Read and Respond

This week we will begin our Read and Respond entries.  It will be one continuous running document you’ll have saved in your google drives. Here are the instructions for setting it up:


RUBRIC:  Read and Respond Rubric


In your Google Drive Folders for Social Studies

1. Create a folder called “Read and Respond

2. Create a Document inside that folder called “Last Name, First Initial Read and Respond 2013” (for example: VillanuevaM Read and Respond 2013)

3. Your Current Read and Respond entries need to be the first every time we open the doc.

Instructions for Writing your Read and Respond:

Step 1: State “The Week of _____” Underlined. Always use the Date of Monday of the week of the entry. (Example: Week of August 26, 2013)

Step 2: Copy the title of the article. Type it in Bold and put it in “Quotation Marks.” 

Step 3: State the region in which the article is based

Step 4: Include a map of the region/country and an image related to the article = the image can help you focus your opinion.

Step 5: Indicate the genre of the news article (e.g. entertainment, politics, geography, economics, culture)

*Optional for everyone: find the longitude and latitude of the city/town/country mentioned in the article and state it in your response.

Step 6: Title for first paragraph: Summary (bold and underline; left justified) See Example:


China and Japan are fighting over ownership of the islands, Senkaku (Japan) or Diaoyu (China). These islands are important because they are placed within a vital shipping route. The argument intensified after Japan deported Chinese activists and then Japan allowed Japanese citizens on the islands to plant a Japanese flag.

Step 7: Write a brief summary of the main points in the article.

Step 8: Title for second paragraph is an Analysis or Synthesis question you write based on your reading of the article (bold and underline; left justified; don’t forget the question mark)

*Remember an analysis question asks for an opinion based on a choice.

Here are some ways to start your responses (depending on the question):

  • This article reminds me of a similar event/case because …

  • This article reminds me of a similar event/case in (place) because …

  • A very similar event like this happened in (place)/ to (person).

  • I feel … (your reaction) when I read that … (important detail from the article) because …

  • I would/would not want (event) to happen to me/in my country because …

  • I would choose to/choose not to …

  • In my opinion …

  • This event relates to state sovereignty/territorial integrity/self-determination because …

Step 9: Use to cite the article and images. Create a bibliography at the end of your response.

Step 10: Read through your work and fix-it up.

Step 11: Take a deep breath, close the document and SMILE. 🙂

Sample Read and Respond can be found here.


Here are some starting point sources: You may find your article at any of the following sites:

Yuan – “Healthy Diet”

The health issue I would like to present today is eating a healthy diet. This issue is important because it involves in our daily life. I picked this issue because as fast food become more common, teenagers begin to eat more unhealthy.  I learned that this issue affects teenagers by reduce our ability to lead an enjoyable and active life.


Some interesting facts about this issue are:
1. Healthy eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
2. Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent health problems such as obesity,

I believe that poor nutrition can contribute to stress, tiredness and our capacity to work, and over time, it can contribute to the risk of developing some illnesses and other health problems such as: cancer, being overweight, high blood pressure, and  high cholesterol.

To help solve this problem, you can use my pyramid as a guide. You can also use some guideposts.

Be Realistic
Be Adventurous
Be Flexible
Be Sensible
Be Active

Kim – “Practical Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle”

Think about your current lifestyle. Is it healthy or not so healthy? Are you leading a balanced life or maybe leaning to certain things too much? If so, this paragraph will help you change or improve your daily lifestyle. First of all, us teenagers, need to develop a healthy way of life so we, in the future would be more likely to succeed in any endeavor  we may want to pursue. With this in mind, I, myself always try to balance life. I do eat a healthy diet but always make sure I exercise daily whilst I squeeze in a time for an electronic or two.

A common misconception of a healthy lifestyle is always eating whole grains, running on a treadmill for an hour, no Mc.Donalds, etc. but a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be this strict. You don’t have to always exercise on a treadmill, a simple walk with your dog could be a better alternative as this improves your bond with your pet. Sometimes you can’t resist the urge of unhealthy foods so the things I do is have a day where you eat all the food you like, such as: chocolates, Pringles, Burgers etc. I get my self sick of these foods that for the rest of the week I don’t even want to look at them. This way of eating helps you maintain this kind of diet for a longer period of time.

I used to be one of those people who thought we had to cut back on things but I realized that you can eat those foods but you just have to control the days you eat it.

A healthy lifestyle is the key to leading a successful life in the future. Here are the key points:

  • Balancing between socializing, exercising, eating and resting.
  • Eat healthy but be practical about what you want to change in your current diet. 
  • And most importantly have FUN in your way of life. 😛

This picture really covers what a healthy lifestyle should look like.

How does our Advisory work???

Simple really!  It’s structured so that we have time to get to know each other, share our highlights of the day, and still have time to disseminate important information! 🙂

Every advisory is a bit different but still follows the same format below:

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Ours will include sharing our daily highs and lows (and getting feedback from each other) and you guys will be in charge of coming up with some of the games/activities every once in a while in rotation!

We meet for 30 minutes every Monday (2:35-3:00pm) and Wednesdays (right after lunch) in Rm 1124.

Welcome to the Wellness Wall!!

Welcome to the Wellness Wall!! Here you will find everyone’s postings from their Health Buzzes and their thoughts on topics presented and discussed.  You are encouraged to constructively comment on other classmates’ posts and to read up on all the new information presented here!

Reminders for the Wall:

1. You need to post your entry to the wall immediately after you present your health buzz

2. Keep all comments, suggestions, and questions on other people’s posts constructive and positive.

3. Don’t forget to include an appropriate image to go along with your post and to explain your thinking.

4. Revisit the wall every once in awhile to see what your classmates are sharing!

Instructions for posting:

Contribute to the class blog by posting your written understanding/thinking about your health buzz.

1.  GO TO 

2.  LOG IN (top lefthand side) – Sign in using the user name: healthbuzz password: The password changes so make sure to ask me for the password before you post!

3.  GO TO relfc or villanuevam blog

4.  Click “New Post” and make sure to check the Category “Wellness Wall” on the right hand side of the posting page so the post shows up in the correct place.

5.  PUT YOUR NAME & TOPIC in the title

6.  When you are done typing up your post, click “PUBLISH” and then log out.

* You can post your power point/video/link if you like

This would be the topic of my HEALTH BUZZ

Tips for Success

  1. Write one paragraph (6-10 sentences) minimum (you can write more!) using these guiding questions:
  • How is this issue relevant to you? Why is it important?
  • How does it affect teenagers?
  • What did you learn about this issue?
  • What are some problems/solutions connected to the issue?
  • What is your final opinion about this issue?
  • How has your thinking changed?
  1. Include an appropriate image with an explanation about how it relates to your issue.

Getting to Know You Better!

It’s been a great first day back at ISM!  Everyone has got some great energy and is ready share and learn and explore in our first quarter Unit!  Before we get started though, please take some time and fill out this info card so that I can get a better understanding of everyone in our class and how best we can create an environment for learning.  🙂