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1 Florida Council for the Social Studies 2011 Conference Writing in Social Studies Made Simple:Engaging Strategies for Student SuccessKathleen KoppTeacher on Special Assignment, Citrus County SchoolsAuthor and Presenter: Maupin House Publishing
2 Today’s ObjectivesReview of CCSS ELA writing standards as they apply to social studiesFabulous vocabulary writing strategies to engage students’ thinkingQuick and easy learning strategies that require students to think about and respond to learning through writingFun, creative, motivating writing projects that allow students to demonstrate their understanding of content while simultaneously addressing the CCSS Writing Standards for Literacy in Social Studies
3 ComparisonsComplete this thought: Writing in Social Studies is like _____________________ because_________________________________________.Word Bank: storming a castle jet skiing munching an appleshopping NASCAR a day at the beach
4 Analogies Complete this thought: Writing is to Social Studies as ___________________ is to ________________________________________.
5 Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, gr. 6-8 DescriptionText Types and Purposes1Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.2Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events.3NAProduction and Distribution of Writing4Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.5With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.6Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly andefficiently.
6 Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, gr. 6-8 DescriptionResearch to Build and Extend Knowledge7Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.8Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source;and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.9Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.Range of Writing10Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for arange of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
7 Writing Strategies to Develop Social Studies Vocabulary Mine, Ours, TheirsFrayer modelGraphic organizers fromStudent-generated cloze (story, paragraph, or sentence)
8 My Neighbor’s Definition Mine, Ours, TheirsPROCLAMATIONTo prevent any more fighting with American Indians, Britain made a proclamation. The Proclamation of 1763 said that colonists could not settle west of the Appalachian Mountains.My DefinitionMy Neighbor’s DefinitionGlossary DefinitionHow these definitions compare__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
9 My Neighbor’s Definition Mine, Ours, TheirsOBFUSCATIONThe senator’s continuous, disorganized, and irrelevant prattle left his fellow elected leaders in a state of obfuscation.My DefinitionMy Neighbor’s DefinitionGlossary DefinitionHow these definitions compare__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Total confusion or opaqueness so as to be difficult to perceive or understand
10 Frayer ModelOBFUSCATIONDefinitionCharacteristicsExamplesNon-examplesTotal confusion or opaqueness so as to be difficult to perceive or understandConfusionLostIn a fogIgnorantTESOL Conference?!?!?!?!?!?!?!Wise old owlMy dad
17 Student-generated Cloze Have students write sentences, paragraphs, or stories using all their vocabulary words.Collect the students’ work.Select the best sentences, paragraph, or story.Type them using a word processing program.Insert blank lines (_____________) for each vocabulary term.Provide copies of the cloze student activity sheet and terms.Have students complete this activity to assess their understanding of the vocabulary presented in the reading selection.
18 Try it! appointment concurrent powers delegated powers impeach Choose one word. Write a sentence. Insert a blank line for your word.appointmentconcurrent powersdelegated powersimpeachobfuscationrepresentative democracyreserved powersveto
19 Sample ClozeJeff, the Jamestown historian, began his tour. “The ____________ of Jamestown was established in The people who came here were some of the first ____________. The original colonists were mostly ____________ and ____________. They were searching for the freedom to live out what they believed to be the ____________ they shared with their God. The ____________ began to thrive when rules were changed. New rules allowed some colonists to grow ____________. One example is corn. Wheat is another. Other colonists could be ____________. Early shopkeepers were blacksmiths, coopers, and tailors. As you can see, life in Colonial America was very different from today.” Then, the tour ended.colonist Puritan proprietorcash crop settlement pilgrim covenant
