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December 4

posted Dec 4, 2012, 6:06 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Dec 4, 2012, 9:49 AM ]
With the Unit Multiple Choice test tomorrow and the In-Class Written Assessment on Thursday, it's a good time to get organized so you have everything you need ready to go. So today's class begins with a few short steps to get ready.

1) Get Organized:
Begin by locating all the following documents on your Google Drive and putting them into a single folder called "Renaissance"
  1. Italian & Northern Renaissance Comparisons (Nov 29-30)
  2. Renaissance Narrative (Nov 26-27)
  3. Italian Renaissance Video (Nov 20-21) (Note: If you took notes during this video, they would have been in your own document; there was not a worksheet or outline provided)
  4. Renaissance Web Byte (Nov 16, Nov 19)
  5. Parts I-IV of Renaissance: People, Places, Things & Ideas (started Nov 15)
The only resources you may need that aren't in the Renaissance folder now is your Google Map -- which you can't put there because it's not a document. But you will be able to use it (after quickly finding it) during the test and essay -- and the Latitude & Longitude Chart (Nov 28) which we'll deal with now: 

2) Check information:
The work you and your classmates did on the Latitude & Longitude Chart last week has been compiled and is now available for you to download. 
Open the file called Renaissance Locations and use File > Make a copy to get a copy you can work with. After downloading it, open it up. There's still some work to do. 
  1. Find the middle tab at the bottom of the screen called "Collected Data" and click it. You'll notice that there are multiple lines for different cities, and many of them contain different information. For example, the city Florence is shown as being anywhere from 86 to 245 miles from Rome. Since it probably isn't moving, what's the right answer? How can we decide?
  2. If you need to check the original information where all this came from, visit the http://www.holiday-weather.com website or re-measure distances on your map. 
  3. Your goal is to end up with a complete, ACCURATE chart with only one line per city. (We'll work as a class to accomplish this).
  4. When you're all done, we'll sort the data to show all the cities in a particular order. (We'll do this as a class, too).
When finished, move the copy into the Renaissance folder on your drive.

3) Compile references:
You'll need to have a complete and accurate list of references of sources you may use for Thursday's written assessment. You can download a copy of the resources we've used in class and keep it ready for Thursday's assessment. However, there's a little more work to do. 
  1. If you plan to use your Google Map (and you just might want to) you'll need to change the reference for that map in this copy of the references. Add your name (last name first) where it should go, then put the Google Map reference in the proper place in your list. 
  2. If you have used outside sources to collect information in your notes, you may end up using those on Thursday, so you'll want them on your reference list as well. Add them to the list, placing them in the proper location alphabetically, and making sure each one is complete and correct. You may have found sources you found on your own, or used one of the following resources that were provided to you:
When finished, move the copy into the Renaissance folder on your drive.

4) Transitions to know:
Before our last assessment we focused on transitions that showed CHRONOLOGY (first, next, at the same time, meanwhile) and CAUSALITY (since, because, as a result of...) because those were the focus of your writing. For this assessment, you'll likely want to use a different kind of transition, including those like:
likewise             also            while                in the same way            like            as          similarly         rather
however            still             nevertheless      on the other hand         on the contrary         even so         notwithstanding         
in contrast        alternatively  at the same time   though this may be    otherwise                 instead         nonetheless 
conversely         but             yet                     and yet                    still         or             though         but another         
As you prepare for Thursday's written assessment, be prepared to make use of words like these to make your meaning clear.

5) Thursday's written assessment:
You don't have the question for Thursday's assessment, but you can probably INFER from the kind of work we've been doing and what we've been focusing on what the question will probably be. Take a few minutes to reflect on what we've done today and see if you can DETERMINE what the question will probably ask you to do.  Complete a brief EXIT SLIP activity to make your prediction.