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The first step in
the unit
planning
process is
identifying
which
standards and
goals are going
to be achieved
from this unit.
I begin with the
standards
which will be
covered for the
first within this
unit.
Ela Standards
are spiraled
throughout the
year to ensure
students are
consistently
building ELA
skills within my
classroom.
Then, I list the
standards
covered in
previous units
that will be
spiraled into
this unit.
Next, I identify
the skills that I
will focus on
during this unit.
Each skill is
crafted through
a skills-vertical
alignment
guide which
was created by
all social
studies
teachers are
the school.
In addition to
building social
studies skills,
students will
build
mathematical
skills through
the data focus.
Students are
also expected
to grow their
knowledge and
ability to apply
ELA skills
within this unit.
Next, I identify
the demands
of the state
assessment for
6
th
-Grade
Social Studies
by reviewing
the
expectations
for learning.
I plan and
identify the
main goal of
understanding
after the
students
complete the
unit.
I also plan
essential
questions for
the unit in
order to guide
purpose,
relevancy, and
discussion.
I identify what
students
should know by
the end of the
unit based on
the standard.
This knowledge
is assessed in
the standard
mastery quiz
which is given
before the unit
summative
assessment.
I also identify
what students
should be able
to do after the
completion of
this unit due to
previous
knowledge,
cross-
disciplinary
skills covered,
and newly
acquired
knowledge.
This is the
continued list
of what
students
should be able
to do after the
completion of
the unit.
I am very
specific in
each, individual
task students
should be able
to perform to
ensure I teach
students every
one.
For example,
instead of
saying
“students will
be able to
explain the
characteristics
of a monarchy,
I explicitly list
what students
should be able
to explain
about
monarchies.
When I unit
plan, I always
identify key
vocabulary
because
knowledge of
vocabulary is
necessary for
students to
demonstrate
their mastery
of skills and
apply their
knowledge in
purposeful
ways.
I use my
knowledge of
learners to
provide
vocabulary aids
which help
them memorize
key words. To
the right is a
few examples
of vocabulary
terms placed
on the word
wall during this
unit. (Source:
Teachers Pay
Teachers)
The next
stage of the
unit planning
process is
identifying
which
performance
tasks I will
create in
order to
assess the
students
mastery of
skills and
standards
covered in
the unit.
For example,
The first
assessment
is a
government
project which
will
incorporate
technology
and student-
choice in
order for
students to
demonstrate
their
knowledge of
standard
6.10.
This is the
rubric I will use
to assess
students’
mastery of
Social Studies
and ELA skills
during the
pop-up debate.
For example,
using evidence
is a skill which
students must
demonstrate
mastery in on
the English
Language Arts
State Test.
The pre-work
component is
where I grade
students’
mastery of
social studies
skills.
Lastly, this
debate was
created based
on community
context in
order to allow
students to
have a voice
regarding the
presidential
election.
This is the
rubric I will
use to assess
students’
mastery of
ELA and
Social
Studies skills
during the
Government
Project
Activity.
Next, I plan
out formative
and
summative
assessments
to assess
student
mastery of
the goals of
the objective.
In order to
hold myself
accountable
to the big
goals of the
class. I go
into detail of
why the
assessments
measure my
students’
progress
towards the
big goal.
Formative Assessments(Teacher Created):
Mastery Quizzes:
The mastery quiz will be an assessment evaluating mastery of a specific
standard or skill
. This is a formative assessment for me and the students to assess common
misconceptions and create
a plan for improvement before the summative assessment.
Exit
Ticket: The exit tickets are given at the completion of every lesson to formatively assess
the
students’ mastery of the daily objective. The data collected from each exit ticket will be
used
by the teacher to create reteach plans and/or pull out groups to remediate specific
objectives
with students.
Summative Assessment (Teacher Created):
EOM
Test: This test is a summative test provided online by the school. The teacher uses this data
to officially
track which students have mastered the standards for the subject. The teacher will
also
use
the data for further spiraling of standards and to determine which standards will need to be
spiraled
into future units in order to help students achieve mastery by the end of the year. The
data
will
also be used for future small group pull- outs.
How do these
assessments measure your students’ progress toward your classes’ big goal(s)?
These assessments measure
my students’ progress toward my classes’ big goals because they are a
range
of formative assessments which build to ultimately a summative assessment which will be
concrete evidence
of whether or not the students in my class are achieving mastery of the
standards.
This is important because one of my goals is for them to master the Ohio state
standards and these assessments will ensure we
are reaching that ultimate goal of reaching 80%
mastery on the
course standards. Aside from the mastery goal, I want my students to think
critically
in a way that forces them to apply their knowledge to the skills they have acquired in
order
to become historians who examine history carefully learn from historys failures and
triumphs in
order to make the future a better world for all. This will be assessed through the
mastery
quizzes (some of which are essays where they are doing just that). Also, I want students
to examine their own
biases, perspectives, and identities in this unit in order to make sense of
events that affect them
and then use that anger or passion to catapult action within their own
communities.
The pop-up debate and evidence collecting for the presidential election will assess
their
ability to do so. In addition the government project will allow them to create a country in
which
they believe is best for citizens and would create positive change in the world.
The last step
is creating
the learning
plan
comprised of
daily
objectives
which will
lead students
to mastery of
the overall
goals of the
unit.