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Dec 16

Prezi

  • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 ‘path points’
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.
  • Be sure to include pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
  • Prezi should not make the viewer feel sick! Use the zooming and turning wisely.

 

Animoto

  • Theme AND music MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 Text Slides and 6 pictures (12 items total)
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

    You can turn a PowerPoint slide into a picture for your presentation.

    1. Open PowerPoint.
    2. Create slides with or without text.
    3. Click on the File Button.
    4. Save As.
    5. Other Formats.
    6. Make sure you Save as Type: JPEG (these tend to work better than PNG & GIF)

 

Smore

    • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
    • A minimum of 6 text boxes (paragraph and/or bullet points)
      • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
      • Background Information (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
      • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
      • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

Dec 15

Today’s Tasks:

  1. At least 3 reputable sources cited in EasyBib
    1. 1 must be from Cobb Digital Library
    2. 1 must be an article
    3. Cite WEBSITES by copying the URL & pasting it into EasyBib…FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!!!
    4. Cite CDL resources like OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS by copying the CITATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE and pasting it into the WRITE/PASTE CITATION option under the ALL 59 OPTIONS tab.
    5. Cite PICTURES by copying the URL FOR THE IMAGE (right click on the picture & COPY IMAGE URL) and pasting it into the DIGITAL IMAGE option under ALL 59 OPTIONS, then FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!!
    6. Cite VIDEOS from the INTERNET by copying the URL FOR THE VIDEO (right click on the picture & GET VIDEO URL) , then FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!! Cite VIDEOS from the COBB DIGITAL LIBRARY…follow the directions for Opposing Viewpoints above.
  2. Create a minimum of 20 notes on your topic that will help you answer your essential question.
    1. Organize your notes into 3 groups:
      1. Background (information that the average person would need to know about your topic to be able to understand it. May be history, important facts, people…)
      2. Pros, causes, OR benefits (depends on your topic)
      3. Cons, effects, OR dangers (depends on your topic)
    2. Each group should have at least 5 notes (for a total of a minimum of 20 notes)
    3. Your final 5 note cards will be examples and may be spread in any amount into the three categories above.
      1. Examples could be videos, photos, audio, or notes.

REMEMBER: Each note card should only have one ‘thought’ on it. Do not write in complete sentences or paragraphs!!! Notes are short and do not contain grammar because it makes it easier to avoid plagiarism.

7thgradereserach

This is just an example of how your notes should be organized. Your notes can & will look different from this basic example.

Dec 08

Prezi

  • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 ‘path points’
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.
  • Be sure to include pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
  • Prezi should not make the viewer feel sick! Use the zooming and turning wisely.

 

Animoto

  • Theme AND music MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 Text Slides and 6 pictures (12 items total)
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

    You can turn a PowerPoint slide into a picture for your presentation.

    1. Open PowerPoint.
    2. Create slides with or without text.
    3. Click on the File Button.
    4. Save As.
    5. Other Formats.
    6. Make sure you Save as Type: JPEG (these tend to work better than PNG & GIF)

 

Smore

    • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
    • A minimum of 6 text boxes (paragraph and/or bullet points)
      • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
      • Background Information (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
      • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
      • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

Dec 04

Today’s Tasks:

  1. At least 3 reputable sources cited in EasyBib
    1. 1 must be from Cobb Digital Library
    2. 1 must be an article
    3. Cite WEBSITES by copying the URL & pasting it into EasyBib…FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!!!
    4. Cite CDL resources like OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS by copying the CITATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE and pasting it into the WRITE/PASTE CITATION option under the ALL 59 OPTIONS tab.
    5. Cite PICTURES by copying the URL FOR THE IMAGE (right click on the picture & COPY IMAGE URL) and pasting it into the DIGITAL IMAGE option under ALL 59 OPTIONS, then FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!!
    6. Cite VIDEOS from the INTERNET by copying the URL FOR THE VIDEO (right click on the picture & GET VIDEO URL) , then FILL IN THE BLANKS that EasyBib can’t find!! Cite VIDEOS from the COBB DIGITAL LIBRARY…follow the directions for Opposing Viewpoints above.
  2. Create a minimum of 20 notes on your topic that will help you answer your essential question.
    1. Organize your notes into 3 groups:
      1. Background (information that the average person would need to know about your topic to be able to understand it. May be history, important facts, people…)
      2. Pros, causes, OR benefits (depends on your topic)
      3. Cons, effects, OR dangers (depends on your topic)
    2. Each group should have at least 5 notes (for a total of a minimum of 20 notes)
    3. Your final 5 note cards will be examples and may be spread in any amount into the three categories above.
      1. Examples could be videos, photos, audio, or notes.

REMEMBER: Each note card should only have one ‘thought’ on it. Do not write in complete sentences or paragraphs!!! Notes are short and do not contain grammar because it makes it easier to avoid plagiarism.

7thgradereserach

This is just an example of how your notes should be organized. Your notes can & will look different from this basic example.

Dec 03
  1.  Your first order of business is to choose your topic of research and learn as much about it as possible.
  2. Essential question checkpoint
    1. Go back to your research instruction sheet and remember the large questions that The House of the Scorpion poses: What does it mean to be human? What is our responsibility as a society? What is the value of life? Your question should make a connection with this point.
    2. It needs to be open ended and does not have a single, correct answer.
    3. It requires support and justification, and not just an answer.
    4. It is thought provoking.
    5. Examples:
      1. Is aging a disease?    
      2. Where is the balance between personal freedom and the common good?
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Dec 02

I am SO sorry to tell you this, because I know you were SO looking forward to it, but…we are NOT taking ANY notes today. None. Don’t you dare write down/type one single note. Seriously!

