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Assignment Specifications

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Overall Wiki Guidelines below:


For a C you will need to have the following components in your literature materials.

Original lesson plans must be included.

  • Original completed lesson plans tied to the children's literature book you chose.  Potentially these lessons would be based on one of the models for best practice in Social Studies that we've considered such as those based in-- answering essential  questions, using primary sources, cooperative learning, doing citizen action etc.
  • Grammatically correct 
  • Aligned to a MN social studies standard  
  • Appropriately referenced (and not plagiarized)
  • Includes assesment criteria and rubrics as appropriate
  • Be sure your name is clearly available on the wiki as the author of the wiki, not the text. If you prefer to go first name last initial, or first initial last name, that is fine. Your email will be accessible in the history of the wiki for all who have access to the wiki editing feature.



  •    Standards/objectives, learning tasks, and assessments are loosely aligned to a big idea or essential question.

•    Candidate plans a focus solely on facts or a singular interpretation of an historical event or social science phenomenon, with no connection among facts, concepts, interpretations, and judgments about an historical event or social science phenomenon.
•    There are significant content inaccuracies that will lead to student misunderstandings.

Must be peer reviewed by at least one person.

As evidenced in the history area of the wiki.





Must have a brief review of the text itself on the front page.

This should include:

  • approximate reading level of the book
  • page numbers
  • author
  • image 
  • summary of book written in student's own words


Must have the Marzano vocabulary activities embedded.
Description of how these materials should be used.

Introduction with compelling material accessible to students.

begin with an informal definition or examples in words the students understand.

Create or associate images or graphics with the language.

Elaborate and expand on the vocabulary through rich content material and problem solving activities that require use of the new vocabulary.

Practice the vocabulary in enjoyable interpersonal classroom activities.

Play with the langauge.


Layout that is easy to read, grammatically correct, and visually pleasing.

At least one image should be included in your wiki in addition to the picture of the book on the title page.


Be consistent with your font type and size throughout a section.


Use colors that work with students who are visually challenged -- reasonably high contrast for instance.


Put spaces between sections to make easier to read. Use bullets and tables to keep material aligned neatly. Space is free within the wiki!



Cross referenced within the wiki to other useful materials

For instance, when you reference a worksheet students should complete in a lesson plan, that worksheet can be linked right from the lesson plan.


Each page needs a link out of it and back to your own main page. The main page should have a link out to the main children's literature wiki page.


Try to cluster your links, for instance, link to a vocabulary page from your title page, and then on your vocabulary page link to all relevant materials rather than having three separate vocabulary links on the title page.



For a B on this assignment add the following components to the above list.

A widget or "Insert Plugin" in your lesson plan. (Look up above in the right hand side of the editing tool bar. It looks like a puzzle piece.)

An embedded podcast, video, flickr slideshow, dippity, bubbleshare, voki etc.

At least five external links to useful relevant sites for further useful content on topics related to your book choice.

These need to be annotated with a brief description of why each is a useful link to follow. What age group does the material there target? Is it interactive or static? Who sponsors the information if it isn't obvious from the title?


A compelling essential question that meets all the characteristics of an essential question.

Not a question with a simple yes or no answer.

About an essential humanities related topic -- not just one topic, one strand--can be applied across multiple time periods, places, topics.

A question that promotes debate and inquiry.

A question that can be answered in many ways - but which can be argued more or less persusasively based on rich content knowledge.

A question that connects to student's lives, interest, histories or futures.


At least one lesson plan that we’ve highlighted for best social studies pedagogy  which meets all the criteria of a good lesson in terms of alignment of standards, activities and assessment etc.

Primary sources

Cooperative Learning

Citizen Action

Answering an Essential Question



Create all  the materials necessary to teach the book you've chosen.

Might include:

Hand outs

Exit directions

Power points or text/outline

Lecture notes

Student activities that engage them and encourage them to talk to/process/think with one another



Lesson Plans


•    Standards/objectives, learning tasks, and assessments are clearly aligned to a big idea or essential question.

•    Planned connections among facts, concepts, interpretations, and judgments about an historical event or social science phenomenon are vague.

•    Learning tasks build on each other to promote an understanding of the designated facts and concepts.  Learning tasks (or their adaptations) are justified by explaining their appropriateness for the students


Assessments •    The set of assessments will provide evidence of student learning relative to the standards/objectives for each lesson.

•    Assessments are focused on what students do and do not understand relative to each lesson’s objectives.


For an A you will need to add these elements to all the above:


Lesson Plans

Standards/objectives, learning tasks, and materials, and assessments are clearly aligned to a big idea or essential question and with each other. 

 Be sure it is aligned to the standard and complete with answer sheet/rubric for the materials


 The set of assessments will provide evidence of student learning relative to the standards/objectives for each lesson.  At least one lesson’s assessments provide evidence of student learning that extends beyond the memorization of history-social science facts and interpretations.

•    Assessments are aligned to clearly defined benchmarks or criteria for student performance.

•    Assessments are modified or adapted to be appropriate for students having difficulty demonstrating their learning.

Get peer reviewed by two people in the field.

Have them send emails to instructor and yourself with feedback.

Book Summary is written in your own words  and linked to the rest of your wiki pages.
Compelling lesson plan materials that model best practices and are "user friendly" so the teacher can use them "as is" with no additional prep work necessary. 
  Design and links look professional and compel further reading.


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