Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today's Humanities Class

       Humanities Classby Gian

Nov. 14, 2013
         Today, we started off commenting on blog posts from our humanities blog. Our purpose was the same: Research to prepare to draft our historical fiction story and to answer our lingering questions about apartheid.
Our purpose of what we are learning.

Maya commenting on the class scribe's blog post on the humanities blog.

        Then, when all the class commented, Ms. V explained that we need not only to give feedback on the comments, but to, for example, as questions, add to what the scribe is explaining on the blog post, and other possibilities. When you add a comment, you add to the blog post by explaining more of it if necessary. After that, we watched a quick video of Brain Pop about apartheid, and we watched it twice. We were aloud to take notes and after, we were going to do a short assessment about the video.

Brain Pop video about apartheid.

My notes.

         After watching the video, we shared some facts from the videos and Brenna, while we were sharing, wrote some apartheid: key facts, that the class shared. In the class, we also have a poster about apartheid living conditions between blacks, whites, and coloreds.

Brenna writing some apartheid: key facts.

Our poster of apartheid living conditions between different races.
        We then talked to the person that was next to us and discussed if we could add something on our timeline that is in the ceiling. We then did the assessment about the video and the class became silent while everyone used their knowledge on the assessment.
Our timeline! It has facts that happened on the years it happened, like when apartheid became a law (above.) This photo doesn't shows the timeline completely.
Our assessment after watching the video twice and taking notes.
        When everyone was done, we then were supposed to check our answers with the class, but we gave our paper to a partner. We then checked another assessment we did when we were first learning the Soweto Uprising in October, with the whole class.

Switching papers with a partner so he or she can check it, while the class shared answers and Ms. V checking if the answers are right or wrong.

Ms. V going over both assessments as a whole class.
         After that, we watched another video about apartheid, that we also made notes on a paper. We then read a text about forced removal in apartheid, which me us understand the situation better. We underlined important information on the text, and then Jack wrote some apartheid: key facts. It was fast, we just needed to have an idea of what is forced removals.
The class watching another video apartheid and taking notes.

Forced Removals text with important information underlined.

Jack writing some apartheid: key facts for the class.

         We then, with all the information, started planning our historical fiction story, and we received a narratives leads paper. A narrative lead is how the story starts. We were supposed to write a learning target on top of the paper so we could keep in mind. (I am sorry, I don't have the photo for this paper.)            We read some examples of how to begin our historical fiction story. We then read the examples out loud with a partner and shared thoughts. We then shared with the class what was our favorite lead, that were typical, action, dialogue, and reaction.
Matheus and Gabe reading the narrative leads paper out loud.

        We then, with our favorite lead, started writing our historical fiction story. We created a document and started writing our narrative lead. Lastly, we received the literature circle homework sheet, so we could complete it. Our homework, was to read the chapter "The Gun" on the book out of Bounds.

I chose to have a reaction as the lead of my historical fiction.

Chapter "The Gun" that we need to read as homework.

Literature Circle Homework sheet.

        Class was then over!

Class is over!


  1. I really like your post because it describes a really good overview of the day. I also liked your photos they were really HD and cool.

  2. I like how you show what we have been learning and showing everyone who doesn't know what you are doing in class with captions and comments below the photographs.

  3. Gian I really liked the way you had your pictures and added really good pictures and explained what people were doing in them, even though I am not in your class I think you did really good and it helped me understand what you do in your class.

  4. I really like after each picture there was a caption about what the picture was. I really liked your post.

  5. I liked how you explained each thing really detailed and specifically and really well. I also really liked the captions you put on each picture, even when class was over! Keep up the good work!

  6. Gian, I really enjoyed how you included so many details. I also liked how you included lot's of pictures and every one of them had an explanation. Great job!

  7. Gian,
    one of the things that I really liked about your post was the fact that every photo was really intended to be in the post.
    Keep up the good work!

  8. I think that again great harmony in between pictures, captions and text.
    I think how you where thinking was very juicy and thoughtful, very nice.

  9. Gian, you did really well in explaining, like, step-by-step what we did. I also liked how you went on and said, this happened, then this, and then it was over. Also, how you took a picture of the sheet so if anyone forgot. Congrats!

  10. Gian, you did very well on being very descriptive on what we did on the class and it was ordered perfectly! I really liked how you added the captions for the images and I think they were taken with high quality! It was like a schedule. Congrats!