Board Game Instructions

Dec. 06, 2019 Max Points: 150

Please attach a blueprint and a digital version of the worksheet. Make sure all team members attach a copy of the Google Doc.

COBAB Ch. 45-49

Dec. 11, 2019 Max Points: 50

Complete your responses in a Google Doc and attach it to this post.

COBAB Character Timeline Ch 1 - 22

No Due Date Max Points: 25

Newsela Pipeline E.C.

No Due Date Max Points: 15

Ch 34-36 Quiz Bonus

No Due Date Max Points: 10

Newsela 12-03-19

Dec. 03, 2019 Max Points: 50

Ch 34-36 Quiz

No Due Date Max Points: 30

Hero's Journey Compare/Contrast Essay

Nov. 23, 2019 Max Points: 200

Intro and Thesis: Establish background on definition of hero's journey and summative sentences on movie plot.
Thesis should include: (Name of Movie, Genre, Name of Protagonist, Connection to hero's journey- or goal of protagonist)
2nd Body Paragraph- 1st Threshold- Goal
3rd Body Paragraph- 2nd Threshold- Problem stopping hero from getting to goal
4th Body Paragraph- 3rd Threshold- Outcome
5th Body Paragraph- Conclusion

What is the title of your movie for the Hero's Journey Project?

Nov. 14, 2019 Max Points: 15

COBAB CH. 34-36 QS

Nov. 19, 2019 Max Points: 50

COBAB 29-33 QS

Nov. 15, 2019 Max Points: 50

COBAB Quiz 29-32 EC

No Due Date Max Points: 10

Research Essay

Nov. 11, 2019 Max Points: 200

Research Essay

Nov. 11, 2019 Max Points: 200

COBAB Quiz 29-32

No Due Date Max Points: 30

COBAB Ch. 26-28

Nov. 04, 2019 Max Points: 50

COBAB Ch. 24-25

Nov. 01, 2019 Max Points: 50

COBAB CH. 22-23

Oct. 29, 2019 Max Points: 50


No Due Date Max Points: 50

COBAB Ch. 19-21 QS

Oct. 23, 2019 Max Points: 50

Please complete the questions attached by this Wednesday, 10/23/19 at Midnight.

Contemporary Africa Research Essay Outline

Oct. 28, 2019 Max Points: 100

Please attach a digital version of the outline template shown​ below. I am giving you the creative freedom to decide how to format your outline but it must be one full page of notes surrounding your essay topic. For example, thesis, topic sentences, and 3-5 key details per paragraph.

COBAB QS 11-17

Oct. 15, 2019 Max Points: 100

Contemporary Africa Bibliography and Essay Topics

Oct. 18, 2019 Max Points: 100

Step 1- Choose one topic below and find three sources for your research.

Step 2- Read and annotate each source

Step 3- In your annotation identify the main idea of the article and provide an answer to the your chosen essay prompt below. Minimum of eight sentences (five sentences supporting the main idea and three that answer the questions in the essay prompt)

Step 4- Submit your Annotated Bibliography in the Google Classroom.

Step 5- Create an outline for the essay using the worksheet provided in class.

Step 6- Write a two-page​ essay

Contemporary Africa Research Paper Topics

Contemporary Africa is fast becoming one of the newest, most popular class subjects worldwide. The huge, diverse and exciting continent is rich in history, political and social turmoil, raw goods, culture and so much more. With contemporary Africa, students have a lot to learn and explore. Writing a research paper on a subject as wide and diverse as Africa may seem easy, but students often find that a solid direction is needed. What kind of research paper topics are great writers choosing on contemporary Africa? Look below to see some possible research paper topics and ideas for yourself.

Political situations. Africa has a rich history of political ups and downs, and addressing one of their contemporary political issues may be a smart way to go. Study up on some of the political happenings in contemporary Africa. Address what they might mean for the future, or what they might reflect of the current social climate.

Cultural changes. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different cultures within Africa, and every one of them has transferred into the current time. How do cultural norms and viewpoints affect Africa’s peoples, actions and attitudes towards the outside world (as well as each other)? How have cultures changes in light of outside influences?

Financial and business issues. Many raw goods consumed worldwide come from African soil, and this offers up many areas of study for a research paper. How do certain industries affect the people or countries of Africa? What is the financial status of Africa, and why?
Religion. A land diverse in culture, Africa is also a land diverse in religion. In fact, religious belief has fueled many political overturns, wars and other conflicts all over the African continent. Religion is a force of division and union in the African continent, so try examining it’s affect on social and political relations.

Race relations. While many people may consider race relations to be more specific to South Africa, race relations – whether they regard Europeans, Africans, or peoples of Asian or Middle-Eastern decent – are taut and explosive. Exploring race relations on the African continent is an intriguing​ if volatile research paper topic.

Poverty and health. Many areas of Africa have long struggled with poverty issues, as well as healthcare concerns. Examining the healthcare status of contemporary Africa can lead students to write on the reasons for current healthcare and poverty issues, its effect on the population, and any possible solutions.

