Social Studies Scoop

A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS

Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life

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November 2017

In this edition:

  • Professional Development Days 2 and 3: C3 Framework
  • American History State Test Item Analysis and Strategies Guide
  • Social Studies Skills Vertical Assessments
  • CCS High School Debate Winter Tournament - November 3 Notification Deadline
  • Kids Voting DoubleClick Democracy Election - October 23 - November 6, 2017


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Professional Development Days 2 & 3: College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework

For the districtwide PD days on October 20 and November 7, the Secondary Curriculum Division is coordinating sessions for middle and high schools that elected to participate. Our social studies sessions are focused on implementation of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. C3 is a powerful overarching framework for all 6-12 social studies courses.

On October 20, the C3 session focused on Dimension 2: Disciplinary Thinking and Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence. The workshop presentation and related materials for session 2 are available here. CCS Google sign-in is required.

On November 7, we will continue our discussion of Dimension 3 using Bruce Lesh's book, "Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?" Additionally, we will dive in to Dimension 4: Communication Conclusions and Taking Informed Action.

For sample inquiry units aligned with C3, check out the collection from


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American History State Test Item Analysis and Strategies Guide

Working collaboratively with the HS Department Chairs, we have completed an item analysis and strategies guide based on the Spring 2017 American History state test. You can access the Google Sheets version of the analysis here. For a downloadable PDF, click here. Sign-in to CCS Google to access these documents.

The guide highlights student performance by content statement, showing the items where the highest percentage of students received 0 points (indicated in red). About one-third of the test items were released, allowing us to match up the performance data with the actual released items.

In addition to the item analysis, this document provides at-standard and above-standard strategies for helping students meet and exceed each learning target. The last two columns of the document identify some potential resources for teaching each content statement.

This document can be used in conjunction with other curriculum resources, including the model lessons on the Course Site, released test items by standard doc, and state test teachers guide. Sign-in to CCS Google to access these resources.

We will continue this work for American Government in November.


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Social Studies Skills Vertical Assessments

Social studies skills build vertically from primary and intermediate grades through middle and high school. In addition to the Sharpening Social Studies Skills toolkit, we have developed a collection of vertical diagnostic and leveled assessments.

The Social Studies Skills Vertical Assessments are housed on Edcite. You can access the collection here. To use the collection with your classes, create a free account on Edcite. You can use your CCS Google account to sign-in, and import your classes from Google Classroom. Open each assignment from the collection and click on the "customize" button in upper left hand corner to make a copy of each assessment to your account.

This project is ongoing and new assessments will be added throughout the year.


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CCS High School Debate Winter Tournament, November 3 Notification Deadline

In conjunction with Capital University, CCS Secondary ELA and Social Studies Curriculum is sponsoring a winter debate tournament for Grades 9-12.

Debate Resolution: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should significantly increase the federal minimum wage.

Debate Type: Policy: This is a two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question that hones a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal and stay with the status quo. Throughout the debate, students give constructive and rebuttal speeches and have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. Each constructive speech is 8 minutes. Each Cross Examination is 3 minutes. Each Rebuttal is 5 minutes. Each team has 5 minutes of prep time that can be used during the debate. A judge or panel of judges determines the winner based on the arguments presented.

Debate Teams: Debate teams are made of two students. Those students prepare to debate both the affirmative and negative sides of the debate resolution. On the day of the debate, each two-person team will be told which side (affirmative or negative) they will be debating during each of the three rounds. Each school can bring up to five teams (10 students).

Date of Debate Tournament: Friday, December 8th from 8:30am-1:00pm

  • Team Check-ins from 8-8:30am
  • Tournament from 8:30am-12:30pm (three rounds: 8:30-9:44, 9:50-11:04am, and 11:10am-12:24pm)
  • Award Ceremony from 12:45-1:00pm.

Location of Debate Tournament: Capital University, Ruff Learning Center, 631 Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH 43209

Transportation: Cars (maybe buses). Teams should plan to come in cars, but we are putting in a request for buses. Because the tournament time is outside of the normal CCS field trip bus window, we may not get them. We will let you know as we get closer to the event if the busing request has been approved.

Lunch: Schools are responsible for making lunch arrangements either by ordering packed lunches from your school or by having students bring a packed lunch from home.

Permission Slips: A sample permission slip is located inside the Debate Folder.

Registration: Please register your school/teams by filling in all columns of the Registration Doc inside the Debate Folder by November 3rd. You will be able to continually update this document as you form your teams and get more specific information.

Debate Resources: Policy Debate and Resolution Resources can be found in the Debate Folder.


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Kids Voting Double Click Democracy

All CCS students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to participate in the Kids Voting DoubleClick Democracy online election. Your school's Library Media Specialist has received information and voter IDs for students to participate in the election.

The Kids Voting DoubleClick Democracy ballot for the November 2017 general election will be available beginning October 23 and running through November 6, 2017. Students can access the online ballot here.

To have students participate, you can schedule a time in the library or computer lab or have students vote via chromebooks or thin clients in your classroom. The voting process only takes a few minutes, so it can easily be completed in a few days even with only a few computers in the classroom.

For more information and election lessons and resources, see the Kids Voting Central Ohio website: