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 & Instruction: Important Changes to Ohio's State Tests
- Curriculum & Instruction: Achieve 3000 Alignment to Middle School Social Studies
- Curriculum & Instruction: Women's History Month
- Professional Development: Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts
- Professional Development: Middle School Content Experts
- Professional Development: Share My Lesson Virtual Conference
Curriculum & Instruction
Important Changes to Ohio's State Tests in American History and American Government
There will be no human-scored items on the state tests in American History and American Government, beginning this spring. According to ODE's social studies consultant, human-scored items are those constructed-response questions in the released items with a scoring rubric (short and extended response). Note that according to the state test specs, there are some text-entry short answer questions that may be scored by machine.
Sample machine-scored items are available on the AIR Portal:
While extended response items have been eliminated from the assessment, it is important to continue the practice of writing in the social studies classroom. Writing for understanding is an important strategy to facilitate learning. In addition to helping students master key social studies concepts, writing activities help build strong expository skills that will serve students in college, career, and civic life. As summarized by Bring Learning Alive, writing for understanding:
- challenges students to clarify, organize, and express what they have learned;
- requires students to analyze and synthesize;
- enables students to reach deeper understanding as they draw on previous learning for supporting details;
- compels students to refine their ideas; and
- gives students ownership of products that motivates them to excel.
Achieve 3000 Alignment to Middle School Social Studies
Social Studies teachers will find many articles in Achieve 3000 that align with topics in the social studies curriculum. These articles can help students build literacy skills and learn social studies concepts. To access and print relevant articles, use the search box and enter relevant keywords or article titles. The documents below include aligned articles for grades 6, 7, and 8 social studies for each grading period.
Women's History Month
Here are some instructional resources to assist teachers with the integration of women's history into the curriculum:
- Library of Congress: Women's History Month
- National Women's History Project
- NEA: Women's History Month, Grades 6-8
- NEA: Women's History Month, Grades 9-12
- Teaching History.org: Women's History Month
Test Prep Tuesday Google Hangouts
You do not need to pre-register for these events; simply go to the following URL: http://tinyurl.com/testpreptuesday and log in with your CCS Google username and password. You do not need a microphone or camera to participate, just a device with audio output.
Remaining sessions will be held from 3:00 - 3:20 p.m. on the following dates:
- March 6 - Vocabulary Exercises and Quick Review
- March 13 - Historical Exercises and Evidence-Based Text Sets
Middle School Content Experts PD 2018
The Social Studies Content Experts program is focused on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Using the Inquiry Design Model from C3, participating teachers are working in teams to develop an original inquiry and field test the inquiry in their classrooms.
In March, we will continue to build C3 inquiries by looking at Dimension 3 (Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence). Don't forget to read Chapter 2 of Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer? by Bruce Lesh for this month's leaderboard activity!
The remaining Content Expert meetings will be held at Linmoor Education Center, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: March 20, April 17, and May 15, 2018.
Congratulations to Amy, no, me and the riddeler for taking home the top prizes in the MS Content Experts Kahoot Leaderboard activity in January.
External Professional Development
Share My Lesson Virtual Conference
Social Studies teachers may be especially interested in the following webinars: