This packet includes everything you need to teach a great theme lesson using the book The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles. This is a powerful story with many meaningful themes throughout. If you have a different book about Ruby Bridges, the activities would work well with that book as well.
This is a unit has been completely updated for formatting and content. It is a complete novel study using the book Bud, Not Buddy. The entire unit focuses on the Common Core Standards shift to getting students to use evidence from the text to defend their responses. It includes:
• Overview with Sugg
Japanese Internment Camps Primary Source Reading & Worksheet
This is a marvelous first-person account of what it was like for a 19-year-old girl from California to be placed into an internment camp during World War II.
Told in a passionate, engaging style by civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyam
Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources
Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources
An Introduction to Primary & Secondary Sources: Political Cartoons, Scaffolding Questions, Constructed-Response Questions, and more!
This series of activities and examples introduces primary and sec
Are you looking for a great way to introduce the Socratic method to your class? Do you want to get your students thinking at a higher level in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way? Are you looking to bring close reading into your classroom? Do you need a way to get your kids to go back and cite the te
In this highly engaging activity, students will analyze the social, political and economic implications of the Louisiana Territory and students will simulate the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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Wonder: The Julian Chapter
This product contains a close reading study guide for The Julian Chapter from the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It includes "right there" questions, short answer questions, inferential questions, sequence of events questions, comparison questions, predictions questions, dra
In this common core standards-based activity, students analyze the Indian Removal Act and encompassing belief in Manifest Destiny through three primary and one secondary source. The lesson involves an analysis, debate, and constructed response writing prompt centered around the essential question "Wa
This unit is highly rigorous and explores the causes of the American Revolution. It is aligned with English Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged.
This package is fully loaded with a number of reading and writing strategies, 9 PowerPoints, graphi
This unit focuses on the presidency of George Washington. The unit is packed with rigorous activities that will keep your students engage.
Your students will practice evidence-based writing and close reading. All the questions are modeled after the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium Release Ques
The MrNussbaum.com American Revolution World of Printables is the most complete set of printable activities on the internet for students in grades 4-8. Designed by the creator of mrnussbaum.com, these activities promote a range of critical skills such as role-playing, critical thinking, analysis, com
This packet includes everything you need to teach a great cause and effect lesson using the book Old Henry by Joan W. Blos. If you have not read this book, it's a great story about what happens when a neighbor does not take care of his house.
I found it in my school library. If your school does
This clear and nicely designed DBQ Writing Guide includes all the steps to writing an effective DBQ essay.
From the initial step of evaluating the DBQ sources to the final organization of the DBQ essay this guide will greatly help your students. Simply choose any of the DBQs from the College Boar
This unit is highly rigorous and engaging and explores America’s expansion west. It is aligned with English Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged.
This package is fully loaded with a number of reading and writing strategies, several PowerPoints,
This is an excerpt from Nelson Mandela's biography, "Long Walk to Freedom" that comes equipped with Common Core type critical thinking questions, as well as a vocabulary chart. This works great with a unit on South Africa or Common Core language arts.
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Lesson with DBQ, Level 2 and 3 DOK questions that align great with Common Core instruction.
Students will be challenged intellectually to think about the big picture implications of Lincoln's most famous speech.
Give your students a booklet they can create that guides them through the entire process of answering document based questions. Print the booklet front to back fold and staple and your students will have everything they need.
*Space for you to give them your method of document analysis
DBQ's, (document-based questions) using primary documents to answer a historical question, are increasingly being used at all secondary grade levels. I created this outline to help students organize their document groups as well as evidence from the documents in preparing them to write a DBQ essay i
Berlin Conference article about the Scramble for Africa.
Article with vocabulary, matching, and multiple choice questions.
4 Documents with document based questions.
Passages about perspectives at the time on Imperialism with multiple choice questions
Answer keys included for all.
This is a paired passage set and informative prompt designed to help students prepare for any CCSS writing assessment. There are three text sources on the same topic, a writing prompt (informational), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar to what students will see on the as
<3 This Valentine's Day close reading and writing unit can be easily differentiated to support your own individual classroom needs. It has been scaffolded to follow the progression of the common core reading standards in grades 2-5.
This resource comes with 2 informational units (RI) and 2 liter
This is an activity that can either be used as a homework activity, in class independent activity, or used with a small group of students. The passages are taken from npr.org and biography.com and are both easily accessible. Links to the article are included in the packet.
The entire file is in Wor
This is a highly engaging lesson that will stretch your students intellectually.
This is a DBQ lesson that focuses on Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address.
The DBQ questions are written at level 3 DOK (Depth of Knowledge) and the lesson is aligned with Common Core, including a level 3 DOK Constructed Re
This mini-book is a brief overview of Marco Polo and the Silk Road including his accomplishments and influence on other explorers. It is intended for elementary children to support social studies, reading comprehension, and critical thinking. The pages can be copied front to back and then folded to
This Gallery Walk is intended help the students understand the horror of the Holocaust before reading the novel Night by Elie Wiesel.
There are twenty one photos that I separate into four categories: The Victims, Persecution, Deportation, and Genocide. I have included the word file to print these ca
2 page article on Japanese Americans during World War II and the Relocation Camps they were sent to.
*10 multiple choice questions
*3 Documents - Map, Notice, Photograph
*10 open-ended questions
One of the shifts of the common core is "Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational." Is it always warranted that a student cite using MLA format? No. Teaching students how to informally cite text to support what is explicitly stated and to suppor
The file contains a grading rubric which will help you evaulate DBQ essays quickly and helps students analyze their own work.
The rubric is color coded; students used the color coding of the rubric to highlight the sections of their essays that illustrate those essential elements of good historical a
This is a classroom tested reading comprised of the first half of King's great Letter from Birmingham Jail. I have included the first half for several reasons -- it already is a 10 page reading (5 double sided) with a page of vocabulary words with relevant definitions. Your handout will have space
How has transportation changed over time? This lesson introduces primary aged students to evidence based writing, similar to the Document Based Question (DBQ) approach. In this multi-day unit, young students will analyze primary sources to determine how transportation has changed over time. Students
This document includes not one, but TWO, Document Based Questions. The first focuses on the American Colonies. This 13 page DBQ has 6 documents and asks students to analyze the differences between the New England, Middle Atlantic, and Southern colonies. The second DBQ is 9 pages long and has 5 docume
Create a Birthday Bulletin Board and have students practice interpreting data with differentiated worksheet.
This packet includes:
Birthday Bulletin Board Idea and Printables
- Printable cupcakes for students to write their names and birthdates and decorate to be displayed on a class birthda
Are you looking for rigorous text-based writing prompts for your 2nd graders? Included are 30 writing prompts- 5 for each story in Unit 1 of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys series- 2nd grade (Henry and Mudge, My Family, Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon, Diary of a Spider, and Teacher's Pets).
The “BAG” method allows students during the peer editing process of writing to provide quick, specific, helpful, and understandable feedback.
There are two copies of the BAG sentence starters on the page. I have my students glue this reference sheet into their ELA interactive notebook.
This is a robust hypermedia program, built in MS PowerPoint, explaining in detail strategies to write a DBQ. The hypermedia program is more than just a slideshow, as the homepage slide includes buttons linking users to other sections of the presentation explaining how to write an introduction paragra
This activity is high rigor, very engaging and aligns with Common Core reading and writing literacy.
This packages includes:
1.) high level questioning -- level 3 Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Document-Based Questions (DBQ)
2.) SOAPS (AP Language Arts Strategy) reading strategy with instructions on h
Have your students think like a Historian. 193 Slides...155 DBQ Bell Ringers for Ancient World Middle School Social Studies, aligned with the Common Core. Let's get rigorous with our bell ringers and ask them to analyze, infer and draw conclusions. This amazing package that will fill your needs al
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Document Based Questions can be tricky for students, especially at the beginning. Using this essay outline will help your students organize their thinking. The rubric will help your students understand what is expected of an essay (1-5). Easy t
These standards-based assessments are Common-Core aligned for 6th grade English Language Arts. These assessments are ready-to-use and include all necessary reading passages.
Get your students prepared for the rigor of standardized tests by assessing them throughout the year with document-based asse
Background for Call of the Wild
*10 Matching Questions
*10 True/False Questions
*6 Multiple Choice Questions (higher order)
*Map Document with 12 open-ended Questions
*Outfit List with 8 Document-Based Questions
Prep for PARCC type exams. Students read two pieces of informational text on blood types and transfusions and then excerpts from Bram Stoker's Dracula. They answer four close reading questions that lead them to make a claim about the blood transfusions Lucy receives and how the process is interpreted
This is a fun lesson that is highly rigorous and will keep your students engaged. It is designed as a cooperatively learning exercise where students will practice writing and reading skills and speaking and listening skills all of which align with ELA and Social Studies Common Core standards.Also, th
I've included 30 slides of quotes from famous people around the world. Each slide includes a quote, matching picture, and 2 or 3 questions for students to complete during bellwork. This PowerPoint would also be a great closing activity for your classes.
Six weeks worth of bellwork for one low pric