Survival Journal


Surviving in the Scottish Wilderness

Imagine that you are hiking with a group of friends in the woods in Scotland, and the weather changes unpredictably. The icy rain is lashing down in sheets, and it is difficult to see where you are going. You decide that you need to make an emergency shelter in order to survive. As you begin, you notice that one of your friends is missing. The storm is raging and dangerous, and it is beginning to get dark. What do you do?

  • Write a first-person narrative story, narrated by you. You should speak for yourself, about yourself. (use words like “I, me, us, we”)
  • Try to use dialogue – using “quotation marks” to show what characters are saying.
  • Give vivid descriptions using the five senses (what does it look like? Feel like? Sound like? Smell like? Taste like?)
  • Try and paint a picture in your readers mind. Describe the scene with as much detail as you can.
  • Have fun with it and see where your imagination takes you.

5 Themes of Geography Presentation

This presentation is made up of two parts, a visual part and a spoken part. Make sure you devote time to both. The visual can be a slide show, a poster, an iMovie, or any other visual representation of the 5 themes that you can think of.

Remember, keep your slide show simple. Do not overload slides with text. You’ll be speaking, so there’s no need to have tons of words in your slideshow.

Here’s the useful slideshow from class:

Stop Killing Students With PowerPoint

View more presentations from sheldonict

This slideshow might be useful, too.

You can find pictures at FlickrStormTag GalaxySearch-Cubeetc.

When you’re speaking, remember PIPES:

Projection – Talk loud enough for the person in the back to hear you.
Inflection – You’re not a robot, but you’re not on stage either.
Pacing – Speak slower than you think you need to.

Eye Contact – Look everyone in the eye at least once.

Stance – Stand naturally; don’t move around. (The podium will help.)

5-Themes-presentation-rubric 2013

This is the rubric I’ll use to grade your presentation, so be familiar with it, and design your presentation slideshow with the rubric in mind.

5 Themes Practice Quiz

Vocabulary #13 – Communication

Vocabulary for the week of August 30th – September 7th.











* Find a VIRL (Vocabulary In Real Life) in your reading book to receive a table point. You can show me in class.

* Homework:

Vocab 13 scanned copy – I’ll hand out copies in class

Vocab. homework is due on: Monday – 26th August

Vocabulary Quiz will be on Wednesday – 28th August

TED Talks

Computer students: Click on the link below and follow the flipped lesson on

Questions No One Knows the Answers To:Questions – preview

Question 1:


Question 2:


How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries:Simple Ideas


Part 1:

Watch the preview of the first video. If you are interested in it, watch the Question 1 video, Question 2 video, or both. Answer the questions that come at the end. If you are not interested in those videos, then choose option 3. Watch that video and do the questions that follow.

Part 2:

Now it’s your turn. Go to and search for a TED Talk video that interests you. This is a computer class, so it would be good if it was related to technology, computers, innovation, or something that uses computers or technology. Watch the video and take notes. You will be presenting what you’ve learned to the class in a unique way.

Your presentation can be just oral, but you would benefit from some visuals. Consider using PowerPoint, or Prezi for something newer and more interesting. Take screen shots using Snipping Tool – great for taking photos of parts of the TED talk presentation. Finally, you will present your inpiring TED Talk to the class. You’ll have two class periods to find a TED Talk, create the presentation, and practice it. You’ll present it to the class on the 3rd class period.

TED-Talks-presentation rubric 2013

Click  HERE for a link to many presentation tools, most of which you’ve never seen or heard of before.

Need help with your presentation skills? Watch this:


Welcome to 7th Grade!

Welcome to 7th Grade!

Welcome to 7th grade English and Social Studies at ISA. I use a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, meaning I use instructional practices that provide a wide variety of meaningful experiences for students. These practices encourage and stimulate creativity, student expression, critical thinking, and collaboration. All activities strive to accommodate the learner’s interests, abilities, and backgrounds by allowing for a range of learning styles, or multiple intelligences.

Supplies to bring to class every day
1 Planner / Diary
2 Notebook / Binder with dividers and paper
3 Pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, glue stick
4 Journal
5 Personal reading book and/or novel study book
6 USB thumb drive for computers

How to Survive 7th Grade

To be successful in 7th grade this year, you will need to:

  • Work to the best of your ability
  • Come to class prepared with all necessary materials
  • Take positive risks
  • Actively participate
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Stay organized
  • Take care of yourself, others and your space
  • Believe in yourself
  • Work collaboratively with others

7th Grade Grading Policy – English and Social Studies

(Based on current educational research and best-practices)

Homework is an important activity to solidify lessons taught in class, taking one’s own time to practice that which has already been taught. It is an important life skill to complete and turn in homework on time. There are rewards and consequences in class, just like in life, as a result. Your homework will be scored and recorded in the grade book and will be part of ongoing discussion about you as a learner (including at parent-teacher conference time).

  • Grades will not be based on behavior
    • Attendance and attitude are not part of your grade
    • Grades will not be reduced for late work, but work will be marked as late in the grade book
    • If work is not handed in on time:
      • Students must make the work up on their own time (after school, during break, before school, etc.)
      • After 3 days, an e-mail will be sent home
      • Extra credit will not be offered or given
      • Grades will not include a group grade for group assignments
      • Grades will not include zeros for missing assignments
        • If a graded assignment is not turned in, students will receive an incomplete until the assignment is handed in.
        • Students will be included in the grading process.
          • Students will be given rubrics for all major assignments, will be asked to self-assess their work, peer-assess, and also to reflect on the work that they have done.
          • Homework/Class work/Practice will not be included in the final grade.




Homework & class work (all practice work)

Published Writing (Essays, journals, narratives, poetry, etc.)


Presentation (formal presentations to the class)


Reading (STAR, AR, Lit groups, novel study,


Vocabulary (Vocabulary quizzes)


Quiz (Comprehension checks and small summative assessments)


Social Studies


Homework & class work (all practice work)

Test (large summative assessments at end of unit)


Quiz (smaller assessments within a unit and comprehension checks)


Project (based on units of study)


Presentation (formal presentations to the class )


Major Units of Study


The Writing Process + 6 Traits

Vocabulary and Spelling

Historical Fiction



Science Fiction

The Short Story

Social Studies


Ancient Greece

The Roman Empire

Middle Ages


The Rise of Modern Europe

I look forward to working with you and your child this year. I know that this year will be both fun and successful. The best way to get in contact with me is through email at My policy is to respond to you within 24 hours, so if you do not hear from me, please re-send your email or touch base again.

Many times I do not have time to check email during the instructional day, so if there is an important message you need to get to your child, please call the office during the day. (01224.730.300). If I am able to check email, I will often send you a quick “I got it” to let you know I have received your message.

Sincerely,        David Cole