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How can you differentiate instruction when teaching economic systems?

The NYS 8th grade social studies curriculum states that the students must learn the difference between laissez-faire (capitalism; market economy) and regulation (planned or command economy). When I was planning my social studies differentiated instruction lesson plan, I decided to create two different levels of note sheets. The enriched version allows the students to write their own notes in their own words. The basic version has students fill in the blanks of the notes as they go through the PowerPoint. The purpose of this is to allow the enriched leveled students more room for critical thinking and the basic leveled students the time for repetition. The notes include what laissez-faire and regulation are, the principles of laissez-faire, and what a mixed economy is.

Basic Note Sheets

Basic Note Sheets

Enriched Note Sheets

Enriched Note Sheets

I created an economic systems activity with two different ability levels to differentiate instruction. The same content is used. The enriched sheet allows for more critical thinking and asks the students to create everyday examples of people in a market economy, command or planned economy and a mixed economy. The basic sheet is set up for repetition and identification of the different types of economies. It gives them everyday examples and has them decide which economy the people live in. Students can work individually, with a partner or with a small group. You will need to make sure that if they are partnered or grouped, each member in the group has the same ability level sheet.

Economic Systems Differentiated Instruction Activity

Above Left: Enriched Version/ Above Right: Basic Version

Above Left: Enriched Version/Above Right: Basic Version

This is only part of a lesson plan called “Government Response to Industrialization and Abuses”. To find out more about this lesson plan, click here.

 

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction

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Differentiated Instruction Questions for the Interpretation of Political Cartoons!

Leveling for differentiated instruction is a great way to allow students on all levels to use the same content and be challenged on their own level. I ran across a lesson plan that uses leveled questioning to interpret political cartoons on Boss Tweed. Most of the questions are generic so they will work for almost any political cartoon out there. The questions are located at the bottom of the lesson plan.

http://www.eastconn.org/tah/PoliticalCartoonsOfPoliticalMachines.pdf

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico is another place you can find social studies differentiated instruction lesson plans for middle school. If you teach American History at the middle school level, you should really check out our site. You will not be disappointed.

Best of luck differentiating!

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Kasha Mastrodomenico

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Where can I find the “Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

The “Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction lesson plan uses ability levels to challenge all students. To learn about what is included in the lesson plan, click here. It is meant for the middle school social studies classroom.

You can get the “Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction lesson plan by clicking on the links below:

“Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction lesson plan

“Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction PowerPoint

 

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Kasha Mastrodomenico

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Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Are you looking for ideas about social studies differentiated instruction? Look no further. Below are ideas that were used in the “Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction lesson plan on http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico which specializes in middle school social studies differentiated instruction. This lesson is based on the NYS social studies curriculum and standards.

Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

This social studies differentiated instruction lesson plan includes:

  • Lesson Plan
  • There are three different ability levels of vocabulary sheets. The enriched version allows for more critical thinking by making the students write the definition in their own words. The average version has students filling in the blanks of the definitions. The basic version has the complete definition to allow them to read the definition and then work on step two, which is on all of the versions; write a sentence or draw a picture to show understanding of the vocabulary word.
Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Vocabulary

Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries Differentiated Instruction Vocabulary

  • There are 2 different note sheets for the enriched level version of the notes. There are two different note sheets for the basic leveled version of notes. The enriched note sheet can be used for both versions. The different ability leveled note sheets allow some to do more critical thinking and others to focus on the content and then review with a partner after each slide is presented.This provides repetition for students who need it and enrichment for others.
Basic Level Note Sheets

Basic Level Note Sheets

  • Student Choice Sheet to help teachers group appropriately

lesson student choice

  •  The activity is creating two billboard signs to represent the purchase of Louisiana and Florida. Teachers can choose to use mixed ability leveled paired grouping and use the enriched level version only or they can use similar ability leveled paired grouping and use both the enriched and basic leveled versions. Teachers can also allow students to choose, the day before, whether they would like to work by themselves or with a partner. This gives the teacher enough time to group appropriately. A student choice sheet has been provided for this.The basic level includes ideas of logos for both purchases. Providing both logos reduces the amount of critical thinking for them and allows them to focus on the repetition of the content while still allowing them to be creative with the drawing and designing where the logo and picture should go on the billboard. The enriched version assumes the student can critically think at a higher level to create their own logos.
Differentiated Instruction Activity

