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Comprehending Expository Text

Topic

Comprehending Expository text

Subject

Social Studies – History

Grades

6th

Overview: Students used two graphic organizers focused on change over time and interdependencies during and after reading their social studies text.  While reading, students looked for key words of change (e.g. increasing, declining, flourishing), copied the quote(s) containing these words, determined what was changing (e.g. increasing) and then drew a graph of that factor based on the information within the text.  Students were then asked to look for and explain data indicating the cause of change within the graph. 

After completing the chapter and sharing graphs with one other, students worked in small groups to draw connection circles indicating cause and effect relationships among the changing factors.

In a whole-class setting, these connections were shared and causal loops within the connection circle were identified and discussed in terms of their historic and present-day significance.

ST Concepts & Habits

Concepts:

  • Change over time

  • Interdependencies

ST Tools

  • Behavior-over-time graphs

  • Causal loops

  • Connection circles

Standards

Students understand the human experience through time; interpret historical events; and make connections among people and events.

Students read and/or experience texts to understand themselves, others, and the world around them.

Implemented by: Bill Dennis and Anne LaVigne

Submitted by: Anne LaVigne

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