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June 5

posted Jun 5, 2013, 7:04 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jun 5, 2013, 2:33 PM ]
Day 82--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will understand how to accurately collect and cite information for academic research.I will work with a group to collect information from a web page.  I will create accurate notecards to show what I've found on the web pageThis is a formative assessment to review and prepare for my final. 

Monday was your unit test, and you'll get it back today. 
RETAKES, if you want one, are available for the next week. All retakes of any tests must be completed by June 11 (next Tuesday)

Yesterday, your last written assessment was due. If you didn't turn it in yet, work on it outside of class to complete it and turn it in as soon as possible. ANY LATE ASSESSMENTS are due Friday, June 7 at midnight. After that, they will become a permanent zero in the gradebook. Rewrites of assessments you've already turned in will be accepted through next week. 

Today we begin reviewing for the class final

Finals schedule

 Thursday, June 13 Pd 2 Final (8:15-9:45)   Pd 6 Final (12:50-2:20)
 Friday, June 14 Pd 1 Final (8:15-10:00) Pd 3 Final (10:15-12:00)

World History Final: 2013

All year long you’ve been asked to conduct various levels of research writing, where you respond to a question about some aspect of history, and you then explain how YOU understand the material in your answer. When you do this, you need to show the source of all your information using standard research practices, using in-text citations, lists of works cited, and reference formats following a particular set of rules.

Your course final will focus on all these skills, so it’s time to figure them out if you haven’t already.

In the (few) days ahead, we’ll be doing a number of short activities to help you understand (if you don’t already) how to complete all these research steps correctly, and how to recognize when others make mistakes in those areas.

THE FINAL TEST WILL NOT BE OPEN NOTE (You won’t even have your Chromebooks! and all those helpful posters on the wall will be gone) so if you haven’t internalized the rules by now, pay attention, make good use of this time to practice, and get ready by studying for your course final. It’s your last chance to improve your grade...or keep your grade where you want it.

To do well, you’ll need to know:

  • What makes a good thesis statement?

  • What kind of information needs to be cited?

  • How do you create clear and accurate citations?

  • How do you blend information from multiple sources in a single paragraph?

  • What kind of information goes in citations?

  • What kind of punctuation is used for citations?

  • How do you create references for common types of sources?

  • What are the proper formats and titles for reference lists?

  • What kinds of formats are used to identify your sources?

  • How do references and citations work together to show the source of your information?

  • What is a primary source?

  • How do you use primary sources?

Online sources to help you if necessary:

OWL at Purdue, MLA Resources

MLA Style guide for High School Students

Works Cited 4U

Citing Research using MLA Guidelines

And of course, what we’re doing in class for the next few days will help you too.

Today we begin with a short video.

Then, we'll divide into groups of 3 or 4 to review and practice some important skills that you'll be tested on next week.

Follow the instructions below:

To begin our review of the research/writing/citing process, we will be conducting some class activities that mirror what you go through when you do research on your own.

To begin, you and your group members will use ONE of the sources below to collect some basic information and research about a common topic. (You’ll be assigned one)









No matter which of the sources you and your group is assigned, you need to do the same things:


FIRST, use one of the note cards you receive to write a correct, legible REFERENCE CARD that contains all the necessary pieces of information. Work with your group members and available resources to make sure it is 100% correct.

NEXT, you’ll also be turning in a Google Docs version of your work, so you and your group will need to type what you’ve put on your reference card. Make sure it is 100% correct.


Once you’ve got your reference written, it’s time to collect some information about your topic.

Read through the information on your assigned page, looking for information that is interesting or that seems important in some way.

Using three more of the reference cards, you and your group need to write correct, legible note cards. Create one of each of these:

  • Quote directly, word for word, from the page. MAKE SURE the words you quote are in quotation marks.

  • Paraphrase (rewrites in your own words) information from the page. Do not put quotation marks on this one.

  • Collect and list (summarize) some facts, figures, dates, statistics, etc. from the page. No quotation marks here, either.

NEXT, add the information from your three different note cards you’ve collected to your Google Doc.  Again, make sure your work is 100% correct.


Title your Google Doc THE SAME NAME AS YOUR SOURCE’S AUTHOR and turn it in to the daily work dropbox. Make sure all your group members’ names are on the Google Doc

Write your names on the back of each note card too, and hand those in.