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Assessment Policy

City Semester is project based, so most of your assessments will be oriented toward larger projects such as simulations, fieldwork and the end-of-unit “Big Apples” , but there will be more conventional assessments as well, such as short essays, labs write-ups, language skills homeworks, class participation, etc. Each teacher will give grades within their discipline and the interdisciplinary assignments will receive grades both within each discipline and in an overall “City Semester” category, so your transcript will show each City Semester course, such as “Nature in the City” and “Writing the City” as well as an overarching “City Semester” grade. Of course, more important than the grades are the comments, which, due to the unconventional nature of many of your assignments, will more usefully and accurately represent your achievements.

To see tutorials and grading rubrics for all assessments, please click on the Resources tab, above
To see the daily syllabi, please click the Syllabi tab, above

You can find both the group homework folder and your personal Google homework folder with your name on it here.

Please use the following document naming convention: lastname(s)_projectname


Daily Assignments and Homework 
(The date shown is the date assigned; the date due is in parentheses. For more info, please go to the Syllabi or Big Apple Due Dates pages)

Unit 1 Intro
Week 1- January 18
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Week 2- January 25
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    • Prep for presentation of Warriors in English and History classes on Thursday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • History: 
    • Math:
    • Science: (due Monday 2/1/15):
      •  Green Guide Presentations will be on Monday in G band in Science
        • Each group should present a PowerPoint, or a video, or an oral presentation based on how that tribe experienced the environment on the vision quest.

Unit 2 Immigrant Metropolis 
Week 3- February 1
    • Science:  Due Tuesday Feb. 2
      1. Ecological Principles
      2. Biomes: ONLINE TEXTBOOK Chapter 56 This chapter is long but very readable. Mostly, just SKIM it to get a feel for the biomes and the topics. Pay CLOSE ATTENTION to figures 10,11,12,17,18, and the sections on 1: Climate, Altitude; 2: Communities and Stability; 3. Ecosystems
    1. Please jot down a few notes (you can add them to your science folder) comparing the first two pieces with more "classical" ecological theory in the textbook. Just compare and contrast, list similarities etc.
    2. List the top five factors that determine what plants and animals will live in a place (Five is an arbitrary number--name the minimum number of factors you think you would need to describe the ecology of a place). 
  • Tuesday 2/2 
  • Wednesday 2/3
    • Solidarity: due today: Solidarity with the City Assignment- Day 2
    • Science: 
      • Generate a list of hypothetical biomes present at the Fieldston School campus, and in Mott Haven. Indicate where you think each biome is (Fieldston School)
      • What eats what on the Fieldston campus? Make a hypothetical list of the organisms on campus. For each organism, indicate where it gets its food (and what is it)
      • Post your list of biomes for Brook Park (or if a sketch--take a picture and upload it). Add your list of different plants. If you didn't get that far, you may substitute in a short discussion of human interaction with the environment in Mott Haven. This may include what you saw and/or what you heard in discussion with Harry and Mychel. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A LONG ASSIGNMENT--COULD BE ONE LONG PARAGRAPH.
      • Plan your biomes map of the Fieldston campus.
    PLEASE NOTE: UPLOAD SCIENCE ASSIGNMENTS IN A SCIENCE FOLDER IN YOU HOMEWORK FOLDER. PLEASE TITLE YOUR ASSIGNMENTS, E.G.,             WALDMAN-BIOMES, OR WALDMANBROOKSKETCH, SOMETHING THAT I CAN EASILY FIND. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
  • Thursday 2/4
  • Friday 2/5
    • Solidarity: submit a paragraph in your individual folder explaining one thing you took away from our interviewing activities today that you can apply to Mott Haven next week. 
    • Math: 
      • Problem Set 3 is assigned (due Friday 13th)
      • Complete 5.14 and 5.15 here, use fathom or your TI calc. Answers will be posted sometime this weekend here. To generate scatterplots on your TI calc here is a youtube video.
Week 4- February 8
  • Monday 2/8
    • Solidarity: due today: Interview subject brief paragraph writeup in your Solidarity folder about who you will interview and why. 
    • History: 
    • Cholera and the Crisis of the Five Points Please read this DBQ carefully and write a one paragraph answer to the DBQ question (for discussion) for our next class
    • Math:
      • Read the following on residual plots and r squared, here.
    • Science: 
      HW: Due Wednesday February 17th: Ecological models of Fieldston: Fieldston schematics

      How do energy and nutrients flow through the Fieldston campus?



