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June 7

posted Jun 7, 2013, 5:50 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 84--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will understand how to accurately collect and cite information for academic research.I will work with a group to collect information from a web page.  I will create accurate notecards to show what I've found on the web pageThis is a formative assessment to review and prepare for my final. 


ALSO: All retakes of any tests must be completed by June 11 (next Tuesday). Mr Knowles will be available at lunch on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday to give them, or after school on those dates, by appointment. 

Today we continue reviewing for the class final. Most groups have handed in their reference cards and notes from the last two days of classes, so you'll have a chance to move on to the next step today. To prepare you for that step, we'll watch a short video about formatting your list of Works Cited:

YouTube Video

Now that you've had a chance to review the guidelines for a correctly formatted list of works cited, it's time to put your knowledge into practice.

NOTE: If you and your group have NOT yet finished yesterday's assignment, scroll down this page to find where you left off and continue from there. 

If you're ready to move on, here's what you need to do:
  1. With your group, open ONE copy of your class period's works cited list below, then MAKE A COPY that you can type in, and SHARE it with members of your group.
  2. Go through each of the 8 source citations in your list and, as a group, correct them. Make each individual item perfect (They were supposed to be perfect when they were turned in yesterday, but there are still a few problems with some of them.)
  3. Once all the individual citations are correct, it's time to fix the list as a whole. Use what you know about a properly formatted list of works cited (from the video, from discussion, or from this page) to make your list 100% Correct. Work together to make your entire list PERFECT. 
  4. Once your list is 100% perfect, turn in ONE copy to the Daily Work Dropbox.
Here are the lists for your class:

Period 1  /  Period 3  /  Period 4  /  Period 6

If you're still working on yesterday's assignment, you can find it below.

You and your group members were assigned ONE of the sources below to collect some basic information and research about a common topic.

  1. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/elevator-inventor.html

  2. http://inventors.about.com/od/estartinventions/a/Elevator.htm

  3. http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/elevator.htm

  4. http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi279.htm

  5. http://www.howstuffworks.com/innovation/inventions/who-invented-the-elevator.htm

  6. http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/otis.html

  7. http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/115.html

  8. http://www.archdaily.com/354494/a-brief-interesting-history-of-the-otis-elevator-company/

No matter which of the sources you and your group is assigned, you need to do the same things:


FIRST, use one of the note cards you receive to write a correct, legible REFERENCE CARD that contains all the necessary pieces of information. Work with your group members and available resources to make sure it is 100% correct.

 Author's last name, First name. 
"Title of Web Page."
Title of Web Site.
Date of last update or copyright.
Date that you last visited the site. 

NEXT, you’ll also be turning in a Google Docs version of your work, so you and your group will need to type what you’ve put on your reference card

Make sure it is 100% correct.


Once you’ve got your reference written and typed, it’s time to collect some information about your topic.

Read through the information on your assigned page, looking for information that is interesting or that seems important in some way.

Using three more of the reference cards, you and your group need to write correct, legible note cards. Create one of each of these:

  • Quote directly, word for word, from the page. MAKE SURE the words you quote are in quotation marks.


    "The first elevator shaft (built in 1853) actually preceded the first elevator by about four years; architect Peter Cooper, confident that a safe elevator would soon be invented, designed New York’s Union Foundation building with a cylindrical shaft (thinking that the most efficient shape). Otis would later design a special elevator just for the building."

  • Paraphrase (rewrites in your own words) DIFFERENT information from the page. Do not put quotation marks on this one.


    Otis made a spectacular attempt to show the safety of his invention by putting on a display at the World's Fair in 1854. He would rise above the crowd on an open platform, then cut the rope holding his elevator in place. People were sure he would crash, but the safety brake he had invented kept his elevator in place.

  • Collect and list (summarize) some facts, figures, dates, statistics, etc. from the page. No quotation marks here, either.

    1853 - Otis invented the safety brake for the elevator
    1854 - Otis demonstrated his invention at the New York World's Fair
    1857 - First passenger elevator was installed in a building

NEXT, add the information from your three different note cards you’ve collected to your Google Doc.  Again, make sure your work is 100% correct.


Title your Google Doc THE SAME NAME AS YOUR SOURCE’S AUTHOR and turn it in to the daily work dropbox. Make sure all your group members’ names are on the Google Doc

Write your names on the back of each note card too, and hand those in. There should be a total of four cards (1 reference, 1 quote, 1 paraphrase, 1 summary of information)


If you've finished the first three steps in this process, you're doing great! 

Take some time now to try to find an answer to one of the bullet questions above. (The list of things you need to know for the final). You'll notice that most of them have links to information that can help answer the questions. As an INDIVIDUAL, choose one of the questions to find the answer to. It should be different than anyone else in your group. See what you can learn about the possible answer and share it with your group members, by discussing what you find, and by adding it to your group Google Document. (You've already shared it, so you don't have to do that again)

Finals schedule

 Thursday, June 13 Pd 4 Final (8:15-9:45)   Pd 6 Final (12:50-2:20)
 Friday, June 14 Pd 1 Final (8:15-10:00) Pd 3 Final (10:15-12:00)

World History Final: 2013

All year long you’ve been asked to conduct various levels of research writing, where you respond to a question about some aspect of history, and you then explain how YOU understand the material in your answer. When you do this, you need to show the source of all your information using standard research practices, using in-text citations, lists of works cited, and reference formats following a particular set of rules.

Your course final will focus on all these skills, so it’s time to figure them out if you haven’t already.

In the (few) days ahead, we’ll be doing a number of short activities to help you understand (if you don’t already) how to complete all these research steps correctly, and how to recognize when others make mistakes in those areas.

THE FINAL TEST WILL NOT BE OPEN NOTE (You won’t even have your Chromebooks! and all those helpful posters on the wall will be gone) so if you haven’t internalized the rules by now, pay attention, make good use of this time to practice, and get ready by studying for your course final. It’s your last chance to improve your grade...or keep your grade where you want it.

To do well, you’ll need to know:

Online sources to help you if necessary:

OWL at Purdue, MLA Resources

MLA Style guide for High School Students

Works Cited 4U

Citing Research using MLA Guidelines

And of course, what we’re doing in class for the next few days will help you too.


Missing assessments (due tonight, 6/7), or retakes of tests if you're interested (to be completed by Tuesday, 6/11).