While taking EDD/585 (Introduction to Middle School: Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Phoenix online, I have taken a look at my own teaching practices and habits. Some lesson plans I will keep, with tweaks. Others I will use much less often than I did before. And, I am happy to report, I have gleaned new ideas and best practices from our readings and class discussions in the asynchronous forums.
For my final presentation, I have analyzed the seven “Show-Me” standards for social studies instruction in the state of Missouri, specific to grade 8. While my classroom of group home boys varies in age and grade, most are in about 8th or 9th grade. I have also included one of the standards for visual arts that relates to my curriculum.
For each standard, I have selected one specific grade level expectation per the documents located on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) resource pages for social studies and visual arts. I then describe one lesson plan or means of instruction for each, as well as how I previously assessed students (representing how I might have addressed each objective prior to taking the course), followed by an alternative plan and means of assessment that use my new knowledge of early adolescent needs to adapt the lesson for higher student engagement. I have included creative use of technology for six of the new lesson plans, as well as for two of the assessments.
The standards are addressed on the following links:
SS Standard 1: Principles of Constitutional Democracy
SS Standard 2: Principles and Processes of Governance Systems
SS Standard 3: Missouri, United States, and World History
SS Standard 4: Economic Concepts and Principles
SS Standard 5: Elements of Geographical Study and Analysis
SS Standard 6: Relationships of Individuals and Groups to Institutions and Traditions
SS Standard 7: Tools of Social Science Inquiry
Visual Art Grade 8 – Strand IV: Interdisciplinary Connections