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Lesson Plan: Whispers from the Past

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STAGE 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence

Maryland Learning Outcomes
Social Studies - Grades 6-8

Social Studies Skills
MLO 1.1: Construct various timelines of key events, people, and periods of the historic eras studied and explain how major events are related to each other.

MLO 1.2: Evaluate, and organize information specific to social studies disciplines by reading, asking questions, investigating and observing.

MLO 1.3: Interpret, evaluate, and organize primary and secondary sources of information including pictures, graphics, maps, atlases, artifacts, timelines, political cartoons, videotapes, journals, and government documents (MLO 1.3)

Reading/Language Arts
Grades 6-8

Reading to be Informed: Students will demonstrate their ability to read for information by examining, constructing, and extending meaning from articles, editorials, content texts, and other expository materials related to the content areas.

MLO R. 2.2.1. Compare and contrast information from different articles or procedures on the same topic.

R. 2.2.2. Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with textual evidence and experience.

Writing to Inform
MLO #1.8. Write essays for an intended audience and purpose that state the thesis or purpose of the paper, that follow an organizational pattern, and that offer compelling evidence in the form of facts and details to support the thesis.

Language in Use
#1: Students will demonstrate their ability to use the structures and conventions of the English language in their written communication.

1.1 Use standard English language conventions correctly to communicate clearly, including:
• sentence structure
• punctuation
• capitalization
• grammar and usage
1.2 Use language fluently and appropriately for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences.
1.3 Use conventional spelling in their own writing.

ISTE Technology Standards - Grades 6-8
4. Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.

6. Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to:
• Interpret, evaluate, and organize primary sources of information about the Underground Railroad
• Draw conclusions about the reasons people chose to travel on the Underground Railroad
• Share information about the reasons people chose to travel on the Underground Railroad in an essay or through a web page

How will individual student's and team performance be evaluated?
• Essay
• Optional: Web Page

What scoring form or tool will be used?
• Writing to Inform Scoring Rubric
• Student Web Page Scoring Rubric
(available at: Discovery School)

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