January 13

posted Jan 13, 2012, 5:40 AM by Peter Knowles

Day # 85Date:  January 13Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionHow will you focus your project on one of the Social Studies standards?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will begin writing a paragraph focused on one of the social studies standards.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 TODAY!

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 (due 1/4)
  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. (due 1/6)
  4. Shared your background paragraph, including basic information about your topic. (due 1/9)
  5. Chosen the 2 Social Studies Standards you'll focus on. (due 1/11)
  6. Written your introduction and thesis statement. (due 1/12)

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 introduction and thesis statement? If so, here's what's next....

You've chosen two areas (Geography, Civics, Economics, and History) to make a focus of your project; it's now time to start work on the first of them. Your thesis statement should already name the two standards you've chosen. Begin with the first standard and write a paragraph, using research and citations, about your topic with a focus on that particular standard. 

Keep in mind that you might need to find new sources of information to help you. That's okay, because you need to use at least 7 sources for your entire project, and you may have only used 3 or 4 so far. Now that you know what you're looking for, you can use key words to help you in your search.

When you write your paragraph, make sure you use a strong topic sentence to signal the direction you are taking your research. For example:

When it came to the European approaches toward colonizing Latin American natives, many of the decisions were made based on the great geographical distance between the colonists and their home bases.

Or

One of the greatest influences on the colonial attitudes and treatment of the native populations in Latin America was the economic needs that created the trading routes in the first place.

You'll notice that each example clearly names one of the standards. Each one is also a mini-thesis statement: a claim that needs to be proven. The rest of the paragraph will use research to back up and prove that claim. Citations will be included, of course, and new references will be added to the reference list. 

If you need help organizing your paragraph, check out the page that shows How to organize a research paragraph.


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 a DRAFT of your first focus paragraph (Due TUESDAY). Be sure to include citations for all outside information. Once you've done that, turn your attention to the second focus area you've chosen. You'll be doing the same thing with your second focus area as you did for your first, and that paragraph is due next Thursday. 
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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Peter Knowles,
Jan 13, 2012, 5:41 AM
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