Today is the first day of your research project, and the first day is ALWAYS a reading day. Today you’ll be exploring your top 3 topics and making a decision as to which topic you will choose to research in depth.

Mrs. Harpin’s suggestions for this assignment:

Since we are NOT taking notes today, & merely previewing our topics, I’m not going to limit your searching, BUT…I do truly feel that the links below are some of the best places to gather information.

Within CDL, I’d start with Opposing Viewpoints. For real. You should totally start with that. :)

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Nov 29

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Nov 20

Resources for info & pictures:

Inserting Links:

  • Because this assignment is very visual and interactive, you will need to really focus on choosing links that will be of the biggest impact. Your links can be to images, websites full of information on your topic, audio files, and even videos (remember that if you add the video from home, there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to see it here at school.) As long as a file is hosted on the internet, you will be able to link it to your project. You can even create documents and presentations in GoogleDrive, Prezi, Animoto, or any other web-based tool and link it to this project. Get creative!
  • When you ‘tag’ your image with a link, you’ll need to add the URL and a description of what your linking to the image.thinglink6

Done by the End of Today:

  • location (continent, latitude/longitude)
  • capital
  • currency (and exchange rate with US $)
  • 3 important geographic features (not man-made)
  • 3 points of interest (man-made)
  • flag-explain the symbolism of the flag

REMEMBER: your links can be pictures, videos, websites…GET CREATIVE!

Another cool tool:

Canva

Nov 16
photo by Kevin Harber

photo by Kevin Harber

Description of the Problem:

Oh geez, do we have a problem!?! The subject of Middle Eastern governments and government in general is an area in which students score lowest on their 7th grade social studies pre-test, and it is a topic that students often find lackluster and confusing.  To better understand the problem, let’s take a look at the standards that 7th grade students are expected to master:

  • a. Describe the ways government systems distribute power: unitary, confederation, and federal.
  • b. Explain how governments determine citizen participation: autocratic, oligarchic, and democratic.
  • c. Describe the two predominant forms of democratic governments: parliamentary and presidential.

First of all, many students do not have a clear understanding of what a government system is and have difficulty describing how government systems distribute power. Secondly, governments can be further classified as types when one looks at who governs and how the citizens participate. To further elaborate, democracy is a type of government that can be further differentiated into parliamentary and presidential.

Are YOU confused? Well, so are many of your classmates (and adults, too)! The good news is that the 7th grade government standards are a review of the 6th grade government standards; therefore, most students do have some prior knowledge of the vocabulary and content.

Your task:

You have recently signed a multi-million dollar contract with Planet Hollywood Studios to create a “Crash Course” video that will make its debut in December 2014. Your video will be shown to all 7th grade students in an effort to creatively inform students about government and explain the concepts in a way that are easy to understand. As part of a production team, you will help students to be able to describe how government systems distribute power and explain how citizens participate in their government. By the time you are finished, students should be able to compare and contrast different forms of Middle Eastern governments.

Wishing you the best of luck, and I hope to see YOU at the Academy Awards in February!

Pathfinder

Crash Course

Presentations:

Dewey Numbers:

  • Call #: 320-321

Keywords/Phrases: These are just some examples of search terms you could use. Remember that by using quotation marks, you are ‘gluing’ terms together. If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for, try rearranging your terms.

  • “Form of ____  government”
  • Unitary government
  • Confederation
  • Federal Government
  • Autocratic government
  • Oligarchic government
  • Democracy
  • Presidential democracy
  • Parliamentary democracy
  • Citizen participation in (…)

Online Databases:

  • Within Mackinvia: (username: student #, password: read)
    • GALE-World History in Context
    • EBSCO Student Research Center
    • GALILEO Teen
    • NetTrekker
    • World Book

Gateway sites on the Internet:

Specific Web Sites:

Multimedia Resources:

  • Creative Commons Search-copyright free music, video, & pictures (some may be blocked)
  • Within Mackinvia: (username: student #, password: read)
    • Multimedia
    • Soundzabound

Websites you should NOT cite for this assignment:

  • Wikipedia (ok to consult for background info, but not a scholarly resource to take notes from)
  • Yahoo! Answer
  • eHow
  • Ask.fm

Story-boarding Resources

Product Resources

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Nov 14

Prezi

  • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 ‘path points’
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.
  • Be sure to include pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
  • Prezi should not make the viewer feel sick! Use the zooming and turning wisely.

 

Animoto

  • Theme AND music MUST make sense for your topic.
  • A minimum of 6 Text Slides and 6 pictures (12 items total)
    • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
    • Background Information (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
      • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
    • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
    • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
    • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

    You can turn a PowerPoint slide into a picture for your presentation.

    1. Open PowerPoint.
    2. Create slides with or without text.
    3. Click on the File Button.
    4. Save As.
    5. Other Formats.
    6. Make sure you Save as Type: JPEG (these tend to work better than PNG & GIF)

 

Smore

    • Theme MUST make sense for your topic.
    • A minimum of 6 text boxes (paragraph and/or bullet points)
      • Title (Essential Question)
      • Capitalized & punctuated correctly.
      • Background Information (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Pros OR Causes OR Benefits (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Cons OR Effects OR Dangers (with examples)
        • At least 5 items of information. Can be compiled into one grouping.
      • Your final thoughts on the topic you’ve chosen and possible answers to your EQ.
      • Pictures, videos, and/or links to more information. (3- 4 would be good)
      • Bibliography with at least 3 sources, one of which must be from the Cobb Digital Library.

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