Activities and Questions based on Jan. 6, 2023 – Jan. 13, 2023 issue
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This is intended to use as a guide to adapt to your curriculum based on the Florida standards.
Composition activity for High School: (ELA.10.C.1.4 – Write expository texts to explain and analyze information from multiple sources, using a logical organization, purposeful transitions, and a tone and voice appropriate to the task.)
Read the article on pg. A-1 about the Dade Massacre. Then write an essay of 450 words or more relating the causes of this battle and the Seminole Wars, in general; the outcome of this particular battle; and the long-term consequences of these wars. Use at least two additional sources for your information besides the information contained in the article. Cite the titles of your sources. If you quote something from any resources, make sure it’s not more than one or two sentences and put quotation marks around the sentences.
Extra Credit Assignment #1: Write an essay of at least 350 words about the Dade Massacre in first person from the point of view of one of the soldiers or one of the Seminoles.
Extra Credit Assignment #2: Write an article about the massacre as it might have appeared in a newspaper of that day. Include an interesting headline. Be sure to include the important 5 “W’s” – Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Critical thinking activity for High School: (SS.912.C.2.10 – Monitor current public issues in Florida.)
Read the governor’s inaugural address on pg. A-4. Write an essay of 400 words or more listing four main issues that he brings up in his speech. In your opinion, which two of these issues are most important and why? Give at least two reasons for each one.
Vocabulary activity for Middle School: (ELA.6.V.1.3 – Use context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the meaning of multiple-meaning and unknown words and phrases appropriate to grade level.)
Read the article on pg. B-1 about the front porch art walk. Define the following words as they are used in the article. Also, write down what part of speech the word is (noun, adjective, etc.). Write a sentence of your own using each word:
necessitate (the word in the article is “necessitating”)
recur (the word in the article is “recurring”)
Extra Credit Assignment #1: Write a sentence using a different form of the word than the one in the article. For example, if the word in the article is an adjective like “rosy,” change it to a noun – “rose” and then use that word in an original sentence.
Extra Credit Assignment #2: Write one to three paragraphs (or more) using this week’s vocabulary words or a form of the word. You can use as many or as few of the words as you like; however, your paragraphs must make sense. In other words, don’t just write sentences that don’t go together to discuss a topic or create a story.
Comprehension activity for Middle School: ELA.K12.EE.2.1 – Read and comprehend grade-level complex texts proficiently).
Read the article on pg. B-5 about the Wolf full moon. Then answer the following questions in complete sentences:
Why is the first full moon of the year called the “Wolf Full Moon”?
Why was January 4th considered a special day by scientists?
What two planets might you be able to see about 45 minutes after sunset?
What special event will occur on January 23rd?
What is an “appulse,” and when does it occur?
English Language Arts activity for Elementary School: (ELA.1.R.2.2 – Identify the topic of and relevant details in a text.)
Read the article on pg. B-4 about the eight-year-old author. In one or two sentences, explain what the main idea of the article is. Then summarize the article in 200 words or more. Be sure to include the important details at the beginning, middle, and end of the article.
Extra Credit Assignment: Write an essay of 250 words or more describing a book you might want to write someday. Tell what the book will be about, why you want to write that particular book, what the title might be, and whether it will be fiction or non-fiction.
Math activity for Elementary School: (MA.3.AR.1.2 – Solve one- and two-step real-world problems involving any of four operations with whole numbers.) Study the Calendar of Events on page B2 and answer the following questions:
How many more historical-type activities are there than health and fitness events?
How many art activities and outdoor activities are there all together?
What percentage of activities involve nature?
What percentage of activities involve health and fitness?
Anyone wishing to submit any of your compositions from this week to the newspaper for us to consider publishing, please email to [email protected]. Be sure and include your name, age, grade level, and school that you attend.