There are new featured resources highlighted at Curriki for the month of July, in math and science, and in social studies and English language arts. See these pages on the Curriki site covering the four subject areas:
Since Independence Day is next week in the U.S., we highlight U.S. history here. One of the curricula under the Social Studies category above is a high school level U.S. history curriculum.
This curriculum covers all of the material outlined by the College Board as necessary to prepare students to pass the AP U.S. History exam.
Upon completion of this course students will:
- Demonstrate comprehension of a broad body of historical knowledge.
- Express ideas clearly in writing. Work with classmates to research an historical issue.
- Interpret and apply data from original documents.
- Identify underrepresented historical viewpoints.
- Write to persuade with evidence.
- Compare and contrast alternate interpretations of an historical figure, event, or trend.
- Explain how an historical event connects to or causes a larger trend or theme.
- Develop essay responses that include a clear, defensible thesis statement and supporting evidence.
- Effectively argue a position on an historical issue.
- Critique and respond to arguments made by others.
- Raise and explore questions about policies, institutions, beliefs, and actions in an historical context.
- Evaluate primary materials, such as historical documents, political cartoons, and first-person narratives.
- Evaluate secondary materials, such as scholarly works or statistical analyses.
- Assess the historical significance and cultural impact of key literary works (e.g. Common Sense, Uncle Tom’s Cabin).
Notice that this curriculum is built around critical thinking: comprehension, interpretation, expressing ideas clearly, persuasion, analysis, developing an argument with defensible support, critiquing and assessing documents, policies, beliefs, and cultural impact.
For those of you outside of the U.S., there is a great resource, Tour of the Universe, that we can all relate to. This is for use in middle school grades 6, 7, or 8 to meet astronomy and earth science standards; it has integration with mathematics, history, and technology subject areas.
This semester of science focuses on a linear exploration of our universe. Students begin by exploring the history of astronomical thought, then move to our current understanding of the universe, including the structure of the solar system, and end with a study of our home planet, Earth.
Take a look at these 12 highlighted resource areas for July, there is sure to be one or more of interest in the list!