. Make sure you log in using your Google Credentials so I can grade your work.

Tuesday 05-05-2020

Language Arts

  • If you wrote a rough draft, look at my comments for guidance about how to make your perseverance essay the best it can be.
  • If you haven't written the rough draft of your perseverance essay, this is the perfect opportunity. If you get it written today, I can give you some feedback before the final draft is due on Wednesday (tomorrow).
  • If you need help with your essay, please let me know. I can set up a Google Meets or a phone call for you; whatever would be most comfortable.

Social Studies

  • On Google Classroom, do the "Market Revolution" assignment. You will watch a Crash Course US History video about the years after the War of 1812.
  • After you watch the video, you will open the Google forms assignment where you will use what you learned from John Green to help you analyze a famous painting called "American Progress." It is used often to show students the idea of "Manifest Destiny." If you don't know what that is yet, don't worry; you'll find out during the video.

Monday 05-04-2020

Language Arts

  • Complete the rough draft of your Perseverance essay (you do not have to submit it; I can see and comment on your draft without that).
  • Work on your iReady reading for the week (do 15 minutes a day and you'll likely be done by Wednesday!)

Social Studies

  • Do the quiz over The War of 1812. You may only take the quiz once and questions are timed. You can use your notes from the videos and articles if necessary, but the time limit will ensure that you don't look up everything.

Thursday 04-30-2020

Language Arts

  • On Google Classroom, read the instructions for the perseverance essay and the linked grading rubric
  • Draft your essay over Percy Julian and his perseverance
  • Your rough draft is due on Friday May 1st (tomorrow)

Social Studies

  • Study the materials linked on Google Classroom about The War of 1812, paying special attention to details discussed in multiple sources (especially terms like impressment, embargo, and war hawks)
  • The quiz will be on Friday, May 1st (tomorrow)

Wednesday 04-29-2020

Language Arts

  • Go to the Language Arts Google Classroom page, and click on the top assignment "Perseverance Essay" (No you're not writing an essay...yet)
  • Do the "Life of Percy Julian" activity. It would be a good idea to bookmark the activity because you will be using it to write your essay tomorrow and Friday.

Social Studies

  • Go to the Social Studies Google Classroom page, and click on the War of 1812 video review assignment
  • Watch the video (either the uploaded one or the youtube link-- they're the same exact video
  • Do the quizizz. If you don't like your score, you can watch the video again and do the assignment again...multiple times if you like. It's not really a quiz; I just want you to learn the material.

Tuesday 04-28-2020

Language Arts

  • In Google Classroom, click on the assignment for CommonLit: poetry "Mother to Son"
  • Read the poem and complete the questions on CommonLit
  • As you read the poem, think about how the message relates to the idea of growth mindset and facing struggles

Social Studies

  • In Google classroom, click on the Crash Course US History War of 1812 assignment
  • Watch the video and answer the questions on the linked Google Form (you may answer the questions as you watch the video)

Monday 04-27-2020

Language Arts

  • Log in to Google Classroom and find the CommonLit assignment "The Value of Being Confused"
  • Read the article, paying attention to how it is similar to and different from the growth mindset articles last week
  • Answer the questions on the CommonLit assignment

Social Studies

  • Log in to your social studies Google Classroom and find the War of 1812 assignment
  • You will read the War of 1812 article and do the practice from Khan Academy (remember to make sure you're using the Ziemann Khan Academy, not Venard's)
  • Answer the three short answer questions- make sure you write in complete sentences and use specific details from the article as much as possible

Thursday 04-23-2020

Language Arts

  • On Google Classroom, locate the "Why Mindset Matters" assignment. You will read the article and answer the questions on the Google Form in the link.
  • Make sure you complete your iReady reading for the week by Sunday. Each week you need to pass at least one lesson and do at least 45 minutes of activities.

Social Studies

  • On Google classroom, locate the "Thomas Jefferson: Hero or Not" assignment. Please read at least one of the attached articles about Jefferson's political career. The Encyclopedia Britannica article has the most detailed information, but I suggest you just read the section labelled Presidency.
  • After you have read one or more of the Jefferson articles, you will use the information to do an essay fill in. I have written most of an essay about Jefferson for you. Your job is to fill in what is missing to make it your own. You can turn it in on Friday if you need more time.

