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Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 19


Today in class, students had the opportunity to brainstorm their own personal mission statements, and were introduced to the My Life Context Map mini-project.

microsoft_word_logo My Life Context Map Instructions

Homework - p. 8 - Draft your Life Context Map (on the backside of the instructions).

The FINAL copy of your Life Context Map is due on Thursday September 21st.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 18


Today in class, students distinguished between a "community" and a "group" by defining the term "community" and identifying what makes our classroom a community. We also completed an activity called "Broken Squares" that taught students the importance of cooperation, communication, teamwork, and selflessness in order to reach a common team goal.

adobe-pdf-logo What Is A Community Classwork

Homework - p. 6 - Complete the My Community Handout

Reminder: You have a quiz on Friday 9/22 on pages H-K of your notebook!


The Marshmallow Experiment [Video]


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 15


Today in class, we read an article and watched a film to understand the concept of "delayed gratification" and what it means for students' lives. We watched a video on the "Marshmallow Experiment," then discussed how it applied to our lives. If you missed the video, you can watch it by clicking here.

microsoft_word_logo Marshmallow Reading + Questions

Homework - p. 5 - Read and annotate the reading on the Marshmallow Experiment, then answer the questions (on the last page) about the reading and the concept of "delayed gratification."

Reminder: You have a quiz on Friday 9/22 on pages H-K of your notebook!


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 14

celtics huddle

Today in class we learned about Mr. V's philosophy about what a supportive classroom should look like, sound like, and feel like. We discussed the concept of ubuntu - a word that has no English translation, but roughly means "A person is a person through other persons."

microsoft_word_logo All About Ubuntu

Homework - p. 2 - Complete the Ubuntu Poster - an illustration, drawing, word, sentence, or phrase that you believe in your own words describes what ubuntu means and how it applies to our Humanities classroom this year. At the bottom, write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining what YOU can do, as well as your classmates and Mr. V, to make this classroom a supportive community. Make sure that your poster is NEAT and COLORFUL for full credit!


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 13


Today in class, students organized themselves for Humanities 7 class this term by setting up their Interactive Notebooks. If you missed class you can download the following handouts below:

microsoft_word_logo  Classroom Procedures Handout (page H)

microsoft_word_logo  Humanities 7 Syllabus 2017-18 (page I)

microsoft_word_logo Notebook Guidelines (page J)

microsoft_word_logo  Grading Policy (page K)

Homework - Get your Syllabus signed by your parent/guardian tonight, finish numbering your notebook pages 2-75, and read the information on pages H-K. You will be quizzed on this next week!


Welcome to Boston Latin Academy!


This week we start a new school year together in Humanities 7. I look forward to meeting all of you, and I know that together we will have an exciting year!

Homework - After reading Mr. V's and Mr. Olivieri's letters to you, complete a
letter to us - tell us a little bit about yourself, write about your summer, or just answer the questions on the reverse! The letter must be at least 15 sentences long. The letter is due THURSDAY Sept. 14, 2017.

Make sure to bring in all of your materials (pencils, 4 one-subject notebooks labeled with "Humanities 7" on front, a folder or binder with "Humanities 7" labeled on the front, and tape) by WEDNESDAY Sept. 13, 2017.

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