Global Studies, English, Biology, Music, Physical Education
General Description Essential Questions Global Studies Learning Outcomes Forms of Assessment Teachers
General Description

Evolution and Revolution is an interdisciplinary course studying the changes that have occurred throughout our history as human beings and as living things sharing our planet with other living organisms. Included are events leading up to the present day as well as current processes of change that will lead us in the next century. Physical and cultural evolutions along with scientific and historical revolutions are the focus of our interdisciplinary curriculum. In social studies we explore revolutions leading to war, conflicts leading to progress, resistance to change, and the gradual evolution of events that have brought us to where we are today. In biology, we explore the evolution of living things over time, how sudden change can bring about tremendous effects, and how living things interact with each other through both conflict and interdependence. In English we explore the evolution of the English language, from the early days of communication to present day media. We discover ways in which usage has evolved into our present day language structure. Evolution and Revolution in the arts will also be explored through study of different genres of music, from blues, to jazz, to present day hip-hop.

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Essential Questions

            What is the difference between evolution and revolution?
            What can be classified as evolution and another as revolution?
            How have both evolutionary and revolutionary forces affected our world?
            Where do we see evolution and revolution in our lives today?
            How can the concepts of evolution and revolution be applied to global studies, English, social
             studies and music?
            How does evolution and revolution in science affect our human condition and history?
            What forces contribute to evolutionary trends?
            What forces produce revolutionary changes?

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Units of Study
Global Studies
I. Medieval Europe.
Study of transition between Fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance.
Native country research written in native language.
Skits based on King Arthur stories.
Computer research and presentation on aspects of medieval life.
Practice with research and study skills.
Field trip to Cloisters Museum
I. World War I
Map-making activities that explore the changes in Europe
II. Renaissance
Art history study 
Research paper on an influential Renaissance artist.
Field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
II. World War II
Unit based on Facing History and Ourselves curriculum.

French Revolution
Exploration of the causes and effects of the French Revolution


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Third World Revolutions: case studies, China and India
Study of the causes and effects of revolutions. Major research project of students� choice, focused on topics of study this semester.
Comparison and contrast of two revolutions. Historical fiction accounts written by students to understand the individual�s experience of political revolution

