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November 2

posted Nov 2, 2012, 5:56 AM by Peter Knowles
Today we continue the slideshow presentations we started yesterday. (If you were gone yesterday, or are still working on some of those steps, return to yesterday's assignment page to follow those instructions). If you completed yesterday's steps, you're ready to complete your slideshow and maybe even start working on your next assessment, which will be due next WEDNESDAY.

First, to complete your slideshow, after you've finished yesterday's steps, turn your attention to slides #2 (Before) and #5 (After). Here's how:

Before: On this slide, you need to explain some of the things that happened before your turning point that allowed it to happen. 
We're talking about causal factors here....things that actually caused the turning point to occur, that allowed those events to happen. 
Use the textbook or one of your web resources (or a new web source) to learn what happened before your event that might have caused it to happen. 
You may have to do some logical thinking here. Ask yourself what was needed for your event to happen; then ask yourself how those necessary ingredients got there. The better you understand the turning point itself, the easier it will be to identify two or three key causal factors. 
Include those on your slide and be sure to cite their sources -- and if it's a new source, add it to your reference slide.

After: On this slide, you need to explain what happened as a result of your turning point. 
Or, in other words, your turning point was a causal factor for other events in history that followed it; what were they?
Divide your slide into two sections:
Short term effects: what happened to people who were alive at the time your event occurred? 
Focus on the 20-30 years afterward; what happened as a result of the event? 
Long term effects: What has happened since the short-term results. Start 50-100 years after, and think broadly, all the way to today? How are we, or others who have lived fairly recently, affected by the turning point. (After all, if it was a true turning point, and it changed the direction of history, there must be some effects of it still today). 
Just like before, you should include citations for the information you include on your slide -- and if you use new sources, add them to your reference slide.

NOTE: If you have too much information to fit on any of the slides, feel free to insert a new one and split your info between multiple slides.

When you finish these slides, double check your work; go through the slides to make sure you've included all the information you need. Check spelling, dates, names, etc. Make sure you have all your references listed, and that they are formatted correctly. Change colors, backgrounds, and animations if you like. Then turn in a copy to the DropBox. Make sure you've saved the proper sharing settings first; follow the instructions in the DropBox form to make sure Mr. Knowles can open and comment on your work. 

When you've finished your slide show you're welcome to start working on your Assessment 4, Due Next Wednesday, November 7

Actually, you've already started working on it, though you probably didn't know it. Because the slideshow you've just created forms 1/3 of the body of your assessment, and you've got a good start on your reference list, too. Here's why:

Your assessment question is: 
Where do turning points in history come from, and how do they change events that follow them?
Standard: HISTORY 4.2 --Understand and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

And you've just created a presentation that deals with ONE turning point in history that answers that question. So one way to begin working on your assessment is to open a new Google document, then take the information about your turning point that you put in your presentation and change it into a paragraph. Talk about the before, the during, and the after of your topic in paragraph form, add citations, and you've completed a good chunk of your assessment. Copy and paste the references at the end of your document, and you're well on your way.

Here's a suggested outline* for the assessment to help you envision what it might look like. 

I)     Introductory paragraph, with thesis statement (of course!)
II)    First Turning Point Example, with citations << Use information from your presentation to write this paragraph
III)   Second Turning Point Example, with citations **
IV)   Discussion of causal factors in history 
V)    Conclusion
VI)   References << You've already got this started; copy/paste from your references slide. 

* Another way to organize it would be to move item IV) to spot II), providing a general discussion of causal factors in history to right after the introduction. 
Or, you could add a third historical turning point to investigate, and skip the general discussion paragraph. Just make sure you clearly include a focus on causal factors throughout your writing. 

** The second turning point does not have to be one of the six we've been focusing on in class; you may choose a different historical turning point if you prefer. 

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