Understanding concepts is frequently essential to understand accurately what you are reading, but students have different backgrounds. With on-campus classes, it is comparatively easy to cover key terms or concepts with a group. With distance learning classes, it has been difficult. I have permission from my Department to try this method to help students with concepts and to do in a way that means:
· That every student does not have to look up every concept but instead could collaborate or share the labor by posting definitions that all can use
· That students can ask or answer questions about those concepts
Click on Required Concepts and you will see a partial list of Concepts to help you prepare for Topic 1-2 on the Primaries. In three days (or less if people post on all of the items in the partial list) you will see the full list for Unit 1.
You read not only the primaries, but you also read with care pages 581 and 584 and look at the top of 585 of the Essentials textbook.
Tip: to understand what happened, use both the primaries and the textbook pages to place in order who did what to whom.
Click here for the rubric. Notice:
· The description for the rubric says, if your only posting is in the last 2 days of the Unit, you lose points.
· The rows of the rubric say how many definitions you must post to earn each level of points.
· This rubric means that students can earn a B- by reading posts. For example, if read posts of definitions and reply as explained in the rubric, you can earn a B-. Choose 3 to 5 of the definitions that were most helpful and reply to them.
A fellow student should not have to click on every discussion posting to find what he or she needs. Make it clear in the Subject line.
Treat a Discussion posting like work where you get paid: no one pays you (if the boss) or no one likes you (if fellow workers) if you waste time. The examples are from concepts about the primary, but they apply to all Unit Work and they all count as what the rubric calls “focused participations.”
If you are posting a definition of one of the
concepts above, you would place in the Subject line the word Concept and then
the exact term from the lists.
If you were going to post a definition for the word union in the list in the row above, you would type
Subject line for this example: Concept: Union
If you found a word in the primaries for Chapter
16 that was not on the Concepts list but that you had to look up in order to
understand the primary, you place in the Subject line the words Term in Primary
and then the exact word. If you had
to look up the word grievance in the primary, you would type
Subject line for this example: Term in Primary: grievance
If you are posting a question, you would place
in the Subject line the word Question
followed by the simplest way you can ask your question.
If you were confused about the difference between skilled workers and unskilled, you would type
Example of the Subject line: Question: What’s the difference between a skilled worker and an unskilled worker?
You may use Merriam-Webster’s
Online Dictionary available at http://www.merriam-webster.com/
If you used that source for your definition, you would type at the end
From Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary at http://www.merriam-webster.com/
You may use definitions I provide in Required
Concepts for the Unit.
If you copied a definition from my file, you would type at the end
Copied from the definitions provided by Dr. Bibus.
For terms about government, you may use the
definitions I provide at the end of the searchable Constitution.
If you copied a definition from my file of the Constitution, you would type at the end
Copied from the definitions provided in the Constitution file.
Be useful. Do these things:
· Read the definition to see what is about history and our current content and only copy those lines.
· Copy only lines from the definitions. (Don’t copy any of the website coding. Don’t make a huge glob of software coding.)
There is not a specific measure of quantity, but look at what you have copied. Ask yourself "If that is all I knew, would it be enough?" If it would not be enough, do things such as
· If Merriam Webster gave 3 explanations and they all fit the current content, then give all 3.
If Merriam Webster includes in its explanation a link to a definition
of another word then add to your post the definition of that other word.
Example: a definition of exploration uses the word explore with a link
· If Merriam Webster gives a simple definition and right below it a full definition, give both.
· an opening quotation mark (“) at the beginning and end of the words you are quoting.
· A closing quotation mark (”) at the end of the words you are quoting
If you insert words into another’s words, you must use square brackets ( [ ] ). If you remove words from another’s words, you must use ellipses (…).
A better method is avoid all of these rules by using the Brain Trick in this link from the Good Habits for Evidence tutorial.
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