A Highlight on Social Studies

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At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess.To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, our teachers spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities.

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The first unit I would like to highlight this year is from our 6th grade Social Studies classroom. Our students are in the fifth week of a five week unit covering the “Minnesotan Immigration Experience”. The key concepts being studied are “Community and Identity” with the debatable question of: “How can we use an understanding of others’ identities to help define our own identities?”

With this unit, students are learning about the identities and experiences of particular immigrant groups in Minnesota, and using this information to compare and contrast the identities and experiences of the immigrant characters in their Language Arts classroom using the book “Seedfolks.” 

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As part of this learning opportunity teachers also incorporate AVID instructional strategies during the unit. Included below is a video of Mr. Rishavy engaging his 6th graders in W.I.C.O.R – writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading – by using the AVID strategies of Marking the Text,

then using that same text to introduce Cornell Notes.

I hope you enjoyed this highlight. If you have any questions about this unit or anything related to North View Middle School, please feel free to contact me using this form.

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