You Say You Want a Revolution

You Say You Want a RevolutionStudents in Grade 9 Humanities just completed a study of the causes and effects of revolutions in modern world history. They began the unit with a close examination of the stages of the Russian Revolution. Students created posters using Glogster to make a timeline of the key causes and stages of the Russian Revolution.

While they were learning about the Russian Revolution, students read the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Students compared the characters and events in the novel to the historical figures and events from the Russian Revolution. Students analyzed and discussed Orwell’s message and the power of literature as political and social commentary.

You Say You Want a RevolutionFor their final project, students analyzed a revolution of their choosing. Working in groups, students researched revolutions in different parts of the world such as Haiti, China, Mexico, Cuba, as well as recent revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Students were required to use scholarly sources and were introduced to EBSCO and SIRS research databases.

You Say You Want a RevolutionTo keep track of their research, students used Microsoft OneNote to compile, organize, and share their notes with each other. Next, students had to analyze the causes and effects of their revolution. They used Crane Brinton’s “model” of revolution and compared their revolution to the Russian Revolution to determine if there were any patterns or similarities. Finally, they had to evaluate whether the goals of the revolution were achieved, who lost and who gained the most, and how the political, social, and economic order of society changed as a result of the revolution.

You Say You Want a RevolutionStudents got creative with their presentations using multimedia such as Windows Movie Maker, Glogster, and Prezi, to communicate their findings with their peers. There may be some future film directors in the ninth grade!

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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