By Alberto Romero, July 5, 2007
- High School
- City of Neighborhoods
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
Anchor Standards for Writing:
Text Types and Purposes1:
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing:
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
Range of Writing:
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Anchor standards for Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration:
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Anchor standards for Language:
Conventions of Standard English:
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Knowledge of Language:
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
- utilize rubrics to grade/rate their home neighborhoods
- learn about neighborhood design and the maintenance of neighborhoods
- explore their neighborhood
- make decisions about what elements of their neighborhood should be celebrated and what may need improvement
- write a persuasive essay detailing what design changes should be made in their neighborhood and what aspects should stay the same
- Pass out copies of the rubric for rating/grading student’s neighborhoods. Each student should have one copy.
- Review the rubric with the class and make sure all of the students know the vocabulary words and what they will be looking for in their neighborhood. Make sure they understand how to use the rubric.
- Tell the students that they will be taking a field trip for homework around their own neighborhood. They will use the rubric to analyze what they see and will then draw conclusions about what elements of their neighborhood should be celebrated and what may need improvement. Provide a map of the city with the locations of various neighborhoods including the students’ and teacher’s neighborhoods.
- For homework, ask students to take a walking tour around their neighborhood using the rubric to grade what they see. Make sure they take notes about what they notice in their neighborhood to present to the class.
- In class, students should share their rubrics and compare/contrast each neighborhood’s ratings.
- Brainstorm as a class what the students would want to see improved in their neighborhoods. List any common positive or negative aspects seen throughout the neighborhoods.
- Then have each student write an essay using their completed neighborhood rubric. They should focus on the positive and negative aspects of their neighborhood, detailing aspects that should be celebrated and changes that should be made. Once they have finished writing their essay, they can use a writing rubric to analyze their writing.
- Brainstorm as a class various ways that rubrics can be used in the classroom. Make sure that each student understands the rubric as a helpful tool.