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Spelling Word List Enhance on SpellingCity

VocabularySpellingCity has just added pages with more complete spelling lists per grade.  These are available to both their premium (ie paid) and free users.

Here for example is the content for the first grade word lists:

In first grade spelling, students should demonstrate command of words with common spelling patterns and frequently used irregular words, as well as grade-level sight words. They should be able to apply grade-level phonics to decode one- and two-syllable words. They should understand standard grammar. They should be able to use verbs to convey past, present, and future, and frequently occurring nouns, adjectives, and prepositions.
The word lists include compound words, frequently confused words, lots of sight words, general purpose vocabulary, academic vocabulary, and domain vocabulary

 

For High School spelling and vocabulary, students should be able to analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (such as how the language evokes a sense of time and place or how it sets a formal or informal tone); they should be able to use language that is particularly fresh and engaging. They should demonstrate command of grammar and usage, correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy), and see how meaning of key terms are used and refined in texts. They should be able to use precise words, details, and sensory language, and understand how language functions in different contexts to make effective choices for meaning or style. They should be able to correctly use patterns of word changes to indicate different meanings or parts of speech (conceive, conception, conceivable) and interpret figures of speech such as hyperbole and paradox in context.

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Home School High School Diploma Certificate

Homeschool-Diploma-Templates (1)It’s time for graduations. Have you thought about whether you are going to celebrate? Have a barbecue?  Take a trip?  Do some sort of ceremony?

And what about having a high school diploma printed up, suitable for framing.

The good folk over at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com provide a variety of printable High School Home School Diplomas so click your way over there and pick on out for your special graduate. Yes, it’s free!

 

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How Do We Teach US History: Myths or History

In Oklahoma, there’s a brouhaha over whether the AP US History exam should be banned because it’s not respectful enough of US History.

More broadly, there’s decades of battles of  how we should tell the story of US history in K12. Is it a collection of inspirational stories to make us proud?  Is it a stab at teaching the real complexity of history of our peoples so today’s students have a real inkling of how things came to be the way they are?
I’m by coincidence, reading two books that directly relate to this debate. I’ll circle back to the references at the end.

Let me start by pointing out that in Russia, the history books are written as a way to justify their current policies and politics. History is an extension of their propaganda policy which is part of the control system used to deceive, confuse, and manipulate the public.

I’m pleased to live in the USA, land of the free, home of the brave. I am proud of our history but not of all of it.

 As an American, I expect the history books to tell real history, not Russian-style propaganda myths. We are a free country with a proud but blemished history. Lets not further tarnish ourselves by not being frank about what’s happened.

The two books that I’m reading:

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by Peter Pomerantsev.  It’s an amusing book told in the first person by a Brit who worked inside the new Russia.

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James W. Loewen.  This is the second version of an analysis of high school American textbooks and how they tell a version of US history that has to be totally unlearned by students who study history at the college level.  He covers the changes since the first version of his book came out.

Teaching history is part of the crazy culture wars in this country.  Here’s one example from the book. Most of us were brought up on cowboy movies which tell one history of the frontier.

It doesn’t tell say that the frontier was much like the Berlin Wall, meant to keep people from escaping to the freedom of living with the Native Americans. The slaves were trying to escape to freedom. Many free blacks w

ere also trying to escape the racist European society. And, many Europeans wanted to go live with the Native Americans but according to many colonial and then state laws, it was illegal. This is an untold but real history of much of our frontier.