Day 49: From Rome to Feudalism Comic Strip (10/31/2011)

The junior historians of 2017 will be able to create a comic strip accurately depicting six historical events from Rome to the rise of feudal society in Western Europe.


2. Tweet Storm: Tweet out what your current event topic was and one interesting thing that you learned. After tweeting, you must reply to one or more of your teammates asking them a question about their topic or providing them with your own insight.

Make sure you are replying to and retweeting your favorites.

3: Track Mr. Sanders as he explains what needs to be included in your comic strip (Stripgenerator). Click here to see the requirements of the project. Remember, your comic strip needs to be started and completed in the same day. With stripgenerator you cannot edit the comic once you had saved it.

Post your comic with a complete description to your history portfolio when you are finished.

Bonus Thinking Question:

Imagine that you return home from school today and your parent or guardian gives you a list of all the chores you must complete before dinner. The list is over 10 pages long! You try to get out of doing the work, but it is not possible. As you work, you notice that your parent or guardian is not doing any of this hard work! How do you feel about this experience? Why

Answer this question as a comment in this blog post for extra credit!


4. Finishing up last week: Make a copy of this reading and this graphic organizer for today's activity. Make sure you have renamed both. We are going to be reading and marking up (annotating) the text. For each paragraph, you have to highlight what you think is the most important information and create one note summarizing the information for yourself. (We might need to finish this on Monday.)

5. When it is time for step 5, Mr. Sanders will ask you to take an exit ticket.

6. Special Event: The History of Halloween (save this video for us to watch as a class). Check out these great facts about Halloween.

Looking ahead: Create a tumblr account. We're going to be using tumblr Thursday next week. Your tumblr site should be KIPP, your first name, and last initial. For example, mine would be KIPPJamesS. Feel free to play around with template s and tools. I'll be looking for a few experts to help us out.

Homework: Read about the history of Halloween and complete the reading reflection.

Day 48: Serfs and Peasants (10/28/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to create a double-bubble mind map comparing and contrasting serfs and peasants.


2 Quick Question: Take this survey here.

3. Tweet Storm: Tweet out what you think is the most significant event that happened from the start of the Roman Empire to the beginning of feudalism in Europe and why. #ksfb7

Make sure you are replying to and retweeting your favorites.

Bonus Thinking Question:

Imagine that you return home from school today and your parent or guardian gives you a list of all the chores you must complete before dinner. The list is over 10 pages long! You try to get out of doing the work, but it is not possible. As you work, you notice that your parent or guardian is not doing any of this hard work! How do you feel about this experience? Why

Answer this question as a comment in this blog post for extra credit!


4. Make a copy of this reading and this graphic organizer for today's activity. Make sure you have renamed both. We are going to be reading and marking up (annotating) the text. For each paragraph, you have to highlight what you think is the most important information and create one note summarizing the information for yourself. (We might need to finish this on Monday.)

5. We will close our computer and watch CNN Student News.

Looking ahead: Create a tumblr account. We're going to be using tumblr Thursday next week. Your tumblr site should be KIPP, your first name, and last initial. For example, mine would be KIPPJamesS. Feel free to play around with template s and tools. I'll be looking for a few experts to help us out.

"Video of the Week" Marcus Jansen's upcoming show at Scope - by Florida Fine Art Blog






PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCUS JANSEN ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2011 festivities will open on November 29th with SCOPE Art Fair, showing the best emerging cutting-edge artist’s on the international contemporary art scene.

SCOPE is the largest and most global art fair in the world featuring emerging contemporary art with 7 markets worldwide. It is our goal and passion to present the most innovative galleries, artists and curators while networking them with our Patrons through a unique program of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality exhibitions, collector tours, screenings, and special events.

Among them is internationally acclaimed painter Marcus Jansen who had his solo show at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers in May this year drawing over four thousand visitors to his reception. Jansen was also recently selected one out of only 18 selected painters internationally for this generations ABOLUT VODKA campaign like in the past Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring.

The New York Times describes Jansen’s work, "surrealistic asphalt jungles." Jansen’s new three dimensional installation works will be represented by 101 Exhibit at SCOPE. Jansen will have work at the Fair as well as at 101 Exhibit Gallery located at 101 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137. Jansen is considered by many scholars and historians as one of the most exciting painters in America today.

