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Social Studies Generation (SoGen)

Grades 6-8

To extend students’ opportunities for developing academic language, discussion, and written argumentation skills using the same principles that inspired the original Word Generation program, we have developed three six-week social studies curricular sequences around topics commonly included in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies content standards. These curricular materials can be used in place of the standard curriculum materials, or as a supplement.  They are fully aligned with the social-studies-specific literacy standards prescribed by the Common Core State Standards, providing opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about social studies topics.

Fifteen- to twenty-minute activities for use in ELA, math, and science classes are coordinated with each week of the social studies curriculum, so that the cross-disciplinary benefits of Word Generation can be exploited during use of the intensive social studies program. All the activities relate to the central question of the week, build relevant knowledge, and provide opportunities to encounter the new academic vocabulary in new semantic contexts.

These materials were developed as part of a major study called Catalyzing Comprehension through Discussion and Debate.

All student materials available at the Student Download Center (no login or registration req'd).

Student, teacher, and supplemental materials available at the Teacher Download Center (registration req'd).

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18 One-week Social Studies Units Now Available

(approximately five full class sessions each, plus each unit contains supplementary materials for ELA, math, and science teachers)

Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome

Experiences of Two Children in War-torn Sudan

Complex Questions Related to American Democracy

THE WORDGEN  TEAMDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.

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