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    Using a graphic organizer of your choice, create a basic outline of a social studies theme that could be taught over the course of a month or longer.

    Choose a topic that would include two or three units that flow in an orderly sequence. Display the unit titles in the graphic organizer with lesson titles and topics. Full lesson plans are not required.

    Create a rationale statement as well as a student-friendly title for the entire theme.

    Include sections on your graphic organizer for culminating activity ideas, field trips, guest speakers, and other resources, including literature.

    Design at least two authentic assessments that address your topic: one formative and one summative.

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    Topic: Let's chose the topic of U.S Civil Rights movements in the 1960's. Specify that you would use this unit in a high school Social Studies classroom.

    A unit is a multiple day course of study, comprised of many different lessons. All schools are different, but since the Civil Rights movement is so important in the context of American History, it is generally recommended that two full weeks be devoted to a unit of this nature. That is, of course, unless it is an Advanced Placement course, which would mean that time would not allow for a full two weeks for the covering of this material. Let's assume, therefore, that this is not an AP course.

    Your unit should have a purpose statement (your professor is calling it a rationale statement). This statement tells all involved exactly why you feel it is important that the students learn this material. Think about it from the student's perspective. You are asking them to spend 10 full class periods learning about this topic. If you were a student, you would not want time to be wasted. You want to feel that the material is of lasting and intrinsic value to you. So, as the teacher, create a statement that encompasses this fact by stating exactly why the ...

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