Friday, November 1, 2013

TASK: Create a National Profile

Global issues affect the entire planet, but some nations are affected more directly than others.

In order to gain a more thorough understanding of the issue being explored in your novel, conduct some background research to create a "National Profile" of the country in which your novel takes place. This profile will be used to inform future GINS posts, and must be housed in a GoogleDoc.

Your profile should include information that you think is relevant to understanding the issue. This may include things like the total number of women in the nation, compared to the number in school full time, for example. It may also be relevant to consider the nations economic system, relation with other nations, political system, etc.

In order to organize this task and direct your research, please come up with 5 research questions.

To submit this assignment on edmodo, please submit the link to your GoogleDoc (*remember to change the share settings).

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Post #2: Roundtable

For your second post, you and 2 or 3 other students will record a roundtable that will be posted to each one of your litspiration blogs. It's probably best if just one of you record it, and then sends it to the others. 

Who you meet with is up to you. You can try to find others who are reading the same novel as you, or you can seek out those reading different novels. What is most important is that you engage each other in a discussion about the literature and the issues you are studying.

Use the following questions to guide your discussion:

1. What global issue does your novel explore?
2. Why did you choose this novel? Are you still happy with your choice?
3. Think about your talking to the text notes: what questions have you asked?
4. Think about your talking to the text notes: what connections have you made?
5. Can you make any connections to our guiding ideas: worldview, identity, values?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Welcome to the GINS!

We hope you all had a fantastic break and are ready to jump into the Global Issues Novel Study (GINS).

For your first post, please read the first 20% of your novel and explore the following questions:

  • What is the main issue being addressed in your novel?
  • Why did you choose this piece for your project?
  • What background knowledge do you already possess on this issue?
  • What questions do you have as you begin to read?
  • What characters/players have been introduced so far?

As always, be sure to consider your reader. Inform them of the project you are undertaking, and invite them to participate by leaving comments!

This post is due Friday, October 25th. 

Be sure that you have also submitted the link to your published post on edmodo to turn in this assignment!