January 4

posted Jan 4, 2012, 6:04 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 5, 2012, 11:02 AM ]

Day # 76Date:  January 4Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionWhat would you like to learn more about?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will choose from past topics and concepts from class materials to find a topic they will research for the next 2 weeks.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will read and take notes on material about their chosen topic.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 or re-grades is Friday, Jan 13. After that date, all grades for the first 8 assessments (including any zeroes) will be permanent.


CLASS ACTIVITY:

Today we'll begin work on the final semester project. It's due January 23. 

The first step is choosing a topic -- DUE TODAY.

To help you do that, you may want to look at the lists created in class yesterday. If you don't already have a topic, look through the lists to find a topic that interests you. Use the pages shown to learn a little more about a possible topic before making your decision.

NOTE: These lists were created by four different groups throughout the day and contain duplicates of many events. 

  • Chapter 1: The First Civilizations and Empires (1-35)
  • Chapter 2: Ancient Greece and Rome (36-67)
  • Chapter 3: Regional Civilizations (88-129)
  • Chapter 4: Toward a New World (130-157)
  • Chapter 5: Renaissance and Reformation (160-191)
  • Chapter 6: The Age of Exploration (192-215)
  • Chapter 7: Crisis and Absolutism in Europe (216-245)
Once you've decided what topic you'd like to use for your report, complete a brief survey form here.

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

Now that you've chosen your topic, it's time to start learning about it. The textbook is a great place to begin; try re-reading the section of the text that contains information about your topic. Take notes from the textbook that you might want to use later, making sure that you:
  1. 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.
  2. Keep track of whether the information you write down is in your own words (a paraphrase or summary) or in the words of the original author (a quote). 
  3. 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. 
You may want to take notes in a Google Doc, or on paper, or use 3 x 5 notecards. Whatever technique you use, just be sure that all notes are accurate, clear, and attributed to their source. 

After using the textbook, continue your research with a good encyclopedia source. Use a reputable print encyclopedia (there are lots in the library) or a good one online. 
Note: You may be tempted to use Wikipedia. Instead of going there first, use a couple of other resources to start your research. Save your Wikipedia resources (limited to 2 for the project) for later. 
To access World Book Online
Go to: www.esd112.org/digitalmedia and click on World Book Web
Use the username: esd112
and password: worldbook112

Keep taking notes to learn about your topic. At this stage of your research, you may not know exactly where you're headed, so you might not know what you'll need later on. At this point, take notes on almost anything you can about your topic. Just be sure to keep the source of your information clearly identified.


Next up: Turn in the first few sources you've used in your reference list (Due Friday, January 6)  



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
Choose your topic (Due today)
Due January 4: Choose your topic, then turn in your chosen topic.
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


Try out today's A Google A Day. (Download the App if you haven't already done so)
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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