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Loudon High School (1999)
Roane State Community College, Associates in English  (2001)
University of TN, Knoxville, BA in English literature (2003)
Lincoln Memorial Univeristy, Harrogate,  M.ED. in curriculum and instruction (2007)
 
 
Hi, my name is LaStar Yates, and I am a former FLMS Brave myself. During my years at Ft. Loudoun, I enjoyed cheering the basketball teams on and participating in many clubs, including the National Junior Honor Society. I love reading now, but when I was in school I didn't realize how important and fun reading could be. I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician or nurse, until I realized my passion for reading later in life. I never have been the best in math and had to work harder to do well in those classes.
 
I have been a teacher for 14 years, 13 of those being her at FLMS! When I first started this teaching endeavor, I never thought I would end up at the middle school level, let along the same school I attended as a middle schooler. I found that I fit right in with the kids here. It's always a great day to be a BRAVE!!
 
On a personal note, I have been married for 17 years to my high school sweetheart, and we have 3 beautiful and rowdy children, Baylee (14) , Xander (9), and Coby (6). Life is never dull!!
 
 
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Why tough times can create better neighbors Newsela Article

Why tough times can create better neighbors

Activities:
Write: Describe what you think the author’s purpose was for writing this text and whether they were successful in
this purpose. Support your response with specific details from the text.
 

Quiz:
1. Which sentence in the section "Beyond Offering A Cup Of Sugar" BEST supports the conclusion that technology has changed our social circles?

a. Most people's acquaintances resemble a model like the rings of Saturn.
b. Over the past 50 years, people have spent more time on close friends and family.
c. Those include online acquaintances they don't know but with whom they share interests such as sports,
hobbies or politics.
d. Now the coronavirus offers the opportunity for greater local connection.
 

2. Which sentence from the article shows Wilson's main opinion about how people should act during the coronavirus crisis?

a. Other acts of kindness include providing food for children who are out of school.
b. In 2016, he published an article in Scientific American, "Kindness Contagion," that included findings of
studies about how people "catch" generosity from others.
c. For example, when Germans began retreating behind closed doors earlier in March, Molly Wilson
realized she didn't know the elderly people in her Berlin neighborhood.
d. "We need to do something off-line in order to let old people know that it's OK to reach out for help."
 
 
3. What is the MOST likely reason the author included the singalong in Boston?

a. to introduce the idea that people are finding new ways to stay connected
b. to explain how social distancing can prevent the spread of the coronavirus
c. to show that Americans were inspired by community events in Italy
d. to demonstrate the effects of governors shutting down restaurants
 

4. Read the following selection.
“A study demonstrated the most effective way for hospitals to motivate health care professionals to wash their hands isn't by noting the importance of protecting themselves from disease. It's stressing how it protects patients.

Why did the author include this idea?
a. to introduce the idea that hand washing is the best way for people to stay healthy
b. to provide evidence that people are often influenced by their desire to help others
c. to emphasize that social distancing is only one part of preventing the spread of coronavirus
d. to show how health care professionals can stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak

Human Connection Bolsters Immune System Newsela Article

Human connection bolsters immune system; that's why it's important to be kind


Write: Choose a problem (and solutions) described in the text. Explain what the problem is and why it matters,
using examples, facts, and details from the text. If possible, describe any solutions proposed in the text.
 

Quiz:
1. Read the following sentence from the section “Loneliness and Isolation Associated With Health Problems.”
“Something as simple as a supportive phone call can help strengthen the body’s immune system, which
helps the body fight germs and viruses.
Why did the author us the word “simple”?
a. To highlight that most human connections are unimportant
b. To highlight that even small connections make a big impact
c. To suggest that more complex interactions will cause stress
d. To suggest that the help given by a phone call lasts a short time.
 

