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February 27

posted Feb 27, 2013, 6:01 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 27, 2013, 6:02 AM ]
Day 22--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain how geographical features created challenges and opportunities for European rulers. 
I need to understand some of the problems associated with nations in the northern latitudes and without natural borders.
I will use maps and a series of discussion questions to understand how geography can pose a significant problem to leaders.This is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to add to the material I will need later for my summative assessment. 

First, some NEW DUE DATES!
Unit test -- over homework and in-class assignments NEW DATE: Wednesday, 2/27> Monday, 3/4

Written Assessment, answering the question

How did European leaders during the Age of Absolutism follow their own interests while facing challenges to their authority, both from inside their countries and from outside? Civics Standard 1.3 -- 1.3 Understand the purposes and organization of international relationships.

Due on Friday, March 1st> Tuesday, 3/5

Today's Target Question: How did geography create challenges and opportunities for some European rulers?
Last night's homework introduced you to three different European nations that shared some common geographic features: Prussia, Austria, and Russia.
Today in a small group you'll be looking more carefully at the way each leader had to deal with the geographic realities they faced while trying to achieve their goals.

STEP 1: Get together with your group. Each person needs a textbook and a Chromebook. Open one document between you (open & share with your team), then collect some information in it. To begin, each group member should look up at least one of the following cities on Wikipedia to learn its Coordinates (Latitude & Longitude).
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Moscow, Russia
STEP 2:Type the answers in your shared document, then discuss what you found. Answer the following questions in your document:
Which city is the farthest North? Farthest South? East? West?

STEP 3: Next, return to your Wikipedia pages and find the section marked "Geography" or "Geography and Climate". Spend a few minutes learning about the physical geography where your city is located. Specifically, collect information about the general annual climate (summers, winters, rain, snow, etc.) and the geographic terrain (mountains, plains, etc.) Don't focus on the way the city is today; focus on the land and climate it is built on.
Type a short description in your document for each, and discuss what you've found with your team.

STEP 4: After discussing what you've found, predict what challenges the location, climate, and terrain might have created for people living there at the time we've been learning about. Discuss your thoughts and predictions with your team, and type at least two in your document before moving on to the next step. Call Mr Knowles over to check your work before moving on.

STEP 5: Using your textbooks, turn to the maps from last night's reading. Work together as you complete each question (don't divide them and work on them alone; stay together so you can discuss them as you go).
  1. On page 231 are two maps; spend some time looking at them, then answer the 2 questions that accompany the map. Discuss your answers with your team, and type your group response in your shared document.
  2. Before leaving pg 231, re-read the section on Prussia and answer this question: Why did Prussia need such a large army? Discuss your answer with your team, and type your group response in your shared document.
  3. Turn to page 232 and spend some time looking at the map there, then answer the 2 questions that accompany it. Discuss your answers with your team, and type your group response in your shared document.
STEP 6: Make sure all team members' names are on your document, then share it in the Daily Work Dropbox.

STEP 7: Thank your team members for their help today, then work separately to answer this Exit Slip. Use your assignment to help you, but don't talk to your team members as you complete this part of the assignment. You need to explain YOUR OWN ideas and show how YOU understand today's work.

When finished, you may work on:
to continue preparing for the upcoming assessments

HOMEWORK: Catch up, if necessary, on any of the Unit 8 Assignments that you have not completed yet. You'll need them by Monday (for the test) but the sooner you finish them, the easier your preparation assignments will be.