Using Avatars as an Inquiry Tool in Social Studies

For today’s digital text and tool session at the GIS Institute we will be examining ways to develop bias avatars to teach sourcing skills.

The steps we will take

  • Brainstorm list of sourcing skills
    • Go to CSS Identify skills
    • Go to C3 Identify skills
    • Propose Codebook
  • Annotate website(s) using our codebook
  • List the elements of biography
  • Sign up for Loki
  • Make a biography
  • Choose an argumentative topic in social studies
  • Write a script where bias reader uses sourcing skills
  • Create a Voki

11 responses on “Using Avatars as an Inquiry Tool in Social Studies”

  1. Our list of 6-8 grade skills from the CCSS

    cite evidence
    identify primary sources
    identify secondary sources
    identify claims
    identify authors
    identify publisher
    identify currency
    identify point of view
    analyze text structure to reveal point of view
    distinguish fact and opinion
    evaluate judgements
    connotative language in pov.

  2. The Connecticut Social Studies Framework:

    Identify claims and evidence use to support the claims
    Evaluate author authority
    Find second source
    Evaluate Text Structure
    Analyze Contexts
    Evaluate Relevancy
    Evaluate strength of claims and counter claims

  3. Your next task is to:

    Choose a Topic From your Subject Area
    Find a Primary or Secondary Source
    Create an Avatar from Voki that really agrees or disagrees with that source
    Use the list of skills needed for sourcing have them for example identify and attack an author, they could deify the source of evidence and claims.
    You could have an author of a primary document explain the textual moves they made. For example find a letter from Ben Franklin to France and have him explain his purpose and craft.

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