Units – Social Studies

Units for Grades K-5

NEWKLiteracy in Social Studies - Thinking About Families
NEWKBeing a Good Kindergarten Citizen
KHow My Family Lives in America
KAmerica the Beautiful – Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary
1Content Literacy - People Who Work for Justice
1Listening Strand – Fables and Stories
NEW2Dr. Martin Luther King
2Newspaper Reporting
2Listening & Learning Domain 12 Anthology "Fighting for a Cause"
NEW3Newspaper Reporting and Interviewing
3Seeking the Power of Education and Reading (Module 1, Unit 1)
3Building the Power of Reading (Module 1, Unit 2)
3Opinions Matter – Pre-Revolution Boston
3Reading Informational Texts – The Declaration of Independence and the First Fourth of July
NEW4Through An Artist’s Eyes - Jacob Lawrence’s THE MIGRATION SERIES
4Writing and Speaking about the Importance of Voting: Why Vote?
4Coming to America – A Nation of Immigrants (1820-Present)
4Perspectives on the American Revolution - Building Background Knowledge
4Moving Toward Acceptance Through Picture Books and Two-Voice Texts
5Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
5Building Background Knowledge on Human Rights
5Considering Perspectives and Supporting Opinions – Sports and Athletes’ Impact on Culture

Units for Grades 6-8

6Literacy in English Language Arts - Writing Editorials
6Building Evidence-Based Arguments – Energy Crossroads
7Children Have a Right to...
7Investigating the Holocaust – A Collaborative Inquiry Project
7Building Background Knowledge - Who Changes Working Conditions?
7Reading Closely and Writing to Learn – Journeys and Survival
NEW8Research to Make A Point
8Choices in Little Rock
8UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand and FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
8Persuasion in a Digital World – Finding Solutions to Food Waste
8Voices from Little Rock – Understanding the Civil Rights Movement through Primary Sources
8Building Background Knowledge – War Coming Close to Home
8Making Evidence-Based Claims – Truth, Chisholm, Williams

Units for Grades 9-12

9Making Evidence-Based Claims - Plato’s Apology
9Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “What is the virtue of a proportional response?”
9Making It Visual for ELL Students – Teaching History Using MAUS
NEW9-10Writing Effective Research Papers – All Content Areas
9-10Primary Source Exemplar- Human Rights, Conflict and Social Change
9-10Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Brain Gain”
9-10Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Modern Battlefield”
9-10Building Historical Background Knowledge - The Road to Revolution 1754-1776
9-12Baseball, Race and Ethnicity – Rounding the Bases
10Building Evidence-Based Arguments – Search Warrant
10Making Evidence-Based Claims – “Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “A Just and Lasting Peace” [Nobel Lecture] President Barack Obama
11Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Cuplae poena par esto - Let the punishment fit the crime.”
11Literacy in Social Studies - Research Paper
11Cold War - What Caused McCarthyism
11Making Evidence-Based Claims – “The Souls of Black Folk” W.E.B. DuBois
11Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music
11The Art of Persuasion and the Craft of Argument
NEW11-12Writing Research Papers
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Life Steps Almost Straight”
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Lay Down All My Joys”
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – We, as a people, will get to the promised land!
12Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
12Making Evidence Based Claims - Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton