*Distinguish between the New England, Middle and Southern Colonies
*Recognize the major regional differences in the colonies
*Draw conclusions about life in colonial America
*Understand and apply knowledge of government, law, and politics, and citizenship in order to research, form, deliberate, and evaluate positions.
*Describe characteristics of good citizenship
*Understand qualifications for voter eligibility and the history of voting in the United States
*Understand the impact of voter apathy on election results
*Describe how the electoral college system works
*Recognize forms of rhetoric to help separate fact from fiction & determine reliable sources of information
*Understand how personal priorities impact voting decisions
*Understand the purpose of an initiative
*Research a current issue to form, debate, and evaluate a position
* Write a clear, concise thesis that includes a defensible statement supported by 3 subtopics
*Write topic sentences that include a transition, the subtopic for the body paragraph, and a restatement of the thesis
*Select text quotes that are evidence to strongly support each subtopic
*Write quote setups that remind the reader of what is happening in the story when the text quote takes place
*Write quote analyses that clearly and thoroughly explain how each quote best demonstrates its subtopic to support the thesis
*Write a lead that introduces the topic and hooks the reader’s attention
*Write a clear, concise synopsis that briefly summarizes the important ideas of the text
*Write a clear, insightful conclusion paragraph that reviews the thesis, connects the ideas, extends the ideas, and echoes the style of the hook.
Learning Targets are met each day. Most of our targets take place over an entire unit, and possibly over the entire year. Below you will find the targets you, as a student are meeting, and you see posted in the classroom daily.