West African Adinkra Presentation

Oct. 01, 2019 Max Points: 150

​​Instructions: Research the significant cultural elements of your selected tribe, as listed on the in-class worksheet. Fill in the slide with as much information as you can find. I have added one slide to serve as an outline for your research.

At the end of your slideshow, explain the reasoning behind your chosen Adinkra symbols. Create a minimum of three symbols based on your findings.

Please include a title page, as well as six pages of content that answer the questions on the guide I attached, and a references page in APA format. That is a total of 8 slides. Although, you will be working in groups, please have each group member individually attach a copy of the slideshow.

Objective: To provide context for your chosen Adinkra symbols.

Plagiarism Activity

Aug. 28, 2019 Max Points: 50

COBAB Chapters 3-10

Sept. 27, 2019 Max Points: 100

Please save all of your in-class worksheets.

Adinkra Stamp Assignment

Sept. 27, 2019 Max Points: 150

EXTENSION ACTIVITY: West African Ethnic Groups and Adinkra – Implementation Notes
1. This activity is designed to incorporate research and art. Students research an empire/ethnic group from West Africa and then symbolically represent that group through symbols. Students will not only learn about the empire/ethnic group but will also engage in the Adinkra textile technique used by the Ashanti people.
2. Students will select an empire/ethnic group to study. Research on empires will lean more heavily on historical information; research on ethnic groups will lean more heavily on modern developments, although many ethnic groups have roots in empires. Please choose an empire or ethnic group. As students conduct research, they record their findings in a graphic organizer. This information will be used later when students write an analysis of their stamp/symbol selections.
3. Students will design/select four stamps to represent their empire/ethnic group.
• Option: Adinkra symbols and their meanings can easily be found online. This
resource may be beneficial for students that struggle with designing original stamps.
4. Students will then complete the stamp analysis sheet to explain how their stamps are representative of the group they studied.
5. Students will then create their stamps using Styrofoam sheets, pencil, and a ballpoint pen. Students will utilize the art element of space (positive and negative) to create their stamp.
• Note: Emphasize to students that when they press into the Styrofoam with the ballpoint pen what they press will not show when they stamp. Therefore, they want to press and draw on the Styrofoam in places they do not want to show. (Images included)
6. After students create their stamps, they will use them to stamp a long piece of paper. Students can create a pattern or stamp, however,​ makes sense to them.
7. Finally, students will share their “textile” with their classmates and explain the symbolic meaning of the images.

Suggested Empire/Ethnic Groups – The following list provides various options for students. The list is not comprehensive. If students struggle to find a wealth of information on a specific empire/ethnic group, feel free to open up the activity to other parts of Africa.
• Ashanti • Igbo
• Fulani • Akan
• Fon
• Yoruba
• Wolof
• Songhai
• Mandinka • Hausa
• Ewe
• Ijaw

West African Geography Assignment

Sept. 19, 2019 Max Points: 50

In-class worksheet: HW 09-18-19

COBAB Ch. 2 Qs

Sept. 16, 2019 Max Points: 50

In my absence on Monday, please complete the following questions for Chapter 2. Don't forget to include page numbers for textual evidence. Thanks!

COBAB Chapter 1 Qs

Sept. 11, 2019 Max Points: 50

What is your Maji Clan?

Sept. 09, 2019 Max Points: 50

Please attach a PDF of the result from the online assessment.

Newsela 09/09/19

Sept. 09, 2019 Max Points: 50

Write eight sentences responding to the question: what is the central idea of the article?

Writer's Workshop

Sept. 06, 2019 Max Points: 50

Compare/Contrast Essay

Sept. 06, 2019 Max Points: 200

Compare/Contrast the passage from Sonnet 64 by William Shakespeare with the passage from Persepolis by Marjane Sartrapi. This essay must be five paragraphs (5 sentences each). Below is a prompt to help you through this:

In, Persepolis (Italics) and “Sonnet 64”, the authors have a similar theme that shows that everything eventually comes to an end.

Paragraph 2- Both cynical tone (Example of a topic sentence… These two passages both have a cynical tone…. (When referencing text, start with… ex. "In line 3, the writer states, “…..” . This phrase shows his cynical tone.
Paragraph 3- Both talk about death and destruction… One talks about how death is something natural that we cannot avoid due the power of nature. Moreover, the graphic novel talks about how death is something that we cannot avoid because of man’s tendency to destroy.

Paragraph 4- Both have differences… Show examples of how they are different… Ex. One discusses the inevitable destruction caused by time and the second one discusses the inevitable destruction caused by man.

Conclusion… Both pieces of literature show how everything eventually comes to an end. (Begin your conclusion with a re-worded claim (thesis), one line that summarizes the second paragraph, one line that summarizes the 3rd paragraph, and one line that summarizes the 4th… Moreover, then the last line should say something thoughtful.

