Discipline: Social Studies

Grade Level: 6th

Course: American History and Geography

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The Individual and the Community: My Responsibilities in a Time of Crisis
  • Skills Cluster 1: Preparing for the Task
    • Skill Definition

      Bridging conversation

      Ability to understand the task and the seminar process.

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition

      Reading for seminar

      Ability to read texts selected for seminar so as to participate in a question-based discussion to gain a deeper understanding of texts, topics or issue, and the seminar question.

      Essential vocabulary (ongoing)

      Ability to apply strategies for developing an understanding of a text by locating words and phrases that identify key concepts and facts, or information.

      Note-taking (ongoing)

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

  • Skills Cluster 3: Dialogue Process (Paideia Seminar)
    • Skill Definition

      Pre-seminar preparation

      Ability to prepare to participate in a Socratic seminar.


      Ability to participate in a Socratic seminar.

      Post-seminar content

      Ability to self-assess and plan for future seminars.

  • Skills Cluster 4: Transition to Writing
    • Skill Definition

      Transition to writing

      Ability to transition from readings and seminar to writing task.

  • Skills Cluster 5: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of task

      Ability to establish a claim and consolidate information relevant to task.


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


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


      Ability to apply revision strategies to refine development of argument, including line of thought, language usage, and tone as appropriate to audience and purpose.


      Ability to apply editing strategies and presentation applications.


      Ability to apply the task to an experience involving non-school audiences and situations.

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