Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lesson 34 March 20, 2008

When you return from Spring Break, you'll begin reading a novel called The Cay.
In order to give you some background knowledge about the setting of the book, we're going to spend this last class together before the break to do a scavenger hunt.

Mrs. Gibbs will place you into groups or pairs.
You will each have a scavenger hunt handout.
Please put your names on the handout and decide how you want to divide up the task of finding the answers to the 20 questions listed there.

Remember to use your best strategies for searching and locating information, because you're working hard to try to get as many answered as possible before the class ends.

Be sure to find RELIABLE sites - the questions are a little tricky, but you can do this!

Good Luck!!

Lesson 33 March 18, 2008

Today, after reviewing what you've learned about propaganda,
your challenge is to create your own propaganda poster and upload
it onto your home drive. At the end of class, we'll put them up on the
screen and see what sorts of propaganda techniques you've learned to
use!

Here are your instructions:

1. Brainstorm with your partner the topic you want for your poster.
Look at the handout for suggestions.

2. Brainstorm with your partner the words you will include on your
poster. You may want to come up with a title, a tagline, and/or instructions
as we discussed in the mini-lesson.

3. Brainstorm with your partner the images you want to include on
your poster. Think about fonts and colors, size and proportion as well!

4. Using PowerPoint or Publisher (you decide) design your poster.

5. Upload your finished poster to your home drive so that we can put
it up on the screen. Be sure your name and your partner's name is in
the file name.

6. Write any strategies you've found to be useful on the back of your
notes sheet. We'll share them later.

We'll be around to help if you need it...

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lesson 32 Propaganda

Use these Web sites to search for posters that you can use on your propaganda PPT (in your home directory).

Web Site 1
Web Site 2
Web Site 3

Use good search strategies to search within the sites.

Your assignment is to find two posters, copy and paste them into the slides, and answers these questions about each poster:

  • What is the author trying to tell you?
  • How does the author communicate this to you?
  • What do you think the purpose is?
  • Do you think the author communicates his message?
When you finish your PowerPoint, be sure to save the new version in your home directory!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lesson 31

March 11, 2008

First we will do a short challenge activity to make sure we are learning the things we need to be learning in our Internet lessons. Then, we will look at bias on Web sites.   Angie will give a very short PowerPoint about bias and will give some examples of how to evaluate Web sites on the whaling industry.

After you see these examples, you will look at three Web sites and see if you can find bias in them.  Be sure to complete your worksheet on these sites.

Here are the links to the sites we will use today:


Now - your turn:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lesson 30: The Newspaper Article

Today we are writing the newspaper article that you began on Tuesday with Ms. Jackie.  I will review the upside down pyramid scheme for writing a newspaper article, then we will get started.  You should finish your article today.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lessons 29 and 30

My Name:____________________________________ 2nd or 6th?

Lesson 29: Dust Bowl Newspaper Article – March 3, 2008

Structure of a Newspaper Article:

l ______Headline____________ – The title of the article.

l _________Byline____________– Name of person who wrote the article.

l ______Dateline________________– city/state/country where article was written.

l ________Hook________________- Short, interesting sentence that makes the reader

WANT TO read the article.

l ______Lead______________- Summarize the 5 W’s:

___Who_____, _____What________, ____When___________, ______Where___,

__________Why_______ AND _________How______________

Second/Third/Fourth paragraphs

1. Give __________important___ ______details_________ __first_____

2. Include one or two ____direct ________quotes______

3. Put the ___least___ ______important______details____last________

Last paragraph

1. ___Wrap_____ ___it___ _____up____ in an interesting way.

2. Make sure all pictures or figures have a ___ caption__________

General Notes

1. Write in the third person (he, she, it, they)

2. Be objective -- never state your opinion.

3. Use quotes to express others' opinions.

Writing your Dust Bowl Article!

1.Question:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2. Sources: (look on your notes sheet or write them here…)

3. Organize your paragraphs:

Use the boxes on the back of this page to:

a. Write the 5W’s in the first box

b. Write important details in the second box

c. Write less important details in the third box

4. Open your Word document (DustBowlArticle)

a. Begin to write your article from your notes

b. Proofread your article

c. Ask your elbow partner to read it

d. Ask a teacher to read it.

e. Make changes as needed

5. Find a picture or figure or map

a. Copy it onto the Word Document

b. Write a caption for the picture or figure.