Parent Guide: Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep

This week in class, we’re reading “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems” by Tori Rodriguez .

In the informational text “Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems,” Tori Rodriguez discusses how missing even an hour of sleep can have an effect on teens’ mental health.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Beauty & Happiness as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How can we achieve happiness?”

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Parent Guide: Help-Giving

This week in class, we’re reading “Help-Giving” by Set to Go.

The informational text “Help Giving” explains the importance of help-giving as a responsibility and a necessary life skill.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Community as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is the importance of community?”

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Parent Guide: Readtheory KP Goal (100)

Students will be assigned a Readtheory goal in Google Classroom that depends on their accumulated “Knowledge Point” score or KP.

You can help support your child’s learning by asking them to show you their “Readtheory Dashboard” and recording their “Knowledge Point” total at the beginning of the week.  Periodically check that that number is increasing during the week.

I have asked that they accumulate 100 KP this week. I really hope this goal is attainable.

If the 100 KP points goal is too hard (or too easy) to achieve in one week, let me know – have the student leave a comment in the assignment stream in Google Classroom. I will make adjustments where necessary.

How can students earn knowledge points?

Students can earn knowledge points in the following ways:
• Answer a regular question correctly: 1KP
• Answer a challenge question correctly: 2KP (+1KP for regular question)
• Pass a quiz: 15KP awarded (70% is a pass in ReadTheory)
• Get a perfect score on a quiz: 30KP awarded

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Parent Guide: Dreams

This week in class, we’re reading “Dreams” by Langston Hughes.

In the poem “Dreams,” Langston Hughes uses metaphors to describe what life would be like without dreams.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Beauty & Happiness as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How can we achieve happiness?”

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Parent Guide: Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push

This week in class, we’re reading “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” by Walter Dean Myers.

In Walter Dean Myers’ short story “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” a boy must change his approach to basketball when he loses the ability to walk.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does a person overcome adversity?” and “What makes a family?”

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Parent Guide: The Scottsboro Boys

This week in class, we’re reading “The Scottsboro Boys” by Jessica McBirney.

In “The Scottsboro Boys,” Jessica McBirney discusses the historic event in which nine black boys were wrongfully accused and convicted of assault.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & EqualityPrejudice & Discrimination, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is fair?”, “What are the effects of prejudice?”, and “How do people create change?”

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Parent Guide: Self-Care

This week in class, we’re reading “Self-Care” by Set to Go.

The informational text, “Self-Care” describes some self-care strategies and their benefits on physical and mental health.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Growing Up as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What does it mean to be grown up?”

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Parent Guide: The Three Questions

This week in class, we’re reading “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a famous Russian author, perhaps best known for his novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In this short story, a king looks for three answers to three questions in order to make himself a better ruler.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Resilience & Success and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why do people succeed?” and “How can we achieve peace?”

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Parent Guide: He-y, Come on Ou-t!

This week in class, we’re reading “He-y, Come on Ou-t!” by Shinichi Hoshi (translated by Stanleigh Jones).

“He-y, Come on Ou-t!” is an allegory about the consequences of environmental destruction, in which a town discovers a mysterious hole that seems to be the perfect solution to their trash problems.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Man vs. Nature and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How do we view nature?”, “Who’s in control: man or nature?”, and “What should the future look like?”

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Parent Guide: Identity

This week in class, we’re reading “Identity” by Julio Noboa.

In Julio Noboa’s poem “Identity,” a speaker explains why they would choose to be a weed over a flower.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Beauty & Happiness, Identity, and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why do people follow the crowd?”, “What makes you who you are?”, and “How can we achieve happiness?”

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