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Week of October 21

October 21st, 2013 Comments off

The blog for Mr. Hamlin’s classes has moved to the following address:

https://sites.google.com/a/ismanila.org/socialstudies8mrhamlin/home

At this site, you will find everything related to Grade 8 Social Studies for both students and parents.

The weekly preview for social studies will still be posted on this page of the blog (see below) – and also on the new webpage, but please disregard the other links found on this blog site, as they are now outdated.

 

This week, in our effort to learn more about how states transform themselves, we will focus on the current conflict in Syria.  Through their understanding of UN principles, students understand how sovereignty prevents outside groups (UN or other states) from forcing change upon Syria, and how if Syria is going to transform, that transformation much take place within the country.
 
Last week, students watched a brief video and read an article giving some background information.  This week, students will become “experts” on one particular part of the Syrian situation.  Within groups, they will create a brief presentation designed to teach their fellow classmates about their particular area of expertise.  This will be done in Block 3 this week.
 
Also during Block 3, students will take the Middle East Map Quiz.
 
Assignments for this Week
NO READ & RESPOND THIS WEEK (no CEFL games either)
 
Middle East Map Quiz – Block 3 this week
 
Middle East map due – Block 3 this week
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Week of October 7

October 4th, 2013 Comments off

The blog for Mr. Hamlin’s classes has moved to the following address:

https://sites.google.com/a/ismanila.org/socialstudies8mrhamlin/home

At this site, you will find everything related to Grade 8 Social Studies for both students and parents.

The weekly preview for social studies will still be posted on this page of the blog (see below) – and also on the new webpage, but please disregard the other links found on this blog site, as they are now outdated.

 

This week marks the end of Quarter 1.  As such, students will have an important test this week covering everything they have learned thus far about international systems – especially the League of Nations and United Nations.  There will be a review day for the test during Block 1 this week, and the test itself will be taken during Block 2.  Prior to taking the test, students will have to create a new Google Doc – named SS Written Work – (name) and share it with me.  This will need to be completed for homework before Block 2.
 
The third block of the week will be dedicated to starting our look at the Middle East region.  Our theme for Quarter Two will be “transformation,” and we will focus on recent transformations taking place in the Middle East.  This unit will start with students making a map of the Middle East so that they are familiar with the geography and countries of the region.
 
Assignments for this Week
  • Two Read & Respond entries due by Thursday at 8 PM.  One must now be a Middle East related article
  • Study for Test this week
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Week of September 23

September 20th, 2013 Comments off

The blog for Mr. Hamlin’s classes has moved to the following address:

https://sites.google.com/a/ismanila.org/socialstudies8mrhamlin/home

At this site, you will find everything related to Grade 8 Social Studies for both students and parents.

The weekly preview for social studies will still be posted on this page of the blog (see below) – and also on the new webpage, but please disregard the other links found on this blog site, as they are now outdated.

Due to the Caliraya CWW trip that occurs at the end of this week, this week classes will only meet twice (or only once in the case of G Block).
 
This week will be spent participating in several activities related to the League of Nations, about which the students learned last week.  These activities will focus on some of the key terminology and also get students to use their critical thinking and debate skills to debates some of the concepts related to the League of Nations.
 
During the second block of the week, students will be introduced to the formation of the United Nations and its fundamental principles.
 
Assignments for this Week
 
**NO READ AND RESPOND ENTRIES THIS WEEK
 
Reading Packet – UN: Challenges & Change – Read p. 4/5 with interactive reading  (including the first couple sentences at the top of page 6) – This is HOMEWORK for G Block.  Other blocks will do this in class.

 

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Week of September 16

September 17th, 2013 Comments off

The blog for Mr. Hamlin’s classes has moved to the following address:

https://sites.google.com/a/ismanila.org/socialstudies8mrhamlin/home

At this site, you will find everything related to Grade 8 Social Studies for both students and parents.

The weekly preview for social studies will still be posted on this page of the blog (see below) – and also on the new webpage, but please disregard the other links found on this blog site, as they are now outdated.

 

This week in social studies, we will conclude our look at World War I, and will begin examining how the events of this war led the international community to begin thinking about the need for an international system to oversee the challenges faced.
 
This will lead us into this week’s main topic – which is the creation of the League of Nations.  Students will learn about how the League was created, its goals, strengths and weaknesses, and how it ultimately failed.
 
Students will receive a reading packet this week called  The United Nations:  Challenges and Change.  This packet will be used the rest of this semester, so they should really take care of this packet.  Students will be given a homework reading assignment during the first block of this week.
 
Assignments for this Week
Read & Respond – 2 entries due by Thursday at 8 PM.
Reading Packet – UN:Challenges and Change – read pages 2/3 with interactive reading:
        Selective Highlighting / Recognizing Unknown Words / one comment / one curiosity
        question / one of each of the Formal Questions (no answers to questions needed)
 
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SS8 – Week of May 20

May 17th, 2013 Comments off

This week marks an important conclusion in grade 8 – the final AFC position papers are due!  These are to be submitted in all social studies classes by Monday, May 20 at 9PM.  In social studies, they will be submitted to turnitin.com.  The papers are also due in English either Monday or Tuesday.

For the remainder of the week, we will be preparing for the final AFC Summits, which will be held on May 30.  To do this, we will hold a mock conference called AFF – or “Advocating for Fun.” This should be a fun way to recover from the AFC writing experiences, and also review the debate procedures that will be followed in the real AFC summits on the 30th.

 

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SS8 – Week of May 6

May 3rd, 2013 Comments off

This week in social studies, students will spend the first block working on their English project for AFC.  Some students are compiling their research and presenting in the form of a research paper, while others are making movies, Prezis, or have selected one of the other presentation methods.

Following the initial block, students will move away from the informative stage of this project and into the persuasive stage – a stage in which they will begin to advocate for a specific solution to the issue they have been investigated.

We will begin with the development of a thesis statement which will be supported by three reasons.  These reasons must then be supported with evidence that has been found through research.  This is a process which students have done a couple times already – in their People Power Essay and also in their Political Party Brief – so the process should be familiar.

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SS8 – Week of April 22

April 19th, 2013 Comments off

This week in Social Studies, students will finish their research related to the global overview and home country outlook of their research question, and will transition into researching some of the causes and solutions.

Assignments for this Week

Both of the assignments below are due on Monday by 9PM

3-5 complete notecards due in NoodleTools for Global Overview

3-5 complete notecards due in NoodleTools for Home Country Outlook

Both of the assignments below are due on Monday, April 29 by 9PM

3-5 complete notecards due in NoodleTools for Causes

3-5 complete notecards due in NoodleTools for Tried Solutions

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SS8 – Week of April 15

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

This marks our first full week of work on the Advocating for Change project.  At this point, students know their topic and have developed a focused research question on which they will begin to research this week.  They have also learned how to properly evaluate websites for credibility purposes.

This week, students will be taught how to use in-text citations in their writing, and will conduct research into the Global Overview and Home Country Outlook sections of their paper.  This research will continue throughout the week, with these sections of the research paper being written next week in English class.

Assignments for the Week

Read & Respond – 2 entries

3-5 complete notecards (direct quote and paraphrasing) due by Friday at 9PM in Noodletools.

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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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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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