Renaissance Web Links
Planning Your Documentary
Choose your documentary topic
- Choose your topic for your documentary.
- Fill out the Partner Sign Up Sheet, if you choose to work with a partner.
- Create notes on your topic: there are web links below that help with research on your topic. Look for the pod that corresponds to your topic and click the links.
- Notes: Can be taken on Cornell Notes or created in Inspiration Software.
Completed Notes are due Monday, May 23rd.
Ancient Rome Topics
Topic choices for Roman Empire Documentaries
1. Who was Julius Caesar and how did he come to power? What lasting changes did he bring to Rome? Did they improve Rome or change it for the worse?
2. Explain the social order of Roman Society. Describe the key groups (such as plebeians, patricians and more). Explain the freedoms, privileges and limitations for people living in the Roman Empire.
3. In what way did the Greeks influence Roman civilization?
4. Rome established a Republican form of government. What were the parts of the Roman Republican government? How were the people elected to office? Were the offices restricted by social class?
Ancient Greek influcence on Ancient Rome
Ancient Greek Influence on Roman Art
Ancient Greece vs. Ancient Rome About.com
TCI Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome influence today's government
Ancient Greek Influence on Roman Art Gale Databases. Citation: "Sculpture, Roman." Ancient Greece and Rome. Ed. Carroll Moulton. Vol. 4. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. 4 pp. 4 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. PORTLAND SCH DIST 1J. 15 May 2011
Roman Government Overview
TCI Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome influence today's government
Roman Government: Also, see links above the article
Roman Government: Gale Database. Citation:
Assignment #5: Web Research
Online database: www.oslis.org has many databases that can be used for historical research. One of your sources will have to come from an online database, so begin your search now.
Use the Graphic Organizer below to help you narrow down your topic choices. When you are ready, print and turn in your topic choice.
You will fill in all of the questions on this graphic organizer, print and then turn it in to me.This is due Monday, May 16.
Ancient Rome: Resource #4: Websites
Due Monday, May 16Today we will move on to a very popular research resource: the website.
You will read two web pages from PBS.org that cover the Ancient Rome's social order and the Senate.
You will take notes on the important information from these web pages in your own words. Look for the data that helps you understand:
1. Who the key people and groups were and how they influenced Rome.
2. How Rome was governed, how the Senate was structured and worked with the Emperors.
You will create your notes on an Inspiration document.
Example of Inspiration Software notes
Ancient Rome Resource #3: Books
Due Monday, May 16We will continue to build our understanding of the Roman Empire by using a new resource: a National Geographic Book titled Ancient Rome.
You will create Cornell Notes based on your reading. In your Cornell notes, there is a summary section. You will post your summary on the Wallwisher wall below. There is a text-limit, so make sure to be brief and to the point. Your notes and summary will be graded.
5th period Wallwisher
Ancient Rome Resource #2: Videos
Sign into Learn 360 with your student account to begin the activity. Click here for the log in page.
Once you are logged in, go to the assignment "Ancient Rome."
Ancient Rome Resource #1: Online Database Encyclopdia Article
We will conduct and in class activity today which will have us all reading an overview of Rome from an Online Database source. Read the section highlighted in yellow.
To read this source, click this link.
Writing Scoring Guide
Battle of the Books Homework
Due Friday, April 29: Read 100 pages of your Battle of the Books assigned book. Create 10 questions (5 Content and 5 In Which Book) which can be used in the Battle of the Books battles.
Battle Facebook Power Point Template
Finish your template handout, if you did not finish it in class. Due date extended due to testing: the new due date is April 28.
Facebook Character Project
Your assigment: Imagine a character from one of the Battle of the Books titles has a Facebook account. You will use the template linked below to create Facebook pages for this character. A sample using President John F. Kennedy is provided, and is also linked below.
Step 1: Fill out the Facebook organizer in class. The written part of the Facebook assignment will be completed first. You will create posts from the character's friends (example: from the Hunger Games, Peeta might post a message on Katniss' wall). Do not use quotes from the book. This must be your own work.
