Groton Public Schools Curriculum Map INTRODUCTION Mini Course Title: Curriculum Area and Grade: Current Events Social Studies Grade 8 Course Purpose: To provide students with an opportunity to explore current events that impact their community, state, country and/or world. Major Learning Goals and Understandings: Student Learning Expectation(s): Students will be able to read non-fiction articles, comprehend current events, identify fact and opinions, and locate geographical area of the event. 21st Century Learning Expectation(s): (see attached: P21 Framework: www.P21.org ) This proposal includes decision making skills, higher level thinking, group work, engagement, creativity. 1Unit 6 Weeks (day 1 and day 2) *this class may be offered throughout the academic year since current events are ever changing 1. Significant people, places and events that impact community, state, 2. country and world Mappers/Authors: Marcia Halligan, Deborah Waddicor and Warrine Kavanaugh Date Approved: October 2012 Part 1 - Unit/Theme/Concept Grades: 6 to 8 Subject: History Course: Current Events Length of Unit: (# of weeks) 6 Common Core State Standards Key Ideas and Details: #2 Determine the central idea or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. Supporting Standards Connecticut State Standards Standard 1 – Content Knowledge – knowledge of concepts, themes and information from history and social studies is necessary to promote understanding of our nation and world. Standard 1.1 – Demonstrate an understanding of significant events and themes in United States history. Part 2 – Standards Key (GLE) Content Knowledge and Concepts/Skills The students will know: The students will be able to: How current events are linked to past history How to locate geographical points of interest The difference between a primary and secondary source How to discriminate between fact and opinion Big Idea: Current events are a product of past history and have an impact on our community, state, country and world. Students will analyze, synthesize and create news stories. Through comprehension activities, students will practice their understanding and remembering. Analyze news presented by a variety of sources Understand how current events are formed from past history Evaluate the point of view of the author Big Idea and Essential Questions Bloom’s Taxonomy Levels Creating, Evaluating, Analyzing, Applying, Understanding and Remembering Essential Question How do current events impact our community, state, country and world? Part 3 – Common Unit Assessments An oral and/or written presentation of current event article Based on comprehension questions from current event articles Part 4 – Common/Assured Learning Experiences Questioning strategies Comprehension strategies Vocabulary building Map and chart interpretation Part 5-Teacher Notes Daily mini lessons may include access to newspapers, technology, UpFront New York Times, Junior Scholastic magazine, and guest speakers.