CSC – Civics

C.S.C. – Mid-Term Portfolios

Overview

As you know from our work last week, the mid-term project is a portfolio which demonstrates our learning from semester 1. In addition to the work you have collected(component 1) and the reflections that you have written (component 2), there is a “game-day assignment” (component 3) which should add to the overall presentation and wholeness of your portfolio. Just a reminder, the game-day assignment is the only piece that needs to be done on the day of the exam. Component 1 and 2 should be complete before coming to the mid-term exam period, however as they are a larger portion of your grade, you are free to continue work on component 1 and 2 during the exam session. Check out the portfolio project for more details. The assignment sheet outlines the requirements for your portfolio as well as how your portfolio will be assessed.

Mid-Term Portfolio Project

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C.S.C. – Week 19

Overview

This is the last full week of the semester! Unfortunately, my time with the class is coming to an end, however the good news is that Mr. Henchen will be back soon! Next week are our midterms and semester two begins on January 22. This week’s focus will be on collecting past assignments for our mid-term portfolio and crafting reflections to assess growth and personal learning for the semester.

 

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C.S.C. – Week 18

Overview

Welcome back! We have just one full week(next week) before mid-terms. This week we will be talking about the importance of “the un-examined life.” We will be discussing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and watching The Truman Show. The idea of truth and investigation will frame our work for the next week, creating our mid-term portfolios. Please check back soon for more information and resources to use in reflecting on your learning and creating a portfolio for semester 1.

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C.S.C. – Week 17

Overview

Here we go folks. One week till winter vacation and we will be wrapping up our energy case studies. At this point in the current case study, your group should be done the with the background (history of energy use in the United States), the issues/conflicts (largely peak oil and exponential energy use), and should have started working on the challenges for the future. We will review existing plans to mitigate energy conflicts and begin crafting action plans this week. Each group’s plan may look a little different, as each of you have chosen to focus on a different element of our current global energy crisis. In crafting your action plan, remember to make specific references to the proposed or attempted solutions. Weigh in on the benefits and limiting factors to these ideas and discuss specifically what your group recommends and why you recommend this.

 

 

 

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C.S.C. – Week 16

Overview

This week we begin our second round of case studies! We will talk about how humans use energy, though our discussions will mostly revolve around one of the biggest controversies of our time, “peak oil.” What is peak oil? Is it a myth? How much energy do we really use, and what is the most sustainable way to plan for our energy future?

 

 

 

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C.S.C. – Week 15

Overview

Week 2 of our industrial foods unit. We’ll be learning more about each of the issues that we brainstormed after finishing the documentary Food Fight. We’ll work on our case-study portfolios for sustainability issues. Remember to e-mail Mr. Des Marais at desmaraisc@harwood.org to schedule time to meet if you need extra help. Also, do not forget to get any late work turned in if you still want full credit!

 

 

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C.S.C. – Week 14

Overview

Welcome back folks! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. This week in C.S.C. we are going to finish our asset maps and reflections, and share some of the community assets that we believe are vital to a sustainable community. We will conclude the week by introducing our case study portfolio assignment. We will begin with “food,” a case study that intersects all levels of community, and frankly an issue that is impossible to avoid as a human living in communities. Check back soon for details and downloads.

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C.S.C. – Week 13

Please enjoy your time with friends and Family!

We’ve got a short week this week. we will be working on wrapping up the community asset mapping assignment. When we return from break, we will begin to learn about case studies Remember your brainstorm of community challenges? Case studies will be the format which will allow us to take a closer look at some of the challenges facing our communities.

 

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C.S.C. – Week 12

Overview

This week we will complete the Ishmael summative assessment. Groups that are interested in sharing their projects with the class will have the opportunity. We’ll move into our next unit which will have us taking a good strong look at the resources and assets that we share in our home communities. For our next in-class project we will be building community asset maps. Check-in soon for additional resources.

The Game Plan

  • Finish in-class work on the Ishmael Project
  • Offer Project Presentation Time
  • Work in community action groups to identify community asset

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C.S.C. – Week 11

Overview

We will conclude our study of Ishmael by debriefing the key ideas of the book and brain storming some of the issues that we perceive as challenges to our communities in the coming years. Although the focus of the week will be demonstrating our knowledge of the message of the novel, we will also be using our time together to begin to transition towards identifying and understanding attributes and impediments in building and maintaining whole communities.
Some Essential Questions that we will tackle:

  • How has our sense of place as a species influence our interactions with the living world?
  • How do we identify challenges that face our community?
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