2. Read the following selection from the section “Fight or Flight Response.”
“Nowadays, loneliness causes the body to be in state of unease including high blood pressure and blood
sugar. If this state persists for too long, it can cause long-term health problems like diabetes and heart
disease.
Which answer choice is the BEST definition of the word “persists” as used in the selection?
a. Continues
b. Survives
c. Justifies
d. labors
 

3. What is the author’s purpose for writing this article?
a. to narrate encouraging stories about people who have been helping one another through prosocial
behaviors
b. to argue that more research is needed on the evolution of the fight or flight stress response in modern
humans
c. to explain that social connections can reduce the physical and mental effects of stress from social
distancing
d. to demonstrate how social distancing helps to prevent people from spreading the coronavirus infections
to others
 

4. Based on the article, what is the MOST likely reason the author includes the perspective of Julianne
Holt-Lunstad?
a. To contradict the recommendations that all people should practice social distancing
b. to build understanding of the research methods used to identify the buffering effect in humans
c. to demonstrate the main differences between the perspectives of Uchino and Eisenberger
d. to support the idea that social connection can have more powerful effects than loneliness

6th grade Week of April 27

Learn from Home lessons: April 27-May 1

Monday: (at least 30 min)

 

Tuesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Finish reading RTT and the guided reading questions
  • Take the assessment

 

Wednesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Watch the video to help you visualize Borneo:
  • Read “A Cobra In the Garden” on commonlit and answer the guided reading and assessment questions

 

Thursday: (at least 30 min)

  • Answer the following questions in paragraph format, using evidence to support your answers and send to your teacher via office365:
    1. What is the theme of both texts? Are they similar or different?
    2. How do the texts depict the relationship between humans and animals?
    3. How are cobras depicted in both texts? How are they the same? How are they different?

Friday:

  • Edit and submit your short responses to teacher through office 365
  • Complete the freckle assignments below

Block 1- F7HXM8

Block 2- J9YB5Q

Block 3- YN3677

https://student.freckle.com/#/login

 

6th grade week of April 20-24

Learn from Home lessons: April 20-24

 

Monday: (at least 30 min)

  • Complete 4-sqaure for argument paper with information from the articles

 

Tuesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Write the introduction and begin the 1st body paragraph

 

Wednesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Write the 2nd body paragraph and the counterclaim paragraph
  • Complete the freckle assignment if you have not already

Block 1- F7HXM8

Block 2- J9YB5Q

Block 3- YN3677

https://student.freckle.com/#ela/system/skills-practice/assignments/47116419

 

Thursday: (at least 30 min)

  • Complete the counterclaim and conclusion paragraph

 

Friday:

  • Edit and submit argument essay to teacher through office 365
  • Complete any noredink or freckle assignments for the week

6th grade week of April 13-17

Monday: (at least 30 min)

 

Tuesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Complete the following nearpod.com assignment: VHJBG to review making claims and supporting claims in argument writing
  • Complete the NoRedInk assignment from Monday

 

Wednesday: (at least 30 min)

  • Read the articles “Should the Driving Age Be Raised to 18?” and “Do Teens Need Graduated Licenses?” (prompt attached as well)
  • Write a claim that tells which one you think is safer with the two reasons from the article- raising the driving age or a graduated license (ex. Raising the driving age to 18 would make drivers safer because __________ and ____________.
  • Complete the evaluating claims freckle assignment listed below with your class code:

Block 1- F7HXM8

Block 2- J9YB5Q

Block 3- YN3677

https://student.freckle.com/#ela/system/skills-practice/assignments/47116419

 

Thursday: (at least 30 min)

  • Find evidence in the articles to support the claim you made about which makes safer drivers (raising the age or Graduated Driving Licenses)
  • Use the online 4 square or create your own to keep track of evidence
  • Complete your www.freckle.com assignment

 

Friday:

  • Complete the 4-square with information from the text to write your essay for the prompt you got on Wednesday

Yates' lessons from home April 6-10

Monday

  • Nearpod slides 1-8 (Nearpod code- HNWUM)
  • Read the “The Youngest of the Little Rock 9 Speaks Out” article on common lit, or the paper copy you picked up at school
  • answer the guided and comprehension questions
  • watch the coordinating videos on your phone or on a computer

 

Tuesday

  • Nearpod slides 9-16
  • Read The Clinton 9 Desegregation article on nearpod webpage or on the paper copy you picked up at the school.
  • Answer the guided and comprehension questions
  • watch the coordinating videos on your phone or a computer
  • answer open ended questions from the Clinton 9 article on Nearpod slides 14, 15, 16.

 

Wednesday

  • Finish narrative instruction on Nearpod slides 17-28
  • do character chart

 

Thursday

  • Nearpod slides 28-38
  • Plan your narrative essay
  • Complete the plot map on slide 34
  • Finish Nearpod slide from 38-43
  • Begin writing your essay in an Office 365 word document

 

Friday

  • finish writing your essay
  • re-read and edit if necessary
  • email your final essay to your reading teacher through Office 365