CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS: Monday Oct 17 and Tuesday Oct 18

Some thoughts on today’s work:

  • Today is the last day we will have class time to work on this report.
  • Finish by the end of class.
  • Erase all of the instructions.
  • Keep the phase titles.
  • I was unable to get the grading system to work through Google Classroom, so…
  • Move everything from Google Classroom to your WordPress blog today.
  • Include all of your pictures.
  • I will grade the report from your WordPress Blog this week.
  • I have decided that the graph/chart mentioned in phase 5 will be mastery-only. In other words, include it if you would like to show me that you are going for a mastery-level report. You can still earn proficient without the graph/chart.
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  • There is only one moment. It is now. Be in it.

What we did today: Sep 19 – Sep 23

This week was our “classifying evidence” unit.


Monday 9/19: classify-evidence-1evidence-categories-scrambled-articlethe-myths-of-circumstantial-evidence-by-ted-yeshion (socratic seminar article)

Tuesday 9/20 and Wednesday 9/21: classify-evidence-2classify-evidence-card-sort evidence-types-guide

Thursday 9/22 and Friday 9/23: classify-evidence-3classify-evidence-into-the-appropriate-categories-rubricclassify-evidence-into-the-appropriate-categories (summative assessment!)

Classify Evidence Card Sort

The goals of this card sort are to…

  • …define all of our categories of evidence.
  • …classify evidence into the appropriate category.

PHASE I: define

  1. Take out all of the pieces in the envelope. Put the small black pieces to the side.
  2. Line up your words LIKE THIS (click to see picture).
  3. Guess which definition goes with which evidence type.
  4. Check your answers by clicking here.

PHASE II: write

  1. Write the definitions on the paper you received when you got to class.

PHASE III: classify

  1. Take one of the small black cards and read it. Do you think this is direct or circumstantial evidence? Put it underneath the appropriate card.
  2. Complete this same procedure for each of the black cards. You are only looking at direct and circumstantial right now.
  3. Raise your hand when you are done. I will walk over and have a short discussion with you.
  4. After the discussion, write 1-2 good examples on the paper where you wrote the definitions.
  5. Remove all black cards.
  6. Repeat the procedure above, but now ask yourself whether this is individual or class evidence. Re-sort the black cards into these two categories.
  7. We don’t need to have any more discussions — you can finish the rest on your own.
  8. Repeat for physical / documentary / testimonial.
  9. Repeat for observation / perception (please note that these are not evidence types, so there are many cards that won’t make sense here).

PHASE IV: clean up

  1. Please put ALL of the cards back in the envelope and neatly place it back on the lab table.
  2. Go back to your normal table.