November 1

posted Nov 1, 2011, 6:03 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 1, 2011, 6:50 AM ]
Geography Standard 2.1 -- Understand the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface.
Key Question (for your next graded assessment)

How did geographic location and cultural features have an impact on the Renaissance?

Day # 42Date:  November 1, 2011Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target QuestionHow can you organize your answer?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand thesis statements and organizational options for their answers to essay questions. WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will use notes they've collected to organize a written response to the current key questionHOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instructions
It's time to start answering the question:
How did geographic location and cultural features have an impact on the Renaissance? 

How do you begin?
Start with a THESIS STATEMENT
1) Start by turning your question into a statement:
Geographic location and cultural features had an impact on the Renaissance.
2) Decide how large the impact was (very, somewhat, not very, not at all) and add that to your sentence. This is your CLAIM, and it's what makes the sentence a thesis statement.
Geographic location and cultural features had a very large impact on the Renaissance.
or 
Geographic location and cultural features did not have much impact on the Renaissance.
or
Geographic location and cultural features had some impact on the Renaissance.
3) Now, rewrite the sentence so it doesn't sound like everyone else's:
The Renaissance developed differently in different areas mainly because of geographic location and cultural features.
or
When looking at the Renaissance, it is clear that geographic location and cultural features had only a very minor impact on the way things developed. 
or
There are many reasons why the Renaissance developed the way it did, and many of those reasons are related to where something happened and what the culture there was like. 
NOTE: However you rewrite your thesis, make sure you keep the key ideas of the question in it (Renaissance, location, culture, and your claim)

How do you organize your answer?
What's the best way to support the claim I made in my thesis statement. Here are a few options to consider, but keep in mind there are certainly many others. 
Option 1: 
  • Thesis Statement
    • Parag 1: Geographic features & influences (w/ citations)
    • Parag 2: Cultural features & influences (w/ citations)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Option 2:
  • Thesis Statement
    • Parag 1: Origins, and how geographic location/cultural features had an impact (w/ citations)
    • Parag 2: Society, and how geographic location/cultural features had an impact (w/ citations)
    • Parag 3: Artwork, and how geographic location/cultural features had an impact (w/ citations)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Option 3:
  • Thesis Statement
    • Parag 1: Italy, and how geographic location/cultural features had an impact (w/ citations)
    • Parag 2: Northern, and how geographic location/cultural features had an impact (w/ citations)
    • Parag 3: Similarities between them (w/ citations)
  • Conclusion
  • References
What's next?
Before you post your answer to your blog, it's a good idea to edit and proofread your initial draft. English conventions (such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.) are now graded elements, so if you have trouble catching these on your own, you may want to have a classmate or other friend proofread it  with you. 
Double check your citations to make sure they match your references. 
Remember: 
You need to cite EVERY piece of outside information. 
Citations should be a single word inside parentheses, perhaps followed by a page number
They need to clearly match with a single reference on your list of sources. 


Scoring rubric for summative assessments in Civics, Econ, Geog & History

My answer shows/contains

4

3

2

1

0

In-depth understanding of assessed standard, including:
Multiple examples from class materials/activities,
Multiple, appropriate content-based vocabulary / terms,
And an abundance of details to support claims

Totals   /16 ( )


Scoring rubric for Social Studies Skill 5.2: Uses inquiry based research

My answer shows/contains

4

3

2

1

0

Clear focus on underlying question
Information from independent, beyond-the-classroom research
Unique perspectives or original conclusions
Accurate information from reputable sources
Clear reference to sources of information (citations AND reference list)

Totals   /20 ( )


Scoring rubric for Writing Skill 2: Conventions

My answer consistently follows rules of Standard English for

4

3

2

1

0

logical paragraph structure and organization
spelling & capitalization
sentences & punctuation (except where fragments are used for effect)
                                                Totals   /12 ( )

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 AssessmentFine tune your thesis statement; be ready to share it at the end of class.HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment

DUE 11/2
Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How did geographic location and cultural features have an impact on the Renaissance?
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionHow well do you know the Renaissance? 
Test your knowledge with these flash cards
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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