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Unit Plans - Learner Level 3: Social Studies


  • Announcing World War II (Authored by Richard Johnson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this unit, students get an overview of World War II while practicing their listening skills. They focus on selected events and situations from World War II that correspond with those that occur in the novel, [Jacob Have I Loved], by Katherine Paterson. This unit can be used as a companion to a language arts unit on this novel ([Jacob Have I Loved - A Novel Study]) or can be used as a separate, stand-alone social studies unit. These events and situations revolve around how America reacted to the adversity of war. Student groups create radio broadcasts about these events and situations, which they present to the whole class. The class, as the audience for these broadcasts, uses their listening skills to gather pertinent information on these events or situations, which will allow them to succeed on the summative assessment for the unit. The summative assessment mirrors the short- and extended-response items on the FCAT. The extended response section asks students to answer the question: How did America react to the adversities of World War II?

  • Speak for Yourself (Authored by Carol Rine.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Speak For Yourself asks the guiding question, "What does it take to make a good speaker?" Students formulate a working definition of what it takes to make a good speaker as they work through the course of the unit. By analyzing famous speeches, role-playing examples and non-examples of speaking behaviors, and identifying informal and formal language, students become aware of good speaking behaviors. They learn how to modify word choice to fit purpose and audience. Ultimately, students organize and produce their own oral presentations to perform for the class. All of these activities culminate with the evaluation of classroom presentations. Within the evaluation, students must appraise the presentations as either effective or ineffective. At the unit's completion, students can explain not only the speaking behaviors necessary, but also the planning process necessary "to make a good speaker." This unit has accompanying lesson plans and attached files.

  • Students as Historians: Investigating the Gulf War (Authored by Francis Sicius.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this unit, students use facts and opinions, as well as primary and secondary sources. They explore the detective work of historians as they investigate the Gulf War from different perspectives and interpretations. Students use a variety of media for research and become acquainted with technology as a tool for enhancing and enriching the academic classroom.

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