Causes of WWI

We’ve spent some time discussing the causes of World War I and the events taking place in the 1900’s that inevitably led to the breakout of war – increased military technology, urbanization, the shift to industrialization, etc.  Below you’ll find the slides describing the M.A.I.N. causes.


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Training Camp – Interactive Reading

We’ll now be taking a look at INTERACTIVE READING SKILLS.  Below they are categorized with specific activities.

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Use this article for today’s lesson: “A Monster Bug Discovery”

DIGITAL EXIT TICKET: Selective Highlighting



Today we will be using this article: “Teen Runaway Hides Out…”


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Use this article for Today’s Lesson: Teen Runaway






There are different types of formal questions: Knowledge, Comprehension, Synthesis, and Analysis Questions.

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Imagine a Knowledge Question is like a snapshot of a story…

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Imagine a Comprehension Question involves understanding the whole story, or in this case, movie…



Use this article for Today’s Lesson on Knowledge and Comprehension: Teen Runaway


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Use this article for Today’s Lesson on Analysis and Synthesis: Ebola

QUIZ PRACTICE:  Identifying Question Types


Training Camp – Plagiarism

Now that we’ve gone through summarizing and have learned that we need to put things into our own words, let’s take a look at Plagiarizing.  The topic has been known to be misinterpreted as simply when you use someone else’s piece of work, but there’s much more to it than that.

Here are some Common Types of Plagiarism:

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Plagiarism Activity:


Before you leave today, please complete the Plagiarism Exit Ticket



Training Camp – Summarizing

As we mentioned, we will be beginning our Social Studies class by working on developing and mastering certain skills that will allow us to dive into the really interesting heart of our History and Social Studies class.  Much like we do when we train in the off-season for our upcoming sports, in Social Studies we will be conditioning ourselves to get to where we need to be in order to begin our Season. We will begin with Summarizing.


Consider today Day 1 of your Training!

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Digital Exit Ticket for Summarizing Day 1

Before leaving today, please fill in this Digital Exit-Ticket to show your understanding of Summarizing.



Article:  Read this!

Understanding your Own Perspective

Each of us enters this classroom with a different perspective formed by experiences we have had so far in our lives.  A key to understanding social studies concepts is to be able to recognize different perspectives with which people approach social issues.  Each of our perspectives is important to consider-they will help the members of our class expand the way we each see the world.  But it will help us even more if we understand the background of the perspective we are hearing.  Your job is to help us understand your perspective.

 Perspective Assignment:

To do this you need to think about where your perspective is coming from.  We need to know which things in your life have most influenced your thinking.  Those things can include nationality, culture, religion, language, values, wealth, and places you have lived to name a few.  Not all of them will be important in each of your lives.  You should perhaps choose the 2 or 3 that you think most influence your perspective.

You will create a “poster” to help us understand where your point of view is coming from.  Your poster should include a few large images in the middle of the paper that represent those influences.  Try to find an image that is symbolic and helps sum up a bigger idea.

Visual Requirements:

  •   The poster must include your name.
  •   Your poster must include at least 1-3 visuals that you think best represent or symbolize things that influence your perspective.  Try to be as creative as possible.  Think about images and symbols that best represent the ideas that have shaped your thinking.
  •   You may decorate a border around those images with words and images that better clarify your message.

Written Explanation:

  •   On the back of your visual, you need to write or type a short message to me.  Part of the message will help you with your brief presentation to the class, and the other part will help me get to know you a little better.
  •   Explain why you chose your images and how the things they represent have influenced your perspective.  Be clear and complete—we want to better understand you.
  •   Tell me about three things you think I should know about you.  This part is for me to read and you will not be asked to share this with the class.  Pick three things that will help me understand you better.
  •   Tell me about one goal you have for yourself this year.  It doesn’t have to be about Social Studies, but it can be.  Why is this your goal?
 Oral Presentation:

You need to briefly explain to the class the visuals you chose and the meanings behind them.  How did they help to shape your perspective?

Here is an example, though you don’t have to include this many images! 🙂

Ms. Vs Perspective

Ms Vs Perspective Write Up

Quarter 1 – Essential Questions

As we begin our readings and study on the United Nations keep in mind the essential questions we have for our systems unit:

1. What should be the responsibilities of international systems of governance?

2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of international systems of governance?

3. How does negotiation and debate play a crucial role in the functioning of international systems?

Think about this:  In what ways have you had to deal with systems of governance in your own life – at home, with friends, in groups? How have negotiation and debate helped those systems of governance function properly?

Interactive Reading!

We’ve been working on interactive reading skills in class in preparation for reading the texts we’ll be covering in Social Studies. For a quick review of what we’ve been discussing, take a look at the slides below:


1. Recognizing Unknown Words

2. Selective Highlighting

3. Side Note Comments

4. Side Note Questions

5. Formal Questions



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