Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Lesson 17: Fact Monster Scavenger Hunt Game

Lesson taught on December 18

Today we are going to play a game in teams. We will practice using our search, locate, and communicate skills

Here are the things we will do:

Five Minutes: Ms. Angie's Mini-Lesson
Forty Minutes: The game
Ten Minutes: Share strategies that worked.

Ms. Angie’s Mini-Lesson

Practice Question 1 : First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who was married to Abraham Lincoln, gave birth to four sons

-- but only one son lived to adulthood. Which son lived to adulthood?

Circle his name below.

Robert Todd Lincoln

Edward Baker Lincoln

William Wallace Lincoln

Thomas Lincoln

“______________________________.” _____________________.
Title of Article Title of Web site

__________. ______________. <___________>

Practice Question 2: How many months did the earliest Roman calendar have?

ANSWER: ________________________

“______________________________.” _____________________.
Title of Article Title of Web site

__________. ______________. <___________>

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lesson 16: Survivor Story Lesson

Taught on December 13, 2007

SECTION ONE: Finishing the work from Tuesday

We are going to continue the lesson that Ms. Jackie began on Tuesday today. The steps that you should follow in this lesson are:

1. Open a search engine.

2. Use keywords to find a survival story.

Hint: Find a true story about someone who was lost and who had to survive until he or she was rescued.

3. Write the URL of the site where you found your story on your worksheet.

5. Write a brief, three line summary about the story.

5. Find two DIFFERENT sources about the same story.

Hint: You might need to write the person's name into a search engine to find more sources.

6. Write the URL of all three sources into the Word document.

7. Beside each URL, write what kind of source it is and why you trust it.

SECTION TWO: The PowerPoint

**Only when you completely finish the worksheet**

Now, you will summarize what happened in the stories you read in a PowerPoint that has been added to your English Studies folder. Don't forget that you need to paraphrase information that you get from the site when you summarize the info on your site on the PowerPoint.

SECTION THREE: Writing the article

Finally, you will write a news article about the story based on all you read. The purpose of this article is to inform a specific audience about the story. YOU get to select the audience. Please select from this list of potential audiences:

  • Boy Scouts who will be camping soon
  • Parents of middle school students
  • Middle school students
  • High school students
  • Boy Scout troop leaders
  • Middle school teachers
  • Elementary school children at a summer camp
Type your name and your audience at the top of a Word document. Save it in your English Studies folder, and begin writing your article.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Lesson 15 Dec 11th LOST!!!!

Here's the project for today...

1. Open a search engine.

2. Use keywords to find a survival story.

Find a true story about someone who was lost and had to survive until they were rescued.

3. Open a Word document - save it as "Lost" to your English Studies folder.

4. Copy/paste the url of the story into the Word document.

5. Write a brief (three lines) summary about the story.

5. Find two DIFFERENT sources about the same story.

You might need to copy/paste the person's name into a search engine to find more sources.

6. Paste the urls of all three sources into the Word document.

7. Beside each url, write what kind of source it is and why you trust it.

The Internet gives us access to many different types of sources.

For example, you can find information about topics you're interested in from newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and blogs ALL on the Internet.

How do you think you you can tell what kind of source you're looking at when you open a page on the Internet? Let's look at a few pages and see...
see link for bereahigh.org

Today, we'd like you to work in pairs or groups to see if you can find at least three different types of sources about someone who was lost and had to survive on their own - similar to Brian in Hatchet. But this time, make sure that it's a true story and not fiction - or a hoax!

To figure out if you've got a real "lost" story or a fake one, check your sources -- do they all say the same thing? What is it about the of the source that makes you trust it or distrust it?

If you learn anything new about how to find or evaluate articles, remember to mention them at the end of class when we debrief!

Now get to it! Can't wait to see your LOST stories!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Ask Gary!

December 6, 2007

Today, we're going to take a closer look at the author of your novel, Gary Paulsen.

Learning more about the person who wrote a novel can sometimes give you insights into the story that make it more interesting.

