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Skills available for Vermont eighth-grade social studies standards

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  • Social and Historical Questioning

    • H&SS7-8:1 Students initiate an inquiry by

      • Asking focusing and probing questions that will lead to independent research and incorporate concepts of personal, community, or global relevance (e.g., What are the causes of low voter turnout? What are the most effective ways to improve voter participation?).

  • Hypothesis/Research Statement

  • Research Plan

    • H&SS7-8:3 Students design research by

      • Identifying the quality and quantity of information needed, including primary and secondary sources.

      • Identifying tools and procedures needed for collecting, managing, and examining information, including a plan for citing sources (e.g., establishing a time line or schedule for research, identifying places to find possible sources).

      • Determining possible ways to present data (e.g., Power- Point, hypercard, report, graph, etc.).

  • Conducting Research

    • H&SS7-8:4 Students conduct research by

      • Referring to and following a detailed plan for an inquiry.

      • Locating relevant materials such as print, electronic, and human resources.

      • Applying criteria from the plan to analyze the quality and quantity of information gathered (e.g., judging the accuracy of different accounts of the same event).

      • Describing evidence and recording observations using notecards, videotape, tape recorders, journals, or databases.

      • Revising the research plan and locating additional materials and/or information, as needed.

      • Citing sources.

    • H&SS7-8:5 Students develop reasonable explanations that support the research statement by

      • Organizing and display information in a manner appropriate to the research statement through tables graphs, maps, dioramas, charts, narratives, posters timelines, models, simulations, and/or dramatizations.

      • Determining the validity and reliability of the document or information.

      • Choosing and using appropriate methods for interpreting information, such as comparing and contrasting, summarizing, illustrating, generalizing, sequencing, synthesizing, analyzing, and/or justifying (e.g., analyzing information to determine why two historical accounts of the same event might differ.)

      • Revising explanations as necessary based on personal reflection, peer critique, expert opinion, etc.

    • H&SS7-8:6 Students make connections to research by

      • Formulating recommendations and/or making decisions based on evidence.

      • Using their research results to support or refute the original research statement.

      • Proposing solutions to problems based on their findings, and asking additional questions.

      • Identifying problems or flaws with the research plan and suggesting improvements (e.g., identifying additional types of information that could strengthen an investigation).

      • Proposing further investigations.

    • H&SS7-8:7 Students communicate their findings by

      • Developing and giving oral, written, or visual presentations for various audiences.

      • Soliciting and responding to feedback.

      • Pointing out possibilities for continued or further research.


Physical and Cultural Geography

Civics, Government and Society