      1. Describe the flows of energy and resources (nutrients) into and between the ecosystems that you can identify at Fieldston School, and any cycles of nutrients within each system. (THE TRICK IS TO USE A LITTLE CREATIVITY--FIND THAT THERE IS MORE THAN JUST TEMPERATE FOREST ON CAMPUS. WHAT COULD THE OTHER ECOSYSTEMS BE?) Create a schematic diagram (freehand or in electronic form, with annotations. It is understood that given the amount of time we spent on our "field trip", much of your diagram will be speculative in nature, but try to be as specific as possible (in other words, it is fine to incorrect, but be as reasonable as possible). 
        1. Add data to your diagrams (could be population density of a few species, % native species, etc. We'll discuss in class.
      2. Go to my Outdoor Classroom website to begin to get a sense of what's out there on campus. I have just begun working on the site and so most of what lives at Fieldston is not on it yet. I have also posted the biomes and ecology notes, which should help, even if we have not finished going through them. As you work on your diagram, put in some key species that might define the ecosystems you find, and do a small amount of research about trees, herbaceous plants, animals, fungi that might interact there. 
  • Tuesday
    • English: Read Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" through section 6 (in class) 
    • Solidarity: We are meeting today with Buddy Stein, creator of the Mott Haven Herald. DUE TODAY: Read: http://www.motthavenherald.com/2012/07/12/from-the-editor-whats-wrong-with-the-bronx/ and http://www.motthavenherald.com/2015/11/10/from-the-editor-erasing-history/
    • FOR TOMORROW: watch and take notes on BronxTalk discussion with developer Keith Rubenstein: http://www.bronxnet.org/tv/bronxtalk/viewcategory/7/bronxtalk
    • Math:
      • Complete #1-5 on p136 and #2 on p145 here.
      • Remember problem set #3 is due on Friday.
      • Take home quiz/test will be handed out tomorrow. Due Wed 18th.
    • History:
    • French 
    • Regardez Interview avec Rama (en classe) Devoirs pour jeudi:  4-5 phrases sur une partie de l'interview que vous avez trouvé intéressant.  Pensez à d'autres questions que nous pouvons lui poser pour mieux comprendre ce qu'elle nous a dit
    • Phrases avec Il faut/Il faut que/Il ne faut pas (en classe) 
  • Wednesday
    • Solidarity: DUE TODAY: watch and take notes on BronxTalk discussion with developer Keith Rubenstein: http://www.bronxnet.org/tv/bronxtalk/viewcategory/7/bronxtalk
      • For Wednesday 2/17 you will be doing research in your group with the aim of delivering a 5-10 minute presentation that explains how these issues are affecting what we have been seeing around the city. You should all make an effort to give a general overview of the issue for those of us who are unfamiliar and then tie the issue specifically to Mott Haven. As with the first Mott Haven presentations, you should share your google doc with me.

