Saturday, November 18, 2017

Phase 2!

Hi all

Welcome back to the project!

Phase two is about how conflicts play out from day to day, so you'll be writing updates on what's been going on each week. Battles or skirmishes would of course be relevant, but could also include diplomatic meetings or major announcements.

In your research, use varied keywords: not just the country, but also names of leaders, regions, allies etc. There is a filter in the Google search bar that allows you to specify dates, so that you can filter out things that were published before last week.

Your sources will likely be more newspapers and research institutes than general information pages like CFR or Wikipedia. Don't be afraid to try new and different types of sources, but use your judgment about what seems reliable. Make sure you keep track of them, because you'll need to pick and stick with two reliable sources in phase three.

Finally, since the final product of this phase is a "croquis," you should have a good map to keep track of what's happening where.

As usual, keep these entries between 200 and 250 words, and hyperlink your sources.

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Phase 1, week 5

Hi all

Penultimate entry! At this point, you should be filling gaps in the information you have.
Also, don't forget that you can calculate relative strength, in some cases,  by plotting on a map the towns and regions occupied by each group; this will allow you to make general comparisons.

Good luck!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Phase 1, week 4

Hi all

After this, you have two more blog posts before the essay. You should strategize about how to collect all the information: if you haven't already, make a checklist of the content for that essay, then check your previous posts to see what's missing (origins and milestones of the conflict, and leadership, strength and objectives of the actors involved).

If you don't find particular things, make a note of it and we'll talk about it in class.

Good luck!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Phase 1, week 3

Hi all

This week, start to think about the essay, what you have and what you need.

You should be able to give the length and origin of the conflict, and, for each belligerent, names of leaders, size, power and objectives.

Remember to link your sources, and don't go above 200 words!

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Phase 1, week 2!

Hi all

You're continuing Phase 1 this week, collecting background information on the conflict. You should make sure to get the origin and length of the conflict, as well as basics about the various groups involved.

New rule! Your post can't be more than 200 words! (not including your name/conflict, and sources)

Good luck!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Round Three!

Hi all!

Welcome to the third year of this Modern Conflict project, which tracks and analyses the major conflicts of the world.

In this first part of the project, you're writing blog entries about the background of the conflict, covering the who, what, where, and why.

The "Background" rubric on the Global Conflict Tracker should be enough to get you started.

Post your entries as comments below. At the top, write your name and your conflict's title.

They should be short (150-200 words) but concise - you will put together a larger essay based on this work at the end of Phase 1: if the blog posts are good enough, the essay will be barely any work at all.

You MUST include hyperlinks to your sources, and if you're talking about more than one source, indicate it in-text.

I will grade these as check, check-plus, or check-minus. At the end of each trimester, they can boost (or lower!) your moyenne by up to one point.

Posts are due at 11pm on Sunday nights; I'll email you some feedback to help. If they're later, no feedback.
Warning! These should be quick and easy, but if you don't post at all, it counts as 10/20 in the book!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Phase 4, week 4

Hi all

This is the last week of phase 4!
(The essay is due at 11pm on May 21st)

Look back at last week's post for the details, figure out what you'll need for next week, and don't forget sources!

Good luck!

Mr. H