this Daily Classroom Special
Social Studies Lessons for High School was written by Robert
O. Black. Bob is a social studies teacher at the Harbor City Learning
Center, and former Teachers Network web mentor.
This series is designed for social studies teachers to use with
their high school government and history courses. It was developed
in response to a shift in education throughout our country: a move
away from rote memorization and toward the critical thinking skills
necessary for many of the new performance assessment programs.
The lessons listed below will enable teachers to teach seven specific
critical thinking skills in a step-by-step process. The information
has been adapted for old media and new media formats. Web sites
will be provided that will allow teachers to choose the most appropriate
resource for the selected activity. All selections can be copied
for classroom use. Teachers may adapt activities to allow students
to complete assignments via the web.
The lessons included in this series are:
Each lesson will have an
introduction, template, lesson plan, and sample student template response.
The skill template for each skill can be used every time students
practice the skill. A sample lesson plan linking the critical thinking
skill with the appropriate learning goal and the national standard
will be included, along with a completed sample showing student responses.
- Data Interpretation
- Issue Analysis
- Map Analysis
- Political Cartoon Interpretation
- Point of View/Bias Detection
- Primary Document Analysis
- Problem Solving