Step 2: Plan your image selection. You will have to imagine what your book's characters might look like in real life. You may want to take your own pictures to use in this project. Think of keyword searches you can make on google images to help you find just the right pictures for your character and his/her photo albums.
Step 3: Create a folder for "Facebook Project" in your My Documents/Tech folder and your Flash drive/Tech folder. Within your Facebook Project folder, create a "digital kit" folder to house the pictures you select for this project.
Step 4: Download the Blank Facebook Template, and begin inserting your text and pictures where appropriate. This template is on PowerPoint. Spelling and proper capitalization will count in the grading of this assignment.
Step 5: Save your Facebook project to your flash drive under your own name. Save it to Mrs. Schlosser's laptop, in the folder designated for your class.
Citing Your Sources
When conducting online searches, look for these quality clues before you utilize the information from a given website.
In class we will practice finding the citation information for a set of websites. These websites are linked below.
Conducting a web search
MLA Citations for Sketch Up Essay
Your Sketch Up Essay citations will be created in Word, printed and turned in to me by April 28 (extended).
Here is the Portland Public Schools calendar to help you estimate the date you accessed web information, in case you did not record it at the time.
Sketch Up Essay and 3-D Drawing Final Due Dates
The Sketch Up EssayIn class today and Thursday, March 17, we will be working in Microsoft Word to create our Sketch Up Monumental Structure essays.
To help guide your transition from the graphic organizer notes you created for this essay, I am attaching a sample introductory paragraph. You will have the Tuesday and Thursday class sessions to work on your essay. When we return from Spring Break, you will have an additional class period to work on your essay and then the final draft will be due when you arrive in class on Tuesday, March 29.
The 3-D Sketch Up Drawing
On Tuesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 31 we will spend time drawing our monumental structures in Sketch Up software.
The final due date for Sketch Up 3-D drawings will be Monday, April 4. It will be turned in as a .skp file to me, not a paper copy.
Sketch Up Graphic Organizer
Students that do not finish the Essay Graphic Organizer in class on Thursday, 3/10 will go home with a hard copy that they can use to finish their work. I am linking this hard copy below, so students who lose their hard copy can download it and finish their work.
Battle of the Books!
Ancient Architecture Sketch Up Assignment
As you research, keep a Word document that records the MLA citation information for any on-line, video or print resource you get information from.
Cornell Notes will help you keep organized and focused on answering the assignment's three important questions. I have created Cornell Notes that have the questions included, to help you research.
Pyramids of Giza
Encyclopedia article on pyramids Citation: "Pyramids." The New Book of Knowledge. Vol. 15. Danbury, CT: Scholastic Library Publishing, 2004. 556-557. Print.
Smithsonian Magazine: The Great Pyramid
Learn 360 Account Login: Login to watch videos pertaining to the Great Pyramids. Login username and password will be provided in class, as posting it online is not permitted.
Roman Aqueducts: History for Kids overview.
Science Channel Videos: How the Aqueducts were used and how they demonstrated Rome's power.
Roman Aqueducts: Overview from Gale Database Reference Library
Roman Technology: Overview of technological achievements, like the aqueducts. Source Citation
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is Built: A Gale Database reference article.
Learn 360 Account Login: Login to watch videos pertaining to the Acropolis. Login username and password will be provided in class, as posting it online is not permitted.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online Stonehenge article.
National Geographic Video about bringing the stone to Stonehenge.
National Geographic Article about excavation and belief about Stonehenge's role as a burial ground.
Finding Dulcinea article describes Stonehenge's purpose and construction.
NOVA: Investigates Stonehenge, featuring the 2008 archeological dig.
U.S. News and World Report: Speculation on how Stonehenge was built.
Sketch Up Practice
Google Sketch Up
Watch the video tutorials linked below and then try making a simple geometric shape. We will work as a class to create more complicated buildings in our next Technology project. Watch the first four videos (Concepts, Drawing Shapes, Modify Tools and Make a Chair). Sketch Up is loaded on your computer. Go to Programs and select Google Sketch Up to begin.
