Wednesday, November 28, 2012

French Revolution

Your Assignment

Were Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette guilty of crimes against humanity?

Roles in trial:

  • Nobility
  • Clergy
  • Bourgeoisie
  • Urban poor
  • Peasantry


Please add DestinyQuest to your app-enabled mobile device, if you have one. If not, please use one of ours (Instructions for downloading app).





Download Gale AccessMyLibary: School Edition from the app store (detailed instructions for downloading app)







Log into Google Apps, then open a bibliography in EasyBib so you can keep track of your sources! There is an app for EasyBib too! 





Open  a a bibliography right away. It is important to have your bibliography open before you start researching.



Databases:
AML School app
Expanded Academic ASAP (academic journals)





Trial roles: 

Lawyers:
  • opening statement
  • closing statement
  • at least 6 questions for each of their own witnesses
  • create two or three questions for their cross-examination
Witnesses:
  • 200 to 300 word summary of their character
Judge:
  • Try this book: Defending the accused : stories from the courtroom by Richard Wormser to help you understand the mechanics of running a courtroom. 345.72
  • This document outlines the basics about setting up a trial. 



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Foreign Policy Research Paper

ROTHSCHILD'S ASSIGNMENT
FINE'S ASIGNMENT

INTEGRITY

Cautionary tale about documenting research:
Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
Key Terms: 



It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)


RESOURCES: 

Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)


If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).


By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
        • ProQuest Newspapers
        • NewsStand
        • Opposing Viewpoints
        • ABC-CLIO Issues
        • ABC-CLIO American Government
        • Roper iPoll
        • Historical New York Times (where appropriate)
You can cross-search all contemporary periodical databases in Destiny Quest by clicking on the OneSearch tab in your search results

Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).

RESOURCE EVALUATION:

Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)


  • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
  • Balance
    • Anecdote - humanizes your work
    • Fact
      • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
    • Opinion
      • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
      • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Be aware of periodical 
  • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's) Let's try it!
  • Sample bibliography
INQUIRY:
Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.



List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).


REFINING QUESTION:

You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.

DOCUMENTATION:

This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 





Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:






 










Here are a few helpful screenshots:

EasyBib Note D


EasyBib Note C









  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • In-text, or embedded citations:


    ANNOTATION:

    In addition to the complete bibliographical information (author, title, publisher and date, etc), you must also include an annotation - an evaluation of each resource (150 words or less) that should include at least four of the following:



    • Author: Authority, experience, or qualifications of the author
    • Purpose: Why did the author write this?
    • Scope: Breadth or depth of coverage (Is this work very in-depth? Does it cover a wide range of topics?), topics included, etc.
    • Audience: For whom was it written (general public, subject specialists, students…)?
    • Viewpoint: What is the author’s perspective or approach (school of thought, etc.)? Do you detect an unacknowledged bias, or find any undefended assumptions?
    • Sources: Does the author cite other sources? Is it based on the author’s own research? Is it personal opinion? …
    • Conclusion: What does the author conclude. Is the conclusion justified by the work?
    • Features: Any significant extras, e.g. visual aids (charts, maps, etc.), reprints of source documents, an annotated bibliography
    • Comparison: How does it relate to other works on the topic: does it agree or disagree with another author or a particular school of thought; are there other works which would support or dispute it? (How to Write)
    • Reliability and date: How up-to-date is the resource and how do you know it is reliable?
    • An annotation is evaluative. In addition to a description, it offers a brief critical assessment of the publication, assessing its relevance, accuracy, reliability, or usefulness for a particular audience or purpose.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Homeland Security

    IDEAS
    We are looking for themes explored in Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Possibilities include...
    • Homeland security - i.e., Patriot Act, etc. 
    • Ethnic profiling - i.e., Impact of 9/11 etc. 
    • Federal disaster relief efforts - i.e., Hurricane Katrina, FEMA etc. 
    • Civil Rights - i.e., due process, Miranda Rights etc. 
    • More ideas

    INTEGRITY
    Cautionary tale about documenting research:
    Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
    Key Terms: 


    It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
    1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
    2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
    3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)

    RESOURCES: 
    Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)
    If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

    By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
          • ProQuest Newspapers
          • NewsStand
          • Opposing Viewpoints
          • ABC-CLIO Issues
          • ABC-CLIO American Government
          • Roper iPoll
          • Historical New York Times (where appropriate)
    You can cross-search all contemporary periodical databases in Destiny Quest by clicking on the OneSearch tab in your search results

    Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).

    RESOURCE EVALUATION:
    Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)

    • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
    • Balance
      • Anecdote - humanizes your work
      • Fact
        • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Opinion
        • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
        • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
        • Be aware of periodical 
    • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's)
    INQUIRY:
    Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.



    List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).

    REFINING QUESTION:
    You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.

    DOCUMENTATION:
    This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 





    Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:






     











    Here are a few helpful screenshots:
    EasyBib Note D



    EasyBib Note C


    To practice correct note-taking skills, read this report from the state of Louisiana and complete the Notecard Handout provided. Remember to use the Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when making your notes. 




  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Teddy Roosevelt Investigation

    Your Assignment from Mr. Staffaroni
    You are using Google Drive for note-taking and the CRAAP Test for resource evaluation.


    You should, at this time have the DestinyQuest app on your device. We will be checking during class. Please make sure you have it.  

    Download Gale AccessMyLibary: School Edition from the app store
    Find Connecticut
    Find New Canaan
    Find New Canaan Sr High School
    Enter password (generic one, not yours) - click here if you forget
    Click Access Library
    Tutorial for downloading app

    History in Context
    HIstorical New York Times
    SIRS Decades
    Annals of America


    Balance
    No Encyclopedias





    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Film and Lit Digital Storyboards

    Your Assignment 

    The Cinematic Storytelling Packet is a valuable resource for the project. Be sure to use it as a guide during your brainstorms, storyboarding, and filming.

    Below is the storyboard template frame you will be using. Insert your photos, add cinematic storytelling effects, and devote time to dive into the details of each shot. Spending time to pre-plan shots and create a purposeful storyboard will show in your finished trailers. Be creative in story frames and try to be as detailed as possible to bring each frame to life. Do not begin to storyboard in the original template file (this will leave other groups without a clean template to work from). Please COPY, RENAME, and SHARE the template file before you start working (instructions in the second video below).



    The following video tutorials will explain how to use the Google Drive app and Google Presentation to create a collaborative digital storyboard before filming your suspense movie trailer.

    Sharing Pictures with the Google Drive App

    Creating a Digital Storyboard with Google Presentation