History Department Common Outcomes

The Academic Choice history department has been hard at work establishing a common curriculum and common student learning outcomes in 9th and 10th grade. Below is a set of common student learning outcomes that all history teachers have agreed to work towards with their students:

Academic Choice Student Learning Outcomes 9th and 10th Grade History

Students, in Academic Choice by the end of 10th Grade World History:
1)  will demonstrate persuasive writing capabilities based on Common Core Standards (listed below) by producing four Free Response essays and two research papers.

2) will read primary and secondary sources for understanding while identifying bias, tone, and historical context as described in the Common Core Standards. Can use readings to support and inform persuasive writing by producing two Document Based Questions and two research papers.

3) will use academic language in their writing and speaking and be familiar with the 5 most commonly-required language functions: compare and contrast, proposition and support, elaboration and description, sequencing, and cause and effect. Students will demonstrate this capacity in their four Free Response essays and two research papers.

4) will be able to record and structure information as presented in readings, documentaries, films, and oral lecture; identify the main idea, find supporting details, and summarize. Students will maintain a history notebook throughout the year, and produce at least ten pages of notes for their annual research paper.

5)  will conduct research from primary and secondary sources including scholarly databases/journals while evaluating the validity of these sources; demonstrated in their two research papers.

6) students will engage in structured group discussions, speaking in academic language to collaboratively discuss and defend ideas. Examples include Socratic Seminars.

7) will demonstrate historical thinking skills as identified by The College Board, comparing civilizations across time and analyzing the relationship between historical events. Students produce at least two of each of the following AP essays: compare and contrast, continuity and change over time, and document based question response essays.

From the Common Core:
Students will be able to…

  • RH.9-10.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
  • RH.9-10.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
  • RH.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
  • RH.9-10.5. Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.



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