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Weekly WIL (IB Americas)

You will have to take 15-30 minutes at the end of every week to write your Weekly WIL (What I Learned).    

Basically, reflect on what you did and what you gained (if anything) from being in my class during the past week.  Go through your notes and/or check the Daily Agenda.  Then write about what you LEARNED.  It is not a pure essay, because you are encouraged to use bullet-points or lists.  Include not only what you enjoyed, but maybe what bothered you or did not make sense.  Conclude with advice about what should be kept, changed, or removed.

There is no RIGHT or WRONG and Weekly WILs will be scored using the following scale:


  5  = Shows Mastery by being able to not only recall information, but also usefully apply it across time, place, people, etc.  (About 200-300 Words)


3-4 = Shows Achievement by being able to recall information, but connections are limited or non-existent. (About 100-200 Words)


1-2 = Something is submitted but student is unable to cite specifics or sufficient content of topic, theme, or content relevant to the week. (50 word minimum)


0 (M) = Student did NOT submit Weekly WIL.


It is DUE EVERY FRIDAY, but I will accept them at the beginning of class Monday, or on the first day of the following week with no penalty.




Students with an excused absence must submit the Weekly WIL upon first day back.

The WEEKLY WIL currently makes up 30% of your overall grade.

The following vocabulary & topics should be used:


    Compare & Contrast
    Cause & Effect
    How & Why
    Cause & Effect

It MUST BE TYPED and reasonably formatted (12 point, familiar font, double-spaced)

Govt Example:  You learned about political parties in class.  Mention recent political activity in the news or an opinion about political positions.  

History Example:  You learned about an influential person in history.  Mention how we still benefit (or suffer) from that person’s actions in the past.

Econ Example:  You learned about an economic principle or “law” in class.  Apply it to the real world and how you “experience” it on a regular basis.

General Example:
I learned about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.  He was against slavery and wanted to stop admitting new Slave States and end it in ALL states, if possible.  But the Slave States depended on slavery for their economy, and they did not like the increasing power of the Federal Government.  So, they seceded and started the Civil War.  Lincoln freed the slaves DURING the war with his Emancipation Proclamation.  The Union won and kept the USA together.  More Americans died in the Civil War than all other wars combined.

Many freed slaves moved to The North and got jobs working in factories, which is why many African-Americans live in cities in northern states.

We still talk about “The South” today as more than a direction, especially in politics.  The weird thing is that The South tends to vote Republican nowadays, but broke away from the USA in 1861 because they did not like the Republican President, Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln is remembered on the $5 bill and penny.


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