After you learn a little about Mr. Paulsen, we'd like for you to think of a question that you would ask him if you met him.

You may share strategies with your "elbow partner", but we would like to have one email from each of you by the end of the class period.

Here are your instructions. Please use the tab in the taskbar to return to this blog to check to see if you've done everything. Have fun!

  1. Open a word document and name it "Gary Paulsen".
  2. Save the document to your home drive in the English Studies folder.
  3. Use a search engine to find a few Websites that tell you about Gary Paulsen.
  4. Read through the Websites to answer the following questions:
    • When and where was Gary Paulsen born?
    • What did he do when he was 14?
    • What sport did he become involved in during the early 1980's?
    • What made him want to become a writer?
    • What question would you like to ask him if you met him?
  5. Write your answers to these questions in the word document.
    • BONUS: Copy and paste a photo of Gary Paulson into your word document.
    • BONUS BONUS: Answer your own question by looking online for interviews with Gary Paulsen
  6. Save your work to your English Studies folder on your Home Directory.
  7. Email your document to jmalloy@clemson.edu
We look forward to reading your questions!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Lesson 13?

Ms. Jackie and I are happy to be back from Austin!  We are looking forward to seeing all our TICA Bulldogs tomorrow in Ms. Gibbs class!

Tomorrow we need to make sure we do a few things.  First of all, some people were absent when we were doing the surveys at the beginning of the semester.  We need to make sure those people take those surveys.  

Secondly, we need to talk about permission forms.  We still need them from some of you, so please be sure to bring those in for us. 

Finally, I am not sure if you guys finished your survival guides yet or if you are still working on them.  Ms. Jackie & I need to talk with Ms. Gibbs to see what you guys are doing right now.  If Ms. Gibbs would like, we might do a lesson involving sending an email attachment.  If you are doing something else right now, Ms. Jackie & I will just do the make up surveys and restart lessons on Thursday.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break and a good week at school last week!  I'm looking forward to seeing you all again tomorrow!

Ms. Angie

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Lesson 12

Today we continued working on our projects.  We were not able to project anything on the screen, so there was no blog.  But I thought I'd write what we did so that everyone would remember.

We had a substitute, so I should report to Mrs. Gibbs that the students were very well behaved.  A couple of people in each class have finished the PPT.  

Things that we discussed today primarily involved the communication phase of Internet reading.  (Remember our posters?  1. Question; 2. Locate; 3. Evaluate; 4. Synthesize; 5. Communicate. )  Students who were collaborating on projects needed to share information for the different slides, so we practice emailing information to one another.  We also talked about paraphrasing information from Web sites to avoid plagiarism.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Ms. Jackie & I will be in Austin, TX for a conference the week after the break, so we'll see you the first week in December!

Ms. Angie

P.S. Thanks for doing such great work in class on Tuesday! =o)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lesson 11

Today we will begin with a challenge activity that will help us know if you are learning the things that we would like you to know about reading on the Internet. Ms. Gibbs plans to use this for a grade, so do your best work. Please work on your own on this activity.

After you complete the challenge activity, please work on your Canadian Rockies Survival Guide PowerPoint. If you have not found your four Web site source, please work on that first. Don't forget to evaluate your sources to make sure they do not have bias; if you need help, just click on the "Help With Evaluation" link that is in the upper righthand corner of this blog (under helpful links). Once you have four good, reliable sources, begin working on your slides.

We appreciate all your hard work!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lesson 10

Today, we'll continue working on the Survival Project. Mrs. Gibbs will
put you into groups - you may work in groups of 2 or 4.

1. With your pair or group, decide if you have one good website to answer each of the four survival questions: what to eat; how to build a shelter; how to build a fire; how to deal with bears. If you don't have a web source for each question, work together to find some!

2. You and your partner(s) will need to each work on one of the questions - using the website as a source, create a slide that answers the question.

