Students have been introduced to the propaganda techniques this week and have been given an assignment to find them being used in media. They needed to recognize what technique was being used and the target audience. At the end of this week they will be given the performance task of creating their own propaganda poster. On the poster they will need to create visuals and wording that uses several propaganda techniques to influence their target audience. This can political (to support their social studies political party unit) or target social issues they want people to act on (wearing seat belt, recycling materials, etc.). The most challenging part of the task will be writing a paragraph explaining their use of techniques. To help support their paragraph writing I have provided an example along with a template to outline the expository format.
We have continued to work with combining like terms, simplifying expressions, evaluating expressions, and solving linear equations. Below is a presentation focusing on solving linear equations and some videos from Khan Academy for extra exposure and practice. Please follow this link to go through all the videos and lessons on equations from Khan Academy. Students also received their tests from the geometry unit. You can check PowerSchool for the grades (Ms. Chung has sent them home for parent signatures).
Students had fun this week exploring the use of simple machines and learned how to calculate mechanical advantage (MA). They learned about how levers, wedges, screws, and wheel and axles increase MA by distributing the load over a longer distance. They will begin to work with pulleys later this week and then be given a pulley lab to complete. They will be graded on the lab write-up and their ability to interpret the data from the lab. I have attached below the lab document below for students to review prior to the lab. I have also included a review of the mini-labs from this week and a video on pulleys.
This week in social studies they have been finishing up the research for their political party speeches and worked on finding solutions to social issues in the Philippines. Students will now use that research to draft their speeches that are due this Sunday March 15 by 10pm. I have posted below a sample speech along with a document containing sentence frames to help them write their own speech. Next week students will be giving their speeches and be creating a political party slogan and poster. If students want to, they can combine their English propaganda poster and social studies political poster into one assignment!