Art critic and historian Donald Miller thinks Jansen’s paintings “have longevity” because “there isn’t anyone doing what he’s doing … [His paintings] have their own niche. They’re totally unique …. I have a roladex in my mind of all the paintings throughout history … and I’ve never seen anything like [Jansen's work].”

Jansen's work can be found in Who's Who in American Art and in Museum collections such as the
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, (MMOMA), Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Scope Website
Artists website
101 Exhibit
My interview with Marcus here.
For more information please contact: (239)826.6376
Scope is located at: SCOPE Pavilion | Wynwood Arts District | NE 1st Ave (Midtown Blvd) @ NE 30th StMiami, FL 33127.

Day 47: The Beginning of Feudalism (10/27/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to create a comic strip summarizing the transition from the fall of Rome to the establishment of feudalism in Europe.

1. Tweet Storm: Tweet out one interesting fact or something new that you learned from last night's reading. Remember to use quotation marks if you're quoting. Make sure you're using our classroom hashtag #ksfb7.


3. Create a new document in Google docs. The title of the document should be Rome to Feudalism storyboard.

4. Go to stipgenerator.com and register an account. Track Mr. Sanders as he shows you how to create a comic strip using this program. Start creating a comic strip using the information from your storyboard that you created in step three.

5. When it becomes time, Mr. Sanders will have you close your computer and you will take the exit ticket.

Day 46: Geography of Western Europe (10/26/11)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to describe three or more of the important events in Western Europe that led to the development feudalism.


1: Quick Question: Read the complete scenario before answering the question: Imagine that KIPP SF Bay is in chaos, and the school day as we know it does not exist. However, SF Bay is all you know and you must learn to exists without the structure and safety it once provided. Three powerful leaders have emerged. Mr. Patrone is in charge of the upper-school side of the building. Mr. Hannibal is in charge of the gym. And Mr. Shaffer is in charger of the lower-school side of the building. You must choose to be loyal to someone. Who do you choose and why?

2. We will watch the first half of this quick YouTube video to get some background on the geography of Western Europe.

3. Track Mr. Sanders as he provides you with the background needed for today's activity. In order to succeed today, you will need to know the history of Charlemagne. Here is a copy of the presentation for your records.

4. Creation Challenge: You and your group have 15-20 minutes to come up with an idea for how to teach the information in my presentation in a more effective way. Your idea for how you would teach the information and what type of project you would have the students do needs to be written in your groups document.

5. Exit ticket. At the end of class, Mr. Sanders will have you close your computers and get ready to take an exit ticket. Remember, when you are taking any assessment, you can only have that page

Homework: Read through this document organize the ideas into a G.R.A.P.E.S. table (if you're doing it on the computer, make a copy of this document and complete the homework here).

Day 44: G.R.A.P.E.S. in History (10/25/11)


Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to define what each letter in the acronym GRAPES means and provide two examples for each letter.



2. Introduction to G.R.A.P.E.S: Make a copy of this document and wait for instructions from Mr. Sanders.

3. Choose a person at your table to make a copy of this document. Everyone else needs to write their e-mail address on a piece of paper so that your teammate can add you to the document. At your table, you will have 10 minutes to brainstorm as many vocabulary words as possible for each category.

4. Make sure your interactive timeline project is posted to your history portfolio. Don't forget to include a paragraph that summarizes the events you included in your timeline. I will be grading your projects later this week.

5. Take this time to go through your October task tracker and make you have completed all the required tasks for the month so far.

Exit Ticket Day 44 for G.R.A.P.E.S.


Close all your tabs before you take today's exit ticket.

Day 43: Publishing your Work (10/21/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to embed their interactive timelines to their history portfolio.



2. Tweet Storm For today's tweet storm, you are going to tweet out questions or things you found interesting from our documentary so far. Make sure you use the hashtag #KSFB7 so you can get get credit for your tweet. To earn full participation credit, you must have two or more tweets.

3. We will watch part 4 of the video series on "The Dark Ages" to help us understand the transition from the fall of Rome to feudalism in western Europe.

4. Because it is Friday, we will watch today's episode of CNN Student News.

5. You will now have some work time for your project. Make sure you have it embedded to your portfolio and you have a paragraph describing your project and why you included the events you did.

The requirements for the project can be found here.

Here are links to the websites that I gave you on Monday to help you find events to add to your timeline.

Day 42: The Long Decline (10/20/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to write a paragraph summarizing the events they included in their Capzles interactive timeline.



