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Department of Social Sciences Summer Services Professional Development. July 1, 2014 Country Club Middle School. Overview of Documents. Department of Social Sciences Website Overview: Summer at a Glance – Major Topics (7 TH and 8 th Grade)

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department of social sciences summer services professional development

Department of Social SciencesSummer Services Professional Development

July 1, 2014

Country Club Middle School

overview of documents
Overview of Documents
  • Department of Social Sciences Website Overview:

  • Summer at a Glance – Major Topics (7TH and 8th Grade)
  • Summer Pacing Guides
  • Links, passwords, ideas, activities, resources
  • Online Textbook: (McGraw-Hill ) - portal
  • Pages/Lessons
  • 7th Grade Civics Password for Lessons: miami-dade-civics
5 pillars in florida standards and social science connection
5 Pillars in Florida Standards and Social Science Connection

1. Text Complexity

2. High-quality text-dependent questions and tasks

3. Range and quality of texts

4. Focus on academic and domain-specific vocabulary

5. Writing and research that analyze sources and deploy evidence

collection highlights loc gov
  • American Memory Collection
  • Prints and Photographs
  • Historic Newspapers
  • Performing Arts
  • Veteran’s History
  • Sound Recordings
  • Film
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts
www loc gov teachers
  • Benefits of using primary sources in the classroom:
    • Establish a learner-centered environment
    • Help students to develop inquiry and communication skills to foster both active and reflective learning
    • Encourage student assessment of process and content of learning
classroom materials
Classroom Materials
  • From the LOC teacher’s site:
  • Click:
  • Classroom Materials
    • Primary Source Sets
primary source analysis tool www loc gov teachers usingprimarysources guides html
Primary Source Analysis
  • Analysis may be done on any type of primary source.
  • Analysis process should be modeled for students and done frequently for the best results.
  • Analysis process is recursive.
classroom ideas
Classroom Ideas

Beginning: Write a brief description of the map in their own words.

Intermediate: Study three or more maps of a city or state during different time periods. Arrange them in chronological order. Discuss clues to the correct sequence.

Advanced: Search for maps of a city or state of different time periods. Then compile a list of changes over time and other differences and similarities between the maps.

extension activities beyond the primary source tool kit
Extension Activities/Beyond the Primary Source Tool Kit
  • Have students analyze a political cartoon related to the text. Use the political cartoon analysis task card to assist students in determining meaning of the cartoon.
  • Have students create their own political cartoon about the Pilgrims or about the Preamble (going back to the earlier activity).
  • Provide an alternate viewpoint reading about the Pilgrim experience or Preamble and have students complete a writing assignment comparing and contrasting the two authors’ differing opinions- this helps make the student think like a historian and question the validity of text and to develop the ability to formulate questions themselves.
c e r in social science conclusion writing claim evidence reasoning
C-E-R in Social Science Conclusion Writing( Claim – Evidence – Reasoning
  • Claim: A conclusion that answers the original question
  • Evidence: Specific data that supports the claim. The data needs to be appropriate and sufficient to support the claim.
  • Reasoning: A justification that links the claim and evidence. It shows why the data count as evidence by using appropriate and sufficient scientific/social science principles.
observation vs inference definitions
Observation vs. Inference—Definitions
  • Observation—Using all your senses (not just eyes) to collect and record information about our world.

Observations = EVIDENCE

    • Inference—Using observations to reach a logical conclusions.


  • “An observation is what you see, feel, taste, hear or smell. An inference is what you think.”

Bell, Randy, Teaching the Nature of Science Through Process Skills, Pearson Education, Inc., 2008, p. 41

content benchmarks for activity
Content Benchmarks for Activity
  • NGSSS-SS Benchmarks:
  • SS.7.C.1.7 Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • SS.8.A.1.6 Compare interpretations of key events and issues throughout American History.
civics eoc item specifications
Civics EOC Item Specifications
  • Reporting Category: Origins and Purposes of Law and Government
  • Standard: Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
  • SS.7.C.1.5 – Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.
  • Content Focus: Constitutional Convention
  • Teachers complete T-Chart
  • Write Inferences and Observations
  • Write a claim, evidence and a reasoning
  • Create two extension activities, including a writing activity
  • Group share
t chart activity
T-Chart Activity
  • O (Observations) = Evidence
  • I (Inferences) = Claim/Reasoning
pair group activity
Pair/Group Activity
  • Claim:
  • Evidence:
  • Reasoning
  • Extension Activity 1:
  • Extension Activity 2:

Directions: Place an ‘I’ before the statements that are inferences and an ‘O’ before the statements that are observations OR you may wish to make a T-chart.

