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COW – Week of October 18

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

Last week, students in Changing Our World began to examine the topic that they will cover for their Issue Report (due in a couple weeks).  Grouped by topic, they created a shared GoogleDoc on which they will compile their research and complete the writing assignments that go into the report.

We will continue working on the Issue Report during class time this coming Friday.  During our classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will take a look at the global issue of lack of access to education.  There will be homework assigned on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  The first assignment will be to complete Cornell notes about a video we will watch in class.  The second assignment is called the Futures Assignment, and is an assignment that will require parental assistance in the form of a discussion.

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SS7 – Week of October 18

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This week, students will continue to work with their groups to develop their unique culture.

Each group has created a shared GoogleDoc to work on and has developed a group-designed plan detailing what parts of the project will be completed by what days.  Students should be aware of the presentation dates (Tuesday, November 9 for Block B and Wednesday, November 10 for Block C) and should have a plan that will assure they are ready by those dates.

As this project requires a good deal of group participation and cooperation, at the end of this project, students will be grading themselves and their groupmates in the following categories:  Attitude, Commitment, Quality of Work, Reliability, Initiative.

The reason for having students have a say and impact on their groupmates grades is to allow each individual to exercise some amount of control over a group to which they were assigned.  This process also limits the possibility that a student will not contribute or “pull their weight” in the group setting.

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SS8 – Week of October 18

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This week in SS8, we are going to examine a significant transformation that altered the path of history – the creation of the United Nations.  As the United Nations is a key organization in promoting positive transformations around the world, it is important for us to understand its origins, the key principles on which it was founded, and its strengths and limitations.

This week-long unit on the UN includes a reading packet, so this will be the first time this year in SS that students have had reading assignments for class and for homework.  As students will learn, it will be very important in SS class to be interactive readers.  We will discuss and practice highlighting skills, choosing vocabulary, and developing questions about what we read.

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C.O.W. – Week of October 11

October 8th, 2010 Comments off

This week in Changing Our World, we will complete our look at the subject of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Last week, students chose one human right – of the 30 in the UDHR – that they would eliminate if they had to.  This week, they will begin by having to defend that choice and also question other students who chose different rights to be eliminated.

This week, students will also begin working with groups on their Issue Report.  This is a project in which students will begin examining an important global issue to determine the impact it is having on the world.  The six issues we will examine are:

* Lack of access to education

* Environmental degradation

* Child abuse

* Animal abuse

* Indigenous Rights

* Discrimination based on Ability

Students already have been informed on what issue they will be working.

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SS7 – Week of October 11

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This week marks the beginning of the 2nd quarter, however, since ISM posts grades by semester, the gradebook will not reset for the beginning of the new quarter.  Rather, students will simply continue with the grade they currently have and will go forward from this point.

This week, students will begin their final project dealing with the topic of Identity.  At this point, we have covered many of the ways people establish their identity in ways ranging from personal to cultural and social to religious.

To demonstrate an overall understanding of identity, students (in groups) are going to be creating a society from scratch.  They will be developing the cultural values of their society as well as a variety of different culture traits, taking into account the various topics they have encountered this quarter.

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SS8 – Week of October 11

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This week marks the beginning of the 2nd quarter, however, since ISM posts grades by semester, the gradebook will not reset for the beginning of the new quarter.  Rather, students will simply continue with the grade they currently have and will go forward from this point.

At this point, the political campaigns have ended and all politicians have presented their speeches.  The final step in this process is for students to now indicate who they are voting for.  Students are required to vote for a party in a different class, and must justify their vote in a 250+ word essay written in their SS Written Work Google Doc.  This essay is due by 9 PM on Wednesday, October 13.

The beginning of the second quarter does indicate a shift in our unit of study, however.  We will move on from our study of systems – having primarily looked at systems of government and ways societies organize themselves – into a unit focusing on transformations.  During this quarter, we will examine how people go about the process of social and political change.  We will look at historical examples from the United States, France, and Iran to gain understandings of how the process of transformation unfolds

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COW – Week of October 4

October 1st, 2010 Comments off

This week in COW, we will begin by wrapping up our look at child abuse.  The class has been learning about some rather sensitive issues relating to concepts such as incest, pedophilia, child traficking, and issues related to street kids and kids in jail in the Philippines.

We will also begin to look at the idea of Human Rights and gain an understanding of what human rights entail.  A close look at the history of human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (put together by the UN) will be used.  Students will have a couple homework assignments related to human rights, one of which will be to watch a series of 30 short videos (about a minute each)  related to each of the 30 Human Rights and are found at this website – 

http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/

Last week, when talking about issues related to homeless children, we discussed the concept of poverty.  Most students understood the basics of poverty, but I encouraged them to get an “up-close” look at poverty by visiting the homes of their housekeeper, drivers, or yayas.  Some students had already had this opportunity and explained some of what they learned to the other students.  So if possible, I would parents to encourage this type of visit.  Students will likely learn much more through this type of experiential learning than they ever could in the classroom.

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SS7 – Week of October 4

October 1st, 2010 Comments off


This week in 7th grade social studies, students will complete research related to a specific world religion, and will then create a Religion Cube detailing important aspects of this religion. Since this project is being done with a partner, all work for it will be done in class, and there will be no homework for this week.

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SS8 – Week of October 4

October 1st, 2010 Comments off


This week, students in 8th grade SS will work on and complete their Political Campaign project. Important dates for this week are:

Wednesday – Campaign speeches must be completed on GoogleDocs (checked at 9 PM)
Thursday – G Block presents campaign speeches
Friday – A Block presents campaign speeches

Students will be given some class time to work with their party members on creating this, but some work will have to be done on their own time.

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