MYP Individual and Societies, Ms. Lisa Tiger

My name is Lisa Tiger and I am orginally from the Oklahoma/Arkansas area. I’ve been a teacher for 22 years, the last two years were with a local military academy. I truly look forward to experiencing the humanities and history with your students. In addition, my background includes language arts, communications, film and television, and health. I believe that learning is our life source; through exploration and inquiry, we develop a passion for knowledge.

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New Mexico History (8th grade)

Weekly Update: This next week students will be researching water issues in New Mexico. Within their groups, they will build a model or create a simulation to illustrate their chosen topic. Our goal is to find and promote ways to implement water conservation here in Albuquerque. We are trying to arrange for some guest speakers to come and answer questions and offer suggestions for the students. I have asked them to create a supply list for their projects. I can probably get or have most items; however, they may need to get a few supplies on their own. Please feel free to let me know if you need any help with the supplies. Be looking for a list on Thursday! This group has really shown enthusiasm for this project. My hope is when they create these models, it will be a lasting memory and will encourage them to continue to think about conservation in the future.
US History (10th grade)
Weekly Update: This week students will be putting together a 10 minute group presentation about a major human rights issue from the Reconstruction Period. Students just completed a four page research paper about one aspect of the period. In addition, groups will have to conduct a simulation or class activity to emphasize their topic. Finally, they will have to create some kind of artifact that symbolizes their given topic. This will be a two-week project and is a critical part of their grade for the nine weeks. The creative ideas they are planning to share will be truly memorable.
Government (11th Grade)
Weekly Update: This week students will be putting all their research and hard work together to draft our bill. Students have been creating a plan to introduce a bill to our state legislators. They have taken on a proposal to reduce testing and maximize the mandated tests. We will be taking this bill in person to legislators in hopes of having it introduced during January’s session. I can’t begin to express how proud I am of this group. They have worked so hard for this and, no matter the outcome, they can know that they have actually done something to make a difference. We intend to notify the press as soon as the bill is ready and hopefully get some news coverage when we meet with the representatives. So exciting!!
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September 25, 2016

7th Grade Humanities

This week we will be preparing and hosting a mock trial connected to the Boston Massacre. Students will be working on their final draft essay comparing and contrasting the lives of indentured servants and slaves; working in groups to create a multi-media presentation about the major battles of the Revolutionary War; and conducting our weekly literature circles with our novel CHAINS. Students should have read through chapter 19 by Monday. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time! Thanks

8th Grade New Mexico History

This week we will complete an in-class essay about New Mexico’s impact on the United States; in addition, we will test over Unit One on Tuesday. Thursday and Friday, we start a new unit about the environment of New Mexico. We will be creating a geographical sculpture of the four regions of New Mexico. Another busy week!! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time!

10th Grade US History

This week students will be creating a multi-media presentation about the major battles of the Civil War; in addition, students will complete an in-class essay about the causes of the Civil War. We will also be testing over this unit and begin the Reconstruction unit. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time!

11th Grade Government

This week we will start our bill project. We will trace the steps for a bill to become law through a specific bill that became law and has undergone many challenges and changes. We will be developing an idea as a class to submit our own proposal to our state legislatures. Who knows, maybe we can celebrate their bill becoming a law soon! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

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September 20, 2016

7th Grade Humanities

Students have been working very hard this week! They have written an essay about social classes during the Revolutionary Period, analyzed causes of the American Revolution, and finished the Challenge Unit One. We have also had our first literature circle for the book CHAINS. We are currently researching the Boston Massacre as part of a mock trial project. Students also took part in a mercantilism simulation to learn about trade. We used that concept to lead into globalization and the New Mexico trade industry. As a class, we will be deciding on a community service project. The idea behind this is if we can take steps to better our community, that will improve our state and could lead to a greater impact. We are also studying rhyme scheme in poetry. Unit Two is Give Me Liberty, so our Challenge theme will be about freedom. I am so honored to work with these students! They are motivated, energetic, and bright!!

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September 8, 2016

7th Grade Humanities

You will hear your child talking about “The Challenge.” This is an assignment to be completed outside of class individually. The theme for this challenge is “Survival.” Each unit, students will have a challenge. The idea is for them to take ownership of their learning and demonstrate the concepts they have processed during the unit. Some suggestions I offered were: writing an original short story, researching a tribe, etc. They can decide for themselves, but it must be completed within the next 2 weeks. You can help me out by just asking them occasionally how the challenge is coming along! Thanksnew logo apple with leaves

August 28, 2016

Grade 7 Humanities

Hard to believe we have already finished two weeks of school!! I can honestly say that I am so fortunate to be teaching your children. They are inquisitive, respectful, motivated, and fun. We get to spend two hours together each day to explore history and language arts through a fusion of art, architecture, readings, music, and other aspects of culture. Our history spans a 300 year period from the 1600’s through the 1800’s in America. Students are currently analyzing primary sources from the early colonists. Our unit is called “Survival Mode,” and we are learning just what it took for the people in Early America to survive.

Some things to know:  We have a daily quote journal (students need a composition book to keep entries in each day)
We are currently doing our summer assignment presentations, so if your child has not completed the project, please have them talk with me and let’s get them caught up within the next week or two.
I am setting up a google classroom for you to view all the units as we work on them. This will give you access to handouts, internet resources, and a schedule of our assignments. I will have a code for you within a week to access it.
This coming week, we will be analyzing a Puritan work, investigating the Native perspective, writing an essay about their survival experience, and reading “The Most Dangerous Game” (with a plot analysis chart).
Should you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time. Thank you for sharing your child with me each day.