I Introduction to biology/themes in biology.
Molecules (characteristics of living things.)
LAB: What is living?
Recognizing life.
How Organisms interact (Food chains/producers/autotrophs/herbivores.
Symbiosis projects. Energy requirements
Field trip to Prospect Park Wildlife Center
I Biochemistry/introduction to Organic principles in basic chemistry.
Presentations on organic molecules.
LAB: Biologically important compounds
II Classification
Learning microscope use
LAB: How are things classified
Classification of life/5 kingdoms
LAB: Learning to use microscope
LAB: how to determine size under the microscope
Introduction to Monerans & Protists
LAB: Study of Monerans & Protists
II Cells/ Cell structure/body systems
LAB: Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells
Cell structure project
Origins of cells/origin of eurkaryotes.
Cellular respiration (5.ld,e.)
Cellular organization: Cells and organ systems
Frog dissection
III Scientific methods
Minilab: Observation skills
How to design an experiment
How to write a lab report
LAB: Investigating mold growth
Introduction to the fungi
III Portfolio Project (Inquiry 1,2,3)
LAB: Investigation on the effects of antibiotics upon bacterial growth.
Monerans and antibiotics
IV Portfolio project How to conduct research
Trip to Public science library
LAB: investigating the effect of different materials on plan growth. Plant biology: photosynthesis - structure and function
IV DNA/Genes/Chromosomes DNA Structure
Translation of DNA into protein
LAB: Extraction of DNA from cells
Project: DNA
Virus: Research paper
V Evolution
Science & Religion
Darwin Project/Film: Voyage to the Galapagos.
LAB: Natural Selection
Project: Natural selection storybook
Human evolution/research paper
Trip: Museum of Natural History
Evidence of evolution
Minilab: Analogous and homologous structures
V Reproduction: Mitosis/Meiosis/Cancer
LAB: Time for the Cell cycle
Asexual and sexual reproduction/fertilization
LAB: how the parts of the flower are adapted for reproduction.
Human reproduction. Film: The Miracle of Life
VI Genetics-Heredity:
Mundeleian principle of genetics, using Punnet squares.
Recombinant DNA technology
LAB: Bacterial transformation
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Symbiotic relationships
Film: The Birds and the Bees
Biodiversity/Endangered species
Human impact on biosphere
Exploration on the effects of different types of evolutionary and revolutionary change. Student will become familiar with literary elements and techniques, such as plot, conflict, setting, characterization, metaphor, simile, allusion, irony, symbolism, stream of consciousness, etc. In accordance with the new English Language Arts standards, the interdisciplinary English component of this cluster will address the four skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students will learn language for information and understanding, language for literary response and expression, language for critical analysis and evaluation and also language for social interaction.
I Poetry Workshop
Students listen to, read, and analyze a variety of poems written by a number of poets including:
Frost, Hughes, Giovanni, Whitman, Dickinson and Shakespeare.
Students will present their analyses to the class on a poster format and also write a literary essay comparing and contrasting two poems.
I Autobiography Project
Students produce their own autobiography, containing personal goals, past history and present and future plans. Each segment must establish a setting, point of view and conflict or plot.
II Personal Poetry Anthology
Students read and analyze for their anthology, including English and American poetry, native language poetry and original poetry
II Novel Book groups (World War I and World War II)
Students will be grouped by English proficiency levels and read their novel. The groups will then respond to the novel by researching the historical context of the novel also distinguishing between facts and fiction. Students will participate in group discussions and then present their interpretation to their peers. Students will need to draw on their personal experiences and prior knowledge to help them comprehend and interpret these readings related to major world conflicts. They will also research the social, historical and cultural background of the authors to better write a literary criticism of the author�s approach
III Romeo&Juliet:
Students read the play and learn about Shakespeare�s time and theater. They will write their own scenes and perform them before their classes.
III Diary of Anne Frank Project
Students will read the diary, keep journals and exchange part of it with peers. Students give a comprehensive group presentation of their research project related to this subject (Sources: Holocaust survivors, Resistance Movements, News watch on Human Rights, etc.) Students will also critique each other�s presentation and write their own literary essay.
IV New York Time Project
Students learn to make logical, fact based arguments to support their point of view on a variety of topics by reading the New York Times They will respond to articles by writing opinion pieces and letters to the editors.
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Digital Newsroom
Students create their own digital newsroom with a partner. Students will write feature articles for the Times and a native language newspaper. They will scan their paper onto Microsoft PowerPoint and present their newsroom articles via PowerPoint

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I Listening critically to music
Students are exposed to a variety of styles of music, including religious music from many nations represented on our student body.
I Brooklyn Academy of Music Jazz program
A professional musician from BAM will lead a seven-week workshop on the history of Jazz--the unit will culminate with a performance by Vernon Reid, at BAM
II Music Theory & Composition
Using electronic keyboards, students will learn basic music theory and compose simple songs with words garnered from the poetry unit in this cluster�s English class
II Students will study the history of western classical music and the evolution of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic genres.
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Learning Outcomes

As a result of their studies in Evolution and Revolution, students will be able to

           Prove the validity of a hypothesis by collecting and analyzing data and performing the appropriate
            scientific investigation to conclusion.
           Explain historical and scientific foundations for evolutionary or revolutionary changes.
           Relate historical and literary works to events studied in the cluster.
           Write a lab report.
           Write a research paper and literary essay supported by evidence and correct citation.
           Speak and explain scientific phenomena before an audience of peers.
           Think logically and critically on topics covered in science and history.

           Appreciate the cultural treasures from around the world

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Forms of Assessment

            Research paper
           Literary essay
           Journal Entries
           Student Portfolio and Portfolio presentations
           Quizzes and exams
            Individual and group projects
           Oral Presentations
           Daily observations

           Conferences with students

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