FHP - Website

posted May 7, 2015, 7:52 AM by Scott Harris   [ updated May 7, 2015, 7:52 AM ]

Please submit your website using this form. Make sure the web address is perfect before you submit it. Due Wed, May 13.

FHP - Conclusion Extra Credit

posted Mar 25, 2015, 3:27 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 3:28 PM ]


If you're reading this, your child/nearly-an-adult probably asked you to write a conclusion to his/her Family History Project. Why? Because she/he loves you very much and wants nothing more than to honor you you by giving you another part of this very exciting project. Plus, there's extra credit. But mostly that love and honor thing.

So what you do you need to do?

First, look through the competed project. Your conclusion should be the last thing written. You shouldn't write this conclusion unless everything else is finished, including her/his conclusion. Otherwise, how do you know how to conclude it? While you do this, please point out any suggestions for changes or give him/her any other advice necessary for completing this project in a way that will both honor your family and give her/him maximum credit for each part.

Next, write a short conclusion. You don't need to follow the same directions that the students need to follow. Just write a few lines about your thoughts and reactions to the project itself and possibly about your own part in the project. It should match the rest of the project as far as style is concerned. PLEASE make sure it looks neat. If you must write it by hand, make sure it's legible. Typed would be better. Or better yet, dictate it for your son/daughter. Make them do the work.

Finally, sign it. This is actually the most important part of the extra credit. Take credit for your work.

Thank you for your help with this project. Your son/daughter also appreciates it. That's what that grunt meant.

FHP - Biographies Submission Directions

posted Feb 18, 2015, 12:05 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

For your biographies, half of them are due on Feb 27 and the other half on Mar 13.

Feb 27: Please submit them all in ONE file. If you have them spread over several different files, just copy/paste them into one file that you can upload to Give each individual biography a header -use their name. At the END of the file, list the people you will write about in the second half due Mar 13. It is OK (and encouraged) to submit MORE than half this time.

Mar 13: Please submit them all in ONE file. If you have them spread over several different files, just copy/paste them into one file that you can upload to Give each individual biography a header -use their name. At the END of the file, list the people you will wrote about in the first half due Feb 27.

For specific directions on how to write the biographies, refer to the MANUAL. Ask if you have further questions.

Rounding up grades

posted Jan 24, 2015, 3:57 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Jan 24, 2015, 3:57 PM ]

So you want me to round up your grade. After a full semester of opportunities to complete a variety of assignments, take several quizzes, and show your overall performance and desire to receive an excellent grade, you're now really close. And you believe that sending me an email asking me to raise your grade should make the difference. Here's the bad news - it won't. Sorry. I won't raise your grade because you ask. It can't work that way.

But there's good news. I will round up a few grades. But I won't round up all of them. Is that unfair? Probably. But here's what I'm going to think about before I consider the possibility of raising your semester grade.

If you are close to the next higher grade, I'll ask this basic question.  "Did you actually show effort every single day of class and an honest desire to receive a high grade?"

You might be thinking to yourself, "Well that's certainly arbitrary." (If you really believe you deserve a higher grade, you would either already know the definition of arbitrary or you would look it up instead of just skipping over it).  Yes, that question by itself is arbitrary. But here's the type of thing I will think about before I answer that question.

Did you participate in class regularly? This means you raised your hand to answer questions. You raised your hand to ask questions. You raised your hand to make comments. You raised your eyebrows when I asked a question you didn't know the answer to. You kept your eyes raised in my general direction while I talked. You kept your head raised off of your desk for the entirety of the class. When you were in groups, you acted as a leader. You asked and answered questions. You helped discover answers.

Were you here every day? Yes, this includes being on time. You were never tardy. You were in your seat ready to work when the bell rang. If there was a starter, you had your notebook out and were writing or at least thinking of what to write when the bell finished ringing. If you were absent (legitimate and excused), did you check the daily log to find out what you missed? Did you complete the missing work right away instead of waiting until after it was listed in the gradebook? Did you ask questions about the lectures you missed? Did you ask to retake the quiz you missed the day you returned?

Did you complete every assignment? Did you complete every assignment on time? Did you put effort into every assignment? Did you put your name on every assignment? Did you write with complete sentences? Did you care about the assignments (or at least fake it so well that I couldn't tell the difference)? That assignment that I told you was optional? You did that, right? When I asked you to read something? When I asked you to take an online survey? You did those, right?

You see, these things are the little things. They are the details. They are the things that many students consider unimportant. They don't think they will matter - they just worry about getting stuff done. On a daily basis, one event at a time, they don't matter. They matter to me every day, but they don't to you. But today? Today they matter to both of us. Today I care about these things. And today is the day I get to decide if you get the next higher grade or not.

For a couple of you reading this, you won't get your grade bumped. I didn't write this for you. I wrote this for the rest of you, most of you, whose grade I will bump. Thank you for making my job easier and for doing your best.

Family History Project due dates

posted Jan 15, 2015, 2:59 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 2:59 PM ]

  • Interview: Feb 13
  • ½ Biographies: Feb 27
  • ½ Biographies: Mar 13
  • Historical Memories: Mar 27
  • FINAL DUE DATE: April 15(Apr 1 for early EC)
  • Website: Apr 22

Citizenship Series - Letter #1

posted Oct 2, 2014, 9:48 AM by Scott Harris   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 9:49 AM ]

It's time to start making a change in the world. Using your results from the Representative Search and in selecting and brainstorming your topic, write your first letter. It is due on Tuesday, October 7. You will bring two copies of you letter to class. The first will be to turn in. The second will be folded and in the stamped & addressed envelope. Do not seal the envelope yet.

Business letter format example. Notice that everything is aligned to the left.

Citizenshop Series - Topics

posted Sep 28, 2014, 8:46 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Sep 28, 2014, 8:49 PM ]

This is the next step in the Citizenship Series. Think about the general topic that you want to explore. What interests you? What causes do you care about? What do you want to change in the world?


Due by Wednesday, October 1, 9PM

Next week you will write your first letter, so start thinking about what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.

Back to School Night

posted Sep 11, 2014, 5:36 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Sep 11, 2014, 5:36 PM ]

Missed Back to School Night? Here is the information:


Citizenship Series - Representative Search

posted Sep 2, 2014, 1:27 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Sep 2, 2014, 1:27 PM ]

Follow these directions EXACTLY

1. Click here and read page 1 and 2.

2. Complete the Representative Search on page 2.

3. Create a new email. This should be from an email account with an appropriate address for conducting academic/professional work.

4. Subject of the email: "Citizenship Series"  Spell it correctly!

5. The first line of the body should be YOUR NAME and PERIOD.

6. Skip a space or two, then enter the results of the Representative Search. Please label and put a line or two between each response so that both of us can easily navigate the email.

7. Browse the rest of the manual to get an idea of what you will be doing the rest of the year. Specific assignment numbers will vary from the manual.

Due Wednesday, September 10 at 6PM. If you won't be home, send it the day before or earlier.

Homework on August 26

posted Aug 26, 2014, 3:15 PM by Scott Harris   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 3:15 PM ]

Read the Social Studies policies. Then PRINT THIS. Return it tomorrow for credit. 

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