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Social Studies MSL CR items

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Rachel Surles

on 19 September 2017

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Transcript of Social Studies MSL CR items

Measures of Student Learning
Final Exams
How to craft a constructed response on the Science exams
What is a constructed response?
The trend in national standards-based testing is to remove the possibility for students to guess their answers!
Constructed Responses require students to "construct" or develop their answers without the benefit of suggestions or choices.
Ask students to apply knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities
Place emphasis on application of learning
require evidence to support answers
require effective writing
What are students expected to do?
How much do they count on the
Social Studies Exams?
They have been removed from the NC Final. However, I truly believe any student graduating from high school (esp. those going to college) should be able to construct a paragraph using content knowledge and primary sources.
How much time do students have?
41 MC items
2 CR items
120 minutes...limited space to write
Step 1: Identify thinking-skill vocabulary terms
Students can grasp all the content knowledge and vocabulary, but do they truly understand the question stem?
take a position
You will have a formula to follow:
Students write better when they have structure in their writing. Even the most hesitant writers, especially in Social Studies class, can follow a formula.
How to ACE a CR question
A - Answer
C - Cite
E - Explain
S - Sum it up
Answer the question or
restate the prompt
1 specific, straightforward sentence
written as if the reader does not know
the prompt (topic of discussion)
Cite evidence from the prompt or content knowledge
Pull "quotes" from the prompt and/or
bring in facts that you learned in class. Most of the time the prompt will ask for "details."
Explain your
examples in detail
1-2 sentences of examples or detailed explanations about the answer
*the C and E can be combined
Sum it up
1 sentence to conclude the topic you discussed. Try not to be repetitive.
Remember your ACES!
Step 3: Practice
Create CR questions and rubrics for students to practice.
Civics and Economics
Choose a North Carolina industry and explain its importance in the national economy. Include two examples of that industry's global importance.
Forestry in North Carolina is an essential industry to the state's economic success.
This industry has multiple facets, reaching from commercial production to tourism from both national and international groups, that positively impact the economy.
Moreover, the forestry industry in this state is impacting the economy globally.
With almost 20 million acres of timberland, commercial and private farmers are responsible for products such as furniture, Christmas trees, and paper. Pertaining to tourism, people form all over the world come to enjoy our state parks and hunting opportunities, both supported by our trees.
Social Studies
Helpful Writing Hints
1. Address ALL facets of the prompt (sometimes there are more than one question that requires response)
2. Avoid 1st person point of view (no "I" or "we" statements).
3. Pay attention to grammar, spelling, syntax.
4. Pay attention to handwriting.
5. Incorporate elevated vocab.
6. Indcorporate content specific vocab (Civics words!).
7. Use transitions effectively (thus, however, in addition to).
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