This week, our time in social studies will be dedicated to working on the Quarter Two performance task. Students received this assignment last week, and this week will commit to their role and medium of presentation for the project.
The performance task is called “Transformation Through the Eyes of Artists,” and requires students to take on the role of someone involved in a transformation in any part of the Middle East region. Though we have primarily looked at political transformations, social, cultural, economic, religious, or technological are also permitted. After choosing a transformation topic (ie, Syrian rebellion, Egyptian Revolution, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia) and choosing a character (Bashar al-Assad, member of the Egyptian middle class, female activist for educational rights, etc), students will then present their “story” in one of three ways. The acceptable means of presentation are visual art (drawing, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, etc.), poetry, or songwriting. The poetry and songwriting should build on skills learned in English this quarter, while the visual arts is open to any student who has a strength in that field. All art, poems, and songs will be presented in class during the final week before winter break.
Assignments for This Week
Read & Respond (2 entries) – due by Friday at 9PM
Due to the loss of recent Fridays to holidays and sports day for this Friday, both COW blocks this week will be dedicated to the Action Project. Students are well into their Action Projects and many will be conducting all or part of the Action Project at some point this week. Best of luck to all groups as this starts!
Coming up the following week will be the presentation of the Issue Report and Action Project. This is where student groups will teach us about the issue they researched and then describe to us the Action Project that they carried out.
This week in SS8 begins with submission of the student-made Middle East maps, followed by a Middle East map quiz. Students will then continue working with their “Revolution” groups to develop a presentation aimed at teaching their fellow classmates about one of the recent revolutions in the Middle East region. These presentations will be made during the second block of the week.
Following the presentations, students will be introduced to this quarter’s Performance Task, which is called, “Transformation Through the Eyes of Artists.” Students will learn the details of this performance task in class, and the PT and its grading rubric can be found on this blog under the Social Studies 8 tab and then “Assignments and Assessments.”
Assignments for this Week
2 Read & Respond entries due by Friday @ 9PM
This week in Changing Our World will be completely dedicated to continued work on the group Action Projects. The class currently has nine different action projects in the works, ranging from organizing a Saturday beach clean-up, to developing part of the curriculum for their CWW site, to creating interactive activities with elementary students.
The Action Project is part of the COW performance task and is the opportunity for students to put their interests into action. We are all looking forward to the unique and positive changes that can be made through these projects.
This week in COW, we will shift our focus from human-centric issues into global issues related to the the environment. The first issue we will examine along these lines is the issue of industrial agriculture vs. organic farming. Students will be introduced to some of the stages and processes that their food goes through before arriving on their plate. Students will also be examining their own choices they make with regards to eating, and why they choose what they do.
Students are now also working on their Action Project, and most groups have an approved plan for their project. The final block this week – as well as both blocks next week – will be dedicated to planning and organizing the Action Project.
This week in social studies, we will continue our look at Middle Eastern transformations. We will begin by defining the Middle East as a region and looking at defining characteristics such as ethnicity, language, religion, climate, resources, and form of government.
We will then go into an examination of the Arab Spring of 2011 that brought many changes to the Middle East, and continues to do so. Students will be assigned one country – Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, or Yemen – that has gone through all four stages of revolution which we learned about previously. Students will analyze these revolutions and try to determine what was occurring at each stage. Ultimately, student groups will create a presentation and teach other members of the class about their particular revolution.
Assignments for this Week
2 Read & Respond entries (one on Middle East topic) due by Friday @ 9PM
Map Quiz and student-created Map of the Middle East on Monday, November 26
This week in social studies, students will begin to apply what was learned last week relating to the Four Stages/Phases of Revolutions.
The first block of the week will be dedicated to developing and creating a visual analogy comparing the stages of revolutions to something similar. This assignment should demonstrate understanding of the stages, which will be very important not only for this assignment, but for most undertakings of second quarter. This assignment will be due at the end of the week.
The second block will involve a map-making activity. As our unit of study will focus on transformations that have happened or are happening in this region, it is important for students to have an understanding of the locations and capitals of these countries. This map will be due on November 26 – which is the date that students will be taking a map test on the Middle East. Also, from this week through the end of 2nd quarter, one R&R entry must be related to a Middle Eastern issue.
Assignments for this week
R&R – 2 entries – one MUST be related to a Middle Eastern issue
Revolution Analogy – due at end of class on 3rd block of week
Middle East Map – due on Monday, November 26 (map test on same day)
This week in Changing Our World, students will examine human rights issues related to Indigenous Peoples. This will involve a shift from examining individual rights to considering the possibilities of group rights.
Key to this process will be an in-class simulation which places students in various roles related to indigenous rights topics. Through this simulation, students will look at the currently-fictitious development of a community around Mt. Pinatubo and will play various stakeholders, including the government, indigenous people, potential “settlers,” and corporations.
The last block of the week will again be dedicated to working on the Action Project. Student groups MUST have committed to an Action Project by the end of this week.