Joel Griffin



I teach Reading and Social Studies to the 6, 7, and 8th graders. My passion for education, experience, and creativity keep me fresh after twenty years teaching in New York City and Bryan. My goal is to prepare students for high school.


Mr. Griffin - Week of 5/11 Reading and Social Studies 





8th Grade

US History

The Crucible 

Ancillary documents

Crash Course on the Civil War

Ken Burns documentary on Civil War

  • Drama
  • dialogue
  • colloquialism
  • characterization
  • plot development
  • theme
  • History: lead-in to Civil War
  • Annotation and writing (teacher guided, student applied) 
  • Discussion (on Zoom live)
  • Mapping relationship between drama and history
  • quizlet on eras of American history up to reconstruction

7th Grade



Research for project on key events

Video on Mexican cession

  • History of events in TX from pre-columbian to settlement before 1900
  • Note-taking from oral presentation on video
  • Note-taking from oral presentation of materials
  • Interconnectedness of historical events

6th Grade 

World Cultures

Research for Project on one nation

  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • History
  • Note-taking from texts, oral presentation, and 
  • map-reading


Week 1 Mar. 18 – 20

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • Whitman, Bierce, and baseball
  • Lewis and Clark reading

Week 2 Mar. 23 – 27

  • A Dark and Stormy Night
  • The Talking Dog
  • The Goddess

Week 3 Mar. 30 – Apr. 3

  • Grammar practice
  • Essay on the power of solitude
  • The White Swan

Week 4 Apr. 6 – 10

  • Odysseus
  • Belling the Cat
  • Land of the Free/Fireworks

Week 5

Week 6 

Week 7

Week 8 


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