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Induction Presentation - Choices Program

Modifying the Choices Program to meet the needs of an eighth grade Core Knowledge Social Studies class.
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Christine Nyback

on 11 August 2013

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Transcript of Induction Presentation - Choices Program

Choices Program
British Imperialism in India
Content Sequence & Modifications
Benefits
Challenges
Description
Make complex international issues understandable and meaningful for students
Puts them “in the position of decision-makers at an historical turning point.”
I wanted something that would do justice to the complexity of defining issues, challenges, and perspectives of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.
Critical Thinking
Text Analysis
Diverse Perspectives
Modifications
Units are available for all of the major topic areas in the Core Knowledge Sequence.
Geared more toward high school
Dense reading at times
Less text supports than typical middle school text.
Diverse
Teaching Context
Student Challenges
ELLs
Processing Issues
Dyslexia
Reading Comprehension
Standards
Core Knowledge Content
INDIAN NATIONALISM and INDEPENDENCE
Sepoy Rebellion
Mahatma Gandhi
The Salt March
Partition of India into Hindu & Muslim states
HISTORY 1.2
Students use chronology to organize historical events and people.
HISTORY 1.3
Students use chronology to examine and explain historical relationships.
HISTORY 4.2
Students understand how economic factors have influenced historical events.
HISTORY 5.3
Students know how political power has been acquired, maintained, used, and/or lost throughout history.
"Introduction: Behind a Conflict"
Reading
Modification
Reading Guide:
Questions constructed with identical wording from the text to help students locate answers.
Reading
"Part I: India's Early History"
Skip to creation of the British East India Company
Modification
Preview Vocabulary:
Imperialism (cultural, economic, colonialism) and 4 main justifications
Self-determination
Sepoy
Mutiny

Film clips prior to reading:
www.discoveryeducation.com
Annotated timeline
Provided required dates from the reading
Students work in partner
like 2-column notes used to illustrate chronology.
Instruct students to find information about: When? Who was involved? What happened? What were the causes and effects of the event?
Analyze as a class:
answers up to mutinies
determine how the relationship between India and Great Britain changed over time (increasing military conquest and eventual cultural imperialism)
Show film clips on Sepoy Multiny
Students read text and complete annotated timeline.
Reading
"Part II: From Reform to Independence"
Modification
Jigsaw Group activiy:
Reading divided into sections, with one section assigned to each group.
Groups determined most important information from their section.
Used reading question in the text for guidance
Made poster of important information
Filled in answers on the board to questions from the reading guide.
Group presentations: on posters of important information + any info on the board used to answer questions.
*Pre-assessment: honors students given question reading guide from Choices, and not one student was able to complete more than 1 or 2 questions.
Reading
"the End of World War II Brings Change
Modification
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Text Analysis
Pair-Share and Class discussion
Outline notes
Debate
Options / Perspectives
Modifications:
Pair-share / class discussions to analyze different options and the assumptions of the perspectives each option represents
It's all about choices!
Core
Knowledge

The Good Stuff
The Problems
Chock-full of interesting and relevant topics!
Growth and Change
in American Democracy
America's interactions with world forces
NATIONALISM
TOTALITARIANISM
Fundamental principles and structure of American government
Themes that focus on essential understanding.
A Mixed Bag
Relationships between physical and human systems
World Geography
Using the
Choices Program
with an
8th Grade Audience

British Imperialism
India
Decline of European Colonialism after WWII
Rise of US and USSR as Cold War Rivals
COLD WAR and the ATOMIC AGE
New World Order
China
The Middle East
and Oil Politics
Korean War
Vietnam War
Cuban Missile Crisis
Hot Points
in the Cold War
the Bay of Pigs Incident
etc., etc., etc.
While there are many cool, interesting, relevant and often edgy topics to explore with my students...
...Core Knowledge does not provide a text book for this content sequence.
Lack of affordable, high- quality options with the necessary content and a middle school reading level.
Met with content colleagues at 2 Core Knoweldge Conferences
Conducted my own research
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