I will grade you on the quality of your:


Topic Sentences


Evidence from the text

Do not use slang! Keep it professional!

Avoid personal pronouns and rhetorical questions.

Make sure to have a firm conclusion.

​Minimum of 5 sentences per paragraph.

Syllabus (extra credit)

Aug. 28, 2019 Max Points: 25

Participation Week of 8/26/19

No Due Date Max Points: 50

My Superhero Bio

Aug. 27, 2019 Max Points: 50


Nov. 20, 2019

Please read up to chapter 41 by Friday. Quiz on Friday for chapters 37-41(three questions).

Nov. 14, 2019

Hero's Journey Graphic

Oct. 09, 2019

Please post your chosen topic and copy/paste links to three sources.

Oct. 08, 2019

Enumerative Bibliography
A writer of an enumerative bibliography lists references according to some specific arrangement. Students writing research papers use this type of bibliography most often. These academic writers arrange enumerative bibliographies by author, subject, date or some other scheme. The items they list share a common theme, such as topic, language or time period. The writer of the bibliography gives enough information about the source to direct readers to this source. The writer would not include descriptive information, such as details about physical qualities of the book, in an enumerative bibliography. A card catalog, a list of references in a research paper, or the works cited in the back of a history book are all examples of enumerative bibliographies.

Analytical Bibliography
A writer of analytical bibliographies uses them to critically study books. The writer of an analytical bibliography may include information about printers and booksellers, descriptions of paper and binding, or discussions of issues that unfolded as the book evolved from a manuscript to published book. Three types of analytical bibliographies include descriptive, historical, and textual. A descriptive bibliography closely examines the physical nature of the book. A historical bibliography discusses the context in which the book was produces. A textual bibliography compares the published work to the author's original manuscript.

Annotated Bibliography
In this type of bibliography, a writer creates an alphabetical list of sources. The writer of an annotated bibliography outlines the type of research done on a certain topic. The writer annotates, or adds notes about, the sources. Therefore, in addition to information about the research sources, the writer comments on the source. The writer may summarize. This means she gives information about the content of each reference. The writer may assess. This means she will evaluate the usefulness of the source. The writer may also reflect. This means she will give her perspective on the usefulness of the text to her particular research.

Oct. 07, 2019
Oct. 01, 2019


Last, F. M. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Retrieved from URL


Satalkar, B. (2010, July 15). Water aerobics. Retrieved from

Cain, K. (2012, June 29). The Negative effects of Facebook on communication. Social Media Today RSS. Retrieved from

Sept. 27, 2019

Read COBAB Ch. 11-12 fOR HW

Sept. 25, 2019

Please take a look at the West African Adinkra Slideshow Presentation I posted online. Don't forget to have a slide that outlines the reasoning behind the Adinkra symbols that you created. A minimum of three Adinkra symbols and six slides of content (not including the title page and references page).

Sept. 25, 2019

Adinkra Symbol Examples

Sept. 24, 2019

To my group mates, my school email is:

Sept. 24, 2019

​Adinkra Stamp Assignment Research
*** Please remember to put an in-text citation next to each bullet point in your chart. Also, include the websites for each citation as well. Thanks!

Sept. 24, 2019

As a reminder, please save all of your COBAB in-class worksheets. The final exam will be open note and open book. Thanks!

Sept. 24, 2019

In my absence, please read Ch. 6-8 and complete the attached questions. Full credit given to students with page numbers as well. If you finish, these questions, complete your research for the Adinkra Stamp Assignment.

Adinkra Stamp Assignment Teams
Adora & Monique: Songhai
Christopher, Anuard, Mina: Igbo
Arwen & Jaeslyn: Fon
Matt & Jeshua: Ashanti

EXTRA CREDIT: Extra 30 points to students who stay on task and complete Ch. 6-8 qs.

Sept. 13, 2019

For hw tonight 09-13-19, please complete the Vocabulary worksheet for COBAB Chapter 2. On Monday you will show the sub the worksheet and she will put a star on it to confirm its completion.

Inflicted 2:27
Teem 2:23
Nefarious 2:30
Plantain 2:21
Haggle/ing 2:22

Sept. 10, 2019

COBAB Chapter 1, Vocab:
Cower 1:3
Retort 1:13
Solemn 1: 9
Subtle 1:3
Debilitating 1:10

*** Note: In the "definition" text box, please also use the word in a sentence.
****In the Word and Page text box,​ please also draw a picture associated with the word.

Sept. 09, 2019

Ms. Gibson's Result:

Sept. 07, 2019

APA Citation Guide:

Satrapi, M. (2007). The complete Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi. New York : Pantheon Books

Sonnet 64

Shakespeare, W. & Duncan-Jones, K. (2001). Shakespeare's sonnets. London: Arden Shakespeare

In-text citation:

(Satrapi, 2007)

(Shakespeare & Duncan-Jones, 2001)

Sept. 06, 2019

Writer's Workshop Rubric