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November 13

posted Nov 13, 2012, 4:32 AM by Peter Knowles
YOUR HOMEWORK was to bring your 4-Flap Folder that we started in September. If you recall, the four areas were designed to define and give examples of the four strands of Social Studies:
  • Civics -- How people live in relation to each other 
  • Economics -- How people meet their daily needs 
  • Geography -- How people live in relation to their surroundings 
  • History -- How events are related to each other in time.
We've now had an assessment on each of these strands, so it's a good time to reflect and review. Take some time today to look back at your assessments (you'll find them in your Google Docs folder called "Assessments") and choose some good examples for each of the strands and include that information on the inside of each flap. Include at least 3 clear examples for each, but don't fill the space; leave room for more examples later on. 

When finished, make sure your name is on the back, then turn it in to the basket.


When finished with the 4-Flap Folder, continue working on your Annotated Bibliography that you started Friday. You won't finish this assignment today, but you should be able to get a good start on it or continue working on it. 

Here's what you did on Friday (or, if you didn't, here's what you need to do now):
  1. Create a new document.
  2. Name it "Annotated Bibliography"
  3. Now open the last assessment  that you turned in (Assessment 4, I hope. If not, Assessment 3 will do). 
  4. Scroll down to the end of your assessment, where the list of references (called "Works Cited") should be. 
  5. Copy the Works Cited list -- without the title -- then paste it in your new document called "Annotated Bibliography"
This list of 4 or 5 sources should already be in alphabetical order, in hanging indent style, and each reference item should have complete and correct information showing someone else enough information that they can find it. That's important, because the rest of this assignment requires you (and others) to be able to do just that.

Before moving on, watch this short video on Annotated Bibliographies. (If you're watching on your own in class, please use headphones or earbuds). 
  1. Choose one of the web sources you used (not the textbook....we'll save that for later)
  2. Go to the web page (Note: If your reference is done well, you should be able to do a search for the title of the page and the author's name -- or website title if you don't have the author -- and go right to the page you want).
  3. Take a few minutes to review what's there, either on the single page you used, or if you want to explore more of the site.
  4. After refreshing your memory as to what's there, write a brief review of the source. The review doesn't have to be more than a few sentences, but it should address some of these questions. 
    1. Summarize:
      1. What are the main arguments?
      2. What topics are discussed?
      3. What is the point?
    2. Assess:
      1. Is it useful?
      2. Is it reliable / credible?
      3. Is it biased?
    3. Reflect:
      1. How useful was it in your research?
      2. Did it help you understand your topic in new ways?
      3. Did it change your mind about your topic / thesis?
    4. Recommend:
      1. Would you recommend this site to others?
      2. Would you use other sites by this author?
Here's an example:

Trueman, Chris. "Life in England Under Oliver Cromwell." History Learning Site. 2012. Web. November 8, 2012. 
This page discusses how life changed in England during the English Civil War and the leadership of Oliver Cromwell. It talks about the way he gained power, and then how he governed England until he died. The information seems fair and credible, and the author has a pretty big history site, and he has taught history and politics in England for a long time. Some of the information is a little hard to follow, but he does a pretty good job. 

After doing your first annotation, you can move on to another, or add your works cited lists from Assessments 1, 2, and 3. Remember to sort them alphabetically as you add them, and don't include sources more than once on your list. 
NOTE: This is an ongoing assignment that you can work on whenever you have extra time. Be sure that you have shared it, however, so Mr Knowles can check it periodically.

Resources in this assignment page: 
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