Discipline: Social Studies

Grade Level: 11th, 12th

Course: Economics

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Comparing Economic Systems
  • 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 and rubric analysis

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

  • Skills Cluster 2: Reading Process
    • Skill Definition


      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

      Bridging conversation

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

  • Skills Cluster 4: Writing Process
    • Skill Definition

      Initiation of task

      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.

      Revision and editing

      Ability to apply revision strategies to refine development of argument, including line of thought, language, tone, and presentation.

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