January 6

posted Jan 6, 2012, 5:31 AM by Peter Knowles

Day # 78Date:  January 6Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionWhere can you find information 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.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN


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

The last day for late assignments or re-grades is Friday, Jan 13. 

That's only one week away.

After that date, all grades for the first 8 assessments (including any zeroes) will be permanent.


Today we continue work on the final semester project

It's due January 23. 

The first step was choosing a topic -- due Wednesday.

If you don't already have a topic, look through the lists created in class 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. 

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 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)? 
  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 (here's an example; click to enlarge)

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: http://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/home and click on World Book Online
Use the username: esd112
and password: worldbook112

You may also want to try using the CHS Library Search Station to see if there are good print sources nearby. 

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.

When you have collected notes from at least 3 sources, you need to turn in the beginning of your reference list for corrections and grading. Here's how:
  1. Create a new Google Doc called Semester Project
  2. Type your name / heading at the top
  3. Create a list of at least 3 sources of information that you have found and have started taking notes from. If you've been taking notes in Google Docs, and you've been creating complete, accurate references as you go, all you need to do is copy/paste the references from your notes into this new file. If you haven't, now is the time to create full references for all the sources you've found so far.
  4. When you create this list of references, make sure you:
    1. Follow standard formats for creating references. Include all the required parts, and pay attention to punctuation.
    2. Put your references in alphabetical order.
    3. Be consistent with titles; either underline all of them, or italicize all of them.
    4. Be consistent with fonts & sizes; make them all the same size and font throughout.
  5. When finished, share your document with Mr. Knowles
That's it; you're done with this checkpoint. 

Now, continue taking notes from these, or from new sources. Keep learning about your topic because next Tuesday 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?


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 few sources you've used in your reference list (Due TODAY)  This will be very easy to do IF you carefully note the bibliographic information for each source as you use it, and if you have used at least 3 sources by January 6.
Summative Assessment
Our NEXT summative (graded) assessment is the final one for this semester, due January 23.

If you have time and interest, give today's A Google A Day a try.