3. Create a slide that answers the question you used when you did your search. Look at Mrs. Gibbs example (How to Catch a Fish) to get ideas of how you can write information text.

4. Raise your hand if you need help!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Lesson 9: Survival Guide

On Tuesday, we worked a little with writing searchable questions before looking for answers online. Remember that a good question will have a TOPIC and a FOCUS. The topic and focus of a question will help you decide on your keywords to enter into the search box of the search engine.

Today, we're going to try to find websites that would be good sources of information for completing your Survival Guide powerpoint. First, let's talk about when you need to scan for information and when you need to read more carefully. We'll do an example together, and then you can work in pairs to find sources for the four questions you'll need to address in this project.

Instructions for today:

  1. Please work in pairs to find a really good website that will help you answer each of the following four questions.
  2. When you've found a good website, copy the url (web address) into the Word document that you started on Tuesday.
  3. Paste the url beside the question that you've written to address food, shelter, fire, and bears.
  4. Good luck!

If I am stranded in the Canadian Rockies:

What will I eat?
How will I build a shelter?
How will I start and maintain a fire?
How will I deal with bears?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lesson 8

From Lesson 8 Powerpoint

Question and Locate It all begins here

I. What do you want to know?

Have a clear question

Whats the topic?

Whats the focus?

<> KEYWORD = Topic + Focus

Example 1

Where can I stay in the Canadian Rockies?

Topic: Canadian Rockies

Focus: accommodations

Keyword Search = Canadian Rockies accommodations


Example 2

Whats the weather like in the Canadian Rockies?

Topic: ???

Focus: ???

Keyword Search: ???

Lets work one together

Slide 2 has to do with food:

What would you eat if you were stranded in the Canadian Rockies?

Please open a Word Doc

Put in your name and your partners name.

Date and 2nd or 6th period



<> Focus

Please save to English folder in Survival File

Think in pairs:

What is your SPECIFIC question about what you would eat if you were stranded in the Canadian Rockies?

Open a Word doc and write some possible questions.

Hint: Think about edible plants and animals

From Question to Keywords

Have a question? Good!

Locate an article

Enter your keywords into a search engine.

What did the results page turn up?

Look at the titles

Read the descriptions

Decide on a page to check out

Is this the right website?


Look at the headings does it have the sort of info we want?

Check out the links, pictures, sidebars where would my info be?

Is this the right website?


Read through carefully for the info you need.

Decide what youll use

Decide how to present it

Monday, October 29, 2007

Lesson 7: STRANDED!!!!!!

Today, you will begin reading a book called Hatchet.

It is the story of a young boy who is stranded in the Canadian rockies. He must survive with only a limited number of supplies.

Today, to prepare for reading this book, we are going to brainstorm some of the challenges and/or dangers one might face if stranded all alone in the Canadian rockies.

To begin, let's see if we can find the Canadian Rockies using Google Maps. Post your answers to these Google Maps queston as comments on this blog.

1. Lake Louise on Google Maps. How many miles is it from Berea Middle School to Lake Louise Canada? Post your answer as a comment on this blog.

2. Find Jasper National Park in Canada on the Google Maps. How far is it from Salem (where I live) to Jasper National Park? Post your answer as a comment on this blog.

3. Is Lake Louise, Canada closer to Jasper National Park or British Columbia? How do you know? Post your answers as a comment on this blog.



I have put a worksheet for you to complete at this link: http://people.clemson.edu/~angelar/lesson6.doc. You can open this document on your laptop and type your answers. Remember to save it at the begninning so that you won't lose it if your computer freezes! You can upload it to the "Canadian Rockies" folder we made in class last week when you are finished. (Don't forget to do this because it will count as a grade!)

1. Your first task is to come up with four questions about challenges or dangers a person might face in the Canadian rockies. Write the questions on your worksheet.

2. Your second task is to search the questions in Google, using key words - not the entire question. Make notes about the sites you find that give you reliable information on your worksheet. If you need help with how to know if a web site is reliable, there is a link on the right called "Help With Evaluation" that you might want to click for advice.

