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Skills available for Illinois seventh-grade social studies standards

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Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • Constructing Essential Questions

    • Less Complex, Moderately Complex, More Complex

      • SS.IS.1.6-8 Create essential questions to help guide inquiry about a topic.

  • Constructing Supporting Questions

    • Less Complex, Moderately Complex, More Complex

      • SS.IS.2.6-8 Ask essential and focusing questions that will lead to independent research.

  • Determining Helpful Sources

    • Less Complex, Moderately Complex, More Complex

      • SS.IS.3.6-8 Determine sources representing multiple points of view that will assist in organizing a research plan.

Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

  • Communicating Conclusions

    • Less Complex

      • SS.IS.6.6-8.LC Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging their strengths and limitations.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.IS.6.6-8.MdC Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples, and details, while acknowledging their strengths and weaknesses.

    • More Complex

      • SS.IS.6.6-8.MC Present arguments and explanations that would appeal to audiences and venues outside the classroom using a variety of media.

  • Critiquing Conclusions

    • Less Complex, Moderately Complex, More Complex

      • SS.IS.7.6-8 Critique the structure and credibility of arguments and explanations (self and others).

  • Taking Informed Action

    • Less Complex

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.IS.8.6-8.MdC Assess individual and collective capacities to take action to address problems and identify potential outcomes.

    • More Complex

      • SS.IS.8.6-8.MC Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in schools and community contexts.