Grade 7 Social Studies: Making Sense of Common Sense ELA.RSS.7-8.1
In this Common Core Social Studies video of 7th grade students from Willink Middle School in Webster, NY students do a close read of excerpts from the challenging primary text, Common Sense. This lesson focuses on Social Studies Standard 1: History of the United States and New York. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York and Key Idea #1 Intermediate: Students will interpret the ideas, values, and beliefs contained in the Declaration of Independence and the New York State Constitution and United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and other important historical documents. Mr. Powers gives students time to read and debate Thomas Paine's writing and determine the meaning and purpose of this primary source.