November 28

posted Nov 28, 2011, 5:54 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 29, 2011, 4:42 AM ]

Civics 1.1 Understand key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

Day # 58Date:  November 28, 2011Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
What are the most important ways that the Constitution has created a government where the rights of all Americans can be protected?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will begin organizing and writing their answers to the target question above.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will create and share a thesis statement to help shape their response to an upcoming assessment.  HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Opening Activities:
BEFORE YOU BEGIN today's activities, please fill out this brief survey about your upcoming assessment.

When finished with the survey....
READ the Target Question above, then think about the question below:
What are the most important words in the target question?
Be prepared to share your answer.

Once you've chosen the topics that you'll focus on in your response, you're ready to begin writing your thesis statement. Include the most important words from the target question and the topics you've chosen to address in a single sentence. Make sure that your sentence includes an opinion, a direction, and that it remains focused on the question

Write a your draft thesis statement CLEARLY on a slip of paper and hand it in, then begin working on the next part of your answer. 

Choose the first topic you included in your thesis statement (the 4th Amendment, or the 14th Amendment, or US Citizenship policies, or whatever you identified first in your thesis) and begin writing about it. Use the claim, support, explain model to write your paragraph.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative AssessmentHomework: Complete the first body paragraph of your response. Be ready to submit it at the start of class tomorrow. (You can write it in your blog, and save as a draft)HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Which of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution is most important in our lives today?
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionFind out about recent court cases that deal with the question of Freedom of Religion at the Oyez Project 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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