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LDC Mini-task

American Colonies Letter


GRADES

DISCIPLINE

COURSE

Social Studies

American History

PACING

SKILL AND DEFINITION

Literacy Design Collaborative

PRODUCT AND PROMPT

SCORING GUIDE

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INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

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LDC Mini-task
PACING

SKILL AND DEFINITION

PRODUCT AND PROMPT

1 hr and 30
mins

PLANNING > PLANNING THE


WRITING: Ability to develop a
line of thought and text structure
appropriate to an argumentation
task.

AMERICAN COLONIES LETTER


After researching primary and
secondary sources about life in the
American Colonies, write a letter to a
relative living in England in which
you argue whether or not they
should move to the Colonies.

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SCORING GUIDE
Communicating
0 The student does not
reach a standard
described by any of the
descriptors below.
12 The student:
tries in a limited way to
communicate information
and ideas in a
style that is appropriate to
the audience and purpose
tries in a limited way to
structure information
according to the task
instructions
tries in a limited way to
create a list of sources of
information.
34 The student:
communicates
information and ideas in a
style that is sometimes
appropriate to the
audience and purpose
structures information
sometimes according to
the task instructions
creates a list of sources
of information sometimes
according to the
task instructions.
56 The student:
communicates
information and ideas in a
style that is often
appropriate to the
audience and purpose
structures information
often according to the task
instructions
creates a list of sources
of information often
according to the task
instructions.

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INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
Mini-lesson to discuss the learning objective and model how to analyze
pictures of primary sources.
Students take Cornell style notes surrounding the various aspects of
colonial life. Aspects range from colonial education, class differences,
slavery in the colonies, interactions with indigenous populations and family
life.

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LDC Mini-task
PACING

SKILL AND DEFINITION

PRODUCT AND PROMPT

78 SCORING
The student:
GUIDE
communicates
information and ideas in a
style that is completely
appropriate to the
audience and purpose
structures information
and ideas completely
according to the task
instructions
creates a list of sources
of information according to
the task instructions.

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

Investigation
0 The student does not
reach a standard
described by any of the
descriptors
below.
12 The student:
formulates a very
general research question
makes a limited attempt
to follow an action plan to
investigate a
question
collects and records
limited information, not
always in line with the
research question
makes a limited attempt
to address the research
question.
34 The student:
formulates an adequate
research question
partially follows an action
plan to investigate a
research question
uses a method or
methods to collect and
record some information
in
line with the research
question

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LDC Mini-task
PACING

SKILL AND DEFINITION

PRODUCT AND PROMPT

partially
SCORING
addresses
GUIDE
the
research question.
56 The student:
formulates a clear
research question
satisfactorily follows an
action plan to investigate
a research
question
uses methods to collect
and record appropriate
information in line
with the research question
satisfactorily addresses
the research question.
78 The student:
formulates a clear and
focused research question
follows an action plan
effectively to investigate a
research question
uses methods accurately
to collect and record
appropriate and
varied information in line
with the research question
effectively addresses the
research question.

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1 : Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2 : Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior
knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4 : Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social
studies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1B : Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic
or text.

by Daniel T. Medina

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