I have to admit this critical activity was put together by myself so that I would be able to get through the first week back to school after winter break. Being in junior high, we have semester tests the second week we come back from break. I knew I couldn't start a new topic, but wanted the students to do some review before their semester test.
Enough rambling & onto the activity....
Here is step by step what I had my students do to complete this activity...
I used my Elmo to show the students how to set up their note taking sheets. I didn't really tell what we were doing, jut tried to get it all laid out. Here are some pictures of what the note taking sheet looked like.
This is what the individual sections looked like.
Here is the sheet as a whole.
I have also put one you can print off in the 2015 in Photos FREEBIE in my TPT store.
I gave the students 2 class period, so 2 hours to Google the events and get all of their information and thought onto their paper. (I know having students take notes on paper seems like an extra step, but I wanted them to be able to process the information that they were getting. It also helped make their sentences and answers more refined.)
This is the template that we used. It can be found in my 2015 in Photos FREEBIE in my TPT store.
Here are several examples of the amazing work that my students turned in. If you think this might be a little challenging for your students, you could have them do it in groups or as a warm-up for a whole class activity.
I have to say that I didn't have any students complaining. They were all into the assignment and even asked if I could find another one like it for them to do. I'll have to keep that on my mind....