January 25

posted Jan 25, 2012, 4:57 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 25, 2012, 10:38 AM ]

Day # 88Date:  January 25Social 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 continue 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

CLASS ACTIVITY:


Start with a quick survey about your references.


Today we continue work on the final semester project, now due January 30. 

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)
  7. Written your first focus paragraph (due 1/23)

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 paragraph focusing on the first focus area you've chosen? If so, here's what's next....

You chose two areas (Geography, Civics, Economics, and History) to make a focus of your project, and you have written a paragraph focusing on one of them; now it's now time to start work on the second one of them. 

Keep in mind that you might need to find new sources of information to help you with this second focus area. That's okay, because you need to use at least 7 sources for your entire project, and you may have only used 4 or 5 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 second focus paragraph (Due TODAY). Be sure to include citations for all outside information. Once you've done that, turn your attention to your conclusion. That's the next piece that's needed; due 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 30.
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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