Researching Our Class Culture: Argentina

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Objective

SWBAT gather relevant information about a topic.

Big Idea

How do students take ownership of their learning ?

Introduction to Argentina

20 minutes

I present my Promethean Flip Chart (see resource) that include the goal and rubric (learning progression scale). Then I access prior knowledge by giving a pre-test of facts about Argentina. I ask students to complete the KWL chart for the "What I Know" section to access prior knowledge and the "Want to Know" question to create inquiry driven instruction. Common Core standards focus on evidence from sources to answer questions.  The "Want to know" section of the KWL serves as our guiding questions. 

     As we continue exploring into the flip chart, we see video clips, images, and timeforkids.com information.  Students use the guiding questions to retrieve relevant information to answer the questions.  They develop a purpose for watching and reading.  Common Core includes all resources: text and digital.  I like to expose my students to all media so they can experience a multi-sensory approach to learning and become engaged in the learning process. 

Researching Independently

20 minutes

 I ask students to further research Argentina independently, and to record the sources of their information. At this stage of the unit, students have enough practice and experience to research independently. I take my class to the Media Center to allow students free access of text and multimedia sources.  Once students have gathered all the information they need, they are to create a brochure of Argentina to attract tourists.  Students are to highlight the best features of Argentina to persuade people to visit.  A guideline for the brochure is reviewed prior to the independent research (see resource).   Directions are modeled and rubrics are given to guide instruction.

Project Based Learning

20 minutes

Once students have gathered all the information they need, they are to create a brochure of Argentina to attract tourists.  Students are to highlight the best features of Argentina to persuade people to visit.  A guideline for the brochure is reviewed prior to the independent research (see resource).   Directions are modeled and rubrics are given to guide instruction.  See previous lesson on Chile's brochure project to preface this lesson.  More detailed information can be found in the Chile research lesson.


   A brochure is writing to persuade tourists to visit your chosen location. Persuasive writing cites evidence from text and research, which is the crux of Common Core.  Students must develop skills for finding relevant and sufficient evidence to support their claims that their location will appeal to tourists.