20 Writing in Social Studies Resources Try it a la carte!New Resource!
21 Writing Strategies to Develop Concepts and Skills PMI (Plusses, Minuses, and Interesting)Frayer modelGraphic organizers fromComprehension skills: main idea/details, compare/contrast, sequencing, cause/effect, etc.Comprehension connectionsSticky Notes (anchor charts)Give One, Get One (review strategy)Concept map acrostic (review strategy)Writing Projects
22 “Should we amend the Constitution to make flag desecration a crime?” PMIYES _____ NO _____“Should we amend the Constitution to make flag desecration a crime?”PLUSSESMINUSESINTERESTING
39 Review Strategy: Give One, Get One Fold paper twice vertically and horizontally (nine squares)Write three facts about a topic in any three squares.See six friends (maybe more). You “give” them one of your facts, and in exchange, you “get” one of theirs.No facts can repeat on the page.Use this as a concept or topic review.
40 What It Looks Like Topic: Latitude and Longitude Latitude lines are shown every 10 degrees.Longitude lines are shown every 15 degrees.Latitude lines run parallel to the equator.
41 Review Strategy: Concept Map Acrostic Use chart paper. Make enough charts so that no more than six students are in a group.Write one essential term or concept vertically on each paper.Give each group a marker.Each student, in turn, writes one sentence related to the concept using the letter of the concept as the first word of his sentence.Every student writes a sentence. Encourage collaboration.Students can use notes, text, or other resources to write their facts.Use this as a concept or topic review.
44 Project-based Learning in Social Studies An opportunity for students to show what they learned through authentic, novel, and creative writing projects
45 Writing Project Resources Lots of great authentic writing project ideas in the Learning through Writing Series (Maupin House Publishing, Inc.)Award-winning Series!
46 Why Learning Projects? Dynamic Authentic Interdisciplinary Emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and communication: 21st century skillsStudents explore real-world problems and challengesActive learningEngagingMotivate students to find out more about a given topicGive students a reason to learn and apply learned skills and information
47 What would you rather do? Your principal has assigned your team to read an article related to homework practices. She asks for some evidence of learning. This will be part of your overall year-end appraisal.Would you rather…Write a summary of the articleCreate a Power Point of key points from the articleWrite a narrative which includes examples of best homework practices described in the textCreate a poster to explain best practices with regard to homework with meaningful examples of homework assignmentsInterview other teachers regarding their homework practices and compare their ideas with those in the articleKeep a journal of your own homework assignments throughout the year and analyze how they are aligned with the ideas in the articleOther
48 Jazzed-up Reports “States” Write an acceptance speech as if you have just been elected Governor of your state. Tell what you plan to do to improve life in this state. Include ideas related to the economy, agriculture, and historic or ecological preservation.“Historic People”The “People Channel” wants to do a show about this famous person. Develop three or more scenes or segments for the show. Each scene should highlight an important event in this person’s life.“Government”Write a script between a former politician and a present-day politician. Develop a possible dialogue between them as they discuss a past or current issue of interest.
50 TERMS Try This! colonist Puritan proprietors cash crop settlement Begin a graphic novel about the Colonial period. Include all seven vocabulary words in your narrative.Write a ghost story that takes place during Colonial times. Include all seven vocabulary words in your narrative.Write a Colonial town tour script as if you were a tour guide leading visitors through a living history museum. Use all seven words in your description of the town.ON MY OWNTERMScolonistPuritanproprietorscash cropsettlementpilgrimcovenant
51 Don’t forget the assessment tool! CriteriaPoints PossiblePoints EarnedEffective and appropriate use of seven terms35Format is appropriate for purpose20Accuracy of facts and information related to the Colonial periodAppropriate and effective text structure10Correctness of grammar, spelling, and punctuationAttention to audience5TOTAL100
52 Write Now! Writing allows students to internalize their learning. Writing about reading helps students build needed vocabulary.Writing about reading allows students to organize the content they are learning.Writing strategies can be done before, during, and after learning.Writing is a great formative assessment strategy.Writing can be used to assess student learning of any subject matter, but should include clear, measurable expectations. (And, students should know these expectations ahead of time.)