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Students discover the ancient

by Jasmine Tejada, staff reporter

Based on a lesson on Mesopotamia, a group of sixth grade students work vigorously to  complete their class work.  “Sometimes we work in groups but sometimes we have to work by ourselves. At the moment we’re working on a question about the source of the document Ms. Fong put on the board,” sixth grader Silvia Lee said.   If there are questions about the lesson, classwork, and homework; students can ask each other, resort to a textbook, or ask Ms. Fong, who is always happy to help.
Based on a lesson on Mesopotamia, a group of sixth grade students work vigorously to complete their class work. “Sometimes we work in groups but sometimes we have to work by ourselves. At the moment we’re working on a question about the source of the document Ms. Fong put on the board,” sixth grader Silvia Lee said.
If there are questions about the lesson, classwork, and homework; students can ask each other, resort to a textbook, or ask Ms. Fong, who is always happy to help.

For most students who get up in the morning first period is the least favorite class, but this isn’t the case for Ms. Fong sixth grade social studies class.

Almost every lesson incorporates artifacts of said period, while the notes are projected on the screen. Ms. Fong gives further explanation of what some would call art. This year, the class will be studying prehistoric times up until the Renaissance period.

“At the moment we’re learning about Mesopotamia, but we recently did a project on cave art,” sixth grader Silvia Lee said.

As part of the curriculum, students are studying artifacts depicting the growth of civilization from Mesopotamia and the Middle East. The next unit consists of the importance of religion in Ancient Egypt and African Kingdoms through the study of artifacts.

Due to common core standards, students are expected to compare and contrasts documents and explain how the author develops point of view through the speaker.

“We’re taking organize civilizations and connecting it to the news,” Ms. Fong said.

Just like all classes, students are assessed through class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and their portfolio.

“She gives an appropriate amount of work to take home,” sixth grader David Montanez said.

For the following months, common core standards will force students to draw from several sources and build on the research to answer a question or other purposes.

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