Research Part II: Building a Support System; Finding, Surveying, and Narrowing Topics; Creating Google Searches, an Finding/Evaluation Secondary Sources

Day 18 (Monday, September 17)

  1. Activities
    1. Go over week
      1. Review Google Classroom answers with class
      2. Introduce the video assignments for the week
      3. Introduce the google classroom questions for the week
    2. Narrowing Topics Slideshow
    3. How to narrow the topic
      1. Students are going to write the funnel in their notebooks and continue to work with funneling their project.
    4. Google Classroom Question
      1. Review questions that would be good
    5. Video Lecture
    6. Introduce one-on-one interviews with students
      1. Need to find an era to focus on
        1. Surveying and Narrowing a topic
        2. Reading through the classroom history book
        3. Watch videos for topics
        4. Reading wikipedia pages about topics, themes, individuals or events.
  2. Additional Resources
    1. Sample Topic Funnels
    2. Projects that focus on leaders

Day 19 (Tuesday, September 18)

  1. Activities
    1. Google Classroom Question
      1. Go to Google Classroom
      2. Click on “view-all” on the small box on top of the Google Classroom stream
      3. Complete the question that is due and any other questions that are missing.
    2. Video Lecture:Primary Source Practice
      1. Primary Source Contextualization Part I
      2. Primary Source Contextualization Part II
      3. Take notes on both videos
    3. Vocabulary/Reviewing Topic
      1. Vocabulary can be found on the team website
  2. Additional Resources
    1. Selecting and Narrowing a Topic Worksheet

Day 20 (Wednesday, September 19)

  1. Activities
    1. Mandatory vocabulary test for Lincoln group
    2. Google Classroom Question
      1. Go to Google Classroom
      2. Click on “view-all” on the small box on top of the Google Classroom stream
      3. Complete the question that is due and any other questions that are missing.
    3. Vocabulary/Reviewing Topic
      1. Vocabulary can be found on the team website
  2. Additional Resources

Day 21 (Thursday, September 20)

  1. Activities
    1. Primary Source Analysis: Sourcing-The Mayflower Compact
      1. Notes
    2. Google Classroom Question
      1. Go to Google Classroom
      2. Click on “view-all” on the small box on top of the Google Classroom stream
      3. Complete the question that is due and any other questions that are missing.
    3. Practice Vocabulary/Reviewing Topic
      1. Vocabulary can be found on the team website
  2. Additional Resources

Day 22 (Friday, September 21)

  1. Activities
    1. Print character logs
    2. Finish one-on-one meetings
    3. Minerva: Vocabulary Due
    4. Mandatory Vocabulary test for Sitting Bull, Harriet Tubman, and John/Abigail Adams
    5. Topic Funnels
      1. If students have finished their one-on-one meeting, then they can begin reviewing videos and websites to make their topics more specific.
  2. Additional Resources

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Day 23 (Monday, September 24)

  1. Activities
    1. (15-20 minutes) Google Classroom Question
      1. Go to Google Classroom
      2. Click on “view-all” on the small box on top of the Google Classroom stream
      3. Complete the question that is due and any other questions that are missing.
    2. (15-20 minutes) Video Lecture 3-Early Colonists
    3. (15-20 minutes) Study vocabulary
      1. If students have finished their one-on-one meeting, then they can begin reviewing videos and websites to make their topics more specific.
  2. Additional Resources

Day 24 (Tuesday, September 25)

  1. Activities
    1. (5-10 minutes) Analogy of Working on a Team
      1. Do you think you will work better as a team or individual?
    2. (10-15 minutes) Explain topic funnels
    3. (15-20 minutes) Video Lecture 4-Native American Civilizations
    4. (5-10 minutes) Topic Funnels-Essay work
  2. Additional Resources
    1. Group Survey
    2. Parent Signature of group form

Day 25 (Wednesday, September 26)

  1. Activities
    1. (20-25 minutes) Primary Source Analysis: Monitoring/Questioning the Salem Witch Trials
    2. (10-15 minutes) Introduction to first essay
    3. (5-15 minutes) Topic Funnels-Essay work
  2. Additional Resources

Day 26 (Thursday, September 27)

  1. Activities
    1. (15 minutes) Google Classroom Question
    2. (15-20 minutes) Contextualization worksheet
    3. (15-20 minutes) Topic Funnels-Essay work
  2. Additional Resources

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Day 27 (Monday, October 1)

  1. Activities
    1. Topic Funnel Discussions and Strategies (5-10 mins)
    2. Lecture of a colonial topic and reflection (20-25 mins)
      1. Why did English colonists come to America? How much did religion affect colonists?
    3. Google Classroom Question (15 mins) (Not Sitting Bull)
  2. Additional Resources