Elements of Design. This article lists and describes the elements of design and will help you plan the layout of your Lit Circle Collage. We will look at examples of design elements in class.
Plagiarism and Citing Sources
Rutgers University created a great tutorial that they have made available on Youtube.com. The links to the following videos will explain Plagiarism and how to properly footnote and cite sources so you can avoid stealing another writer's work.
Speaking of Citing Sources, here are the credits for the above productions.
In class, we will work together to create footnotes in a document from information gathered in a National Geographic article.
With a partner, you will create a footnote for a paraphrased idea and another footnote for a quote.
Book Choices for January Literature Circles
Grading Slide Show Presentations
Slide Show Presentation Extension Project
I have created a school account on Prezi.com, a zooming presentation software. Your first task is to watch the video tutorials on Prezi.com that show how to use the online Prezi tools. The link to Prezi training is below.
In the Explore tab (next to the Learn tab) see examples of Prezi presentations. On page one, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World uses images and Google Earth.
After you have viewed at least three examples of Prezi presentations, begin to gather information to
Assignment: Answer these essential questions: If a visitor from another city was to visit Portland, what three places in Portland would you recommend that person visit? Why are these three places the best representation of what Portland has to offer a visitor? To answer these essential questions, conduct research using the Big 6 method and create a Prezi presentation to present your findings. Your presentation must have an introductory slide, supporting slides and a satisfying conclusion.
Big 6 Step 1 & 2:
Fill out and turn in the graphic organizer below to get started.
Big 6 Step 3
You have chosen two types of resources to use as you conduct your Portland research. In Step 3, you locate the articles that will give you the information you need: articles that tell you about important places in Portland that you could send a visitor to see. Save the URL for on-line sources and record them in a Word document. For print resources, copy the citation information (the information you need is listed on the MLA citation maker for an encyclopedia or book).
Big 6 Step 4:
Blank Cornell Notes: You can download this document and take notes on it.
Turning in Your Power Point Presentation for Grading
- You have created a Power Point presentation with 7 or 8 slides that include images and text.
- You have checked spelling, capitalization and punctuation on your Power Point.
- Your Power Point presentation has URL addresses for the images you downloaded from the Internet.
- The last slide on your Power Point has an MLA citation for the Opposing Viewpoints article or articles from which you gathered information.
- You have turned in printed notes that you will use for your speech as you present your Power Point to the class. Your name is on these notes.
- You have turned in a PPT (Power Point) file that has your name on it to Mrs. Schlosser. Example = mrsschlosser.ppt.
Slide Show Presentation Accompanying Notes
Remember, you have received printed copies of PowerPoint tutorials. In the pod below titled Slideshow Presentation Assignment, those tutorials are linked, as well as a video tutorial on how to create custom animation on your slides.
You will finish your first slide, and continue to build your presentation using your Cornell Notes to help you decide which information will go on each slide.
Your slides should be supported by written notes that you will use to rehearse and will refer to as you present your slide show. Notes must accompany each slide. For students who want to type their notes, I have linked a graphic organizer below (I handed it out as a hard copy on pink paper in class). Your slide notes will be turned in and graded.
Slideshow Presentation Assignment
6th grade students will be creating fabulous slide show presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. As with the Photo Story Project, we will be following the Big 6 Research Process to successfully complete this assignment. Check out the assignment requirements.Big 6 Step 1: Task Definition. Students chose a topic on which to focus a persuasive PowerPoint. We highlighted the following assignment requirements on our assignment overview: the presentation should have 8 slides maximum, a bibliography of images and sources, and students will present to their class.
Big 6 Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies: Students must know the source requirements. For this project, students will use articles from the Opposing Viewpoints database on Oslis.org.
Big 6 Step 3: Location and Access: Students will learn how to access Opposing Viewpoints at school and at home independently.
