Students will exhibit their prior knowledge of history and historical thinking by completing a pre-test.
Students will introduce themselves to Ms. Cobb by writing her a letter describing themselves in at least two paragraphs or 16 sentences.
Students will create a history of the first day of school in their small groups by taking notes on everyone's experiences on August 8th and writing at least two paragraphs or 16 sentences.
SL.8.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
W.8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
On a half sheet of paper, what is one thing you remember learning in history last year and why do you think you remember it?
You will have 15 minutes to answer as much of this diagnostic as possible. If you do not finish, you must hit submit when the timer goes off.
Early finishers please draw me a picture of something you love.
Your assignment today is to write a letter to me so that I can get to know all of you better.
Directions are provided on the google form, as well as a letter from me to you. If you are stuck and do not know what to write, a series of questions are provided.
Early Finishers: read through these letters that students from last year wrote to you guys.
In our small groups we will be constructing a history of the first day of school. On the front side of a piece of paper, the Recorder will take notes as everyone describes their first day of school. On the back side of the piece of paper, all group members must work together to write a historical account of the first day of school based on everyone's experience.
Group roles: The Facilitator will make sure that everyone is staying on task to finish the assignment, the Recorder will be writing for the group on one piece of paper, the Speaker will be ready to share their history of the first day of school, and the Editor will make sure that the experience of everyone in the group is reflected in the writing.
Why do you think that some groups had different histories of the first day of school? What do you think this says about textbooks and other historical writing?