Mansfield Middle School
Mrs. Hodgson

8th Grade Literature and Language Arts

Room 306

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Posted August 28, 2015

No homework this weekend.  However, you should start to gather artifacts (ticket stubs, photos, trinkets) that you can use for your Where I'm From poster.




Posted August 28, 2015

Your first current issues quiz is Monday, August 31.  If you'd like to review the story, check this link:

You may earn 5 bonus points on this quiz by watching and discussing the broadcast with an adult.  Bring in a note to indicate you have done so.


This week's study tip from The New York Times:  Change your location!  Study the same information multiple times in different locations.


Many study skills courses insist that students find a specific place, a study room or a quiet corner of the library, to take their work. The research finds just the opposite. In one classic 1978 experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms - one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard - did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Later studies have confirmed the finding, for a variety of topics.

The brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time, the authors say, regardless of whether those perceptions are conscious. It colors the terms of the Versailles Treaty with the wasted fluorescent glow of the dorm study room, say; or the elements of the Marshall Plan with the jade-curtain shade of the willow tree in the backyard. Forcing the brain to make multiple associations with the same material may, in effect, give that information more neural scaffolding.

"What we think is happening here is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting," said Dr. Bjork, the senior author of the two-room experiment.  (