As the culminating task for the end of the unit, these Learning Targets are the perfect way to get your students to demonstrate mastery of the content standards (CA HSS) as they integrate the Common Core writing standards and higher order thinking skills.
Each content standard for the new ideas born out of the Renaissance and Scientific Revolutions have been leveled to create three Learning Targets: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. In my class, students have the choice in the level they want to attain and the grade they want to receive. If they only want to receive a Basic grade, they only have to complete the Basic Learning Target. If they want to receive a Proficient grade, they need to complete the Basic and Proficient Learning Targets. If they want to receive an Advanced grade, they need to complete all three Learning Targets.
Suggestion: I work at a blended learning school where all students have access to technology. For my classroom, this document is always available to my students as a digital resource which includes additional links to texts, images, videos, and websites. Although through the unit they are provided with multiple assignments and chances to learn the content needed to meet every Learning Target, I use the digital resource to fill in gaps and bring in a research component.