Social Studies Scoop
A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
In this edition:
- Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies Page
- Curriculum and Instruction: New Teacher Clarity Planning Docs
- Ohio's State Tests: Edulastic and Clever Sync
- Student Programs: Voter Registration - October 7 Deadline
- Student Programs: High School Debate Winter Tournament - December 6
- Students Programs: History Day is Not Just a Day; It's an Experience
- Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts PD
- Professional Development: Webinars from the National Archives
Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies Page
The Social Studies Teaching and Learning Strategies page includes an annotated bibliography with web links to 50 teaching and learning strategies, organized into five categories:
- Entrance and Exit Tickets;
- Evidence-Based Argumentation;
- Historical Concepts and Events;
- Social Studies Skills and Primary Sources; and
- Discussion and Deliberation.
Most of the strategies have broad applicability, and can be used for units throughout all social studies courses. These strategies can be used for individual lesson planning, or team-planning in conjunction with Teacher-Based Teams and the Ohio Improvement Process.
In addition to teaching strategies, this page includes a list of teacher resource websites that offer free lessons and teaching materials.
Access the page directly here: https://www.ccsoh.us/page/6087
New Teacher Clarity Planning Docs
Click on the image to download the sample document in PDF.
Click on the image to open a template in Google Docs.
Edulastic Sync with Clever
To facilitate use of Edulastic, it is now integrated with CCS Clever. Your classes are automatically rostered. See the memo below for more details.
Students who are U.S. citizens and were born on or before November 5, 2001 may register to vote. The deadline for registration for the November general election is October 7, 2019. Please check your class rosters in Infinite Campus to identify students who may be eligible to register. You can also consider other ways reaching eligible students, such as an information table in the cafeteria during lunch periods, and/or posters and flyers to distribute.
There are two ways to register, online and paper application. To register online, go to: https://olvr.ohiosos.gov/. Online registration requires an Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number. Paper applications can also be accessed from the same site. Mail paper applications to:
Franklin County Board of Elections
PO BOX 183218
Columbus OH 43218-3218
High School Debate Winter Tournament
Here are the details for this year's High School Debate.
Debate Resolution - Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities should not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.
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: Friday, December 6th from 8:30am-1pm. 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 12:45-1pm.
Location: Capital University, Ruff Learning Center, 631 Pleasant Ridge, Bexley, OH 43209
Registration and Resources: Click HERE to access the debate folder with registration form and numerous resources for preparing your students to be great debaters. Be sure to register your school NOW even if you don’t yet know the names of students on your teams. That can be added later. The deadline for having all your names added is November 25th.
Debate Resource Folder: https://tinyurl.com/ccsdebate2019
History Day is Not Just a Day; It's an Experience
This year's History Day theme is: Breaking Barriers in History. You can view the theme webinar below.
The Region 6 contest will be held on February 29, 2020. The registration deadline in February 7.
The CCS Curriculum Division encourages all middle and high schools to consider having students take part in History Day. Please let Matt Doran know if you plan to participate and let us know how our office can support this endeavor.
For more information about Ohio History Day, go to: https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/education-and-outreach/ohio-history-day.
Middle School Content Experts PD
This year's program began in September, with sessions taking place every other month. Meetings are held on Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Southland Center, 3700 S. High Street. Remaining dates for the year:
- November 19, 2019
- January 14, 2020 (combined with HS Department Chairs)
- March 17, 2020
- May 19, 2020
This year, the sessions are focused on Dimension 2 of the C3 Framework: Disciplinary Concepts and Tools, with an emphasis on assessing disciplinary thinking skills. In session 1, we explored various types of skills assessments, including weighted multiple choice, performance task, and Beyond the Bubble HATs. We also laid the foundation of understanding Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and its relationship to assessment tasks. Finally, the session wrapped up with a game of Historical Interpretations Battleship, focused on the questions: How radical and how successful was the American Revolution?
Webinars from the National Archives
An Introduction to DocsTeach
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Join us for an introduction to DocsTeach.org, the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Discover how to find primary sources for teaching history and civics topics. Explore the 12 different document-based activity tools and learn how, with a free DocsTeach account, you can create your own activities or modify existing activities to share with your students. This webinar is suitable for all educators.
Native Communities and the Vote: Teaching about American Indian Voting Rights through Documents
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Join us and learn how to incorporate primary sources related to American Indian voting rights into your lesson plans. We will share activities and resources from the National Archives, and explore how to include discussions of evolving rights over time as relating to Native Communities and the right to participate in federal elections.
This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Teaching the Bill of Rights
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7 p.m. ET
Get ready for Bill of Rights Day (December 15) by exploring resources from the National Archives for teaching the Bill of Rights in your classroom. Discover primary sources that show the Bill of Rights in Action on DocsTeach.org, check out lesson plans and the Congress Creates the Bill of Rights app from the Center for Legislative Archives, and learn about our free distance learning programs on the Bill of Rights. This webinar is suitable for all educators.