Wednesday, April 08, 2015

8th Grade Favorite Voting

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aidan Recites Poe's El Dorado

One of the art options in this chapter was to memorize and recite the poem El Dorado by Edgar Allen Poe. Aidan is the first to complete it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington Crossing the Delaware Pop Art

Emanuel Leutze "Washington Crossing the Delaware "
The students looked at the painting of Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.  They listened to the story behind the painting on NPR's Morning Edition from October 28, 2002. Then they looked at parodies of the painting. The were then tasked with creating their own mashups. Here are a few of them:

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Immigration Monuments

The seventh grade are learning about the culture of the United States. One of the activities they have to complete is to create their own monument to immigrations like the Statue of Liberty. Since many of my students are Hispanic, they wanted to to include their culture into their projects. This allowed for a great discussion on the history of Hispanics in the United States.

Here is an example created with Lego. Students had the option to choose their own medium to use. 

Boston Massacre Prints

The eighth grade are learning about the American Revolution right now. One of the lessons I teach is how Paul Revere created his famous Boston Massacre print. The students had to take what they learned about the Boston Massacre and create a print that reflected a Loyalist point of view. 

The students created a sketch of their picture and then recreated it by carving into a styrofoam plate. They then covered the plate with marker and pressed to paper. Some students were really creative and used several different colors on the print. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Here is a picture of our new student council. We met for the first time today. Mrs. Burton and I are really looking forward to working with these great people!

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Hobbit Posters and Riddles

As we read through the hobbit we are doing some creating. Below are two posters my students made that represented their favorite scene from the first 15% of The Hobbit book. 

After Bilbo bests Gollum in a riddle contest (completely through luck and a bit of cheating) we decided to make our own riddles. Here is mine, see if you can guess the correct answer.
It's long, it's short, it's gone. When you are young you want it where it isn't. When you are old you have it where you don't want it. 

Julissa's riddle:
You never know when it will grow or shrink.  
Nicole's riddle:
What grows old and loses it's color but comes back new in the next summer?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

STUCO Election Results

The election results are in:

Congratulations to the new members!

President Eugenio Mendoza 

Vice President Nicole Salas

Secretary Sam Whitehill

Treasurer Brandon Andrew

8th Grade Representative Madison

7th Grade Representatives Heidi Hinojos and Alexia Estrada 


STUCO Election 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hero of History: Columbus or de las Casas?

Essential Question: Which should be a 'Hero of History", Christopher Columbus or Bartolom√© de las Casas?

You will be researching both Christopher Columbus and Bartolom√© de las Casas as their stories intersect through the 'discovery' and occupation of the Americas. As you research ask yourself the questions:

  1. Are my sources reliable
  2. Is there corroboration between my sources?
  3. Who is more believable as a storyteller?
  4. Since de las Casas is responsible for the only surviving journal information from Columbus' voyages, how reliable are those journals knowing de las Casas' prejudices?
  5. Which one, in your opinion, is most moral? 
  6. Is it appropriate for us to judge either Columbus or de las Casas today?
  7. Who would you choose as your 'Hero of History'? 


Create a poster of your "Hero of History". The poster must include facts that you uncover through your research as well as drawings that back your choice. You will not be allowed to use printed pictures. You may choose either men, but your facts must back your claim. 

All sources you use must be cited on your poster. is a great resource for how to cite your sources.


Here are some references to get you started. You will also need to find two more sources of information not on this page. Remember, we need corroboration before we can draw conclusions. 

Bartolom√© de las Casas

Extracts from the journal of Christopher Columbus:

Viggo Mortensen reads Bartolome de las Casas in Spanish and English:

Washington Irving's biography of Columbus

You may also want to read Chapter 2 of Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen. I have a copy you can use. 

You may also want to scan through Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. I have a copy if you wish to peruse it.