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These are resources for middle school teachers, specifically for those teachers who are starving for materials for their teenage populations that would inform this population about the pros and cons of having healthy relationships among friends and those who are more than friends. It is meant to keep these teenagers safe, healthy, and teach them to live more productively vs. destructively. Bottom line is that to get respect, you have to give respect.
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This WebQuest was developed as a part of West Chester University of Pennsylvania's Educational Technology program for the Fall of 2009. As pre-service teachers with concentrations in English and history, we found it important to incorporate both aspects, which allowed us to create a cross-curricular unit revolving around the Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank. This lesson focuses on the era of the Holocaust, including refugees such as Anne Frank and those who aided in the survival of those refugees. Throughout their project, students are forced to not only gather research, but also answer the essential question "Would you hide Anne Frank, risking your own life, or turn her over to the Nazi's, ultimately saving yourself?" introducing the idea of critical thinking. Students have the option of choosing one out of four roles, each of which is responsible for a different part of the research (refugees such as Anne Frank, concentration camps, persons who helped to hide refugees, and the Holocaust in general). Each group is expected to create a twenty minute PowerPoint presentation, clearly stating how they would answer the essential question, with supporting evidence found through their research. Students should expect to conduct their research in a minimum of two hours after they have completed reading The Diary of Anne Frank in their English class (the time for the actual reading will vary for each student and on how you decide to assign the reading). Collaboratively discussing their findings and creating the PowerPoint should take between one and a half to two hours, depending on how much information each person finds throughout the research. Presentations of the PowerPoint should be at least twenty minutes in length, with an equal five minutes for each group member. The multiple intelligences addressed in this lesson are: -Linguistic Intelligence: research, writing, and speaking. -Spatial Intelligence: completion of the PowerPoint. -Interpersonal Intelligence: individual research. -Interpersonal Intelligence: group work. The cognitive levels addressed in this lesson are: -Knowledge: Students should be familiar with basic facts and terms concerning the Holocaust. -Comprehension: Students should be able to summarize the information they find throughout their research and put it into their own words. An explanation of their answer to the essential question is expected to be presented in the PowerPoint. -Analysis: Students will be expected to form an opinion regarding the essential question, as well as pick out cause and effect relationships that occurred during the Holocaust. -Synthesis: Students will be creating a verbal presentation based on their reading of The Diary of Anne Frank as well as their other research. Learner: This WebQuest is designed for eighth graders to be used in both English and history courses. Students will need to know how to conduct research online and properly cite their sources. Basic writing and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge on the program of Microsoft PowerPoint is expected.
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Begin with something that describes the origin of the lesson. For example: This lesson was developed as part of the San Diego Unified School District's Triton Project, a federally funded Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. In this second paragraph of the introduction, describe briefly what the lesson is about what are the tasks that are to be completed by the students which multiple intelligences will be addressed and how what cognitive levels are addressed and how they are met. Remember, the audience for this page is other teachers, not students.
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This site was created as support material for the Museum Exhibit Project, which offers an alternative to traditional research activities. Created by Rebeca and Daniela Gonzalez. It contains a set of links about different web2.0 tools along with its rubrics and additional resources. This project can be used and adapted to different educational levels and subject areas as shown in the same website.
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