Differentiated Instruction Activity

  • There is a homework assignment that focuses on expository writing with a grading checklist. It is part of my leveled writing system.
Leveled Writing System

Leveled Writing System

The Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries differentiated instruction lesson plan also comes with a Leveled PowerPoint mini-lesson (Basic and Enriched versions). It includes the following content:

  • Native American Concessions
  • Monroe Doctrine
  • Sphere of Influence
  • Adams-Onis Treaty
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Pinckney Treaty
Expanding the Nation's Boundaries Differentiated Instruction PowerPoint

Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries Differentiated Instruction PowerPoint

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To find out where you can find the “Expanding the Nation’s Boundaries” differentiated instruction lesson plan and PowerPoint, click here.

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

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The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Where can I find the “Presidency of Lincoln” differentiated instruction lesson plan?

The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

The Presidency of Lincoln differentiated instruction lesson plan provides different ability levels to help all students learn the same content on their own level. It is based on the NYS 7th grade social studies curriculum and standards.  It also brings in the Common Core Standards with the Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation interpretation activity. Did you just get tongue tied? To find out more about what is included in the “Presidency of Lincoln” differentiated instruction lesson plan, click here.

 

You can find the “Presidency of Lincoln” differentiated instruction lesson plan and PowerPoint by clicking on the links below:

Presidency of Lincoln differentiated instruction PowerPoint

Presidency of Lincoln differentiated instruction lesson plan

 

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

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This video explains why we need Common Core Standards

This is a 3 minute video that explains why the United States needs the Common Core Standards. It is easy to understand and well put together.

Common Core Video

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico uses the Common Core Standards to write middle school social studies differentiated instruction lesson plans.

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Kasha Mastrodomenico

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The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

“The Presidency of Lincoln” differentiated instruction lesson plan!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico continues to create quality social studies differentiated instruction lesson plans as the year goes on. My newest one is “The Presidency of Lincoln“. It is based on the 7th grade NYS social studies curriculum and standards. Below shows what is included in it.

The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

The Presidency of Lincoln Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

 

This social studies differentiated instruction lesson plan includes:

  • Lesson Plan
  • There are three different ability levels of vocabulary sheets. The enriched version allows for more critical thinking by making the students write the definition in their own words. The average version has students filling in the blanks of the definitions. The basic version has the complete definition to allow them to read the definition and then work on step two, which is on all of the versions; write a sentence or draw a picture to show understanding of the vocabulary word.

vocab

  • There are two ability levels of the same PowerPoint. There is an enriched note sheet that goes with both the enriched version and the basic version of the PowerPoint. There are two basic level note sheets; one for the basic version and one for the enriched version of the PowerPoint. The different ability leveled note sheets allow some to do more critical thinking and others to focus on the content and then review with a partner after each slide is presented.This provides repetition for students who need it. You can use parallel teaching if a co-teacher is available and split the class or you will need to decide which PowerPoint will benefit the majority of your students for each class.
Basic Ability Level Note Sheets

Basic Ability Level Note Sheets

  • There are two primary source or document based question (DBQ) activities. The first is on the Gettysburg Address. The second is on the Emancipation Proclamation. There are two levels of each primary source; basic and enriched. The basic version simplifies the documents and breaks it up into manageable sections. The enriched version allows for more critical thinking. You can have students work in similar ability pairs, groups or individually. You can do this activity either during the PowerPoint when you get to the documents used or you can wait until the mini-lesson is over and do it as a full activity session.
Differentiated Instruction on the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation

Differentiated Instruction on the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation

The Presidency of Lincoln differentiated instruction lesson plan also comes with a Leveled PowerPoint mini-lesson (Basic and Enriched versions). It includes the following content:

  • Vocabulary
  • Essential questions
  • Personal Leadership
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Opposition
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Assassination
Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Personal Leadership Slide in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Personal Leadership Slide in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

 

Gettysburg Address in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Gettysburg Address in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Assassination Slide in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

Assassination Slide in the Presidency of Lincoln PowerPoint

To find out where you can find the “Presidency of Lincoln” differentiated instruction lesson plan and PowerPoint, click here.

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico