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Reminder to Students

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment
    For Tuesday, your note cards, bibliography and research planning document are due.

    You will receive your options for planning a presentation and have time to work as a group but not on individual research.

The LJHS 8th Grade Worldview Project

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Students are working on a worldview project this week in Social Studies that will culminate in a poster or 3-D object that illustrates and explains the 8th grade LJHS worldview. Time has also been allotted in class for purposes of planning and coordinating among group members.

The project is due Monday, October 4th and is worth 100 points.

REMINDER: PROJECT DUE DATE !!!!

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

MONDAY DECEMBER 7th

All projects are due on monday December 7th

MONDAY DECEMBER 7th

Moral Reasoning in Historical Arguments

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

For the Hiroshima Investigative Project, as part of their presentation, students will have to evaluate and explain why dropping the atomic bombs on Japan to end WWII was either the right or the wrong thing to do.

You might need an updated version of shockwave to see the following Sliderocket presentation:

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb: Investigative Project

March 27, 2009 Leave a comment

The students are in an investigative project regarding the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to force Imperial Japan to surrender at the end of WWII.

Imperial Japanese delegation at the Surrender Ceremony on V-J Day.

Currently we are in an informational phase where the students are reading and analyzing a large volume of primary and secondary sources, including letters and memoranda from Albert Einstein, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, President Truman, Col. Paul Tibbets, the Franck Committee, eyewitnesses to atomic explosions as well as others.

After Spring Break, students will have the opportunity to do some guided research, learn some analytical techniques used by historians and then collaborate on their choice of presentation format.

Examples of Student Presentations on the Political Spectrum

November 19, 2007 Leave a comment

The great research project of the first trimester has drawn to a close in 8th grade Social Studies and the students emerged alive, with new or refreshed research skills designed to meet the challenges ahead in 8th grade and then freshman year of high school. I am pleased to report that this year, however it may have seemed to the students at the time, the project went far more smoothly than in previous years. The number of students unable to meet project deadlines or amass enough information relevant to their topics were the fewest ever. Your students worked hard and did a great job!

The presentations came in many formats, powerpoint, live plays, videotaped game shows and poster and chart lectures. I would like to share, from time to time, over the next few weeks, some examples of the visuals created by LJHS students for their political spectrum project.

First installment ” Conservatism”:

Technical Aspects of Visual Presentations

November 13, 2007 Leave a comment

Having had many hundreds, if not over a thousand students go through the Political Spectrum Project in the last few years, I’ve learned that unanticipated technical problems can frustrate students who have put in much time and hard work. Therefore,  the following guidelines will help to ensure the students have a less stressful, time-efficient and enjoyable presentation experience.

The next section only applies to those groups doing a PPT/OO presentation. If your group is doing a poster or some kind of physical visual, then you can ignore this post:

The biggest cause of technical problems for students is their attempting to pull their presentation directly off of the LJHS network via an internet connection to the LCD projector laptop. The reasons for this varies –  most frequently forgetting to save the final edits; saving to the wrong file or drive; a student saves to their personal file and then they are absent and no one in their group knows their password; corrupted files and disruption of the network itself, which happens occasionally.

In order to avoid these unpleasant situations, groups doing power point will have three options:

1.  They can put the presentation on a flash drive and bring that to school.

2. They can email me their presentation at msafranski@ccsd66.org and I will put it on my own flash drive for the students to use that day. Please include your group names, class period and topic in your email.

3. You can burn a disc.

Finally, if you intend to run a video straight from a digital camera, please test the compatibility of your equipment with Lakeview’s TV/DVD set-up beforehand so we can troubleshoot any problems.