        1. Zoning (Yash, Daniela, Benjy)
        2. Subsidies (Matthew, Grace, Mekahel, Harry) 
        3. School districting (West, Max, Maya, Sydney, George)
        4. Tax breaks and development (Neve, Daniel, Ella) 
        5. Eminent Domain (Will, Jeremy, Dassa)
        6. Rent Regulation (Jeremy, Nick, Justyn)
    • English: Continue with Whitman (Interview names due today - although interviews done would be great).
    • Science: Homework due Wednesday Feb 17: Create schematic diagram that describes the flow of energy and resources (nutrients) into and between the ecosystems that you can identify at Fieldston School, and any cycles of nutrients within each system.
    • Math:
      • Complete the worksheet on fractional exponents.
    • History:
  • Thursday
    • Math:
      • Hughes Hallett from the website p136 exercises #1,3,5 problems #18,19,21, 35, *#49,*56-59
    • History:
      • Lower East Side Walking Tour prep- Choose/Research your topic (due next class)
      • Familiarize yourself with the story of the Tenement Museum and be prepared to present a summary of one of the family stories in class (due next class)
  • Friday
    • Photo - No homework. We will print from your negatives. For next week: http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com
Week 5- February 15
  • Monday NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday
    • Solidarity: DUE TODAY
      • For Wednesday 2/17 you will be doing research in your group with the aim of delivering a 5-10 minute presentation that explains how these issues are affecting what we have been seeing around the city. You should all make an effort to give a general overview of the issue for those of us who are unfamiliar and then tie the issue specifically to Mott Haven. As with the first Mott Haven presentations, you should share your google doc with me.

        1. Zoning (Yash, Daniela, Benjy)
        2. Subsidies (Matthew, Grace, Mekahel, Harry) 
        3. School districting (West, Max, Maya, Sydney, George)
        4. Tax breaks and development (Neve, Daniel, Ella) 
        5. Eminent Domain (Will, Jeremy, Dassa)
        6. Rent Regulation (Jeremy, Nick, Justyn)
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Unit 3
Week 6- February 22
  • Monday
    • History: For our Mott Haven work, please read Evelyn Gonzalez "The Bronx": Chapter 1; Chapter 7

    • Science:

      So if you were planning to revegetate the Fieldston campus with oak trees in order to maximize squirrel biomass, which oak species would you choose to plant? There are too many assumptions built into this question to list here; you should list several assumptions about this question to go along with your answer.

      The question: Are the average masses of acorns from three different species of native oak trees different from each other?                                                                                                                                        
        • Due Wednesday Feb 24th: calculate mean (average) mass of oak acorns (data shared with you is called "oaks16". We will work on the fathom file I shared with you, on Wednesday.
        • Due Monday Feb 29th: Get summary data and dot plots for these species in order to answer this question. Write your response in paragraph form, referring to your summary data and graphs.

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday 
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Week 7-Feb 29
  1.           Due Tuesday March 8
  • Research a resource. 
  • Write a short piece (1 page or less) that explains your resource and how it fits into the sustainable city system. Be sure to point out environmental issues associated with your topic and how cities can work to solve them.
  • Be prepared to discuss your resource in the context of the sustainable city.
Week 8- March 7

Unit 4
Week 9- March 14
Week 10- April 4
  • Monday
Spanish: presentación #2: los dominicanos en NY (due Friday, April 15)
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Week 11- April 13
  • Monday
    • Science: 
      Calculate your Ecological Footprint (in class) Then:
              due Tuesday: Write a one-page reflection on your ecological footprint here in the US and in one other country.
              Examine the assumptions of the model and explain why your footprint might be different in different countries.
  • Tuesday
    • Science: due Wednesday
      • Read the intro paragraph, and then from the second half of page 3, through page 7, in oxygen production in trees.
      • Read article about urban forests. Skim 1-11, the rest is a bunch of appendices. Answer (in writing) the following question:
      • What is the value of urban forests?
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Unit 5
Week 12- April 18
Week 13- April 25
  • Monday:
    • Science: due Tuesday: 
  • Tuesday: PART 1 of Immigrant Narrative Interview Project due
    • Science:          
      1. For Wednesday: Read Aliens and Swans    
      2. For Monday:  Answer up to one page: What is the answer to the exotic species problem, that is, how should NYC deal with exotic species?
  • Wednesday
    • Science: See Tuesday
  • Thursday

  • Friday
Week 14- May 2
Week 15- May 9
  • Monday
  • Tuesday: 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Unit 6
Weeks 16- May 16
  • Monday
  • Tuesday: 
  • Friday
  • Tuesday

PART 3 of Immigrant Narrative Project is due Tuesday, May 24 during Culture.
Spanish presentations: Puerto Rican life in NYC! Monday, May 23.
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