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COW – Week of March 18

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

This week in Changing Our World, students will begin the week with some activities dedicated to forming a solid understanding of the Compass Points (Nature, Society, Economy, and Well-Being) that will be used for the remainder of the year as we examine global issues.

Towards the end of the week, we will move into examining the “E” compass point (Economy) in more detail.  Though we will be looking at compass points individually at times, the point of using the Compass Points is to show that almost every global issue has impacts in all the Compass Points.

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SS8 – Week of March 18

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

This week marks the culmination of our Political Party Projects.  Students will be delivering their minister / party leader speeches this week, and class elections will be held towards the end of the week.  One party from each block will go on to the final election – which will be held on Monday, March 25.

Key ideas for students to keep in mind as they prepare for this important presentation:

Delivery (posture, voice projection, voice clarity, variation in tone)

Content (clear and well-supported ideas)

Emotion (show emotion to create feeling in the voters)

Word Choice (use powerful words and emphasize key words in your speech)

Assignments for this Week

Read & Respond (2 entries) due by 9PM in Google Docs

Speech Presentations – early in week for ministers, later in week for party leaders

Written Briefs due in Turnitin.com – dates vary by block and minister/party leader status

 

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COW – Week of March 11

March 8th, 2013 Comments off

This week in Changing Our World, we will begin by finishing our student-led lessons related to the various CWW topics.  Following the completion of these lessons, we will progress into lessons related to the “Compass Points” that we use as a guide for the Changing Our World class.

These Compass Points are also used at ISM – especially by the high school – as a method of looking at global issues.  The cardinal directions represent:  N – nature, S – society, E – economy, and W- well-being.

The personal goals that students have been setting for the first quarter of COW have focused on the well-being aspect, as in “What changes can we make to create a better world?”  For the remainder of the school year, we will examine each of the other compass points, beginning with “Economy” towards the end of this week.

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SS8 – Week of March 11

March 8th, 2013 Comments off

The Political Party Project continues this week with some important due dates for all party members.  Last week, students conducted research into their particular ministry issue to learn about current problems and look into potential solutions.

This week, students will turn that research into a written political brief which will be delivered as a campaign speech next week.  Party ministers have their briefs due before party leaders, as the party leader speech must include a summary from each minister.

Assignments for This Week

NO Read & Respond this week

Party Minister due dates – draft of brief (start of 2nd block), final brief (Wed. @ 9PM)

Party Leader due dates – draft of brief (start of 2nd block), final brief (next Monday @ 9PM)

 

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SS8 – Week of March 4

March 1st, 2013 Comments off

This week in social studies will be focused on political party research.  Last week, students were grouped into Philippine political parties and determined what role they would play within that party.

This week, students will work with their group in establishing a party identity, name, and slogan, but will also work independently to research the particular issue which they have chosen.

Assignments for the Week

Read & Respond – two entries (one must be from Philippine Inquirer)

Minimum of three credible sources and six complete notecards due in NoodleTools by Friday @ 9PM

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COW – Week of March 4

March 1st, 2013 Comments off

This week in Changing Our World, students will be presenting the lessons that they have spent the past couple of weeks developing.  These lessons – which will be 20-30 minutes in length – will focus on issues that were researched prior to the CWW week, and experienced first-hand during the CWW week.  Issues of focus will be:

Industrial Agriculture / Animal Abuse – Tuesday

Malnutrition / Child Abuse – Thursday

Lack of Access to Education / Disability Discrimination / Marine Environment Destruction – Friday

 

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