Enjoy your long weekend! Let me know if you're bored; I will find something for you to do 😉


Wednesday 04-22-2020

Language Arts

  • In Google Classroom, click on the assignment for today from CommonLit "Michael Jordan: A Profile in Failure"
  • Complete the reading and the questions
  • Complete your at least one lesson and 45+ minutes of iReady reading by Sunday night

Social Studies

  • In Google Classroom, click on the assignment for today "Jefferson vs. Hamilton"
  • You will read the questions on the assignment and then type the letter of the correct answer on the separate Google Docs page.
  • If you have not completed/published your Louisiana Purchase web quest yet, please do so ASAP. If you need help, please let me know. Remember, I can't grade it unless you make a PDF copy and share it with me, or you copy and paste your work into a Google Docs page that you share with me.

Tuesday 04-21-2020

Language Arts

  • Read the article posted on Google Classroom for today "Is Talent Enough?"
  • Write a one paragraph summary of the article using the document provided on Google Classroom
  • All week - Do your 45+ minutes of iReady and complete at least one lesson. This is due on Sunday at 11:59pm

Social Studies

  • Turn in your Louisiana Purchase WebQuest if you have not already done so (due at the end of today)
  • Watch the video linked on Google Classroom about Sacajawea using the TedEd link
  • Answer the questions that accompany the video (there are 4 multiple choice and 3 short answer - remember, short answer responses should be at least one or two full sentences in length)

Monday 04-20-2020

Language Arts

  • Do the iReady assignment and the accompanying assignment on Google Classroom. Our focus today is on summarizing information in a text.


Social Studies

  • Complete your Louisiana Purchase web quest. There is a short essay to write, but the web quest leads you through brainstorming and outlining it. Follow the instructions I've posted on Google Classroom to save your work as a PDF and then send it to me in Google Classroom, or you can e-mail it to Lziemann@ah19.org.

Friday 04-17-2020

Language Arts

  • Complete your "How Humans Impact Our Planet" assignment that you started yesterday
  • Make sure you've completed your iReady reading 45 minutes and a lesson passed for this week

Social Studies

  • Start the Louisiana Purchase Web Quest. I have provided all the links and instructions you should need on Google Classroom. This assignment will be due on Monday by the end of the day, so I don't expect you to complete all of it today.

Thursday 04-16-2020

Language Arts

  • Log in to Google Classroom and start the assignment for today "How Humans Impact Our Planet." Please complete half of the assignment today and the other half tomorrow. I will be able to see your progress as you work.

Social Studies

  • Use the link from Google Classroom to get to the Khan Academy assignment: The Louisiana Purchase
  • Watch the Crash Course US History video about Thomas Jefferson, then answer the question on Google Classroom.

Wednesday 04-15-2020

Language Arts

  • Go to Google Classroom and complete the CommonLit assignment I've posted there. It should be the top item on the page. We are continuing our practice with main idea and supporting details. You may also notice there are some similarities between the topic of this article and the one from yesterday.

Social Studies

  • Go to Google Classroom and do the Khan Academy assignments that are due today. It involves reading two articles about Jefferson's Presidency. Tomorrow you will be answering some questions about Jefferson's presidency, so it would be a good idea to take some notes about the most important details today. Also, many of you did not complete your test yesterday. Please do so A.S.A.P. You may also do retakes through Friday. See Google Classroom for details.

Tuesday 04-14-2020

Language Arts

  • Follow the instructions on Google Classroom to complete your main idea assignment. Please note: it will NOT tell you that you have completed it. If you answer the question where you choose the one main idea at the top of the chart, it's done. The part I will be grading is the Google Form assignment that you will do as you complete the activity.

Social Studies

  • Do the quizizz test over chapter 8. You can use any notes you have and your textbook, but there is a time limit on each question. You may review the materials posted on Google Classroom or use chapter 8 in your textbook as much as you like before taking your test today, but it is due at 11:59pm tonight.

Thursday 04-09-2020     

Language Arts

  • Finish your short story and turn it in. Internet people, this is easily done through Google Classroom. I made you a document to type it in. Non-internet people, I believe work is being brought out and taken back to the school today if you have let us know that you need this service.

Social Studies

  • Internet students- do the Khan academy assignment linked on Google Classroom.
  • Non-internet students- On your own paper, complete questions 1-7 from page 270 in the textbook.

