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6 th grade Social Studies: A Primer. Monday , October 21, 2013. Class Facilitation. Nicolette Smith Kristin Campbell Angela Orr. Agenda. Administrivia. Sign-in (stipend forms for two new folks) Edmodo folder for 6 th grade World History Resources Code: ffxhnf - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Foci of the Course

6th grade Social Studies: A PrimerMonday, October 21, 2013Class FacilitationNicolette Smith

Kristin Campbell

Angela Orr

AgendaTimeFocus4:15-4:25Administrivia4:25-5:15Why Concept Lessons?Concept Lesson Example5:15-5:25What is PERSIA?5:25-6:00PERSIA Stations:Visual SortSource AnalysisCulture Comparison6:00-6:10Debriefing Concepts and PERSIA6:10-6:15Questions HomeworkAdministriviaSign-in (stipend forms for two new folks)

Edmodo folder for 6th grade World History ResourcesCode: ffxhnfDirect link: http://www.edmodo.com/home#/join/72726b11f6478a0dbc11f0fb03ed85a1

DBQ Training January 21 at WEA BuildingOn Solutionwhere Code: 6DBQ2014

Foci of the CourseSharing important social studies resources and strategiesBuilding a community of 6th grade S.S. educators

1st meeting: standards & essential questions2nd meeting: concept lessons & PERSIA categorizing tool3rd meeting: text annotation & academic vocabulary4th meeting: discussion & structured academic controversyDiscuss with two people next to youWhat was one idea that you noted in the reading from Walter Parker on concepts? Why did that idea stand out to you?

Rationale for Teaching ConceptsConcepts are the furniture of our minds. A well-furnished mind is a source of joy, academic success, citizenship, career satisfaction, and lifelong learning. When a student forms a concept from its examples, he or she knows more than the definition of a term (e.g., river: he or she also knows some vivid examples of the concept that add flesh to a bare-bones definition, such as the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze, and the Volga). This is deep conceptual learning rather than superficial knowledge of a vocabulary word. Description of ConceptA concept is defined by critical characteristics shared by all examples of the concept. For something to be an example of a concept, it must contain all these critical characteristics. To help students form the concept, the teacher helps them first to see these critical characteristics across different examples and, then to summarize those characteristics in a definition that students themselves write. One Type of Concept LessonConcept Development90-120 minute lessonSNAPSHOT Experience (today 20 minutes)

Steps in Lesson

Activate Prior KnowledgeIndividual BrainstormSmall Group BrainstormWhole Group BrainstormSmall Group CategorizationWhole Group Consensus & Gallery Walk NotetakingDefining the ConceptApplying the Concept

SNAPSHOT LESSON PRACTICERead through the sentences at the top of your handout.Work in a small group to brainstorm as many words and phrases as possible that come to mind when you think of the term culture.Share with another group and add to your list.What were leaving out of this snapshotIndividual brainstormWhole group brainstorm (rather than two groups)(Remember when brainstorming with students, no idea is wrong until categorization begins. Keep the conversation open and honor all ideas. Deleting words is a later step.)SNAPSHOT LESSON PRACTICEBack in your small group, use the PERSIA Method to categorize all of the words and phrases that you associate with culture. All words must either be deleted by consensus (This isnt a word related to culture.) or fit into one of the categories.How this differs from a traditional concept lesson

Traditionally, you would allow students to define their own categories and then come back together as a whole class and decide on the BEST five categories. These categories become your critical characteristics of the concept. In this case, we are giving you some critical characteristics that you can use all year long for categorization.SNAPSHOT LESSON PRACTICEAfter categorizing your terms, work as individuals or small groups to complete the final steps in defining and revising your definition of culture.These steps are highly important, and having an agreed upon definition of an important concept is essential. We are skipping this step today, but you never should. Working Definition for the YearCreate a class definition for your term.

Post this definition and refer to it often.

Ask students to use the concept as well as context clues that give a glimpse into its meaning in their writing.Important Concepts in 6th Grade Social Studies:ReligionGovernmentTechnologyCultureEconomyLawWhy would an in-depth understanding of concepts like these be important to teaching world history?PERSIA

PLeaders & Leadership StyleGovernment SystemMilitary/WarConstitution/DocumentsIndividual ParticipationLaws/CourtsStructure of GovtTreatiesPolitical


Currency/MoneyResourcesTrade IndustryTechnologyAgriculture/FarmingInfrastructureLabor & ProductionRImportance day to dayBelief/TeachingsReligious Leader(s)Worship PracticesHoly book and sitesValuesWho & what is worshipedRelationship to GovernmentReligion

SSocial FamilyRoles of different gendersClass StructureLanguageEducationLifestylesEntertainment

IArt & MusicWriting & LiteraturePhilosophyMath & ScienceInventions & InnovationsEducationTechnologyFashionDiscoveries & ExplorationArchitectureIntellectual/Artistic

AGeographyPhysical characteristics of location (land, waterways, natural borders, types of soil, etc.)Movement of people, goods, and servicesHuman Environment InteractionRegionArea

Practicing the PERSIA MethodESSENTIAL QUESTION:How can the PERSIA Method help my students to better understand ancient civilizations and organize their understanding so that they can more effectively discuss and write about their learning?

PERSIA in PracticeNote TakingAsking Great QuestionsAnalyzing ReadingsPrimary Source Analysis & AnnotationImage SortsAnnotation of Timeline

Review of ChaptersComparisons of CulturesRanking of Important Cultural Characteristics in a Civilization (within and across categories)Preparation for WritingVocabulary Work

Emphasize ReasoningDont let these become worksheets where students just dump information.

Consider ways that you can probe students for their reasoning.Why?So what?Why is this the most appropriate category?PERSIA StationsIntroduction to three different methods of using PERSIANot enough time to completejust a snapshot experience (15 mins each)StationsComparison of Cultures (from a close read)Analysis of Sources (from DBQ)Image Sort with Emphasis on ReasoningReflectionHow might these strategies work in your classroom?

HomeworkBefore we meet again on November 18, please try to implement PERSIA in some capacity or another.If you want extra credit , maybe try a concept lesson, too!Sign up for DBQ training if you are interested.

6th grade social studiesEssential Questions

In a civilization, how is culture developed, and why does it change over time?

How does the physical geography of a civilization influence the culture?

How can we measure the impact of a civilizations developments and achievements?


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