Mini-Qs in World History
Volume 2, Unit 3
Why was the Jewish state of
Israel created in 1948?
MINI-Q LESSON PLAN
Day 1 – 45 Minutes
Step One: Hook - Refer to the Step One teacher notes in the Mini-Q. Read the directions aloud. The purpose is to get students engaged, talking, and wanting to do the Mini-Q. Step Two: Background Essay - Refer to the Step Two teacher notes in the Mini-Q. Students can write out answers to the BGE questions or the questions can simply be discussed. Step Three: Understanding the Question and Pre-Bucketing - The task of recognizing and defining key words in the question is a crucial habit of mind. The second task of pre-bucketing based on clues in the question and in document titles is a huge categorization skill. Step Four: Document Analysis - Do Document A with the whole class, modeling the kind of detail you might expect in student answers to the Document Analysis questions. Homework: Analyze the remaining documents and answer the questions that follow.
Day 2 – 45 Minutes
Step Four (continued): Discussion of Documents
Option One: Working in pairs or threesomes, have students discuss the answers to the first set of Document Analysis questions they did for homework. Using a different-colored pen than they used for homework, they may add to their answers. After five minutes, open the discussion of that document to the full class. Then proceed to the next document and repeat. Option Two: Proceed as above, but have a volunteer group lead each of the three or four different document discussions. Students at their desks may add to their notes, again in a different color ink. Step Five: Bucketing and Chicken Foot - Have students complete the bucketing and chicken foot work page. This step will help students clarify their thesis and road map. Step Six: From Thesis to Essay Writing – (For homework) Have students fill out the Outline Guide Sheet or write their multi-paragraph essay.
Day 3 – (Optional)
Step Six (Continued): Conduct an in-class Writing Workshop.
MINI-Q LESSON PLAN: CLEAN VERSION OPTION
If students are ready, use the clean version of the Mini-Q, which requires them to handle more of the analysis on their own. Estimated time to complete is 1 – 2 class periods.
The Tale of Sam and Jane – Hook
Once upon a time in a house very similar to yours there were two young people that lived with their parents. One child was named Sam and his older sister was named Jane. One day Jane and Sam’s mother said “ We will be leaving for the store in 5 minutes – go get in the car” Immediately Jane says “I call SHOTGUN”
Close your eyes and imagine: In front of you is a car and the passenger door on the car is open and sitting in the front seat (with a big grin on his face) is Sam and Jane is walking toward the car Sam yells from the front seat of the car “Beat you, I have possession of the front seat – it is mine” Jane is looking a little upset
Now imagine 3 possible things that can happen now:
1. There could be a calm discussion between Jane and Sam and an agreement could be reached –
2. A WWF Smack down occurs – Jane grabs Sam – Sam hits the pavement of the driveway – Jane throws a full body slam – I am sure you can imagine
3. Jane or Sam scream at each other until a third party mediator steps in. In this case MOM and tries to settle the argument.
Which would happen in your household?
Now imagine this on a much bigger scale. In our next unit of study we will be looking at the conflict taking place between the Palestinians and the Israelis – See if you see any similarities.
Mini-Q Sample Essay: Non-Proficient
Why Did Islam Spread So Quickly?
How would you like to live in a cave? I wouldn’t and Muhammad wouldn’t either. He mostly just prayed there and got ideas for his new religion. These ideas...