Core Assessment Module: Words We Live By

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Scholars explore three of the most controversial words in the entire Declaration of Independence: "We the People." The ninth lesson in a series of 10 includes a close passage explaining the controversy of the three words and looks at measures taken in American history to include people of all genders and races. Seventh graders then answer text-dependent questions that promote thinking about the passage, a collaborative discussion with peers, and a final writing task to evaluate their understanding of the main ideas of the piece. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Partner with a history teacher to review amendments and movements within America's history to advance voting rights of black voters and women
  • What would the country look like without the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments? Begin class with this warm-up question to understand why they are so important

Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils may not be familiar with the amendments mentioned in the passage
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  • Proactively defines unknown vocabulary words in the close reading passage

  • Link to rubric for final writing task is not working