AMI 7th-12th Grade Assignments 4/13-5/15

Here are the new AMI assignments that will carry us through the remainder of the school year! 

Please scroll to each section and read the instructions carefully!!!

AMI Writing Prompts for Science April 13 – May 15

Science Prompts

Please choose 4 of the prompts to write about.  Two of them are due by Friday, May 1.  The other two are due by Friday, May 15.  Please email the questions you choose, along with your answer, to your Science teacher.  Your answer needs to be at least 250 words.  If you are in Concurrent Credit through ASU or Black River in this class, you do not have to do these.  Just continue your work with those classes.

  1. List and describe the main processes of the scientific method.
  2. Describe what you believe to be the 2 most important branches of science responsible for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. Provide detailed information about these 2 disciplines in regards to the type of work involved in making vaccines.
  3. One day you woke up and discovered that you had been turned into an endangered or extinct species. Think about what species you have become and describe your life, your habitat, your daily rituals and what caused your endangered or extinct status.
  4. The telephone has become a very important part of everyday life.  Explain how the phone has changed American life and the different ways the family uses it. 
  5. Describe at least two ways that science impacts your life every day.
  6. If there were 3 routes to get to school from your home, describe how you could do an experiment to find out which route takes the least amount of time to get to school, on average.

AMI Writing Prompts for Math April 13 – May 15

Math Prompts

Please choose 4 of the prompts to write about.  Two of them are due by Friday, May 1.  The other two are due by Friday, May 15.  Please email the questions you choose, along with your answer, to your Math teacher.  Your answer needs to be at least 250 words.  If you are in Concurrent Credit through ASU or Black River in this class, you do not have to do these.  Just continue your work with those classes.

1) Sit down with your parents/guardians and discuss a monthly budget for your household. Write about the main points of your discussion, as well as how math is used in creating a budget. Lastly, explain why a having a budget is useful.

2) Draw a rectangle and label the dimensions. Now find the area of that rectangle. What happens to the area if you double the dimensions? Does that work for all rectangles? (NOTE: You may have to draw other rectangles with different dimensions to test your theory.) Explain your reasoning and your work.

3) Write a math biography – or a history of your feelings about math. Include your first memories about math, any math classes that affected how you feel about math, and your current feelings about math. What were your best and worst experiences with math?

4) Write a letter to a student who will be in this class next year, giving some advice on how to be successful in mathematics.

If you are in Ms. Faulkner’s or Ms. Hurst’s Math class, please choose 4 of the following prompts and write about them.

1.Ellie is numbering her 140-page scrapbook. How many times will she write the digit (4)?

2. Mike asks Shaun for a dollar. Shaun tells Mike that although he has $1.15 in change, he cannot make change for a dollar. Mike tells Shaun that he certainly can. Who is right? Explain.

3. Rosie bought a painting for $1000. She sold it for $1200. Then she bought it back for $1500 and sold it for $1800. In the end, did she make or lose money? How much?

4.  If 8 is a larger number than 4, then why is 1\8 not a larger number than 1\4?

5.  Use your knowledge about math to explain the following statement to a group of 6th grade students.  There is a big difference between a factor and a multiple.

6.  Explain with words, pictures or number how you subtract fractional amounts with unlike denominators. 

AMI Writing Prompts for English April 13 – May 15

English Prompts

Please choose 4 of the prompts to write about.  Two of them are due by Friday, May 1.  The other two are due by Friday, May 15.  Please email the questions you choose, along with your answer, to your English teacher.  Your answer needs to be at least 250 words.  If you are in Concurrent Credit through ASU or Black River in this class, you do not have to do these.  Just continue your work with those classes.

If you are in Mr. Cook’s Pre-AP English class, please skip these questions and go to the next page to see your assignment and follow those directions.

  1. What are the three most important topics you have learned in your English Language Arts classes (elementary-high school). Be sure to list your topics and give plenty of details explaining why this is important and how it can help you in the future.
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using laptops in your English Language Arts classes? Do you feel like they are being utilized to their fullest potential? Make sure to give plenty of details explaining why or why not.  
  3. In some countries every young person must serve two years of military service. Should we have a similar policy in the United States? Write an essay stating your position on this issue and supporting it with convincing reasons. Be sure to explain your reasons in detail.
  4. Your state legislature is considering a bill that would require a person to earn a high school diploma before he or she could receive a driver's license. What is your position on this issue? Write a letter to convince your state legislature to accept your point of view.
  5. What is something scary that you would like to try? What makes it scary for you? How might you overcome that fear?
  6. The world today faces a wide range of challenges. Despite the great economic and scientific progress mankind has made, many in the world are still struggling to survive. Even in developed nations, individuals and communities face problems like poverty, disease and violence. Individuals and private organizations have done much to help alleviate many of these problems. Government have also played a role in addressing issues like poverty and public health. In your opinion, who has a bigger role to play in solving today’s problems: governments or individuals?

