January 10

posted Jan 10, 2012, 5:47 AM by Peter Knowles

Day # 80Date:  January 10Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionWhat do you know about your topic?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will continue researching information about their chosen topic.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read and take notes on material about their chosen topic and begin explaining it to others.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN


REMINDER: Have you turned in all 8 Assessments due so far?

The last day for late assignments is this Friday, Jan 13. 

That's only three days away.

After that date, all grades for any missing assessments will be zeroes.  

If you'd like to rewrite an assessment for a new grade, the due date for those will be January 17.


Today we continue work on the final semester projectdue January 23. 

You should have already... 

  1. Chosen a topic
  2. Started taking notes from a variety of sources, including:
    1. Your textbook
    2. World Book Online (http://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/home  username: esd112, password: worldbook112)
    3. A library book (CHS Library Search Station)
    4. A website or two that you've found on your own
  3. Turned in a list of references, including at least 3 references that you've started taking notes from.
REMEMBER: Whenever you take notes, make sure that you:
  • Keep track of where the information comes from (you'll need full bibliographic info -- author, title, etc. -- later, so you might as well write it down now) including page numbers if from a printed source.
  • Keep track of what kind of information it is. Is the information in your own words (a paraphrase or summary), or in the words of the original author (a quote)? 
  • Throughout your research, taking careful and accurate notes, along with where you got them and whether they are your words or the author's, will be the easiest way to keep the process moving forward

Did you turn in your references? If so, here's what's next....

Keep learning about and taking notes about your topic because tomorrow the first written portion of your report is due. You'll want to make sure you can describe your topic in a single paragraph, answering such questions as:
  • WHEN did it happen?
  • WHERE did it happen?
  • WHO was involved in it? WHO did it affect?
  • WHAT was it? WHAT actually hapened?
  • WHY did it happen? WHY was it important?
Ready? Here's how to do it:
The suggested format for the whole report is shown below:
  1. Introduction, with thesis statement (one paragraph)
  2. Historical Background (one paragraph) -- the 5W's of your topic*
  3. Focus on the first of your chosen standards -- Civics, Economics, Geography or History (one or two paragraphs)*
  4. Focus on the second of your chosen standards -- Civics, Economics, Geography or History (one or two paragraphs)*
  5. Conclusion -- wrap up and review main ideas (one paragraph)
  6. Complete and accurate reference list of sources used for your project. Minimum number: 7 different sources used*
Your task right now is to write the second element: the historical background of your topic. Assume that the person reading your report doesn't know anything about your topic. How would you explain it to them? What was it all about? Who was important in it? When and where did it occur? 
Include your paragraph in the same Google Doc file that you used to turn in your references (called Semester Project)

Here's an example for a project about Society in Colonial Latin America. Note -- the color coding should help you see how citations work. They appear after the information that came from them. (The first sentence is in black because it did not come from any outside source; it's a topic sentence to introduce the topic of the paragraph)

         When Spain and Portugal began to create colonies in the new territories they claimed in South and Central America in the 1500's, they began to create a new social system. The relationship between the Europeans and the native populations they encountered had a lot to do with the fact that the minority European population in Latin America was so far away from the European governments and support they might need. They were also attempting to get the natives in Latin America to work for them to accomplish their colonial goals, and that meant the Europeans "had to create durable systems to maximize their ability to dominate and control peoples of lesser status" (Byers)To make this process work, classes were created with the Latin American society based on where someone was born, who their parents were, and what their job in society was expected to be (Spielvogel 208). Although these classes were supposed to be stable and rigid, some movement was possible, often based on skin color, their name, or their wealth (Byers).

Byers, Richard. "NGCSU E-Text for History 1112 -- Essay Module: Colonial Latin America." North Georgia College & State University. 2011. Web. Jan 6, 2012.
Mabry, Donald J. "Colonial Latin America." Historical Text Archive. Web. Jan. 4, 2012.
Spielvogel, Jackson J. World History: Modern Times. Columbus, OH: Glencoe, 2008. Print.

Keep in mind that this is only a draft of the paragraph, and it doesn't have to be perfect. But the better it is, the less work you'll have to do later to rewrite it. Include citations to show where your information came from, and include the references that you've started collecting information from (the same list, perhaps corrected, from last Friday)

When you finish your paragraph of background information, it's time to start thinking about which two areas (Geography, Civics, Economics, and History) you will make a focus of your project. You should know enough about your topic now to have some idea about what areas will be easiest to talk about, but you can probably find research to back up any of these areas if you try hard enough. 
  • Civics 1.2:  Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems. 
  • Economics 2.1: Understand that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices.
  • Geography 3.2: Understand human interaction with the environment.  
  • History 4.2: Understand and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.
Your choice of your two focus areas is due tomorrow, so if you've completed your background paragraph, review the notes you've taken so far to see if one or two of these areas jumps out at you; if not, if you don't have any information yet that seems to address these areas, then you're ready for more research. 

Keep going!


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment
Next up: Turn in the first informational paragraph for your project, using information you've collected in your notes. (Due TODAY)  This will be easy to do IF you've been taking careful notes about the 5 W's of your topic.
Summative Assessment
Our NEXT summative (graded) assessment is the final one for this semester, due January 23.