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A Unit of Inquiry on Ancient Civilizations for 6th grade

by, Nancy Genatiempo Teacher-Librarian

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Teacher Overview Student Packet Rubric Story Board

Teacher Overview
This unit of inquiry is a centered around students using technology and various resources to show their understanding of the information literacy standards and the Indiana State Social Studies standards 6.1.1 – 6.1.15 that cover ancient civilizations. Students will work collaboratively in differentiated teams to create an e-newspaper regarding their ancient civilization through a wiki and then learn to enhance the information with digital and video photography. This will allow students to work together on a content enriched project along with using technology to promote their understanding. (Engstrom, 2005) The classroom teacher will be collaborating with the teacher-librarian, the computer lab teacher, and the art teacher. The process is laid out in a step by step fashion that would require access to:  Internet  Kidspiration  a word processing program  digital cameras  digital video cameras The teacher will need to provide for the reporter’s notebook:  manila folder for each student  tape  enough index cards for each student to have 20 (5 cards per envelope preferably a different color for each envelope)  enough white envelopes for each student to have 4 Students need to come prepared knowing how to:  evaluate a website  use a database  have working knowledge of the school OPAC  use an encyclopedia  use an index  use a word processing program  use Kidspiration The teacher-librarian will need to provide:  digital cameras and instruction  several different newspapers from large metropolitan areas  instruction on collecting facts  bibliographic instruction  evaluating the various processes with teacher The art teacher will need to provide:

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digital video cameras and instruction creating a storyboard with students writing a script with students assisting students with filming and editing assist students with uploading their projects to the wiki project

The computer lab teacher will need to provide:  time to work on draft of stories  co teach use of wiki with teacher-librarian  guidance on wiki The teacher will need to provide:  instruction on creating an inquiry question  instruction on finding facts from a passage  instruction on writing a paragraph  evaluating the various processes with the teacher-librarian Technology effectiveness: The students will be using the wiki to work more cohesively together and it allows for a stronger product that shows one equal piece. Students will have the opportunity to work on the project even if students are absent or not available to work at a specific time. Students can also make more obvious connections to their learning through the on-line hyperlinks. This will help prove where students are getting their information, and in turn allow team members to help with revision and clarification. Technology Issues: Through working with all of these technologies it is important to remember to have all of the batteries charged and all the parts of the cameras prepared before the students use them. Use the Wayne Township Technology Resource page on Movie Maker to help in trouble shooting different steps like saving to various places or getting the video ready for web usage.

Resources: Engstrom, M. and D. Jewett. “Collaborative Learning the Wiki Way.” TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning. pg. 12-18 Issue 6 Vol 49 Nov/Dec2005.

Student Packet Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
Introduction: What is black and white and red all over? ...the newspaper!! Just the facts! That is what we want you to understand. Over the course of the next few weeks you will be part of an investigative team that will produce an e-newspaper telling others about the glamorous and not so glamorous part of a specific ancient civilization. You will be using your wits and your imagination. Your team will need you to help them make sure they make each deadline. Make sure that your team reads each task carefully and meets each deadline. Check off each assignment as you complete them. Time is money, so get to work.

_________ Assignment #1: That’s news to me! Deadline: Monday, the 1st Activity: Look through and read the different newspapers in the tub. Look at the sections, look at the format of the titles, look at the pictures and how they play a role, and look at everything that makes that newspaper interesting or boring. (You will be “borrowing” ideas from it later).   Have one team member log in and create a Kidspiration map. Make connections to the map on the different parts of the newspaper. What kinds of stories are the reporters writing about? (Use your “Big Idea” skills) Look at the different sections that you may be interested in. A newspaper has different people that write for different sections of the newspaper. The teacher will be the chief editor that looks at the final products to get the okay to publish, but it takes all different kinds of people with different likes to make a well rounded paper. How do you fit into the newspaper staff? (fashion, sports, local news, gossip and advice, business, etc.) Write your three top choices on the lines provided after you and your team has create the kidspiration map of the different parts of the newspaper. Place all of your names on the map and print it out.

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_________ Assignment #2: Pick your brain Deadline: Wednesday, the 3rd Activity: Now that your team has picked your ancient civilization from the hat it is now time to start picking your brain. Look at the different books and articles that have been pulled. Get to know your civilization.  Fill out the K and W on the KWS chart on the bottom of this page. What is it that you already know and what you would like to find out about on your own.  Next, look at your list of questions. Do they all fit the same theme? Are they all sports questions? Maybe they all relate to the news of the day?  Talk with your team members about the questions you came up with and see if there were any similarities. Make a final decision about what section each person will contribute to. A newspaper is not all sports or just all fashion. Make sure it will be well balanced. Check out the final rubric to make sure that you start off on the right page.  As a group fill in the S part of the KWS chart and come up with a game plan of action for finding your facts.  Meet with the final editor, which is your teacher, to discuss who is going to contribute what parts of the paper. Bring the KWS chart completed and who will be answering what questions your group came up with.

