Saturday, December 4, 2010

Argumentative Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom

Argumentative or Authentic Literacy is defined as Reading, Writing and Discussion by Schmoker in his Results Now book. Our workshop this week focused on the Discussion phase or argumentation part of literacy. This includes engaging students in discussion and allowing them to use their oral skills. During our workshop several discussion formats were presented. To learn more about these formats please view our Argumentive Literacy Powerpoint.

APUSH Podcasts

Over the past three years AP U.S. History teachers have recorded podcasts using audio digital recorders. These podcasts include class lectures that were recorded, special lectures for out of class assignments, and unit or semester exam reviews. Podcasts have been very beneficial to students who have been absent, are motivated to learn extra material, and who find reviewing content auditorially their best learning style. Our podcasts can be found at the D.C. Everest Social Studies website. Here is a podcast on the Road to Revolution