March 28-April 1

Famous Artwork Link:

Banksy Auction:

Why Modern Art is So Expensive:

Language Arts: This week students are working on their Summative Project Flipbooks, which show their understanding of the book Ticket to India. The Flipbook must include each literary element. This is constructed in class, but can also be work on at home. The Flipbook is due Friday, April 1st.

Social Studies: Students will start a new unit on Imperial China, by first examining its geography and how it affects settlement. Students will work in groups of 3 and 4 to construct a poster that demonstrates their knowledge of China’s physical features, vegetation, and climate. China Geography group posters and packets are due Friday, April 1st. All work will be graded individually, not as a group.

Week of March 14-18

Language Arts: This week students will continue to read Ticket to India and complete the comprehension questions, mapping, and sketches. We are planning on finishing the book. If needed, students can check out a book from me if they need to read over the break. Ticket to India Chapters 18-Epilogue is due Friday, March 18.

Social Studies: We will finish our Mandalas and paragraphs on Monday and Tuesday (due Tuesday, March 15), then begin our China unit with a China Geography Poster that we will begin before break and complete after we return to school.

Week of March 7-11

Link to Buddhist sand mandala art video:

Language Arts: Students will continue reading Ticket to India and working on the questions, sketches, and mapping. Students should complete their reading for Chapters 12-17 this week and submit their questions into Canvas on Friday, March 11.

Social Studies: We will complete a summative project by creating mandalas that represent Hindu gods/beliefs, as well as personal beliefs and culture. Students will draw their mandalas using only art and symbolism, and also write explanations of each symbol. Mandalas are due Friday, March 18.

Hindu sri yantra mandala, representing the evolution of the universe

Mandala of Amitayus, Tibet, 19th century, Rubin Museum of Art
Buddhist mandala, represents an ideal universe, used in meditation