We will start this week in COW by finishing up with our topic of industrial agriculture. Last week students watched the movie Food, Inc. which outlined the problems associated with agriculture on a large scale. That movie was followed by the video Fresh which looked at alternatives to large-scale industrialized agriculture.
To bring this topic “home” to students, we will have a guest speaker on Tuesday. His name is Abhra and he is the person who runs Yogi Chef here at school. He will talk with the students about what Yogi Chef and ISM are doing to promote healthy eating and combat the problems associated with industrial agriculture.
Students will also begin considering their Action Project this week. The Action Project is the final step in the Issue Report that students have been working on during the past several weeks.
Most of this week in SS8 will be dedicated to beginning work on the Qtr. 2 final project. Students were provided the directions for this assignment last week in class, and the directions can also be found under “Assignments” on this blog.
Our final project for the quarter involves students looking at significant historical movements that led to transformations in society. I have provided students a list of movements from which to choose, but they are also able to choose one of their own with prior approval from me.
Students will also have a couple reading assignments relating to Iran for homework this week and towards the end of the week, students will learn what role they will be playing in our Iranian Revolution role play.
This week in COW, we will turn our attention to our next global issue – industrial farming. During this week, students will gain insight into the journey that food goes through as it makes its way to their table. Students should also understand the problems that are associated with agriculture on a mass scale.
At the end of the week, we will continue with our Issue Report. At this point, students should have chosen an NGO that is affiliated with their Issue Report topic. We started researching these NGOs on Friday, and students will need to have their research completed by Thursday evening in their GoogleDoc, as we will begin creating our class wiki this coming Friday.
This week, we will continue our study of the Iranian Revolution. Students will have several reading assignments in class, as well as for homework.
We will continue to focus on the topic of Oil Nationalization that took place in Iran and students will be representing one of the parties with an interest in Iranian oil as we debate this heated topic.
Our study of the Iranian Revolution will also provide students the opportunity to continue developing and improving their highlighting and question-writing skills.
This week, we will continue our examination of the concept of Innovations. The YouTube video above was shown in class on Monday, and students have a homework assignment to comment on the video through the blog page. The comments are due by 9 PM on Tuesday, November 16.
Also this week, we will begin lessons regarding reading and questioning of non-fiction texts. This will be an important skill for students to learn and practice for the remainder of the year in social studies.
During the past couple weeks, students have been learning about the global transformations that occured with the advent of the United Nations. One key concept that students learned about was state sovereignty. This concept helps to explain why neither the UN (nor its member states) are legally allowed to interfere in the internal affairs of another state. Students recognized that this means changes in a post-WWII world, any changes in states have to come from within that state. This understanding is where we will begin looking at a specific type of government transformation – revolutions.
Our particular focus of study during the next few weeks will be Iran. We will step into post WWII Iran, investigate the issues / problems with resources and leadership, and take our study up to the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
For this unit on Iran, students will receive a reading packet and will continue practicing their skills of critical reading and highlighting, vocabulary expansion, and questions development.
At the conclusion of this unit, students will have a quiz and will also participate in a simulation based on the Iranian Revolution.
This week in COW, we will begin by finishing our investigation into the issues surrounding lack of access to quality education. There is an assignment called the “Futures Assignment” that coincides with the close of this issue. This assignment will be started in class, but students will need parental input in order to complete the assignment. The assignment guidelines can be found under the “Assignments” tab for this class, and the assignment will be due in GoogleDocs by Thursday evening at 9 PM.
Following that, we will start looking at our next global concern, which is animal abuse.
Towards the end of the week, students will complete the next stage in their Issue Report, which will involve taking the notes they have compiled, and writing them out in paragraphs which describe the various headings and different topics
This week in SS7, students will be presenting their Culture Shock project. This is the culmination of an activity in which students – working in groups – created their own, unique culture from scratch. This is an important project that has been afforded much in-class work time, and will demonstrate how much students have learned about the concept of cultural identity and culture traits.
Following the presentation, students will be evaluating themselves and their group members in five key teamwork areas. These evaluations will become part of each student’s grade for the overall project.
Following the viewing of our Culture Shock performances, we will move into our next theme, which is innovation. In social studies, we will be looking at various types of innovations that individuals as well as groups of people have made in an effort to improve their lives.
The week in SS8 will begin with a quiz covering the reading we have done about the founding of the United Nations. This quiz will be held on Tuesday in both grade 8 classes and will consist of:
1. 15 multiple choice questions (completed via computer)
2. Knowledge and ability to accurately use glossary words that each student has individually compiled.
3. Writing of best example of Analysis and Synthesis questions and answers from the reading packet
On the day of the quiz, students will also turn in their completed Introduction to the UN packet. Packet should be highlighted with complete glossary and all questions written and answered.
After learning about the global transformation that came about as a result of the founding of the United Nations, we will turn our attention to a more conflict-prone form of transformation – revolution. We will begin by learning some terms associated with revolutions and the basic stages (important powerpoint on this for any student who misses this class period – look in Class Resources) that most revolutions follow, before moving into specific revolutions for the remainder of the quarter.