Tuesday 04-07-2020

Language Arts

  • Continue working on your short story. Write down who your protagonist is, what the setting is, what the main conflict will be, and what lesson you want your reader to gain from the story. If you have internet, use step 2 on the Google docs assignment I posted. If you don't have access to Google Classroom, do your pre-writing on your own paper.
  • Start writing your story. It should be about a page in length (typed - one page double spaced, handwritten - one page without spaces). It must have a protagonist, a setting, a main conflict, and a theme (life-lesson your reader should learn from the story).
  • Remember, a story doesn't have to be pages long to contain all 4 of the required elements. Aesop's fables were often incredibly short but still managed to contain all of them. For example, the story of the tortoise and the hare had a tortoise as a protagonist. The setting was a nice day in a forest. The main conflict was that the tortoise wanted to win a race against someone much faster than himself. The theme was basically if you keep working toward a goal steadily, you will be successful. That story was about half a page long.

Social Studies

  • Students with internet: complete your Alexander Hamilton Fakestigram assignment on Google Slides (check Google Classroom for instructions, links, etc.).
  • Students without access to the internet: Do the questions at the end of chapter 8, section 2 of the textbook on your own paper.

Monday 04-06-2020

Language Arts

  • This week you will be practicing your narrative writing skills and knowledge of theme. By Friday, you will have written a story at least one full page in length with a protagonist, at least one setting, a major conflict, and of course, a theme for your reader to learn a timeless lesson from
  • If you have internet, use the resources I have put up on Google Classroom to help you write your story.
  • If you do not have much internet access, you can do your work on paper.

Social Studies

  • Students with internet access, do the assigned tasks on Google Classroom
  • Students without internet access, read and summarize the main ideas in Chapter 8, Section 2 of the history textbook. 

Monday 3-16-2020

Language Arts

  • Make sure all study guides assigned previously on Google Classroom for The Giver are completed (not the packet that was given out in class on Friday-- that will be completed during this week).
  • Complete packet page 15, 17, and 19 (Author's Craft Word Choice and Setting, and Think About It). Remember to use your Giver book as needed to help fill in the information.

Social Studies

  • In the packet given out in class on Friday, read the "You've Got Rights!" article on the first page. Circle all bolded words and any unfamiliar terms. Underline key ideas/details. Make sure to pay attention to the headings and captions.
  • Write a paragraph summarizing the main ideas of the article on a separate sheet of paper.

Tuesday 3-17-2020

Language Arts

  • Do next three pages of the Giver packet (characterization, symbolism, and conflict).
  • If you have internet access, I have put activities on the LA Google Classroom page for more learning opportunities.


Social Studies

  • In the "You've Got Rights" packet, do the Amendments protections pages. Locate your "Pamphlet of Protections" sheet with the alien spaceship on it. Use the numbers of the protections 1-15 to fill in which are virtually the same as the Constitutional Amendments (it's possible more than one could be used, and it's also possible that some will remain blank).
  • If you have internet access, I have put activities on the SS Google Classroom page for more social studies enrichment.

Wednesday 3-18-2020

Language Arts

  • Do the next two pages in the Giver packet (Think About it: "Utopian Literature" and "What Makes This Society a Utopia?")
  • Very few people have done their iReady reading assignment. That is still an expectation this week.

Social Studies

  • In the "You've Got Rights" packet, do the review assignment, exercises A, B, and C.
  • Check out the activities posted on Google Classroom for more learning opportunities.

Thursday 3-19-2020

Language Arts

  • Everyone: In the Giver Packet, do p. 39 -- Think About It: Plot Diagram
  • Students with internet: Go to Google Classroom and complete the "Someone Might Be Watching" assignment.
  • Students without internet: Read a book of your choice for 20 minutes. Write a paragraph summary of what you read.

Social Studies

  • Students with internet: In Google Classroom, click on the link to the game "You've Got Rights." When prompted, please select the "Bill of Rights" version. This is the most challenging iCivics game we've done so far. I highly recommend referring to the Amendment Guide I included in your packet as you play the game (it has the amendment numbers and a brief explanation of each one).
  • Students without internet: Read the Amendment Guide in the SS packet. Write a paragraph about which three amendments you think are the most important and why.

Friday 3-20-20

Language Arts

  • Complete your iReady reading growth check before Spring Break
  • In the Giver Packet, do the Think About It p. 40 where you will write an epilogue for the Giver. Follow the instructions in the packet. It will tell you what an epilogue is and what it should contain.
  • Do the final page of the Giver packet where you rate the book and justify the rating you've given.
  • Make sure everything in the packet is done before Spring Break so you don't have to worry about it when class resumes.

Social Studies

  • If you were able to play the iCivics "Do I Have the Right" game yesterday, write a paragraph telling me at least three things you learned from the game. If you did not have the opportunity to play it yet, do so if possible then write the paragraph. If you do not have access to the internet, then review all the assignments you have completed in the packet so far. Make sure that everything from this week in completed before Spring Break.

During Spring Break - Have fun. Read for fun (not for credit). Don't worry about iReady; it will still be there on March 30th for you 😉.


Monday 3-30-2020

Language Arts

  • Get out your Determining Theme packet (the packet you haven't done anything in yet). Read p. 61, then do part 2 and part 3 on pages 62 and 63.
  • Those of you who are not in my class 1st or 6th hour: Read for 20 minutes- I don't care what you read. It can be a book, a magazine, a series of articles online, etc. It's just important to read every day since you aren't in school doing so.
  • 1st and 6th hour students: go to the ELA Google Classroom page and complete the assignments there.

Social Studies

  • Go to https://www.icivics.org/games/supreme-decision and play the game. It takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
  • As you're going through the game, complete the "Supreme Decision Game" pages in your social studies packet. It will ask you to answer questions as you go, so make sure you do the assignment while you play the game.
  • Go to the SS Google Classroom page and answer the question on there. Remember to write in complete sentences. Respond to at least 2 other classmates.

Tuesday 3-31-2020

Language Arts

  • Students with access to internet: Complete your next lesson on iReady - remember you need to do at least 45 minutes and pass a lesson each week.
  • Students without access to internet: In your theme packet, read and do the activities on p. 64-65, then read for 20 minutes (read a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.)

Social Studies

  • Students with access to the internet: join me on Google Classroom at 1:00pm to get ready for our LIVE Kahoot! event reviewing the Bill of Rights. The instructions and links will be on the social studies Google Classroom page.
  • Students without access to the internet: review your Bill of Rights materials (packet and textbook). Make sure you know what rights each of these amendments assure.

Wednesday 4-01-2020

Language Arts

  • iReady 20+ minutes
  • If you did not read and complete the activities for "A New Normal" (most of you) get it done and turned in today (Weds, April 1).
  • If you don't much internet access, do pages 66-68 in your theme packet instead of iReady.

Social Studies

  • Read Chapter 8, Section 1: The First President (in your textbook if you took it home, or use the link in Google Classroom if you didn't).
  • Complete the Section 1 review. If you have access to the internet, use the Google form in Google Classroom. If you do not have much access to the internet, answer questions 1-7 at the end of Chapter 8, section 1 on your own paper.

Thursday 4-02-2020

Language Arts

  • Students with internet: Complete the "Blue" assignment. Pay special attention to the questions about the theme since that's what we're focused on this week. Make sure you have completed your iReady 45 minutes and passed one lesson.
  • Students without internet: Write a short one paragraph essay about what you believe the central theme of The Giver was. You may use your book and the packet to help you. Your essay should either be written on paper or you may type it and e-mail it to me at lziemann@ah19.org if you have limited access to the internet.

Social Studies

  • Students with internet: Do the "It's all about the Hamiltons, Baby" assignment that is posted on Google Classroom.
  • Students without internet: Write two paragraphs about who Alexander Hamilton was and why he is an important part of American history. Use the index in the back of your textbook to find information about Hamilton and his influence on the U.S.A. Share your writing with someone.

Friday 4-03-2020

Language Arts

  • For those with plenty of internet access, do the Themes in Lyrics assignments in Google Classroom.
  • Those without much internet access, listen to some of your favorite songs and write down what you think the theme of at least three of them might be. Remember, the theme is the essential lesson about life that the songwriter wanted to share with the audience

Social Studies

  • Those of you with internet access, do the Hamilton Fakestagram assignment on Google Classroom
  • Those without much internet access, re-read chapter 8, section 1 and write a summary of the most important information in the section.

Update: Daily new assignments will be posted on the top of the page.