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Homework assignments for Intro Geology

John Leland
Glendale Community College
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This page first made public: Jul 17, 2008


These homework assignments consist of vocabulary and questions used as the basis for classroom discussion, guided reading, and as the basis for exams. Testing on these assignments rewards students for work already performed. Discussion of questions provides opportunity for modeling answers by the instructor and an opportunity to engage student creation of answers in class in groups or as a student leader in front of the class.

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Intro geology, lots of ESL students

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Reading listed text, coming to class and taking notes

How the activity is situated in the course

Primary activity of students in the course


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Basic content, understanding evidence and theory

Other skills goals for this activity

Modeling how to take notes (by answering some the questions in class), modeling how to systematically answer a question, rewarding students for performing these activities earnestly

Description of the activity/assignment

Homework assignments that are used to guide reading assignments, class discussion, and provide content for exams.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Questions and vocabulary are used on written exams. Students are expected to be able to define terms from memory and write answers to questions in a test format.

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