As our 2nd Social Studies Benchmark indicated, students are still having trouble citing text-based evidence in open response questions. This issue also speaks to their ability to answer multiple-choice questions that require the same skill.
In order to correct this, we spent time today re-evaluating how we initially wrote about two sources that conveyed two different European opinions of Native Americans during early settlement. First, we performed a close-reading of each text, annotating in the margins about the general ideas each European perspective represented. Then, we reviewed the following three steps (MSE) students should keep in mind when citing evidence from the text:
Make your claim
1. Copy the sentence directly from the text
2. Put the sentence in quotation marks (" ")
3. Include the page/paragraph number in parentheses after the quote
4. Add a period after the parentheses
Explain how your evidence supports your claim
Below you'll find an example of the re-looping questions, as well as student work that demonstrates her ability to properly use the MSE method.
Achieve 3000 is a phenomenal online program that provides differentiated informational text articles and corresponding activities, multiple-choice questions, and open-response opportunities for students. It tracks their progress, readjusts articles based on progress they have made with their Lexile level, and provides a great opportunity for me to give feedback on students' writing.
In order to increase investment this semester and to allow students to take more ownership of their progress, we've assembled a bulletin board and individual student tracking folders. In each folder, students have a personal data tracker, a Criteria for Success that outlines how to complete the full 5-step Achieve 3000 process for each article, and a one-pager on the different sorts of badges the program gives out for great work. Students know that their goal is to complete at least 40 articles at 75% or above. For each article that they complete at this level, they are able to move their car down "The Road to 40", inching closer to their goal each day. They also updated their individual trackers accordingly and use stickers to acknowledge the various "badges" they collect on the program for exemplary work.
Should you have any questions about the program or should you be interested in any of the materials I have assembled for the bulletin board/individual trackers, feel free to leave me a comment!
Black History Month is off to a great start at KIPP Charlotte and especially within the Pride of 2022! This month, our curriculum will focus on critical Black thinkers, artists and figures, pushing students to engage in meaningful conversations about race and culture.
School-wide, students will have the opportunity to focus on an individual who has made a profound impact in each of their respective core academic subject areas. This week, we're exploring Benjamin Banneker (Math), Dr. Charles Drew (Science), Langston Hughes (Reading) and David Walker (Social Studies).
In addition to this, students will have the opportunity to attend a Film Screening and fieldtrips to local cultural museums, as well as participate in our Black History Month Quiz Bowl at the end of the month. We're hoping to provide a powerful experience for all students that will expose them to individuals, events, ideas and concepts that have shaped not only their individual realities, but the realities of our larger world.
Check back for more and look out for updates from our students in the upcoming weeks!