You may use one of these perspectives to use as your guide for your prompt.

Perspective 1

      Individuals could not possibly hope to solve problems as large as the ones we face today.             Only large governments with sizable resources can help.

Perspective 2

Governments are, by nature, composed of individuals working as a team. Governments can solve major problems because they harness the power of individuals.

Perspective 3

The best solutions to society’s problems always come from individuals, not governments. Governments lack the creativity and drive necessary to tackle major problems successfully.

If you are in Ms. Faulkner’s or Ms. Hurst’s Math class, please choose 4 of the following prompts and write about them.

1. Write in 5 sentences about one thing you miss during the quarantine. Give details.

2. Write in 5 sentences about your favorite Netflix binge watch series or something you follow on YouTube or Instagram. Is it funny, disturbing, action-packed? What made you watch it? Give details.

3. Write in 5 sentences about what you would do if there was no internet or smart phones? Would it be like in the olden times like say…the 80’s?!

4.  Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?  It is important for all students to learn and use proper cursive handwriting.  Please explain.

5.  Discuss a rule we have at school that you believe is a very good rule or one that is a rule you wish was changed.  Please explain your answer.

 

Mr. Cook’s Pre-AP English Writing Prompts

For each prompt, write a 1.5-3 page essay. Be sure to answer the prompt fully and thoroughly. If typed, use 12pt font, Times New Roman, double space, and 1” margins.

Prompt 1- Innocence and Experience – What are the major life-lessons that the younger characters in the novel (Scout, Jem and Dill) absorb as part of their coming-of-age in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s? You may pick one or more of these young people to write about and you may want to mention other kids in the story as well such as Walter Cunningham, Little Chuck Little, Burris Ewell, Cecil Jacobs and Francis Hancock.

Prompt 2– Sources of Enmity – What are the significant sources of tension (i.e. suspicion, mistrust, class prejudice, racial prejudice, snobbery, enmity, animosity, hatred) between various characters in the novel and what price is paid by certain characters for these antagonisms? For this topic, in addition to the younger characters mentioned above, you may want to concentrate on any of the following adult characters: Old Mr. Radley, Nathan Radley, Boo Radley, Miss Stephanie Crawford, Miss Maudie Atkinson, Atticus, Calpurnia, Lula, Zeebo, Reverend Sykes, Aunt Alexandra, Tom Robinson, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, Sheriff Heck Tate, Mr. Gilmer, Judge Taylor, Mr. Link Deas, Dolphus Raymond, Miss Merriweather, Mrs. Farrow, Mr. Underwood.

Prompt 3 – Dimensions of Social Inequality – What does this novel have to teach us about the problem of human inequality and the divisions within human society? Write about specific dimensions of inequality in Maycomb, Alabama – i.e. the advantages and disadvantages that certain characters experience. Try to identify an underlying common lesson that unites each of these characters. Your paper may choose to focus on characters such as Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Bob Ewell, Mayella Ewell, Burris Ewell, Mr. Cunningham, Walter Cunningham, Dill Harris, Dolphus Raymond or any of the other characters mentioned above

 

AMI Writing Prompts for History/Social Studies/Geography April 13 – May 15

History/Social Studies/Geography Prompts

Please choose 4 of the prompts to write about.  Two of them are due by Friday, May 1.  The other two are due by Friday, May 15.  Please email the questions you choose, along with your answer, to your History/Social Studies/Geography teacher.  Your answer needs to be at least 250 words.  If you are in Concurrent Credit through ASU or Black River in thsese classes, you do not have to do these.  Just continue your work with those classes.

  1. Describe the events surrounding the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. Then write your ideas about how we can further overcome racism and inequality in our days.
  2. The Vietnam war was very controversial and to this day still stirs heated debates. Why was President Johnson criticized for this war? If you were a teenage boy during Vietnam draft, describe the reasons that you would have been willing or not willing to fight in the war. Give at least three specific reasons for your stand.
  3. What are some factors that you believe has led to the Covid-19 virus affected countries around the world differently than it has the United States?  Also, explain the difference between epidemic and pandemic.
  4. How has the Covid-19 virus affected rural America vs. Suburban America?
  5. Write about a historical figure who you believe truly changed the world. Why was this person so significant?
  6. What is the difference between a privilege and a right? Give examples of each.

