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      April 9, 2013

      Tuesday  12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

      67-01 110 Street
      Forest Hills, New York 11375

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      High School Social Studies Institute - Session Two

      The second Social Studies Institute session is being conducted at Forest Hills High School on Tuesday, April 9th. 

      We request that the same individuals who attended Session One on March 19th also attend Session Two.


      Summary of Social Studies Institute 

      During this three session “institute”, social studies leads/supervisors will become knowledgeable with the major changes required by the Common Core in relation to the ELA Instructional Shifts and the implications for social studies instruction.

      Participants will develop their ability to support teachers and offer feedback about the selection of materials, lesson design and the execution of instructional practices that create opportunities for actively engaging students in meaningful reading and writing activities that adequately prepare them for college.

      In order for this institute to equip social studies points with the ability to impact student achievement, it is strongly recommended that the same participants attend all three sessions.  High School Principals are invited to send your special education and/or ELL Point together with the individual who serves as the principal’s designee for social studies.

      Topics during the three sessions will include:

      • Close Examination of Instructional Shifts and CCLS Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies
      • Determining What is Meant by Text Complexity
      • Utilizing Rubrics to Deconstruct Text
      • Close Reading of Text
      • Strategic Selection of Text
      • Research Based Instructional Practices that Support Reading and Writing

      Overall, participants will learn how to improve teacher effectiveness as they become skilled in learning how to “coach” teachers to help students read and write like historians.

      Social Studies Institute - Session Two Agenda

      • Opening and Overview of Session  - Jayne Godlewski 
      • Session One Reflection and Share - APs and Teachers

       Activity One:

      • Defining Text Complexity/Understanding Why it Matters in Learning History Content
      • Outcome:  Develop a common understanding of what is meant by Text Complexity as it relates to the Instructional Shifts mandated by the Common Core Learning Standards 
      • Close Examination of Text Complexity Rubric
      • Outcome: Engage in a close reading of the rubric to understand its various components and develop a common definition about “text complexity” 
      • Assessing the Complexity of Two Texts: Declaration of Independence and Declaration of the Rights of Man
      • Outcome:  Determine the complexity level of each of the documents using the rubric
      • Assessing the Complexity of a Text Selected by each Participant
      • Outcome:  Assess the complexity of a document and determine its usefulness for uncovering content for a specific lesson 

      Activity Two:

      • Read excerpt of Dr. Timothy Shanahan article on the topic of Disciplinary Literacy in History/Social Studies
      • Reread Standards for Literacy in History/SS and use template “What It Says – What It Means” to unpack standards
      • Outcome:  Gaining clarity about disciplinary literacy approaches for history/social studies in an effort towards having teachers help students to read, write, listen, speak and think like historians


      • Participants will identify one action step that results from their new learning and be prepared to discuss the implementation of the action step at the outset of Session Three.

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