Getting Started in Wikispaces:


  • Note: there is no spelling/grammar check on wikispaces so you might want to type in MS Word first and copy/paste into wikispaces
  • Click "edit" to change your page, make sure you are in the correct page (ground weapons for example) and not someone else's page before editing.
  • Saving, save occassionally and before you exit by clicking the SAVE button.
  • To add a picture, first save an image (as a JPEG) to your H drive or Shared folder (google images is a good source for images). Then click the "File" button above, then "Upload files" and then navigate to the image and double click it, this will upload the image and you can see it in the dialogue box. Then click on the image in the dialogue box and it will insert into your page.
  • Undo - if you make a mistake or want to change what you just did, click the undo button (arrow pointing left).
  • Discussion - this is a page where you can comment to yourself or your partner on what needs to be done or on your progress. This is also a page that your teacher may leave you messages on as you work
  • Text alignment - if you want to center your text or align to left, select the text, click the button with the color pallete that says "T" at the top of the page, click "basic," then alignment.


Outline of what to include in your wiki

Section 1 - Introduction. Include the group member names, a title and one or more pictures. Also include a 2-3 sentence explanation/introduction of your topic (could include background about the weapons and/or their use in WWI and today).

Section 2 - Body. Must include THREE issues:
· Issue #1 World War I description (in sentences) and pictures of that issue (such as the use of grenades in WWI) and description (in sentences) and pictures from a War today of that issue (use of grenades). Explanation of how this issue (use of grenades) is similar and/or different between WWI and today. Also include analysis - why is it different (such as the use of grenades is different because the land is different, the grenades are no longer effective, etc.) and/or the same (same types of grenades are still effective, etc). Be sure to use parenthetical references (author or website name in parentheses, then MLA citation in Works Cited section) or footnotes (put a number by the text, then MLA citations in Works Cited section).
· Issue #2 Same information as issue #1, but choose a different issue within your topic (if you did grenades before, now choose a different type of weapon, for example).
· Issue #3 Same information as issue #1, but choose a different issue within your topic (if you did grenades before, now choose a different type of weapon, for example).

Section 3 - Conclusion. Describe in complete sentences whether war has changed or not between WWI and today using evidence from all three issues of your topic.

Section 4 - Works Cited: At the very bottom, you need to include a Works Cited with a list of your sources using MLA citations.



Power Learning Targets:
1. Students will be able to analyze the causes, course, and consequences of World War I.
2. Students will be able to describe events of the contemporary world.
3. Students will be able to collect, organize, and summarize information (research process).
4. Students will be able to evaluate and summarize documents.

Guiding Question: Has war changed since World War I?

Purpose: Students will deepen their understanding of both World War I and the world today. Students will improve and display their research and summarizing skills, as well as their thinking skills including the ability to compare/contrast. In addition, students will become more comfortable and effective with new technologies.

Process:
1. First students will research one aspect of war, such as weapons, for World War I and write about it on a class Wikispaces.com page.
2. Next students will research that same aspect of war for a contemporary war (Iraq or Afghanistan are possibilities) and report that on the same wikispaces.com page in a side-by-side comparison. This will also include similarities and differences between WWI and contemporary war for this topic (weapons).
3. Finally, students will include on their wikispaces.com page a conclusion describing whether war has changed or not between WWI and today using evidence from their topic.