Blueprints & Borrowed Letters
Chapter 12 in Guns, Germs, and Steel

Lesson Plan


  • Monday: Discuss the important points in the chapter introduction, from page 215 to 225.
  • Tuesday: Introduce blueprint copying vs. idea diffusion as methods of spreading writing. Split into groups and discuss your own topics. Organize the basic facts into a wikispace page (links below).
  • Wednesday: Create a VoiceThread to get the idea across about your topic.
    • Blueprint copying: Grant (create VoiceThread under your account, record audio), Arai (images), Scott (script)
    • Idea Diffusion: Patrick (create VoiceThread under your account, record audio), Graham (images), David (script)
  • Thursday and Friday: Finish the VoiceThread then post it to your topic page.

Rubric


Objective
Percentage of Total Score
On time
20%
Organization (team worked from notes they previously created on the wiki, work proceeded in an orderly fashion, team members could describe where they were in the process)
10%
Coverage (VoiceThread covers topic completely)
5%
Visuals (pictures help tell the story rather than act as obligatory bric-a-brac)
20%
Story (audio and text tell the story of your topic convincingly)
20%
Teamwork (all team members contributed fairly)
25%