Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class

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Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair, create characters, build exhibits, and design attractions to address these concerns. The richly detailed packet deserves an honored place in your curriculum library.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Relocate the activity to your town and use the Seattle World's Fair as a model
  • Have class members compare the futuristic predictions of the Seattle Worlds' Fair with today's realities
  • Create a time capsule for the class's predictions and save for 10 or 20 year class reunions
Classroom Considerations

  • The unit requires considerable pre-planning and an extensive materials list
Pros

  • The 21st century skills approach of Storypath encourages the development of communication, collaboration, cooperation, and critical thinking skills
  • The 95-page packet includes a rationale for the activities, reading passages, comprehension strategies, and extensions
Cons

  • None