Monday, April 7, 2014

Looking Back on Ancient China

Warm Up: Padlet Reflection  As our time studying Ancient China comes to close, it's time to reflect on what we've learned.  Head on over to Padlet (Period 3 and Period 6) and write at least one statement about what you've learned about a particular aspect of Ancient China.  You statement should begin:  "I learned . . . "

Ancient China Final Video Project  This project will count as your final Ancient China assessment grade and will allow you to demonstrate the most important ideas and concepts that you have learned about Ancient China.  You will be designing a WeVideo!  I will show a small sample of what a WeVideo looks like and then lead you through a series of steps to help you create your own.  We will work on this project all week in class and it will not be due until your return from Spring Break.  

Task 1:  Review the big ideas and concepts you've learned about Ancient China.  I have made a partial list of some of the general areas we've studied related to Ancient China here. You may also review your completed Ancient China assignments, excepts from your Social Studies textbook, our Padlet wall, and previous blog entries and links.  

Task 2:  Create a list of the 10 most important things you learned about Ancient China using the document here.  Write a statement about what you learned beginning with the phrase "I learned . . ."  Be specific!  Don't just say:  "I learned about China's geography."  Explain what you learned about China's geography.  Don't just say:  "I learned about oracle bones." Explain what you learned about oracle bones.  Vary your focus!  Don't just write 10 things your learned about Shi Huangdi, but rather make sure your list reflects the various topics we've studied.  

Task 3: Find an image or picture to accompany each of your 10 statements.  First, create a folder on your Drive to host your images named "Ancient China Pictures."  Then, search for images related to your learning statements using Google. When you locate an image you like, save it using the 'save as' feature; name the pic and choose your Google Drive as the location to save it to.  Finally, go to your drive and organize your images by moving them into your 'Ancient China Pictures' folder.     

Task 4:  If time remains, you may begin to explore the WeVideo software.  If it's not already installed, let's make sure it is before you leave today.  Mr. McGinty will show you how. Tomorrow we will begin making our actual Ancient China videos.  

Homework  Please try to complete tasks 1-3 before the start of class tomorrow.