Daily Work

We try not to call it homework--we prefer BRAINFOOD! I strive to maintain this on a daily basis, but I'm susceptible to the "tyranny of the moment." If you don't see a post and you are concerned that you or your child is missing out on the joy of our work, please drop me an e-mail or give me a call--I don't mind.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

posted Apr 22, 2015, 4:12 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can write a conclusion that summarizes the evidence that proves my thesis.

  • Core Learning Target: I can cite my sources in the correct format.

  • Character Target: I can pay attention to the small details.

  • Brainfood: A complete rough draft of your research paper.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

posted Apr 9, 2015, 3:12 PM by Todd Macon   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 3:13 PM ]

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can write a thesis statement that gives perspective and direction to my paper.

  • Core Learning Target:  I can create a classic outline that gives structure and organization to my paper.

  • Character Target: I can be the Zen in the room.

Brainfood: If you didn't complete your thesis statement and classic outline in class, please finish it at home.

Thesis Builder


Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

posted Apr 8, 2015, 10:48 AM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Target:

  • Skills Learning Target:  I can use a database to find authoritative sources.

  • Core Learning Target: I can create a list of direct quotations that will support my research paper.


Brainfood: Make sure you have at least three sources and at least nine direct quotations.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

posted Apr 7, 2015, 6:14 AM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can create a list of direct quotations that will support my research paper.

  • Core Learning Target: I can use a database to find authoritative sources with which to build background knowledge and find direct quotations.

  • Character Target: I can transition between classes calmly and, without being asked, get to the task at hand.

  • Tonight's Brainfood: Research your second source and find at least three direct quotes.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

posted Mar 17, 2015, 3:35 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can identify coordinating conjunctions.

  • Core Learning Target: I can compare and contrast the accomplishments of two Age of Exploration explorers.

  • Character Target: I can put full effort and focus into the task at hand.


No Brainfood while we finish PARCC testing.

Monday, March 12th, 2015

posted Mar 17, 2015, 3:34 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can develop an understanding of key vocabulary.

  • Core Learning Target: I can explain how technological advancements help lead to the Age of Exploration.

  • Character Target: I can respect others personal space.


No Brainfood while finish PARCC testing.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

posted Mar 2, 2015, 12:39 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can analyze test questions in order to strategize for a test.

  • Core Learning Target: I can reflect on the success of my project.

  • Character Target: I can us my netbook appropriately.

Tonight's Brainfood:
Complete the project reflection.

Rise and Demise Reflection



Tuesday, February 25th, 2015

posted Feb 25, 2015, 3:59 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:

Skills: I can determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word using my knowledge of Greek and Latin roots.

Core: I can put full effort into the final touches of my documentary.

Brainfood: 
  • TEST on Greek and Latin roots THURSDAY. Use Quizlets to review.
  • Complete unfamiliar words worksheet from in class today.

Greek and Latin Roots Examples





Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

posted Feb 10, 2015, 3:20 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can find examples of words that use Greek and Latin roots.

  • Core Learning Target: I can add relevant and interesting details to my writing to maintain the interest of my audience.

  • Character Target: I can transition between classes quietly and calmly.

Tonight's Brainfood: #11-#19 of Greek and Latin Roots Document

Monday, February 9th, 2015

posted Feb 9, 2015, 2:59 PM by Todd Macon

Today's Learning Targets:
  • Skills Learning Target: I can find examples of words that use Greek and Latin roots.

  • Core Learning Target: I can read my writing aloud to find problems in sentence structure.

  • Character Target: I can refine and improve my work even when I think it’s “okay.”

Tonight's Brainfood: Finish the first 10 Greek and Roman root words with examples and their definitions.

Greek/Latin Roots #1



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