Social Studies James Pinnell Chris London Amy Clark
Our Strengths Since 2009, Our Passing Rates for:
- All students have been 92% or higher.
- African American Students have been 100%
- Hispanic students have been 93% or higher.
- White students have been 100%.
- ED students have been 95% or higher.
2011-2012 Things to be Addressed
- Primary and Secondary Documents
- Vocabulary for all grade levels (Use word walls)
- Readiness Criteria for the next grade/careers/college
- Male, Hispanics, and Special Education
- Prepare students for new format, get help from ELA on testing strategies.
Changes in the Curriculum 8 th Grade
- 25 Historical Figures have be added (Mercy Otis Warren, Hiram Rhodes Revels)
- New Vocabulary (Republic vs. Democracy)
- Additional Court Cases (Worchester vs. Georgia and McCulloch vs. Maryland)
Changes in the Curriculum 9 th Grade
- Droughts/Hurricanes Vs. Tsunamis/Volcanoes
- Court Hearings – Baker vs. Carr, Latino Rights
- Federalists Papers particularly #10, #39,and #5
Changes in the Curriculum Across the Grades 6-12
- Vocabulary Knowledge in all subjects areas has increased (Geography, World History, Texas History, American History)
- Court Cases have been added in all American History Courses
- Historical Figures have been added in all subject areas (Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Sam Walton, Billy Graham)
- Chicano Mural Movement, Latino Rights Movement
- Endangered Species Act & Environmental Protection Agency
Changes in the Exam
- Increase in the number of Questions (45-60)
- Question Layout – One Paragraph/Chart with a question set
- Critical Thinking/Analysis Questions vs. Memorization
- Why did “this” happen? Vs. When did “this” happen?, What was the results? (Louisiana Purchase)
Challenges New and Old
- Create Anticipatory Sets for the beginning of the each class
- Make sure that new material is covered
- Create word walls for each subject
- Resources (Training & Monetary)
Social Studies Goals
- 95% passing rates 8-10 th grade
- Exemplary Status for Social Studies