1. There are no women in the painting.

2. The men are signing some sort of document.

3. This is a very important event.

4. These men are very important people.

5. Some of the men are wearing wigs.

6. There is no electricity in the room.

7. The painting is depicting an event from long ago.

8. George Washington is one of the figures depicted in the painting.

9. The painter was present at this event when it was painted.

10. The majority of the men in the painting are paying attention to the person signing the document.

11. The men are wearing clothes that were worn during the time of the 1780’s.

12. Thomas Jefferson is one of the men depicted in the painting.

13. All of the men are pleased to be part of this event.

14. The impact of the signing of this document was huge on society.

15. It is important to sign documents.

claim evidence reasoning sample student response
Claim Evidence Reasoning Sample Student Response
  • Claim: An important event is being depicted in the painting.
  • Evidence: George Washington is considered an important figure in U.S. History and is shown as a central figure in the painting.
  • Reasoning:Since the central focus is on the signing of the document, it is reasonable to conclude that an important decision/event is being depicted. It is also reasonable to think that the signing of this paper or document has an important impact on society.
background information
Background Information
  • Leutze's depiction of Washington's attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776, was a great success in America and in Germany. Leutze began his first version of this subject in 1849. It was damaged in his studio by fire in 1850 and, although restored and acquired by the Bremen Kunsthalle, was again destroyed in a bombing raid in 1942. In 1850, Leutze began this version of the subject, which was placed on exhibition in New York during October of 1851. At this showing Marshall O. Roberts bought the canvas for the then-enormous sum of $10,000. In 1853, M. Knoedler published an engraving of it. Many studies for the painting exist, as do copies by other artists.

Sample Social Science Question

A bill is a proposed or suggested law. Bills can be introduced by members of law making bodies, such as the U.S. Congress. Ideas are debated and others have to be convinced that your idea is good.

A senator proposes a bill to eliminate federal income taxes. The senator stated during debate that if people had more money, the economy would grow and everyone would be better off and this was why he wanted to abolish the federal tax on people’s income. Below is a chart showing how many bills actually became law in Congress during various legislative sessions. Based on the information provided, answer the question that follows.

Number of laws passed each year by Congress since 1947. Average number of bills introduces to Congress: 10,000 to 11,000 annually. 2012: 61;2011: 90;2010: 258;2009: 125;2008: 280;2007: 180;2006: 313;2005: 169;2004: 300;2003: 198;2002: 241;2001: 136;2000: 410;1999: 170;1998: 241;1997: 153;1996: 245;1995: 88;1994: 255;1993: 210;1992: 347;1991: 243;1990: 410;1989: 240;1988: 473;1987: 240;1986: 424;1985: 240;1984: 408;1983: 215;1982: 328;1981: 145;1980: 426;1979: 187;1978: 411;1977: 223;1976: 383;1975: 205;1974: 404;1973: 245;1972: 383;1971: 224;1970: 505;1969: 190;1968: 391;1967: 391;1966: 461;1965: 349;1964: 408;1963: 258;1962: 484;1961: 401;1960: 417;1959: 383;1958: 620;1957: 316;1956: 638;1955: 390;1954: 492;1953: 288;1952: 339;1951: 255;1950: 481;1949: 440;1948: 511;1947: 395Source: House Clerk's Office

What is the chance that the senator’s bill will become a law?

Very likely

B. Somewhat likely

Not likely

Not at all




analyzing text
Analyzing Text

Three Levels of Text Protocol

  • Sit in a circle and identify a facilitator/timekeeper.
  • A round consists of each person using 3 minutes to do the following:
    • Level 1- Read aloud the passage she/he has selected
    • Level 2-Say what she/he thinks about the passage (interpretation, connection to past experiences, etc.)
    • Level 3- Say what she/he sees as the implications for his/her work.
    • The group responding (maximum of 2 minutes) to what has been said.
  • Repeat process outlines in #2 for each person in the group.
  • DEBRIEF As a group: Discuss- how the 3 levels of text protocol can assist students’ to deepen understanding of a given text.How does this address EOC benchmark mastery AND Florida Standards mastery?

Person #1: Identify symbols and metaphors.Person #2: Find details that contribute to the irony or humor of the cartoon. Both Persons: Use the background knowledge and details from the cartoon to form a conclusion and extract the main idea and cartoonist’s opinion of the event.

summing it up
Summing it Up
  • Establish a learner-centered environment
  • Develop text talk methods with students
  • Increase student inquiry/communication skills
  • Encourage student self-assessment of process and content knowledge
  • Make claims that are supported by evidence, using science and/or social science concepts to provide reasoning
summing it up1
Summing it Up
  • Text based questions and discussions
  • Using multiple texts with various viewpoints about the same topic
  • Requiring students to cite SPECIFIC evidence from text when answering essential questions
  • Developing writing assignments pulling all of these skills and concepts together
  • Utilizing project-based learning methods to increase skill and content acquisition
contact information
Contact Information
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • 305-995-1982 – office
collaborative planning focus
Collaborative Planning Focus
  • Lesson Focus Template
  • 4 week view