January 11

posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:04 AM by Peter Knowles

Day # 81Date:  January 11Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionHow will you focus your research to answer key questions?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

Activity
Instructions

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 two 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.


CLASS ACTIVITY:

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.
  4. Shared your background paragraph, including basic information about your topic.

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 background paragraph? If so, here's what's next....

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 today, 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. 

When you've made your choices, you're ready to complete a short survey to meet today's deadline. 

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


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 your choice for focus areas (Due TODAY). Once you've done that, we'll start work on your introduction and thesis statement. Keep doing research, learning about your topic and paying attention to the two focus areas you've chosen.
HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment
Our NEXT summative (graded) assessment is the final one for this semester, due January 23.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension



WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE  ASSESSMENT, OR WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY'S TOPICS
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