October 24

posted Oct 24, 2011, 6:16 AM by Peter Knowles
Today's a bit of a housekeeping/catch up day before we move on to a new phase of class. Do each of the following steps, in order, to get yourself up to speed. If you finish before the end of class, you may want to start on tonight's homework assignment (below). 

1) Check your GMail account for class
There's probably an email (or more than one) from Mr. Knowles. Read it carefully, and email back if you have questions about what it says. It may direct you to come to a working lunch today, tomorrow, or as many days as necessary to get caught up. Or it may link you to a graded blog entry. 
2) Check your Published Blog Posts
You should have 4 different published blog posts by now (plus, maybe, your initial test post). If you have fewer than 4, you either haven't written one (or more) or you've forgotten to publish one (or more). Check to see if you have drafts that are ready to publish, and publish them if they are. 
3) Add a Label Gadget to your Blog
When you publish your assessments, you should label each one according to the Social Studies strand that they apply to. Add a Gadget to show your labels on each blog page. Here's how---->
4) Review how citations work
When you write a blog, you need to cite your sources. READ THIS WEB PAGE to get an overview of some of the rules involved in creating citations. After reading the page, take this REVIEW QUIZ to see how well you understand its main points. 
5) Start on tonight's assignment
  1. READ the assigned pages in the textbook (162-167)
  2. AS YOU READ, find answers to the following questions. (Page numbers are shown to help you locate answers, but you are expected to READ all pages assigned.)
    1. What factors made Italy such a good location for the renaissance to begin? (162)
    2. How did the cities of Milan, Venice, and Florence become powerful centers of culture in Italy? (You may want to create a three-column table to answer this question) (164)
    3. Who was Machiavelli, and what did his book suggest political leaders should do? (165)
    4. What were the important qualities of an ideal noble during the Renaissance? (166)
    5. How was the typical family organized during the Renaissance? (167)
Bring answers to these questions with you to class tomorrow as we start the next assessment cycle.