This post will be the final blog update for Changing Our World class for this year.
During the final two weeks of the school year, 8th graders in COW will be focusing on our final global issue, which is Indigenous Rights. Students (in pairs) have chosen a particular indigenous group on which to focus, and will be creating a VoiceThread presentation which will teach the class about this particular indigenous group. Students do have certain topics on which they must focus in this presentation, but this is also an opportunity to see how creative they can be with how they choose to present this information.
The VoiceThreads for this assignment will be presented to class on the final day of COW class, which is Wednesday, June 1. This is the day after the big Advocating for Change project presentations, but is still a regular school day for 8th grade, and it is very important for students to be present in order to give this final presentation in COW.
This blog post will wrap up the final details of the year in social studies class.
The final two weeks of social studies are very significant, as they will involve finishing and submitting the research paper associated with the Advocating for Change project and afinally the Advocating for Change presentations. Following are the important dates to be aware ff:
Tuesday, May 24 – Final Research Paper due (in GoogleDocs) by 9PM. Paper must be in final form, including in-text citations, with glossary and bibliography attached.
After Tuesday, May 24 – students spend the remainder of this week preparing and rehearsing for their Advocating for Change presentation (based on the research paper they have completed)
Tuesday, May 31 – Advocating for Change presentations. 8th grade will have a special schedule for this day.
This week in Changing Our World, students will begin the week by presenting their Issue Reports to the class. This is a project that student groups have been working on during the entire semester, and relates to their Classroom Without Walls experience.
After these presentations, students will continue work on the last topic of the year which relates to Indigenous Rights. In partner pairings, students have selected a particular indigenous group to research and inform the class about. Students have a set of questions / issues that must be addressed relating to these indigenous groups, but the primary goal of the project is to give students a glimpse into the issues currently facing indigenous groups in various places around the world.
This is a very significant week in the process of completing the Advocating for Change project. At this point, student groups should have completed all research and have also completed their first draft of the accompanying research paper.
Following are important dates of note for this week:
Tuesday, May 17 – 2nd draft of research paper due (revised and edited)
Thursday, May 19 – 3rd draft of research paper due – this draft is referred to as the “Adult Edit Draft” as the groups must find an adult to assist them with this edit. There is an accompanying letter that the cooperating adult must fill in with editorial comments and then sign.
Tuesday, May 24 (next week) – Final Research Paper Due!
This week in Changing Our World, we will continue our study of human rights, but will shift from looking at the rights of children to examining the rights of indigenous people around the world.
After learning about some of the general issues faced by indigenous people and why the United Nations determined in 2007 that the rights of indigenous people needed to be protected, students will be undertaking a mini-project in which they will learn about one particular indigenous group and the issues they face.
Students will have to determine which indigenous group they will learn about by Wednesday and this project will be presented to the class orally next week.
This week marks a significant shift in the process of the Advocating for Change project. At this stage, groups should have completed all of their research, and we will now begin writing the research paper using the gathered information.
Lessons this week will focus on skills needed for organizing information to be used in the written report. This will include a lesson on creating an outline from their collected data notecards and also a lesson on using in-text citations (a Powerpoint covering this can be found in the 8th grade Class Resources section of this blog).
Important upcoming due dates for groups to be aware:
May 10 – Outline of paper must be completed in NoodleBib
May 13 (G) / May 16 (A) – First draft of research paper due (in group GoogleDoc)
May 17 – Revised draft of research paper due in GoogleDoc