The Social Studies Connection
A Newsletter for Secondary Social Studies Teachers in CCS
Preparing students for success in college, career, and civic life
September 2020 - Special Edition: Fall Virtual Learning in Social Studies
In this edition:
- Professional Development: Social Studies Virtual Learning PD, August 25
- Virtual Learning: Getting Started
- Virtual Learning: Newsela Text Sets Integration
- Virtual Learning: Google Classroom
- Virtual Learning: Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
- Virtual Learning: Google Slides Choice Templates
- Virtual Learning: Social Studies Virtual Learning Padlet of Padlets
Professional Development - Rise Up CCS Summer Institute
Social Studies Virtual Learning Professional Development, August 25, 2020
- Welcome and Introduction
- Best Practices for Virtual Learning
- Newsela Text Sets Integration
P.M. Session: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
- Interactive Social Studies Tools (Middle School - On-Demand; links provided)
- DBQ Online (High School)
The password is: socialstudies
Note: The Curriculum Division sessions for August 25 are not listed on the Rise Up Summer Institute registration page. The sessions listed on August 25 are primarily for non-teaching staff. No registration is required for the Curriculum Division sessions.
Virtual Learning Strategies and Resources
Planning for Virtual Learning: Getting Started
Here are some quick steps to begin planning this week:
- Using the new Curriculum documents on the Social Studies website, read through the Year-at-a-Glance, Scope and Sequence, and the Curriculum and Instruction Guide (for Grading Period 1). From the Instructional Strategies and Instructional Resources sections, identify strategies and tools that can be adapted for virtual learning (synchronous or asynchronous). Take note of the Google Drawings (see below) that provided editable graphic organizers for many of the organizers recommended in the curriculum.
- Review the Social Studies Course Sites for additional material that may used for virtual learning. The specific resources vary from course to course. Some courses have digital versions of the textbooks or ancillary materials, adapted reading materials, and model lessons.
- Use the Newsela collections (access via Clever) to identify relevant primary and secondary source articles. See the custom text sets for each course below.
Unlike the spring 2020 virtual learning plan, there is no "required platform" for social studies this fall. We have identified a range of resources that we believe are useful for planning instruction.
Additionally, the guiding documents for pacing are located inside the curriculum documents linked above. These include the Year-at-Glance and Scope and Sequence. These documents provide a broad scope for each unit to allow for individual professional judgment and student formative assessment data to drive the specific weekly/daily learning targets. We do not provide Quarterly Standards Grids with week-by-week standards for secondary social studies.
Newsela Text Sets Integration
Newsela includes an extensive database of thousands of primary and secondary sources, all of which are adapted for five Lexile levels. Each article also includes text-dependent questions aligned with literacy standards, and an editable writing prompt where you can additional open- ended content questions.
Custom curated Newsela text sets are available for every CCS 6-12 social studies course. These text sets include about 35-45 vetted articles per grading period. Teachers may to choose any number of articles from these sets (or other articles) and assign them to their classes (already loaded in Clever) with the click of a button.
Newsela is not a "required platform," but CCS Social Studies highly recommends its use. In fact, we are fairly certain that will you find this tool so useful that no requirement would even be necessary.
This site includes text sets organized by unit for each CCS Social Studies course, along with video tutorials and support.
Community of Inquiry: Best Practices
The Community of Inquiry Framework is the "process of creating a deep and meaningful (collaborative-constructivist) learning experience through the development of three interdependent elements: social, cognitive and teaching presence."
In the infographic below, we have highlighted some best practices and tools teachers can use to establish social, cognitive, and teaching presence during this period of virtual learning.
To facilitate virtual learning, teachers will need an online space for posting announcements, assignments, class discussions, and launching live sessions. Google Classroom is the recommended tool for this purpose. Teachers can add students directly to a Google Classroom with their StudentIDNumber@columbus.k12.oh.us. For help getting started with Google Classroom, teachers can view the resources at the CCS eLearning On-Demand site.
Teachers can use Google Meet to hold live virtual meetings. A Google Meet can be generated from Google Classroom. Only the teacher will be able to start a live Google Meet session. Please note: Do not install the Google Meet Waiting Room Chrome Extension on your teacher device. This will put the teacher in the waiting room and prevent them from entering the live session.
Google Drawings Graphic Organizers
This collection of over 30 graphic organizers was created by CCS Social Studies to align with many of the suggested organizers in the curriculum. Click on the link below to access.
Google Slides Choice Activities Templates
- Choice Board;
- Menu of Options;
- Layered Curriculum; and
- Digital Interactive Student Notebook
In Google Classroom, teachers can link a slide deck in an assignment as "Each student gets a copy." From the links below, teachers can click on the "Use Template" button and make a copy of each slide deck.