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November 26

posted Nov 26, 2012, 5:32 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 8:59 AM ]
Content Target: REVIEW key ideas from last week's work on the Renaissance by creating a story using key terms from the unit. 
Vocabulary Targets: INFER -- To conclude something on the basis of evidence or reasoning and IMPLY -- to express or indicate with strong suggestions or evidence.

Welcome back from your long weekend.

Today we'll begin with a little review of last week's work on the Renaissance. You'll want to open your homework assignment from last week (Renaissance: People, Places, Things & Ideas) to help. 

To get a sense of where you're going, spend a few minutes trying to complete this 5 term vocabulary challenge. (Spelling counts, so make sure you spell your words correctly.) When you have your results, leave the tab open and return to these directions.

While you're waiting for others to finish the vocabulary challenge, read the instructions below to understand where you're headed. Don't get up and find your partners until everyone's done with the the first activity.

What you just experienced was a short review of some of the key terms and ideas from this unit. If you were successful, you were able to INFER from the words surrounding each blank what the correct answer to each item should be. If you can INFER correctly, it's because you are able to read between the lines and make sense out of limited information.

Now you and one other student will be creating a similar exercise of your own, but you'll need to do the opposite of INFER; You'll need to IMPLY, by including details and key clues, what the answers should be. And if you IMPLY clearly enough, someone else should be able to INFER your meaning correctly. 

Got all that? Great!
Here's what you'll need to do:
  1. Find one other student to work with.
  2. Open a new document and share it with your partner. Name it Renaissance Narrative. 
  3. Using your assignments from last week, write a brief story about the Renaissance. Discuss the terms you and your partners decide to use to make sure you all agree on the meanings. Make changes to your assignments as necessary.
  4. As you create your story, be sure to include AT LEAST:
    1. FIVE (5) people from your assignments
    2. FIVE (5) vocabulary terms
    3. THREE (3) locations, and 
    4. TWO (2) "ideas" from the idea sections of your assignments. 
    5. AND --- Make sure you use at least 2 items from each of the 4 assignments (Meaning: don't take them all from the first and second assignments Spread them out.)
  5. The first time you use one of these items, change the text to red (These will become the blanks in your story for others to fill in.)
  6. Also try to make sure there's enough context in the writing to make sure someone else can infer the meaning and select the right term. 
    1. Example: GOOD-- An important architect of the Renaissance, known for designing the dome on the cathedral in Florence, was ________
    2. NOT SO GOOD-- Someone who lived in Florence was ____________ . (not enough information here)
  7. Double check for spelling and correct information. 
  8. When finished, you should have 15 different terms in red (5 people, 5 terms, 3 locations, 2 ideas)
  9. Use the NEW DROPBOX link to hand in your work by the end of the period.
IF YOU FINISH WITH TIME TO SPARE, or want to do some homework tonight, you can add two new locations to your Google Map:
Bruges, also spelled Brugge, (in Belgium) and
Nuremberg (in Germany)
If you want to add a little information about why you've included each one, review the reading on page 175 about the Northern Renaissance.

No homework tonight, unless you haven't finished last week's work.