Day 28 (Tuesday, October 2)

  1. Activities
    1. Group 1
      1. Reviewing primary source and creating an analysis
        1. Sourcing 1.1-Identified the category of the source.
        2. Sourcing 1.2-Identified the date and creator of the source.
        3. Sourcing 1.3-Identified if the source is primary or secondary.
      2. Speed writing
    2. Group 2
      1. Video Lecture of Historical Context 
      2. Add more notes from your paper about colonial religion
        1. Book pages 64-68
        2. Religion videos from the video lecture
      3. Complete more videos for topic funnels
      4. Study vocabulary
  2. Additional Resources

Day 29 (Wednesday, October 3)

  1. Activities
    1. Group 2
      1. Reviewing primary source and creating an analysis
    2. Group 1
      1. Video Lecture of Historical Context 
      2. Add more notes from your paper about colonial religion
        1. Book pages 64-68
        2. Religion videos from the video lecture
      3. Complete more videos for topic funnels
      4. Study vocabulary
  2. Additional Resources

Day 30 (Thursday, October 4)

  1. Activities
    1. Essay paragraphs
      1. Use the book, videos, and completed work in the essay.
      2. Add detail from the primary sources.
    2. Video Lecture: Primary Source Analysis-Corroboration (15-20 mins)
    3. Students will work their topic funnels or begin working on context information (30 mins)
      1. Move through the class and move students to the next level
    4. Vocabulary Test retake
    5. Students can work on completing their essays
  2. Additional Resources

Day 31 (Friday, October 5)

  1. Activities
    1. Complete Essay about religion
      1. 500 word minimum
      2. Essay answers the following question: Why did English colonists come to America? How much did religion affect colonists?
      3. Grading criteria: 
        1. Corroboration: (2.1) Listed similarities and differences of two or more sources.
        2. Contextualization: (4.1) Described a historical moment, person, group, or action.
        3. Monitoring/Questioning: 
          1. (3.1) Created questions based on analysis of the source. 
          2. (3.2) Identified ideas, images, or terms that need to be further defined or explained.
  2. Additional Resources

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    Day 32 (Tuesday, October 9)

    1. Activities
      1. Complete social political surveys
      2. Building A Support System
        1. Begin considering big project groups
      3. Essay Check
      4. Lincoln Class-Practice vocabulary
      5. Google Classroom Question (15 mins)
      6. Contextualization of Big Projects
        1. Only students that have a specific era can move on. All other students will need to continue searching Youtube and Google for more specific information.
    2. Additional Resources

    Day 33 (Wednesday, October 10)

    1. Activities
      1. Complete social political surveys
      2. History Day Group Selection
      3. Review Essays (10 minutes)
      4. Lincoln Class-Practice vocabulary (15 minutes)
      5. Primary Source Analysis-Video Lecture (20 minutes)
      6. Contextualization of Big Projects
        1. Only students that have a specific era can move on. All other students will need to continue searching Youtube and Google for more specific information.
    2. Additional Resources

    Day 34 (Thursday, October 11)

    1. Activities
      1. Complete social political surveys
      2. Contextualization of Big Projects
      3. Lincoln Class-Practice vocabulary (15 minutes)
      4. Google Classroom Question (15 mins)
      5. Columbus Primary Source Sheet
    2. Additional Resources

    Day 35 (Friday, October 12)

    1. Activities
      1. Make-up day
        1. Students with any missing assignments or scores that fall below 65% will spend the class period fixing those assignments.
      2. Vocabulary Test (Mandatory for Lincoln Class)
      3. First National History Day ideas are due
      4. Contextualization of Big Projects
        1. Only students that have a specific era can move on. All other students will need to continue searching Youtube and Google for more specific information.
    2. Additional Resources

    Additional Ideas

    1. If students have mentors, they should take photos of their projects to give their mentors updates.
    2. Document that helps students schedule times to visit organizations, libraries, archives, or individuals. Resources on how to contact these groups and tips on meeting with professionals. Parents can volunteer to take students during the day and help with organizing visits.
    3. Project updates can be sent through email and parents can be CC’d on these emails. This would help with communication to parents and keep parents in the loop.
    4. Organizations that students can visit
      1. Cultural Heritage Center
    5. Source sheets in A Guide to Historical Research pages 65-74
    6. The “So What” Factor
    7. Choosing a Title
    8. Historical Analysis Worksheet
    9. Topic Selection Worksheets
    10. Final Topic Selection

    Teacher Resources

    1. Modern to Past Worksheet (Teacher Resource)
    2. National to Local (Teacher Resource)

    Standards for Teachers

    1. National History Day and the Common Core
    2. Common Core for Literacy
    3. Common Core for Writing
    4. Inquiry Based Assessment Guide