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Reminder: Social Studies Test on Wednesday

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Unit Test in Social Studies on Wednesday.

Study guides were handed out last week, but if you have you lost your copy, the terms are below:

State of Nature
Social Contract
Monarchy
Democracy (Representative & Direct)
Oligarchy
Aristocracy
Anarchy
Republic
Tyranny
Demagogue
Mixed Government
Dictatorship
Revolution
Athens
Rome
Hunter-Gatherer
Tribe
Agricultural revolution
Cyclical View of History
Linear View of History
Left
Right
Anarchist
Conservative
Liberal
Moderate
Radical
Reactionary
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Independent/Swing Voter
Negative & Positive Ads
John Locke
Thomas Hobbes
Polybius
Machiavelli
Caligula
Confucius
Edmund Burke

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News in Social Studies

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Reminder that the Social Studies Project is due on Monday December 13.

The students have worked very hard on their projects and presentations, including 5 days of class time in the IMC for research, 3 additional days of classtime for project planning and 30 minutes to “touch base” and coordinate during this week.

Student presentations will begin on Monday and wrap up mid-period on Tuesday.

The Social Studies unit test on Forms of Government and the Political Spectrum will follow on Wednesday. A study guide was distributed today in class and students were given time to collaborate in filling it out.

Important Lecture Slides Used during the Unit:

Political Spectrum Project: Group Planning Day 2

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Action-Decision Process instructions for Wednesday for the groups to plan their presentation or product:

ACTION-DECISION PROCESS PART II. ” THEME, NARRATIVE & CONTENT”

1. Make certain that your group has done step 4. from yesterday’s  instructions and examined all the note cards.

2. Make a list of similarities shared by the subtopics that make them all part of the same point on the political spectrum. Then compose a list of differences.

3.  The group objective is to explain a point on the political spectrum. When you organize your ideas you begin with your THEMES, then construct a NARRATIVE structure or outline and finish by inserting in your research CONTENT.

THEMES – the two or three largest ideas that will tie everything together

NARRATIVE – the structure, sequence and point “story” of what you are trying to say.

CONTENT – the examples, facts, anecdotes and images that fill out and support the narrative

4. STORYBOARDING – use the Storyboard sheets to lay out the narrative and sketch the narrative and the content and images that you think you might want to use. Storyboarding is not a “final” version or a rigid plan but a very rough draft or guideline to follow as you design your presentation or make your product.

It is a good idea to xerox your storyboard so that everyone has a copy or in case it gets lost.

THE PROJECT IS DUE ON MONDAY DECEMBER 13

Phase II. of Political Spectrum Project: The Group Presentation/Product

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Students have completed their individual research phase.

On Tuesday, their groups were given options and the first part of their Action-Decision Process. Today, they began the second part of the Action-Decision Process.

First, the choices they had:

PRODUCT OPTIONS – Political Spectrum Research Project:

1.Design and Publish a multipage NEWSPAPER devoted to your topic that contains:

Masthead Headline Lead Story (Who, what where, when, why)

2-3 Articles per Group member Photographs Multiple pages Political cartoon

Neat, clean, attractive, well-designed composition, “realistic” look.

Grammatically correct and free of spelling errors.

2.Design and present a 10 minute SLIDEWARE PRESENTATION on your topic:

“Slideware” means using Powerpoint, Sliderocket or Prezi presentation apps/software

Organized Visually interesting Accurate Informative Comprehensive

Creative Grammatically correct Each group member contributes

Clear Intro and Conclusion Entertaining

3.Videotape and present (i.e. – it will play for your class) a 10 minute NEWS BROADCAST on your Topic (alternately you perform this LIVE!):

In style of Network News Anchorman Reporters with 3-5 story segments

Requires a typed Script Moves smoothly Fast paced Informative Accurate

All segments together comprehensively explain topic May have commercials

You can have non-group members as “extras” as needed

4. Design a series of three (3) PETER DURAND STYLE POSTERS

Examples at http://www.alphachimp.com

75 % text/25 % images Visually Interesting Factually Accurate Colorful Comprehensive

Posters are a series where information is coherently presented in a logical sequence

Spelling Neat & Clean Legible lettering Creative Good Composition Attractive to look at

 

Next are the Decision -Action Process instructions from Tuesday:

1. Discuss Presentation options

2.  Exchange contact information – home and caell phone #, email etc.

3.  Schedule times to meet outside of school

4. Review all the note cards as a group. Identify areas of research strength and weakness. strong areas will become the core of your presentation/product.

5.  Identify strengths of group members – what rols and tasks are they best suited to do?

The presentation/product selected should be a realistic match for the talents, research material, interests and time available outside of school for the group.

Wednesday’s instructions will be a separate post.