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Your possible weekly grade:

  • 2 writing homeworks
  • 3 reading jots
  • ELA activity participation
  • In-class writer’s workshop assignment
  • Map/Brainpop quiz
  • Preparedness (writers notebook etc.)
  • Reading partner/book club focus/leadership
  • SS activity participation
  • SS chapter quiz
  • SS journal participation
  • SS stations focus
  • Vocab activity participation/Wordly Wise exercises
  • Vocab quiz

Other occasional grades:

  • Behavior/leadership
  • Current events
  • Monthly book index card/book club projects
  • SS notebook check
  • Supplemental quizzes (hero cycle quiz, special key terms, etc)
  • Writing assessment (pre, mid, final)

Class Golden Rule

ALL TEACHERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO TEACH AND ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEARN

 

All our norms, rules, and procedures will bloom from this value

Suggested Student Supplies

Everyday bring

  • Writers and readers notebook
  • Independent reading
  • Several pencils/pens
  • Loose-leaf binder paper/journal
  • An inquisitive attitude and sense of humor
  • Additional: small stapler, three-ring binder, homework folder, ziplock bag for your SSR book, water bottle, home-baked cookies for Mr. McNeil (-:

 

I also would encourage students to bring a timepiece that isn't their phone - think watch - phones have to be in their backpacks or lockers at all time, but I still like them to be able to manage their time, set timers, etc. It's just an idea I had, maybe it will help students avoid temptation

 

Trevor McNeil intro

Weekly Schedule

REVISED SUPER-SCHEDULE TO HELP MY LOVELY STUDENTS WHO ARE LOVELY

 

Suggested daily work goals

MONDAY NIGHT

Read social studies textbook

Write 20 minutes/jot

TUESDAY NIGHT

Study for map/brianpop quiz

Read 30 minutes/jot

WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Study for vocabulary/Wordly Wise

Write 20 minutes

THURSDAY NIGHT

Study for social studies

Read 30 minutes/jot

Sometime before Monday

Read 30 minutes/jot

 

 

Revised weekly schedule

MON

TUES

WEDS

THURS

FRI

A SS stations

A SS notes and prep activity

B Map/Brainpop quiz and Writers Workshop 2

A Writers Workshop 3

B Essential question journal and SS activity

B SS stations

B Writers Workshop 1

B Readers Workshop 1

A Readers Workshop 2 / Vocab quiz

A Readers Workshop 3

A Writers Workshop rubric check in

A Writers Workshop 1

A Map/Brainpop quiz and Writers Workshop 2

B Writers Workshop 3

A SS quiz and ELA activity

A Mentor Text Read Aloud

A Readers Workshop 1

B SS notes and prep activity

B Readers Workshop 2 / Vocab quiz

B Readers Workshop 3

B Writers Workshop rubric check in

 

 

A Essential question journal and SS activity

B SS quiz and ELA activity

B Mentor Text read aloud

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Mr. McNeil

  • 9 years teaching Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts
  • High School History and College Political Science teaching experience 
  • BA Carleton College
  • Certificate in theological studies from the Pacific School of Religion
  • MA Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • English Credential and Social Studies Credential from San Francisco State University
  • Done with the process for National Board Certification
  • Born and raised in San Francisco where I currently live (podcasts and books on tape recommendations welcomes) 
  • Other professional activities:  international development (training political parties in the West Bank and Yemen, working at a civics think-tank in Hong Kong, and aiding in Haitian post-earthquake disaster management), bookstore (Paris), archaeology (Belize, Spain), government/politics/elective office (D.C., Oakland, San Francisco), agriculture development/tourism (Salinas, Kona) 
  • Three kids under four - daughter Walden in preschool who is three and twin boys Farallon and Nicasio who are 20 months as school starts
    • Pictures below because, let's be honest, they're cute....








 

Notes

Rules, procedures, and schedule (syllabus PowerPoint)

08/30/18

2018-2019 weekly routine descriptions (cheat sheet)

08/28/18

Classroom wish list (it's mostly books )

We are ready in terms of supplies - but these kids love to read and I love to introduce them to books. Please consider purchasing a book (or donating cash and I can do it)  I don't know the best way to "claim" a book on this list? Worse case scenario - another class gets a great book (or four). I can update this page as books come in.

 

Thank you so much

 

INDIVIDUAL ORDERS (one copy each)

ALMOST HAVE A BOOK CLUB SET (two copies needed)

 

  1. https://www.amazon.com/When-My-Name-Was-Keoko/dp/0547722397/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536348754&sr=1-1&keywords=when+my+name+was+keoko+by+linda+sue+park
  2. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=playing+atari+with+saddam+hussein&sprefix=playing+at%2Cstripbooks%2C189&crid=1U8ZFOKEIBPK3
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Enchanted-Air-Cultures-Wings-Memoir/dp/148143523X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536349546&sr=1-1&keywords=enchanted+air
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Oman-Naomi-Shihab-Nye/dp/0062019783/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536349572&sr=1-1&keywords=turtle+of+oman

 

BOOK CLUBS (four copies needed)

Other books I'm interested in:

 

  • Long Way Down https://www.amazon.com/Long-Way-Down-Jason-Reynolds/dp/1481438255/ref=pd_sim_14_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1481438255&pd_rd_r=915c8255-b2d4-11e8-9f1d-0fdf2b561195&pd_rd_w=MFT7G&pd_rd_wg=alsgW&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=CV3VXS0ME7Z19KJRKW0P&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=CV3VXS0ME7Z19KJRKW0P

  • Stay Solid!: A Radical Handbook for Youth by Matt Hern

  • World War II: The Definitive Visual History by DK

  • Before They Pass Away (2015-12-04) by Unknown

  • Zahara's paradise https://www.amazon.com/Zahras-Paradise-Great-Graphic-Novels/dp/1596436425/ref=pd_sim_14_10?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1596436425&pd_rd_r=7aa31ee5-ad41-11e8-bcdb-932140fb8169&pd_rd_w=nNfi8&pd_rd_wg=YzrvO&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=a180fdfb-b54e-4904-85ba-d852197d6c09&pf_rd_r=9QC7QN63PR3FAPQNXWZB&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=9QC7QN63PR3FAPQNXWZB

  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

  • Ban this book https://www.amazon.com/Ban-This-Book-Alan-Gratz/dp/0765385589/ref=pd_sim_14_52?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0765385589&pd_rd_r=f9a62e5e-ab49-11e8-8e51-357518f34f72&pd_rd_w=ldBFK&pd_rd_wg=KVydI&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=a180fdfb-b54e-4904-85ba-d852197d6c09&pf_rd_r=VS84MRRHRMX74KXBGBNY&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=VS84MRRHRMX74KXBGBNY

  • Me and Marvin Gardens Hardcover – January 31, 2017 by Amy Sarig King (Author)

Helping our class - donations and Apple for Teacher

Here is a link to some books I'm hoping to get for our books clubs - groups of four or five of the same book the students read and talk about together.

 

https://creator.zoho.com/laslomitaspta/apple-for-the-classroom/view-embed/Teacher_Wish_List/Classroom=McNeil

 

The biggest need is always books. I have lists if you are interested. At somepoint we will be going on a field trip so we need help there

 

https://shar.es/1RXANP

 

 

 

             
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