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Teaching social studies the "write" way

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Travis Hardenburger

on 23 February 2015

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Transcript of Teaching social studies the "write" way

1. It starts with a conversation with Language Arts.
2. Sharing ideas
3. Both teachers need to know what the others classroom looks like.
4. Where do we began?
5. How do we transform it to testing?
Brainstorm Web
1. We like to keep the color coded system in place.
2. Markers or colored pencils
3. I stress the importance of the web
in my class for testing purposes.
4. This is what my students use when using primary sources.
The Outline
1. The students take their brainstorm web and transfer it to this sheet.
2. They start to see their ideas come to life in this process.
3. This process is more for them than it is for me.
4. Next comes the rough draft and then the ready copy.
5. Another great organizer for them to use on the test.
The Beginning
1. The writing process
a. Color coded system: IMPORTANT
b. We encourage all students to color
code all pre-write material. This keeps them organized!
c. This process is easy to edit as a teacher.
d. This will be important for the students during testing.

Teaching social studies the "write" way.
Where do we start?
How can this help me get ready for the state test?
How do I apply this to the classroom?
1. Start with something simple.
2. Make sure you are teaching it like your language arts does!
3. Pick their brain before you start.
4. We began with an informative writing last year. This was connected to small town geography and our town.
5. Use your jump start to begin the process
6. Example:
a. Was John Brown a terrorist or a martyr?

Supplemental Ideas
1. Socratic debate
2. They can use the sources on a certain topic.
3. Have them compile both sides of the argument.
4. Tell them the side they are on the day of the debate.
5. How does it work?
1. Writing prompts
2. This is a process: give your kids a chance to get used to these steps.
3. When it is time to take the test, we want our students to be familiar with it.
4. We started this process at the beginning of last year. Prompts were given out 1-2 weeks ahead of time. I allowed them to take their sources with them to the lab.
5. We slowly started to change the process.
a. Prompts and time
b. Testing atmosphere
Can this work for state testing?
1. Yes!
2. Been running the program this year in preparation.
3. Students are adjusting and doing
a great job.
4. The hard part is the rubric.
5. Sit down with your language arts teachers and walk through the rubric with each other!
Argumentative writing
1. 3 pronged approach
a. Pathos: appeal emotionally to the reader
b. Logos: logic while showing the other side of the argument
c. Ethos: using credible outside sources
2. Perfect example
3 Anecdote is the pathos (short story)
4. Next is the thesis which is the main idea of the entire essay (green/topic)
5. There are 3 yellows or details after your thesis. The second yellow is logos. Reds are ethos which are your evidence and explanation
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