Outlining with Key Words

is not only a useful writing strategy.  Other than organizing the ideas, it is a great way to improve your understanding of the topic.

Let’s review:

1.  Before starting, scan your reading and break the information into chunks.  Read the headings (These are your friends!) and graphic images (pictures, graphs, tables etc.) to get some quick information about what you will read.

2.  Prepare your mind to connect.  Ask yourself, “What do I already know about this topic?  What words and ideas will I read?”

3.  Now read the chunks and jot down the key words for the V.I.P.s or the Very Important Points.  If you have trouble, read it again!

4.  Once done, retell the ideas in your own words using the outline of key words.  Do this at least twice.

5.  Listen to yourself and ask:  “Does it make sense?”  (DIMS?)  Make needed changes.

Ms. Kwan

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Project Based Learning is

is a self-directed learning approach.  That means students decide on their topics of interest and how to go about the learning.  Find out more about Project Based Learning or PBL in this simple but effective video from commoncraft.

In PBL, tudents learn  from real-world tasks in addition to using their reading, writing, and math skills.  They are actively engaged in research, critical thinking, and problem-solving as 21st century learners.   Collaboration is the key to success.  With the support of peers, teachers, parents, and community members, students develop understanding by building on their strengths.   Let’s watch this video to see PBL in action!

An EdVisions Co-op production from Google

At Camilla, we’ll adapt and change as we take tiny steps with  our PBL  Your feedback will help us be better learners.

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Our Project Proposal

outlines the questions that frame your project.  As Sarah reminds us, our learning is “never” done.  Please check our Project Proposal from time to time, since we will be making changes as we re-think our learning.  (Hey, I need to improve my teaching too!)  Click here for your hard copy to type on:  Gr. 7 Project Proposal.   Remember to save your revisions in a folder for reference.

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Grade 7 Social Studies: Aboriginal Study Project Proposal

In May, 2011, we will celebrate Education Week with our L’nu’k Student Expo.         As presenters in this interactive museum, we will share and provide evidence of our learning and collaboration through various appropriate mediums.

Learning Outcome: I can understand and appreciate how the identities of our First Nations shaped the history of Canada.

Big Ideas

  • What is identity?
  • How can we participate as active citizens in our pluralistic society?
  • Is inquiry an important process?

1.  State your topic sentence.

*2.  What are some open questions you have about this topic?

3.  Give a brief description of your project:  (End product: writing, pictures, etc.)

*4. How does your project relate to our learning outcomes?  (As evidence of your learning, mode of communication, technology)

*5. Explain your reasoning:  Why are you considering doing the project this way?  (Self-knowledge, skills, strengths, weaknesses, interests, etc.)

6. Who is your target audience?

*7.  What are your intended messages?  (3 or less;  So what?)

8.  Who are your team members?

9.  List the responsibilities?  (Who does what, when, and how?)

10.  What are some potential challenges?  What are some possible solutions?  (Outsourcing, bartering etc.)

11.  What is your action plan?  (Timeline, calendar, chart, etc.)

*12.  List at least 5 credible resources you will use: (Boldface – at least 1 primary source)

*13.  Establish project criteria with your team.  Present it to class.

14.  Who are some possible assessors to help you improve the project?

*15.  Brainstorm ways to make your presentation unique:

*Celebration!  Think of a great name for your display:

Ms. Kwan

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Welcome! L’nu’k

means “the people” in Mi’kmaq.  In our study of the First Nations, we will focus mainly on the heritage of the Haudenosaunee, Mi’kmaq, and Anishinabe societies.

As each of us research  our topic of interest, we will bring our ideas together to make a bigger picture.  We can then better appreciate how the unique identities of our First Nations (traditions, symbols, and social structures) helped to shape Canada.

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The purpose of this blog is to make teaching and learning transparent to you; to help you make sense.  Your feedback will be most important.  Also this is a space to invite local and global perspectives and suggestions to guide our journey.  Let’s remember to be thoughtful and respectful in our responses.  Remember:  We agreed that there are no dumb questions, but it is “dumb” to be rude!

Let’s open our study with the  beautiful rendition of O’Canada in Mi’kmaq by 10 year old Kaolin Johnson posted on youtube.  Doesn’t make you feel proud to be Canadian? 

Ms. Kwan

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