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_________Assignment #3: Get Organized Deadline: Friday, the 5th Activity: You will need to construct your reporter’s notebook. The teacher-librarian will be helping you construct your notebook along with showing you how to keep track of your bibliographic information. Help your team members when needed. Remember to write down the 4 questions that were finalized at the meeting with your editor, your teacher, on the 4 envelopes.

_________Assignment #4: Get reporting Deadline: Each day at small group until the 19thActivity: Using your reporter’s notebook, get started with your fact finding mission for your article. You will be reporting back to your editor each day with your progress. Bring to your meeting with the editor:  Reporter’s notebook with completed cards from that day  A frustration or concern that you have regarding researching  An exciting fact you learned from your research

_________Assignment #5: Type up a draft Deadline: Wednesday, the 24thActivity: Now that you have completed your research it is time to get your facts organized. Take the cards from one envelope. Write your paragraph from those cards. Once you have finished then put those cards away and start onto your next paragraph.     Once you have finished typing up all your cards take your paper to a friend on your team. Have your team mate read over it and sign the paper. Make corrections to your paper. Take your final draft to your editor for final corrections.

_________Assignment #6: Type setting your wiki Deadline: Friday, the 26th Activity: With your team work on your wiki. Have each person add information to your group wiki. Work together to get your final lay out. Read everyone’s articles and make corrections. Use time in the computer lab to include your information. Link to your wiki at http://stoutfield.wikispaces.com/

_________Assignment #7: Add media Deadline: next month, the 4th Activity: Look at the selected online newspapers that are listed. Have your group look at your kidspiration map and see how the different types of stories are now a little more informative or attractive because of video, photos, graphs, or other affects. Now look at your stories that you have written on your e-newspaper. How can you make your enewspaper more attractive and informative? Fill out the chart below as a team to better prepare Name of article Describe the photo or video How would that enhance it?

Rubric for E-newspaper Exceptional Research
- Bibliography correct and free from errors. - Appropriate electronic and print resources used. - Used an alternative and approved resource (aka Expert) - All facts correct - Showed a good attitude - Met every deadline - All cards filled out - Free from errors - Written in complete sentences. - Paragraphs used well. - Makes sense - Facts included in news article - written in present tense. - Fun to read - Rise and fall of civilization - 5 or more facts of the life from the civilization

Mastery
- Bibliography correct and free from errors. - Appropriate electronic and print resources used. - All facts correct - Showed a good attitude - Met every deadline - All cards filled out

Progressing
- Bibliography correct and some errors. - Some appropriate electronic and print resources used. - All facts correct - Showed a good attitude - Met every deadline - All cards filled out

Not Passing
- Bibliography correct and many errors. - Appropriate electronic and print resources used. - All facts correct - Showed attitude - Missed a deadline - Some cards not filled out

Article

- Free from spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors - Written in complete sentences. - Paragraphs used well. - Makes sense - Most facts included in news article - written in present tense. - Rise and fall of civilization - 4 facts about life of civilization

- Few spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors - Some complete sentences. - Paragraphs used. - Makes sense - Some facts included in news article

- Many spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors - Some complete sentences. - Paragraphs used. - Doesn’t make sense - Some facts included in news article

Civilization facts

- Rise and fall of civilization - 3 facts about life of civilization

- missing any component of facts needed

e-newspaper

- Free from errors - easy to understand - two articles written by each team member of the group

- Free from errors - easy to understand - one article written by each member of the group

- 1 to 5 errors - some difficulty understanding the layout of the newspaper - not everyone contributed to the articles

- 6 or more errors - some difficulty understanding the layout of the newspaper - not everyone contributed to the articles

Media

-Includes extra media clips -video clip is free from errors an enhanced the article connected to it. -both photos enhanced article connected to

-video clip is free from errors an enhanced the article connected to it. -both photos enhanced article connected to

- Missing a media clip -Video clip is free from errors an enhanced the article connected to it. - Both photos enhanced article connected to

- Missing more than one media clip -video clip does not enhance the article connected to it. -both photos do not enhance article connected to.

Story Board of Video Clip
_____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ Visual

_____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

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Name: ______________________ Bibliography Page
Print resource Name of Resource: _______________________________________________________ Author: __________________________________ pg. #: ________________________ Publisher: _____________________________ Year of publication: ________________ Print resource Name of Resource: _______________________________________________________ Author: __________________________________ pg. #: ________________________ Publisher: _____________________________ Year of publication: _______________ Print resource Name of Resource: _______________________________________________________ Author: __________________________________ pg. #: ________________________ Publisher: _____________________________ Year of publication: _______________ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Electronic resource Name Of website: ________________________________________________________ web address: ____________________________________________________________ date accessed: ___________________________________________________________ author of website: ________________________________________________________ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Database Title of article: __________________________________________________________ Name of resource: ________________________________________________________ Author: ____________________________ Date published: _______________________ Date accessed: ____________________________ Name of Database: _______________ Database Title of article: __________________________________________________________ Name of resource: ________________________________________________________ Author: ____________________________ Date published: _______________________ Date accessed: ____________________________ Name of Database: _______________


				
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