Sixth grade Social Studies students in Mrs. Bitler’s, Mrs. Wishon’s, and Mrs. Clements’ classes participated in a Propaganda Museum Walk led by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker in the Digital Aged Classroom. Students began with an introduction to propaganda where five popular propaganda techniques were highlighted. Then student groups had the opportunity to visit four different stations featuring selections of propaganda arranged by type. Within each station students analyzed pieces of propaganda using Mrs. Baker’s Propaganda Museum Walk Guide. They utilized fellow group members to help them evaluate and analyze the posters. This was a day of deep critical thinking for these sixth graders, and they rose to the challenge.
Watch the video segment independently and complete the writing prompts on your guide. After each student has responded to the prompts on his/her own, discuss responses as a group and add additional insights to your notes.
STATIONS 2, 3, & 4 are on display in the Digital Aged Classroom.
It’s my favorite day of the year . . . Halloween! There is no more perfect time to study Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” To add to the spooky atmosphere, let’s watch this visual recitation of “The Raven” read by Christopher Lee and utilize my Raven Reading Guide to make certain we do not miss a single spooky detail. After we analyze the poem, let’s talk about what determines the tone and mood of the work. To better understand Mood and Tone we will be utilizing several different resources including BrainPOP’s movie on Mood and Tone and this Mood vs. Tone graphic organizer.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: In poetry, how is mood and tone established?
Welcome Back to Mr. Vedra’s 7th period Social Studies Students!
Today we are continuing on our path to understanding the basics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will be paired up as you visit 3 stations. In each station utilize the printed and digital resources available to learn more about each religion.
Today Mrs. Baker will guide you to accessing BrainPOP in Cobb Digital Library for viewing of The Mysteries of Life with Tim and Moby movie. Mrs. Baker will then assist you in answering questions about religion utilizing the Understanding Religion with BrainPOP handout. This video provides a brief summary of 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then you will have the opportunity to independently view the same video clip to complete a 4W’s + H Chart for each of the 3 religions being studied.
Finally be sure to complete the Exit Ticket before leaving!
I’ll see you tomorrow as well for review of today’s objectives.
Throughout May, Durham students will be guided by media specialist, Mrs. Baker and counselors, Mrs. Crandall, Mrs. Favors-Parks, and Mr. Wilson through a Digital Citizenship Museum Walk. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to control and mold their digital footprint so that it positively reflects their true character and helps them achieve long-term goals. They will also learn ways to heed caution when posting online, will review copyright and fair use laws and expectations, and will role-play and decode best practices as a youth in the digital age. As students approach a summer very likely filled with an overabundance of apps like Snapchat and Instagram, this will be a reminder from Durham to keep it safe online.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How will you safely navigate the digital world?
You are going on a hunt in the Durham Media Center . . . for Sasquatch. With Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker as your guides, you will visit 5 stations within the media center to complete a variety of activities helping you determine the validity of the Sasquatch.
STATION 1: Hunt for Sasquatch
Read Christopher L. Murphy’s article, “Do Sasquatch Really Exist?” via the Simplicity Touch panel and list nine pieces of convincing evidence of Sasquatch’s existence as presented in the article.
Hey Mrs. Bitler’s and Mrs. Wishon’s Social Studies Students!
You guys are about to make the coolest, most mind-blowing parallels between Suzanne Collin’s dystopian novel The Hunger Games and what you have learned in your Social Studies classes this year. I want to help you navigate Cobb Digital Library, so I’ve created an awesome 6th SS Hunger Games District Pathfinder to guide you to the databases that will be the best fit your particular standard(s). All other assignment details are shared on your teachers’ classroom blogs, but remember that your media specialist, Mrs. Baker, knows a little something too, and would love to “speak literature” with you. Stop by anytime!
Calling All Experts! The switch has been flipped, and you are the teacher! Now that you have had the opportunity to brainstorm a list of questions to guide your research process, let’s dive in. Utilize the Latin America Pathfinder to help you get started in Cobb Digital Library. After you have exhausted these suggestions, you are welcome to further expand your research but use this guide first. Let’s do this!
6th grade students collaborate in their expert groups to plan their project goals.
Students utilize the media center computers as they implement technology into their project plans.
I’ve researched all of the persons on your Francophones list and have found the perfect resource for you in Cobb Digital Library. It’s Biography in Context! It is a database specializing in biographies, and it offers the best tools to assist you with meeting the goals of your project including access to a dictionary, highlighting, citation tools, audio and so much more. I’ve created a step-by-step guide to walk you through every detail of using the database: Francophones Pathfinder. Be sure to take advantage of this helpful guide which even includes a video to explain how you utilize the database, as well as suggestions for additional images searches.
Need support for your argument? Then Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the source for you! Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Miller’s 6th grade Reading students recently had the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Baker as they researched support for their claims regarding current issues of their choosing. Students were guided through utilizing this Cobb Digital Library database, but anyone can be advised of the basics by checking out the Opposing Viewpoints in Context Pathfinder. Need more help? Swing by the media center for a one-on-one consult with your media specialist, Mrs. Baker.
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