Notes for all of Dr. Montgomery's Classes


English language learners (ELLs) learn the language in a way parallel to how infants learn to speak. Listening is the first step--tied to thinking about what they hear. When they are ready, they begin to speak and to watch the way their words influence the people around them. Later they learn to read the words they have been speaking and, once they know what these words look like, they begin to write.

In classes we will be using all of these modes of communicating in English. With the help of computers and other technology, we will be recording our conversations to capture quality thinking before it can be turned into quality writing.

We have additional support in the form of multidisciplinary projects and computer programs which focus on developing skill as we work with the programs. While every effort is made to accomodate our diverse needs in class, computers can provide a great support for all levels of learners. Students are encouraged to make the most of the computer support available in school, after school, and at public libraries. Students with computers at home are encouraged to use those as well.

Most of the time assignments are made and time provided in class to complete them. Work outside of class will usually be to improve the quality of the work to the standards of the class. All work is expected to be completed at a 90% quality-level--with opportunity to revise and improve as we continue to learn.

STAR Categories:

COM=Commit to Learning; ATT=Positive Attitude; CON=Contribute to Class; HAB=Improve Learning Habits; CTM=Collaborative Teamwork; PRC=Put Learning into Practice (See the Star Model in the Classroom library or at this link for more details: .)

Format for Assignments:

Assignment #, Date, Category, Class, Value (Points Available) (Note: 0=Extra Credit; √=required assignment without specific point value), Title, Details (second line for more detail)
Beginning in Quarter 2, Tables are used to separate assignments for the three types of classes and the format above is embedded in the tables.


Students add positive points for assignments. Students earn points for assignments when they are completed and submitted for quality review. Quality expected is 90% or better for each assignment (see CBC below). √ assignments, when completed, add to students’ overall grade (tie-breakers). Points are changed to grades when Progress Reports and Report Cards are due. Points earned are divided into Possible Points and percentages convert to grades. Extra Credit points are not included in Possible Points and so add to students’ individual points earned. Some students may be excused from some assignments due to special circumstances. Therefore, at the end of the grading periods, individual students may have differing possible points against which their points earned are matched.

Competency Based Classroom (CBC) and Mastery Learning

Every effort is made to make sure that assignments represent meaningful work. 90% quality is required for all assignments and tests. Students earning less than 90% when work is submitted are expected to correct errors until they achieve 90% or higher. Whenever possible, additional support and time are extended to allow for students to complete quality schoolwork. Most of the time assignments can be completed during class time and improved outside of class. When outside-school-time is tracked, the numbers are added as extra credit.

Two-column notes

Idea Map

VENN Diagram

Anticipatory Guide
This usually takes the form of both pre-reading questions and a preview of key vocabulary required for a particular reading or activity.

Quarter 4 Assignments

This is the quarter when all incomplete assignments (any not completed at 90% or better quality) are due. If you joined the class late, you can still earn points and credit for work from previous quarters. If you have been in the class all year and have not submitted the work required at the 90% or better quality, you need to complete it this quarter--in addition to the work assigned for Quarter 4. Look at the assignment pages below for previous quarters to make sure you have completed all assignments. Because paper-based tests were not re-done in a timely manner, "re-dos" of tests to improve quality to 90% or better must be done on the computer and may be done at school, after school, or from home (or from a public library computer with Internet access).

Quarter 4 Assignment Details (Spreadsheet)

Quarter 4 Assignment Resources

All Classes

Connecting Habits Tracking Form Q4 Value = 100+

Earth Day Awareness Activities

Footprint Project 2 Value = 100 points

Reading Survey 3

8th Grade Transitional (American) History

TAmerican History 8th Grade Challenge Game--Level 1

TAmHist Exam 456

(90%+ mastery required)

TAmHist 8th Grade Essential Vocabulary Test

(90%+ mastery required)

TAmHist 8th Grade Essential Vocabulary

8th Grade Essential Vocabulary.doc

TAmHist-Exam 3

(90%+ mastery required)

