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February 7

posted Feb 7, 2013, 6:00 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 9--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain some of the main connections between government decisions and the events of the Age of Exploration.
I need to be able to explain how the assignments I've completed help me answer my assigned question; I need to listen to others' explanations and get notes from them.  
I will discuss my question with my teammates, then be prepared to explain our answers the class.    This is a formative assessment. I need to take notes while discussing the questions so I can use the information later on. 

TOMORROW (FRIDAY) is your open-note multiple choice test on the Age of Exploration. All assignments for the unit should be finished and with you. 
Once you finish the test, you may want to begin working on your written assessment, Due MONDAY. 
The grading rubric and a suggested outline are both available now if you'd like to get a head start. 

Today we'll continue preparing for the assessment that's due on Monday. Review the assignments you've been doing to see how government decisions played a role in the events of this time period. 

Focus on one of these questions with your group to create a guide that you and others can use to prepare your written assessment.
  1. Which European nations (governments) were most active during the Age of Exploration?
  2. What government policies (decisions) had the greatest impact on the events of the Age of Exploration?
  3. Which specific leaders' decisions had an impact on the way the Age of Exploration developed?
  4. What developments in trade patterns (economy) and policies (government decisions) made the greatest impact on the time period?
  5. Which vocabulary terms from the unit relate directly to government policies (decisions) or actions?
Here's what you need to do:
Get together with others who have the same question as you, and share the ideas you've come up with. 
Each person should create (or open) their own copy of the 5 questions. 
Put the name of ALL group members at the top of your list of questions
At first, you'll only use your own question; later you'll add information from other groups. 
As you talk in your group, each person should fill in ideas under the correct numbered question, try to understand them, and be ready to explain. 
When all groups have completed their responses, we'll go over them as a whole class. Be ready to explain your group's responses. 

HOMEWORK: Any missing assignments from this unit. Organize all your assignments so they're easy to use in tomorrow's test. (Have you created a folder for Exploration in your Google Drive yet?) The grading rubric and a suggested outline for the written assessment (due Monday) are both available now if you'd like to get a head start.