Each day, students are expected to complete GROW questions as a social studies class opener. At the end of the week, they are given an open note quiz over the questions for the week. Both the quiz and notes are graded assignments.
Here is how a typical week works:
1) Monday through Thursday students answer two GROW questions per day.
2) We will go over some of the questions in class daily. Students should correct errors as we go and consult other members of their group.
3) Student answers should restate the question as part of the answer.
Example Question: What is the name of the imaginary line that separates the Northern and Southern Hemispheres?
Good answer: The imaginary line that separates the hemispheres is called the Equator.
Not so good answer: It is the Equator.
Unacceptable answer: equator
4) On Thursday or Friday of each week (depending on school schedule, Early release days, etc.) students get the GROW quiz.
5) Students may use only their own notes during the quiz.
6) Quiz questions ask for answers for specific days of the week. There are usually just two questions, worth 10 points each.
Sample question: Give the answer to Monday's question #2.
Full points are given for complete sentences with the correct answer. Partial points are given for the correct answer which may not be in sentence form.
7) Students turn in the quiz, which will be graded for accuracy (usually 20 points per week). Spelling and capitalization count!
8) Students turn in their notes which will be checked for participation (usually 5 points per week).
1)Lost Notes: The most common error students make is forgetting or losing their GROW notes for the week. Without notes, it's very difficult to answer the questions directly.
2) Incorrect information: It is vital to correct any mistakes as we go over the notes in class. We go over the notes in class so everyone can get the correct answers before the weekly quiz.
3) Wrong day's answer: Make sure your notes are clearly labeled for all days of the week.
4) Sloppy grammar& spelling: R.I.F.O.Y. means "right in front of you." If you get your answer from a map, you need to make sure you copy the spelling down correctly. You need to capitalize the beginning of sentences and proper nouns, and end your sentences with a period.
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