3. Your third task is to search the same questions on ask.com, using the entire question, not just key words. Make notes about the sites you find that give you reliable information.

BONUS: If you use any good strategies while doing this activity, record them as a comment on this blog post. You and your partner will get raffle tickets if you are able to do this.

Email your worksheet as an attachment to jmalloy@clemson.edu and angelar@clemson.edu at the end of class. Be sure to save it in your Canadian Rockies folder in your home directory first!


Here is a video that might help you think of some ideas for questions:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lesson Six - Email Attachments

In Lesson Five, Ms. Jackie showed you some things that are very important when using laptops and the Internet at school. Today, we want you to practice some of the things that she taught you.

Here are the things we'd like you to do today:

1. Create a new folder in the English Studies folder in your home directory. Name the folder "Canadian Rockies."

2. Open a new Word document. Save the document as "YOURLASTNAME_CanRockies" in the new folder you just created in your home directory. Don't close the document after you save it; we're going to use it to do the rest of the activies. When you save it in the beginning, Word will save every few minutes for you. This way, if your computer freezes, you won't lose your work.

3. Use the Web sites listed below to find answers to the questions that follow. Type your answers in the Word document you just created. (Helpful hint: The first link has answers to all the questions, so that's a great place to start.)

Question 1: Where is Jasper located?

Question 2: How big is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies?

Question 3: If you were going to get married in the Canadian Rockies, which one of the recommended places would you choose? List at least three reasons why you would choose this location?

Question 4: If you were in the Canadian Rockies, would you rather visit Alberta or British Columbia? List three reasons why you prefer this location?

Question 5: Find a picture from the Banff National Park and paste it into your Word document.

Question 6: Find a picture of Lake Louise and paste it into your Word document.

Question 7: Which one of the tours at this site (http://www.canadianrockies.net/tours/winter.html) would you want to visit? What do you like about this particular tour?

Save the document one more time, just to be safe.

5. Email the document to Ms. Jackie and Ms. Angie.
Ms. Jackie's email: jmalloy@clemson.edu
Ms. Angie's email: angelar@clemson.edu

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lesson 3: Evaluation

Today we are going to talk about how to know if Web site is reliable. Sometimes, people can put information online that is just not true. For example, have you ever hear of a walrus that lives in the mountains? If it sounds too strange to be true, that's a good sign that maybe it's just not true... even if the site has a picture!
It is always important to evaluate sites to make sure they are RELIABLE.
Now, we will use the activies at the JOE COOL / JOE FOOL site to help us practice evaluating Web sites. Just click this link to go through some of the practice activities. Raise your hand if you have any questions.
Finally, after you finish the tour and the quiz (for fun) at JOE COOL / JOE FOOL, I'd like you to try leaving me a comment here on my blog about the walrus site. Why is this site not reliable? Give me reasons from teh JOE COOL / JOE FOOL checklist.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lesson 2

Question and Locate Scavenger Hunt

Write the question you want to ask and some possible search terms for each problem. Then, when you get your laptop, try using the search terms in a search engine to see if you can find information that helps me with the problem.

1. I know that there is an old folktale about the jack-o-latern, but I don’t know anything about it.

Question: _________________________________________________________

Key Words: _______________________________________________________

Legend of the jack-o-latern:______________________________________

2. I know that there is a god named Kwoth in African mythology. I don’t know which country in African has Kwoth as part of their mythology. I think he is considered a nice god, but I’m not sure if he helps humans or if he is harmful to humans.

Question(s): _____________________________________________________

Key Words: ______________________________________________________

About Kwoth:_______________________________________________

3. I know that one of Shakespeare's characters was inspired by an Irish or Welsh goddess. Her name was Cordelia. I don't know which play had Cordelia as a character. I also don't know the name of the Irish or Welsh goddess that inspired Shakespeare to create her character.

Question(s): ________________________________________________


Key Words: _________________________________________________


About the play/the goddess: _________________________________________________________