What does the Common Core look like in a history classroom? This question sparked my own inquiry beginning in 2013. I've read some materials, and I have more to read. I have met some outstanding educators through my work at the Connecticut Systems of Professional Learning and the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. Now, I’m so excited to share my lesson, that has been published by www.achieve.org at the Equip Rubric website. Mine is the last lesson listed for 8th graders titled "Yearning to Breathe Free." Go to http://www.achieve.org/EQuIP and click on the “Exemplars” tab.
Below is the PowerPoint shared at the 10/27/15 Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Conference about this unit.
Presentation Materials 10/27/15
Here is a link to the article I read about evaluating essential questions. Perhaps this advice could be used to create a rubric for student-generated questions. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept15/vol73/num01/How-to-Make-Your-Questions-Essential.aspx
A member of the audience suggested using a website called Online Utility" to analyze text quantitatively. I think this is the website: http://www.online-utility.org/text/analyzer.jsp
The stapled packet I handed out was actually taken from the whole achieve.org lesson. It included Appendix A, C, D, J and K.
Mine is the last lesson listed for 8th graders titled "Yearning to Breathe Free." Go to http://www.achieve.org/EQuIP and click on the “Exemplars” tab.
I am a Bank Street graduate, and a constructivist at heart. I have been a History Museum Educator, as well as a High School Economics and History teacher. I now teach Middle School Social Studies.
None of my work has been in isolation. I am grateful to my colleagues who have challenged me to think deeply and supported my explorations into how and why children learn.
Thank you for encouraging me to explore the shifts in education and helping me take this journey: M Wagner, N English, J Olsen, G Cumpstone, J Tencza, E Schaedler, B Kerachsky, H Hageman and S Armstrong.
Thank you for your advice and insights C Wendt, M Steinhilper, L Portley, E Cleveland, G Schwanfelder, S Papale, R Davey, L Landry, S Ward, D O'Rourke, C Harris, M Hall, A Glorioso, P Muzzulin, L Ricks, L Monroe and C Baklik.
A special thanks to J Merola, who helped me to learn about teaching reading and meta-cognition..