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November 5

posted Nov 5, 2012, 5:16 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 8:10 AM ]

 
Content
  • Understand that transitional words and phrases can emphasize the chronological and causal connections between events in history. 
  • Describe turning points in history in terms of their chronological development and causal features.
  • Practice creating accurate citations for evidence used to support an argument.
What you should learn today Vocabulary: Review the meanings of the following terms:
causal, causality, turning point, transitions, chronology, significant, evidence

Opening activity: Transitional Phrases
Whenever you write something, it is important that you plan how your reader will be able to follow your ideas from sentence to sentence, and from paragraph to paragraph. Moving your reader from one idea to another can be tough, but certain words and phrases can help you bring your reader along. Try this short self-correcting QUIZ to get an idea of the kinds of words we're dealing with. (If you don't want to finish all the questions, that's okay. Do enough to get a sense of the kinds of words we're talking about.)
Then, take a look at the following sites to get a sense of the kinds of transition words that will be particularly useful for this assessment. Since this assessment deals with chronology and causality, which groups of transitions will be most useful to you?
  1. Kim's Corners lists of Transitions
  2. University of Wisconsin Writers Handbook
  3. Larae.net's list of transitions
  4. Capital Community College Foundation
Be prepared to list and discuss the most useful transitions after looking through the lists on these links. 


Last week you created a slideshow about a turning point in history. Today, you'll be working on Assessment 4, Due THIS Wednesday, November 8
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.

You've created a slideshow 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)   General discussion of causal factors in history 
V)    Conclusion
VI)   References << You've already got this started; copy/paste from your references slide. 

NOTE: You need to include at least ONE PRIMARY source quotation in your assessment for full credit. Be sure to explain how the primary source you choose helps explain either the turning point event you've chosen. 

* 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. Just be sure to use citations to show the source of your evidence.  

HOMEWORK: Continue working on your assessment for at least 20 minutes outside of class today. Choose your second turning point, revise your opening paragraph and thesis, or find resources to help you support your points. 
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