2. Tweet Storm: Open your twitter account and tweet out either a question or something interesting your learned from the reading last night. Make sure you use the hashtag #KSFB7 so you can get get credit for your tweet.

3. We will watch part 3 of the video series on "The Dark Ages" to help us understand the transition from the fall of Rome to feudalism in western Europe.

4. Today we discuss how to customize your Capzles culminating project, what your paragraph should look like, and talk about how you can go above and beyond--including creating your own YouTube video! You can see the requirements here.

5. You will now have some work time for your project.

Here are links to the websites that I gave you on Monday to help you find events to add to your timeline.


Day 41: Spread of the Plague (10/19/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to write detailed sentences describing different events from the history of the Roman and Byzantine Empires.



2. Tweet Storm: Open your twitter account and tweet out either a question or something interesting your learned from the reading last night. Make sure you use the hashtag #KSFB7 so you can get get credit for your tweet.

3. We will watch part 2 of the video series on "The Dark Ages" to help us understand the transition from the fall of Rome to feudalism in western Europe.

4. I will answer any and all questions about the Capzles culminating project and bring up some common problems. You can see the requirements here.

5. You will now have some work time for your project.

Here are links to the websites that I gave you yesterday to help you find events to add to your timeline.


Important: Don't forget to Update your October task tracker.

Day 40: The Black Death (10/18/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to describe how our society would be effected if something like the bubonic plague broke out .


1. Tweet Storm: Open your twitter account and tweet out either a question or something interesting your learned from the reading last night. Make sure you use the hashtag #KSFB7 so you can get get credit for your tweet.

2. We will watch part 1 of the video series on "The Dark Ages" to help us understand the transition from the fall of Rome to feudalism in western Europe.

3. We will review the requirements for the Capzles culminating project. You can see the requirements here.

4. You will now have some work time for your project.

5. Check in. We will put away our computers and have a class check in.

Here are links to the websites that I gave you yesterday to help you find events to add to your timeline.


Important: Update your October task tracker.

Day 39: Interactive Timelines (10/17/2011)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to create an interactive timeline of important dates from the Roman Empire on the web.


1. Quick Question: In filling in for her son, what kind of ruler is Anna's Grandmother? If you haven't created a twitter account, try to create one now.

2. We will review the test results of benchmark 1 and add any badges that we've earned to our tracker.

3. We will watch this video to give us a better understanding of the shifting boarders before, during, and after the Roman Empire. Go to Capzles and create an account. After you've created an account, wait for directions from Mr. Sanders.

4. Follow along as Mr. Sanders shows you how to create an event in your timeline.

5. Add four or more events to your timeline. A timeline, with 10 or more events and descriptions, needs to be posted to your portfolio by Friday.

Here are some websites where you can get some information on different events:
Since the descriptions are so short, you will need to look up more information on each of the events that you choose.


Important: Check your grades, any missing assignments must be completed in order for them to count towards quarter one. I will be working on quarter one grades this week.



Benchmark 1 Exam

Make sure the only tabs you have open are for taking the benchmark exam.

1. Take the multiple-choice part of the Benchmark Exam:


3. When you are finished with your test, close your computer and assign yourself independently.

Day 38: Showin' what we know (10/14/2011)

Homework: Take this homework survey.

1. Open up the link for you homeroom and wait for instructions.


Day 37: Day before the Benchmark! (10/12/11)

Aim: The junior historians of 2017 will be able to create and use flash cards to study for tomorrow's benchmark test.


1. Quick Question: What was the most interesting thing that you learned about the Byzantine Empire?

2 Tweet Storm: Tweet out your best question from last night's reading. Make sure you use the hashtag #ksfb7 so your teammates can find and reply to your tweet. If you didn't create a twitter account last night. Join up with a neighbor so you can participate with their twitter account.

3. Track Mr. Sanders as he presents on the Great Schism and the split of the church in Europe. Here is a place that you can go to learn more about it.

4. Create a set of flashcards for tomorrow's benchmark test. You can add to your Roman Empire flash cards, a lot of same ideas will be on the benchmark exam. Study guide page one, page two.

5. If we have time, Mr. Sanders will show you some of the cool projects you can choose from for your final project on the Roman and Byzantine Empire. We will be using Story Bird or one of the comic strip apps!

Homework: Study your flashcards for tomorrow's Benchmark exam!

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