Big 6 Step 4:
Blank Cornell Notes: You can download this document and take notes on it.
Cornell Notes example: A completed Cornell Notes organizer, with information taken from an Opposing Viewpoints article.
Saving Source Information for Bibliography
All images used in slide shows will be cited with the URL address where the image was found. So, if the image was downloaded from Google Images, the specific URL for that address is copied and pasted into the ending slide show slides.
The Opposing Viewpoints articles show an MLA citation at the bottom of the page. This citation must be copied and placed as the last citation on the slide show.
You can use Google Images or another image search engine. To crop photos for better use in your Slide Show Presentation, you can use the online photo editing software on www.picnik.com.
Big 6 Step 5: Synthesis
Students will bring all of the elements together-notes, images, citation information-to create a persuasive slide show presentation using PowerPoint software.
Power Point is fun and easy to use. I have some basic Power Point tutorials linked here and we will practice using the software tools in class.
Big 6 Step 6
Students will evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency during the research process and in producing their final product.
Introduction to PowerPoint
Your assignment: With your partner, read the article "5 Reasons to Pack Your Own Lunch." Choose ONE reason from the article. Open your Internet Browser and get to the site Google Images. Open PowerPoint. Save a Large Size image to your PowerPoint digital kit. Use the technique "Apply an Image as a PowerPoint Background" and place simple text on the slide to support your argument.
This article from Kid's Health.org will provide the basis for your argument. Do not copy and paste their text. Use your OWN brief words and an image to create a slide that supports ONE of the article's reasons to pack your own lunch.
Showing Statistics in Slide Show Presentations
When making a presentation, sharing statistics can be a powerful way to persuade your audience to share your point of view. However, a slide covered in hard to read graphs can have the opposite effect. So, rather than loading the page with graphs, make your supporting data count with a graph that easily explains your point.
- Read the Teen Volunteering PDF linked below. Choose one statistic and use the website Create a Graph to build a graph to insert into a Power Point slide.
Literature Circles in November
Literature Circle Reading Assignments
Call Me Hope
Gregor The Overlander
Life As We Knew It
Al Capone Does My Shirts
A Girl Named Disaster
Literature Circles Microblogging
I chose Wallwisher.com for our first online post because of its look and ease of use. I also chose it because it does not require an account to post. Also, I set up the Walls I built so I could check that the comments are appropriate and edited for spelling and punctuation. As the wall owner, I will have to approve a post before it is visible to the public. The directions state that students will not post their full name, and instead post their first name and last initial.
Select the link to the Wallwisher.com site that features your Literature Circle book. The posting directions are on the site.
Literature Circles in October
Each student wrote his or her book's library barcode in the 6th grade planner. Students should be checking that they have the correct books in their possession. Many students are reading the same book, and this is the only way to make certain that each student has the original copy assigned.
Students were assigned pages to read and a note-taking sheet to fill out before class on Friday. I am linking copies of the page assignments and note-taking sheets on this page.
Page Assignment Calendars
Note Taking Sheets
LIt Circle Book Talks
Gregor the Overlander: Amazon.com book review. scroll down on the Amazon page to see the book reviews.
Tangerine: Amazon.com book review
Al Capone Does My Shirts Amazon.com book review
Call Me Hope Amazon.com book review
So Far From the Bamboo Grove Amazon.com book review
Life As We Knew It Amazon.com book review
There is a focus in this class on literature, research and computer applications. Some of my favorite Tech projects that we will work on together are digital storytelling, mini-documentary films, and Ancient Civilization Newsletters. In Library, we will participate in Literature Circles and Battle of the Books. We will conduct research throughout the year, including the creation of MLA-style bibliographies to cite our sources.
Homework: I consider reading to be a nightly homework assignment. At times this reading will be assigned for Literature Circles, but can also be novels or non-fiction reading students have self-selected. There is a sizable Mid-Level book collection in the Laurelhurst Library, to which 6th graders will have weekly access.