Discipline: Social Studies

Grade Level: 10th

Course: Advanced Placement United States History

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The Cold War
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      Task engagement

      Ability to connect the task and new content to existing knowledge, skills, experiences, interests, and concerns.

      Task analysis

      Ability to understand and explain the task's prompt and rubric.

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Pre-reading & Text selection

      Ability to select appropriate texts and understand necessary reading strategies needed for the task.

      Active reading

      Ability to understand necessary reading strategies needed for the task and develop an understanding of a text by locating words and phrases that identify key concepts and facts, or information.


      Ability to read purposefully and select relevant information; to summarize and/or paraphrase.

      Organizing notes

      Ability to prioritize and narrow notes and other information.

  • Skills Cluster 3: Transition To Writing
    • Skill Definition


      Ability to transition from reading or researching phase to the writing phase.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of process

      Ability to establish a controlling idea and consolidate information relevant to task.


      Ability to develop a line of thought and text structure appropriate to an argumentation task.


      Ability to construct an initial draft with an emerging line of thought and structure.

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