If you teach social studies in Louisiana right now, you know it can be challenging to find resources that align to the state assessment. Your textbooks, foldables, videos, and other resources are not bad – they just aren’t enough! The recent shifts in social studies require students to use a set of sources and what they have learned in social studies to answer questions that look nothing like “traditional” elementary social studies tests. The rigor has increased, and students are expected to analyze sources, make inferences based on prior knowledge, and explain their reasoning.
The resources included in this set were designed to work with what you already have, while focusing on key themes and standards. Through the DBQs, students will analyze sources, debate, and write essays similar to those on the LEAP. The slideshows and interactive notebook pages provide explicit instruction, which is also critical for learning. Response journal prompts allow students to internalize what they have learned and to express their understanding in writing. Quizzes and assessments are aligned to the LEAP, and standards are available at the beginning of the documents.
Also included in this set is a suggested pacing guide, aligned to the Louisiana Scope and Sequence and letting you know when to complete the activities in that document. Directions for using each of the resources are included – sometimes with pictures! Management, engagement, and organization tips are sprinkled throughout the resources, and everything was written with the COMPASS evaluation rubric in mind.
Following the suggested pacing in this unit will take approximately 20 instructional days.
By purchasing this unit, you will receive:
1 – Suggested Pacing
2 – Introduction to Debates (Instructions for conducting this lesson)
3 - Geography Basics Slideshow
4 - Geography Basics Interactive Notebook
5 – Geography Basics Quiz
6 - Geography and the Indigenous People of America DBQ
7 – What Does it Mean to be Civilized? DBQ
8 - Civilization Interactive Notebook Pages
9 - Preparing for Research (Instructions for conducting this lesson)
10 – Conducting Research (Instructions for conducting this lesson)
11 – Tips for Workstation Days
12 – Bonus: United States Regions Slideshow (can be used as a workstation)
13 – Bonus: United States Regions Interactive Notebook (can be used as a workstation)
14 – Suggested Grades
Please note that a unit assessment is not included, but a link is provided to the Indigenous Cultures assessment found on the Louisiana Believes website. Also, note that the "Geography Basics" and "United States Regions" material can be found in the 4th Grade Unit 1 set as well.