February 2

posted Feb 2, 2012, 7:08 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 2, 2012, 11:04 AM ]
Semester 2, Day 1
Welcome to the Second Semester!

1. First fill out a questionnaire about this class and how it's going so far. Be ready with your textbook number. 

2.  After completing the questionnaire, find a partner in class to work with for the remainder of class. 

3. With your partner you'll be completing an online search activity. You need only one Chromebook per group of 2 so please put the one you don't need back in the car. Work together to complete the activity by the end of the period. 

4. After you've completed the survey, work with your partner to write an informational paragraph about one of the people on the assignment you just completed. (You'll be assigned one of them for your paragraph). Your paragraph should include a brief overview of the person's life and accomplishments, and should use (and accurately cite) at least three different sources of information. Be sure to include a properly formatted list of references, too.
Create your paragraph in a GoogleDoc called "Black History" and share it with Mr. Knowles before you leave class. 
No homework tonight, unless you forgot to do last night's. 

Sample paragraph.

Not many people know that one of the first people to die on behalf of the United States was a black man. Crispus Attucks was a fugitive slave in Colonial America, and he was one of five people killed when British forces fired on a crowd in 1770 in what became known as the Boston Massacre (Boston). In accounts from the day, it was said that a mob of colonists, objecting to actions by the British Parliament, refused to disperse and were then fired upon by the British soldiers (USHistory.org) Years later, in 1858, people favoring an end to slavery made an annual commemoration of his death with something known as "Crispus Attucks Day" ("Africans"). Now, at least for those who observe that day, his contributions are well known. 

"Africans in America." PBS. Web. Feb 2, 2012. 

Boston Historical Society. "Crispus Attucks." Boston Historical Society. 2008. Web. Feb 2, 2012.

USHistory.org. "9e: The Boston Massacre." USHistory.org. 2012. Web. Feb 2, 2012.