Welcome to Middle School
Social Studies and Religion
Welcome to Middle School Social Studies and Religion! In Social Studies, we will travel into the past to amazing places, meet courageous and outrageous people, learn how the past affects us today, and learn how we can affect the future in a positive way. In Religion, we will learn about our call to discipleship, how our faith is rooted in apostolic tradition and experience the life and worship of the St. Paul’s faith community.We will be learning about mindset this year. I am looking forward to sharing this interesting learning idea with you.
Reading Informational Text Tip #3
Read the text carefully first! Close the book. Then write down notes from what you remember. Can't remember anything? This is a good clue that you need to reread the material carefully. Main ideas can be taken from the subtitles of a chapter. Write down details that you remember from your reading. Check the facts by going back to the text. Paraphrasing (putting information in your own words) is a wonderful way to show understanding of the material you read.
Reading Informational Text Tip # 2
Before reading the assignment carefully for details, skim the assignment noting titles, subtitles, illustrations, and highlighted words. Then go back and read the assignment carefully for details which support the guides that you previously noted.
Reading Informational Text Tip #1
A great way to read and use what we read in class discussions is to use "The Sticky Note Three Method" When reading informational text, use sticky note flags to mark interesting facts or mark something you don't understand. When you find something interesting you wish to share in the class discussion, put an exclamation mark on the sticky note flag next to the fact in your book. When you read something you don't understand, put a question mark on the sticky note flag. If you have a question that you think would make a great class discussion, mark the passage with your sticky note and put two question marks on the flag. This helps you be an active reader and helps you be an excellent participant in class discussions. Try it out and let me know what you think. Looking forward to some great discussions.