 

AMI Writing Prompts for Electives April 13 – May 15

Please write one prompt for each elective you have. Your answer needs to be at least 200 words. For example, Heidi Robinson has a PE class and a Business class.  She will write one prompt for her PE class and one for her Business class.  She does not have to do this each week.  She just needs to write one prompt for each of her elective classes for the given dates.  These are due by Friday, May 1.  You do not have to write one for Tools for Learning, Remediation/Enrichment, Band, Choir, CSL, or Athletics. Please email the questions you choose, along with your answer, to your elective teacher. 

Health Prompts

  1. Does our society place too much stress on people? What stresses you out? Describes some ways people can deal with their stress.
  2. Should the legal drinking age be lowered? Why or why not? What might be some consequences of lowering the drinking age?

PE Prompts

  1. Why is physical education class so important? Give three reasons why.
  2. What are three lifestyle changes you can make to become healthier?

Music Prompts

  1.  If possible, listen to the 1985 recording of "We Are The World," in which many recording artists came together to raise funds for African famine relief. Imagine that you are a successful music producer. Write an essay describing the song that you would choose for this kind of fundraiser, and name the artists that you would choose to come together to work on the song. Include the charitable cause to which the funds would go.
  2.  Trisha Yearwood sang a song entitled "The Song Remembers When," alluding to how a song can remind you of a particular moment or event in your life. Write about a song that reminds you of a memorable event in your life.

Art Prompts

  1. Look at an art piece and describe how artist used Elements of Art to create their art?  Elements of Art are Line, Shape, Color, Form, Value, Texture, and Space.
  2. What are some of the factors in a piece of art that can indicate when or where it was created?
  3. What is the difference between organic and geometric shapes and why is value contrast necessary in a piece of art?
  4. Why is it necessary to show foreground, middle ground, and background in a landscape drawing?  Explain the difference between texture on a 3-D sculpture and texture in a watercolor painting?

Economics Prompts

  1. Suppose you have just graduated from high school and a relative gives you $1000 as a graduation present. Your parents have advised you to consider two options: saving the money or investing it. What is the difference between the two, and which would ensure that you ended up with more money? In your answer, explain at least two types of savings products and at least two types of investing products.
  2. On his personal finance blog, Art Rainer describes Eight Money Milestones. You can listen to Art describe them on his podcast, located at https://www.artrainer.com/the-8-money-milestones/.

The milestones are:  Start giving, Save $1500 for a minor emergency, Max out your 401(k) or 403(b) match, Pay off all debt except your mortgage, Save 3-6 months of living expenses in case of a temporary job loss, Put 15% of your pre-tax income toward retirement, Save for college or pay off your mortgage, Live generously.

The coronavirus pandemic has caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs (at least temporarily). How might this season of uncertainty be a little easier on families if they had put these milestones into place five years ago? And when this virus panic ends, how important will it be for you to put these into place before the next difficult season in our nation happens?

  1. Fast forward 10 years. Your best friend from college calls you in desperation. They have a good job and they make good money ($3000 a month after taxes). But they’re always scrambling to pay their bills. They need a budget! Your assignment is to walk them step by step through the process of creating one. Your answer can be written in essay form or in step-by-step bullet.

FACS Prompts

  1.  How does your personality affect your decision on what clothes you choose to wear?
  2.  If a recipe calls for 2 Cups of flour and I want to double the recipe (in other words make twice the amount), how many cups of flour will I need?
  3. What stands out in your positive (or happy) memories of your school experience up to this point? Explain.

Business Prompts

  1. Please consider what you may be seeing and hearing on the news, and name at least three occupations or industries that are considered “essential” and how they are helping with this pandemic. Discuss how their normal routines may have changed or been impacted recently.
  2. What does it mean to have a strong work ethic?  If you had to choose, would you rather make a lot of money or have a job you enjoy? Explain.  If you could own your own business, what would it be? Explain why you chose this. Why is it important to have a positive attitude? Name & describe three characteristics of a good employee.
  3. Explain how you feel clubs and organizations (FBLA, FFA, Jr. Beta, Beta, etc) benefit you in preparing for future jobs.
  4. From a business standpoint, explain how you feel that a pandemic such as Covid 19 is impacting local businesses such as restaurants and shopping centers.

Agriculture/FFA Prompts

  1.  Due to the turbulent times caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, research and explain in 2 paragraphs how the virus is affecting cattle markets in the United States. Give specific detail to prices prior to the virus and what has caused prices to fall.
  2. Dairy farmers are currently having to dump large quantities of milk due to the virus outbreak. In a short essay, explain why they are having to do this as well as why the dumped milk cannot be used in other areas.

Critical Reading Prompts

  1. Describe a dream that you’ve had while asleep. Make it come alive with vivid imagery and sensory descriptions.
  2. Choose a subject that is not currently taught in school. Why should it be taught? What type of person should teach it? Why would or wouldn’t you want to take the class?

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