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Washington State: Classroom Based Assessment(CBA)

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5th Grade

People on the Move (Geography, Economics)

Student assignment:

In an essay or presentation, you will:

  1. select a group that has moved and identify the specific geographic area of the movement, and
  2. explain (including both geography and economics) the needs and wants related to the movement AND the choice of destination.
You will also:
  1. create a map showing and labeling:
    • the starting location,
    • the destination,
    • the route,
    • geographic features that affected the route, and
    • a title, captions, or symbols that describe and/or explain the movement.

Primary source documents from "Our Documents, 100 Milestone Source Documents from the National Archives and Records Administration," relating to this Classroom Based Assessment [CBA]:

Important notes for using this section:

  • Following each sub-topic is a list representing specific documents that are believed to best illustrate a topic. Each document is linked to an interactive digital copy of the record itself, complete with description, background information and teaching suggestions, from the "Our Documents" web site www.ourdocuments.gov. The transcribed copy is for your convenience and for students having difficulty reading handwriting. All pages can be easily downloaded and/or printed. Just click on the document title and it will take you to the specific "Our Documents" page.

Sample Topics and Associated Primary Sources:

Documents That Affected Particular Groups of People in History, Leading to Migration


Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • Geography 3.2.1a - Describe how differing environments both provide varying opportunities and set limits for human activity (Human/ Environment Interaction, Region, Place)
  • Geography 1.1.1b - Use basic mapping elements to construct a map that displays information.
  • Economics 1.1.1a - Recognize that wants exceeding available resources implies alternative uses of the resources and forces individuals into making choices. Every choice has an associated opportunity cost in both a personal and community context.

Scoring

EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
Geography 3.2.1a
Economics 1.1.1a

(both EALRs also relate to Social Studies Skills 3.1.2d)
*at highest level... Accurately identifies and explains 4 (or more) needs and wants related to the movement AND the choice of destination (needs and wants explained relate to both geography [human and/or physical] and economics).
  • Identifies a specific geographic location and/or area of movement.
  • Needs and wants are all very clearly explained.
Geography 1.1.1b *at highest level... Map clearly and accurately shows all of the following:
  • The starting location is labeled with a proper name.
  • The destination is labeled with a proper name.
  • The route
  • The geographic features that affected their route are labeled with a proper name.
  • Map also includes a title, captions, or symbols that describe and/or explain the movement.
    • Features referred to in the title, captions, or the key can be credited if they are clear.
    • The map has few or no inaccuracies.

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