Study Guide For Exam 3 Adventure Tales of the Constitution of the United States

8th Grade Westward Expansion Project Activities and Links--Assignment 4-002H Value = 200 points +

8th Grade Westward Expansion Project--United Streaming Videos

8th Grade 2-Column Notes

8th Grade Pre-Civil War Project Activities and Links--Assignment 4-003H Value = 200 points +

8th Grade Civil War Project Activities and Links--Assignment 4-004H Value = 200 points +

8th Grade Civil War Project--United Streaming Videos

7th Grade Transitional Social Studies

TSocSt-7th Grade Challenge Game--Level 1

7th Grade Exam 4--Middle East and Asia

(90% + Mastery required)

Resources for Exam 4

Activity 1
Activity 2

You may use your textbook and the project worksheets for The Middle East and Asia for the exam as well.

7th Grade Essential Vocabulary Test

(90% + Mastery required)

7th Grade Essential Vocabulary

7th Grade Essential Vocabulary.doc

7th Grade Exam 3--Americas and Africa

(90% + Mastery required)

Study Guide for Exam 3

7th Grade-Middle East Project Activities and Links--Assignment 4-002S Value = 300 points +

7th Grade Middle East Project--United Streaming Videos

7th Grade 2-Column Notes

7th Grade--Asia Project Activities and Links--Assignment 4-003S Value = 300 points +

VENN Diagram--China & India 05/21/2009

7th Grade Asia Project--United Streaming Videos

7th Grade--India Challenge Game Previews

Activity 1
Activity 2


Transitional Language Experience

ELL 3 Language Experience Progress Survey

Story Creation Project

Story Component Maps

Models of Story Component Maps

Story Components Quiz

Quarter 3 Assignments

Quarter 3 Assignment Resources

Africa Projects--(SocSt)

Follow this link for Team Assignments

Connect with Wisdom and Constitution Project (AmHist)

Follow this link for Team Assignments

Constitution Project

Follow this link to view Adventure Tales of the Constitution of the United States by Jody Potts, Ph.D., published by Signal Media Publishers, Dallas, TX.

Connecting Habits Quality Tracking Sheet

Google Earth Mini-Project

View these tutorials to learn how to work with Google Earth. You will need to see the Assignments page for the Google Earth assignment.

Working with Google Earth Tutorial

Editing Google Maps with Editing Function--Tutorial

Handouts for History in the Making Mini-Project

Africa--Team Questions

Constitution--Founders--Team Questions

ISAT Practice

Go to the following website for practice ISAT tests. Take tests for all grade levels. Download the ISAT Summary Page to your home computer or to your G-drive at school. If you do this at home, save your ISAT Summary page to your flash drive and bring it to school to upload it to your G-drive. Copy the summary page with your 90% percent score and the name of the test and provide those pages to Dr. Montgomery for credit on this assignment. Remember, take the tests as many times as you need to in order to achieve 90% or more correct.

ISAT Practice Summary Form and Tests Links

Julie of the Wolves--Inuit Culture Assignment for Language Experience Classes

Reflection Questions for Quarter 3

Quarter 2 Assignments and Tests

Support Materials for Assignment #15--LST--Voter's Decision Worksheet-2008 Presidential Elections

Support materials for Assignment #16--CTM--Connect to History--Thumbnail History to 1500 CE (AD)

Thumbnail History Charts (Student Presentations)

Language Experience Assignment:
Global Warming & Arctic Animals
Vocabulary Assignment

Julie of the Wolves Anticipation Guides (Study Questions)

Quarter 1 Assignments

LST-RW Assignments for Week 1--08/27 through 08/29/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 2--09/02 through 09/05/2008

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Family Migration Pioneer Story

Follow this link to the first anchor project for all classes--Family Migration-Pioneer Story

LST-RW Assignments for Week 3--09/08 through 09/12/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 4--09/15 through 09/22/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 5--09/22 through 09/26/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 6--09/29 through 10/03/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 7--10/06 through 10/10/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 8--10/14 through 10/17/2008

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LST-RW Assignments for Week 9--10/20 through 10/24/2008