September 19

posted Sep 19, 2011, 6:01 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Sep 27, 2011, 4:56 AM ]
Civics Standard
1.2 Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.

Day # 13Date:  September 19, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
How did Hammurabi make important changes to the history of law?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveUnderstand that the actions of Hammurabi changed the lives of those who lived under his rule, and that those actions had impacts on many cultures that followed.
Language Objective   Students will organize information about Hammurabi into a mind map with a partner.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

InstructionsAs we get started today, you may want to get ready for this week's activities by downloading two apps from the Chrome Store. Click on the + sign next to an open tab, and then select the Chrome Store icon. In the search bar, type in "Mind42". Click on the icon that appears, and add the utility to Chrome. Repeat the process for an app called "Ancient History Encyclopedia". We'll use both of these apps starting this week, so you might as well download them today.

In today's class, we'll be returning to the different sources you used on Friday to learn about a leader named Hammurabi and what he did to change the history of law, leadership, and government.
  1. Begin by opening your Google Document of "Hammurabi Notes" from Friday and review the material there. Refresh your memory about what you read about and took notes on. (If you have only taken notes on the textbook and a single online source, you might want to take a few more notes from a third source before moving on.)
  2. Work with a partner and your notes, you'll begin creating a mind map of notes about Hammurabi and other leaders using Mind42 (which you should have downloaded from the App Store earlier. If not, do it now.) 
  3. To start using Mind 42, you need to launch the app and sign up. Use your student account to request an account, then check your email for the activation link. Once  you activate your account, you should be able to open a new mind map. Title the center "node" LEADERS, then create a new node called HAMMURABI. Use information you've collected about him to create a cluster about his contributions to the development of civilization. Don't forget to preserve information about where each piece of information came from; you'll need it later. (See more complete instructions to get started here if you need them)
  4. Work with your partner to organize the information you've already collected, and continue to add to your map with notes and information.
  5. An additional video source of information about Hammurabi may help you better understand his impact on history. Watch it to learn more about how Hammurabi's decisions affected those who followed him. 

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 AssessmentBe prepared for a Hammurabi Quiz tomorrow to start class. You'll be able to use your notes and mind map, but they should be fairly complete when you get here.HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How do the decisions of leaders affect those who follow them? 
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
ExtensionIf you have used all the links supplied about Hammurabi, try to find more on your own.  Try a Google Search for "hammurabi biography" and follow any of the links for more information. Add any notes you take to your Google Doc you started Friday, or to your mind map started today,  but make sure you note that they are from EXTRA sources. WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT