8th Grade Historical Literacy consists of two 43 minute class periods. Writing is one 43 minute block and reading is another. The teacher has picked themes based on social studies standards, and a read-aloud novel based on social studies serves as the mentor text for writing and reading skills. More social studies content is addressed in reading through teaching nonfiction reading skills and discussion. Standards reflect CCSS ELA, Reading, and Social Studies Standards for History.
Abraham Lincoln's Crossroads is an educational game based on the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, which debuted at the National Constitution Center in June 2005.
The online game is intended for advanced middle- and high-school students. It invites them to learn about Lincoln's leadership by exploring the political choices he made. An animated Lincoln introduces a situation, asks for advice and prompts players to decide the issue for themselves, before learning the actual outcome. At the end of the game, players discover how frequently they predicted Lincoln's actions. A Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
This graphic organizer helps students analyze argumentative texts and helps students understand the various components of argumentative writing. After students identify the argument, claims, and evidence of a piece of text, they are prompted to analyze the argument.
"The Dangers, Values of Dark Teen Lit" is the title of a debate hosted by NPR's "Tell Me More" podcast host, Michel Martin. The discussion features Meghan Cox Gurdon (Wall Street Journal writer), Christopher John Farley (a Wall Street Journal writer and children's author), Patricia McCormick (young adult author), and Candice Mack (young adult librarian). The participants debate the appropriateness of the content in today's young adult literature and the darkness of the stories our nation's teens are reading as they seek to answer the question "Is young adult literature too dark?" This resource also links to a provocative Wall Street Journal article by Meghan Cox Gurdon and to the several responses to Cox Gurdon's thought-provoking work, including an article by Sherman Alexie. Please note: the mature content in young adult literature is discussed.
This resource will enable students to read multiple perspectives on a single topic, to seek out each author's opinion and the evidence used to support that opinion, and to evaluate the different arguments presented. Please note: This is a primary text resource. Guidelines for implementation in the classroom can be found in the "Guidance for Teachers in Using this Resource" section.
This may be used as a way of having students present in a persuasive, true-to-life format. It can be used as a business education/marketing format, as well as a way of having students persuade an audience through both speaking and using visual aids.
Zoom In provides 18 guided lessons on historical events where students focus on reading primary and secondary documents closely, gathering evidence, and writing an argumentative or explanatory essay. Throughout the process students are asked to do the following:
Read documents closely and criticallyIdentify author's point of view and purposeEngage in higher-order, text-based discussionsWrite explanatory and argumentative essays grounded in evidence