Mendrala's History Log
November 29 - 30,2000
watched a film by PBS on the Trebuchet and the components of the siege weapon
to give them an idea of what type of weapon was used during the Middle Ages. A
general class discussion followed on the Middle Ages and the differences
compared to other time periods.
December 5, 2000
lead a class discussion on what role the class will play in the project. The
class decides to create a Middle Age village that will be authentic in most
regards. Research is the next step based on class discussion.
December 6, 2000
class is given a lesson on how to cite sources such as a book, encyclopedia,
magazine, Internet site, etc. This information will be used when the class
goes to the library to find information on the time period for their village.
December 7 - 8, 2000
spent two days in the school library finding as many books that are related to
the Middle Ages in any area. Students then created a bibliography of the
resources that are available in the CCHS library. The school librarians then
catalog the books into the computer creating a Middle Ages topic list for
future students to use in their research.
December 11, 2000
lead a class discussion on what specific areas will be researched in the
Middle Ages. Five major areas of research are decided on and groups are formed
for research purposes.
December 12 - 15, 2000
all of the resources available in the school library, students work in‑groups
collecting as much information on their topics as possible. Each group keeps a
bibliography of the sources that are used that will be displayed in the final
January 17, 2001
take a field trip to the University of Massachusetts Library. There, students
are given a tour by a reference librarian and given instruction on how to use
the resources and technology that is available at the library. Students are
given time to research.
work together in groups to finalize their presentations. A list of resources
needed is completed. Students design their presentations.
create their presentations and work with the carpentry classes during the
April 30 - May 8
complete the finish work on their projects including their visual aids and
completed bibliographies for the presentation. All loose ends are tied up.
Project is completed and ready for presentation at the Middle Ages in Motion
Fair at STCC.
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