Mound Fort Jr. High

9th LA: History of 1930′s & 1960′s: Apr. 2014

Ninth-grade students at Mound Fort Junior High School will soon read To Kill a Mockingbird for their language arts classes. To build background knowledge, teachers Kelly Buie and Judi McMinn and District Teacher Librarians guided students through research projects on historical events to help students situate the novel in its historical context (1930s) and the period during which the novel was written (1960s). Topics ranged from the Dust Bowl and Great Depression to Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement.

Students collaborated in small groups using NoodleTools to develop bibliographies and organize their information on digital note cards. Students created poster boards that guided their classroom presentations. Each board included a topic sentence, three essential questions, and evidence of research that answered their questions. Students shared their presentation boards with their families and friends at a well-attended literacy night.

9th Grade AVID: Overcoming Adversity Service Project: Dec. 2013

Aaron Dooley’s 9th grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes worked with the DTLs on a service project unit based on role models that have overcome adversity. They researched individuals who have overcome a variety of obstacles in their lives to achieve success and make an impact on their community. Utilizing Google Apps, they created photo essays and posters similar to The Foundation for a Better Life billboards about their individual. They also created quilts that were auctioned with the funds allocated to a Sub-for-Santa for a family in need. All of these products were presented at a culminating family night.