I would like to welcome all my students and their families to our 6th Grade World History class! I have a passion for world geography and have traveled much of my life before settling down here in Clarksville. This is my seventh year at West Creek Middle School. My wonderful wife and I met in Germany and we have been married for 25 years. Our two daughters attended school here in Clarksville. Like many people in this community, I spent twenty years in the Army. I have found serving my country as both a military officer and teacher equally rewarding. I completed my Bachelors of Science degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master?s in Education degree through Trevecca Nazarene University here in Nashville. I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you this year and am proud to be a part of the Coyote team!
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Weeks Work, 26-30 November, 2018

Monday- Review India Test. TTW use the video, the textbook (pgs 170-171), Google Classroom, and a handout to lead a discussion on the geography of China. TSW complete a map exercise. Homework is finish map exercise.

Tuesday- TSW make a chart with the different dynasties and emperors associated with them in chronological order. We will spend parts of the next week filling this in. We will start with the first two dynasties, Xia and Shang using a modified “RATs” review of pages 172-175. No homework.

Wednesday- Geo quiz. TSW use pair/share reading strategy of pages 175-177. After completing the reading, TSW complete the graphic organizer section on the Zhou Dynasty. No homework.

Thursday-The Qin Dynasty will be today’s topic. TSW group read strategy of pages 184-185. After completing the reading, TSW complete the graphic organizer section on the Qin Dynasty. If time permits, we will complete the last sections of the word search/fill in the blank study guide.

Friday- Dynasty quiz. TSW write a Narrative Text describing how Shi Huangdi’s life experiences influenced his leadership and how those experiences made him what he was. TSW justify their statements by quoting the textbook, notes, and weekly reader.


Note: Starting October 26th and going to November 20th, we will be working on Ancient India. Students can always read along with Chapter 6, pages 137-166. In each section, there are review questions students can answer for extra help. This will parallel the power point (ppt) presentations we will be using in class and will help prepare them for their assessments!

Weeks Work, 19-23 November, 2018

Monday -Ancient India Assessment. Be ready!

Tuesday-Finish Ancient India Assessment. Introduce Ancient China. No homework!

Wednesday- Friday-Thanksgiving Break, no classes.


E-mail anytime with questions at james.kela@cmcss.net!


Weeks Work, 12-16 November, 2018

Monday-No school. Veteran’s Day! Thanks to all that served and supported those who did!

Tuesday through Thursday-India Project using Google Classroom and Google slides. This will be a three day event if students are completing all their assignments. We may stop on a half day Thursday to discuss achievements of India depending on time.

Friday-Review presentations and play review game for India. Test is Monday, November 19th/20th due to the Thanksgiving Break!

E-mail anytime with questions at james.kela@cmcss.net!



Weeks Work, 5-9 November, 2018

Monday- The teacher will use a power point to introduce Buddhism. Read pages 152-156, write down and discuss the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path. No homework.


Tuesday-No school. Make your parents go out and vote!

Wednesday-TTW explain instructions and expectations of narrative assignment. TSW write a Narrative Text describing how Siddhartha Gautama’s life experiences influenced his moral teachings and how those teachings became a new religion that spread throughout India and Central Asia. No homework.

Thursday-Vocab quiz. Finish essay on Siddhartha Gautama’s life. Students will then work individually on a comprehension check on the first half of India. No homework.

Friday-Introduce the Mauryan empire 157-160. Watch a short video on War Elephants. TSW write a timed essay on the impact of the Maurya family on India! No homework!