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November 9

posted Nov 9, 2012, 5:43 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 9, 2012, 11:17 AM ]
Assessment 4 was due last nightif you turned it in, great! If not, come to the classroom at lunch today to work on it.

HOMEWORK: Normally this information's at the bottom of the page, but just in case we don't get there....
On Tuesday, bring your 4-Flap Folder that we started in September (Remember? It has the 4 Social Studies Strands on the cover -- Geography, Civics, History, Economics -- and a few things written on the inside.) On Tuesday we'll be working with it, so find it and bring it, or be prepared to start over on it!

Today in class we'll take a bit of a break from World History to do some housekeeping. 

If you're like most students, your Google Drive -- where you create and collect documents, slideshows, and other Google Docs -- is starting to get a little crowded. You've now got 4 Unit Assessments, and lots of daily class work, homework assignments, and other files. So today, we're going to do some organizing and get your Drive in order for all the files that are still to come. 

First, we'll watch this video together on Managing your Google Account. It shows how you can use folders, color-coding, and lots of other features to take control of your Drive.

After watching the video, we'll be doing some of that to our files. 
NOTE: Before managing your files, it's important to know what they are, so make sure each one is titled appropriately before moving on. If any are called "Untitled Document" or "Copy of...." you probably need to rename them. You might need to open the file to see what it is before giving it an appropriate name, or, if you choose the Grid View in Google Drive, you may be able to tell what they are without opening them. You can right-click and choose Rename... to name the file appropriately.

Once all your files are named, you can start sorting them into folders.
Begin by making a folder called "Assessments". This is where your course assessments (you should have 4 by now) should be kept. 
Move your assessment files into the Assessment folder, using the drag-and-drop method, or checkbox and organize folder.

Now, what's left? What other folders should you create to manage your Drive. We'll discuss some possibilities in class, but take a look at your own Drive to get a good idea of what you need. 

Use the color coding features as described in the video to make each folder look different and make it stand out from the rest. 

Now that your Drive is nicely organized, and all your files are titled correctly, it's time to create a new document that you'll be working on and adding to throughout the rest of the course. You won't finish this assignment today, but you should be able to get a good start on it. 

Here's what you need to do:
  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. 

When you finish your first annotation, put a Shared link in the DropBox, then move on to another source on your list. Or, if you don't feel like thinking that hard right now, add the other sources you've used so far this year (from Assessments 1, 2, and 3) and add them to your list. Remember to sort them alphabetically as you add them, and don't include sources more than once on your list. 

Resources in this assignment page: