Social Studies Meeting 2/17/2014

Thank you all for coming to the meeting today.


Today we met to continue our discussion about inquiry based lessons in our classes. Below are the ideas that each grade level had. We first looked at how to take a lesson we already had and what we can change to make it inquiry. We then looked at upcoming units and brainstormed creating future inquiry lessons.

6th grade

Next year 6th will introduce the Middle Ages through an inquiry based lesson. Students will read a fairy tale and nonfiction text to be able to gather information about life during the Middle Ages. Then they will use that information to answer the question, “Was living during the Middle Ages a fairy tale?”.

6th grade is also planning for students investigate the Black Death through a series of stations that requires them to use nonfiction text, evidence boxes, and maps to analyze the effects of the plague on society.

7th grade

After teaching the Great Depression, we will have our students work on an inquiry based activity. We are using WWII posters and having students analyze each of them (we will choose 5). After analyzing and answering a series of questions, students will answer an overarching question about how these posters relate to each other and WWII. They will be able to predict what is “to come” in WWII based on these.

After re-discussing what democracy and communism are as a class….we will give the students a political cartoon (attached) and have them analyze it for 2 minutes on their own piece of paper. After they write and try to predict what it is about, they will then give their paper to the person next to them who will respond to their reaction for 2 minutes. Students will then return papers and read each other’s remarks. This will lead to class discussion.

8th Grade

Topic: Meat Packing Industry (Progressive Movement)

EQ: Should our government be given the responsibility to protect people from potential dangers in society because of industry?

Hook: Except from the book, The Jungle. Use of terms like rat feces, lack of regulation, lack of sanitation (personal and business related).

View video clips of the meat packing industry, then and now, students create a flowchart of differences between meat packing industry of the past vs. the present noting details of food processing. Think, pair share.

Guided reading activity in textbook of emphasis on muckrakers and progressivism. Discussion of the idea of progressivism.

Closing assessment: Students will address the question, "Do you think we need further changes in the meat packing industry and what would you be a muckraker about in today's world?" Students write at least one paragraph and share this paragraph with the rest of the class in presentation style.