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  • 1. Social Studies James Pinnell Chris London Amy Clark
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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)
    • Hudson River School
  • 5. Changes in the Curriculum 9 th Grade
    • Environmental Biomes
    • Droughts/Hurricanes Vs. Tsunamis/Volcanoes
    • Court Hearings – Baker vs. Carr, Latino Rights
    • Federalists Papers particularly #10, #39,and #5
    • Intense Vocabulary Focus
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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)
  • 8. 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
    • Planning Time
    • Resources (Training & Monetary)
    • Accepting Change
  • 9. Social Studies Goals
    • 95% passing rates 8-10 th grade
    • 95% Special Education
    • 95% Hispanics
    • 100% Exit TAKS
    • Exemplary Status for Social Studies