Ch 6: Evaluating View Points: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6

About This Chapter

Use this handy collection of lessons to help your 11th and 12th grade students meet the Common Core literacy standard related to point of view in social studies and history texts. Extra teaching ideas can aid your classroom implementation.

Standard: Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6)

About This Chapter

This series of short lessons can be used right along with your regular curriculum to teach important reading and writing skills for evaluating history and social studies topics. Foster their understanding of topic summaries, supporting details and points of view. At the end of this chapter, your high school students should feel confident in the following areas:

  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Expressing supporting details
  • Difference between topics and arguments
  • Topic introductions
  • Use of sources in writing
  • Evaluating points of view

You'll recognize that your 11th and 12th grade learners have a solid understanding of these concepts when they're able to identify many of these literary facets in their readings and use most of these strategies in their own writing. Mastery of these skills can benefit students who wish to pursue a college education and for those who find themselves working in careers where effective reading and writing skills are essential.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Use some of the following lesson ideas in your quest to meet the Common Core standards.

Sources, Sources, Everywhere!

Task your students to take the quick quiz for the 'How to Use Sources' lesson as a pretest. Share the video lesson, and ask them to retake the quiz to discover how much they've learned.

Choose a topic of high interest for your students. As a whole group, walk them through the process of finding sources about that topic and evaluating differing information gleaned. Guide your classroom's choice of resources and show them the correct citation formats that would be used.

Story with a View

Watch the lesson pertaining to point of view with your class. Share several picture books (yes, high school students love an excuse to still look at them!) written from various characters' points of view, such as the ones centered on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Discuss the differences in the story based on that shift.

One More Step

Take the previous lesson another step by applying that concept to history. Choosing a well-known event from the past, ask your students to brainstorm how varying participants in that event might have seen and then told about those happenings. If desired, you might assign homework where learners will choose historical events of personal interest, focus on particular 'players', and write paragraphs or stories from their points of view.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: Evaluating View Points: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6
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Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

1. Comparing and Contrasting: Examples & Concept

Learn about the development strategy of comparing and contrasting, and how to apply it in an essay. Review the examples, and then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

2. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

3. Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

Understanding the distinction between topic and argument is an important part of becoming a critical reader. Here's the difference, with examples. Also review how to identify the support for an argument in a passage.

How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

4. How to Introduce a Topic Clearly With a Summary Preview

Here's a simple, surefire way to write an introduction for your paper, including a summary preview (or what some teachers call a thesis statement). This works for almost all papers, including definition, classification, comparison/contrast or cause/effect papers. Try this simple approach to set up your paper easily.

Evaluating an Author's Point of View

5. Evaluating an Author's Point of View

Two authors have differing opinions on the same topic. Which one should you believe? This lesson details several things to look for when evaluating points of view and forming your own informed decisions.

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