September 13

posted Sep 13, 2011, 6:01 AM by Peter Knowles
Geography Standards: 
3.1 Understand the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface and 
3.2 Understand human interaction with the environment. 

Day # 9Date:  September 13, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
What impact do geographic features have on people who live near them? How do people change the environment around them to meet their needs?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand how physical characteristics of a location can place challenges in front of people, and how their adaptations can lead to greater opportunities.    
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective    HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
InstructionsYour first graded assignment is due tomorrow, so it's time to get serious about it.
  1. Use your completed Timeline Table to review your work so far.
  2. After finishing the quiz, take a look at the scoring rubric for your upcoming summative assessment. We'll be talking about what a strong submission looks like, and what you need to keep in mind when you submit your post.
  3. If you haven't created your blog yet, it's time to do so. Find out how
  4. As you begin to prepare your first graded assignment, pay attention to some of the requirements for your blog post, including:
    1. Tags -- Be sure to give your blog post the correct Tag (in this case, Geography)
    2. References -- Include clear and direct attribution to information you include in your blog. Phrases like "according to the textbook" or "on a website about early civilizations" can help show where your information and ideas came from. Include page numbers, where appropriate, as parenthetical citations (37) for example, for page 37. Include links to outside web sources.
    3. Title/Topic -- As an academic assignment, your title should reflect your topic (in this case geographic features and their impact on history)
    4. Spelling, Grammar, Sentence structure, etc. -- Although it's a blog, it's still a formal writing assignment on an academic topic. Use standard English conventions throughout.
REMEMBER: To do your best on the upcoming summative assessment, 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.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO
Formative AssessmentAll students will create and post to their blogs.HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur first summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the question: 
In what ways do geographic features play a role in how humans interact and build communities? If you haven't set up your blog yet, you should probably do so. Then you can start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionVisit the website "Top Unknown Empires" and choose from one of the 8 civilizations linked there to see if geography played a role in their development as well. Keep track of the information you find there. You can use that, too. WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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