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Washington State: Classroom Based Assessment(CBA)

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8th Grade

People on the Move (Geography, Economics)

Student assignment:

In a persuasive paper or presentation, you will:

  1. Explain geographic factors relating to the movement of the two groups.
  2. Explain economic factors relating to the movement of the two groups.
  3. Compare and contrast the economic and geographic factors relating to movement of each group with specific similarities and differences.
  4. Present a position/thesis on the factors that cause people to move that:
    • is clear,
    • outlines the central factors/reasons for the movement, and
    • demonstrates conceptual understanding of the causes of movement.
You will also:
  1. illustrate the movement of each group by creating two maps that show:
    • the group's starting location,
    • the group's destination,
    • the route chosen by the group, and
    • the geographic features that affected the group's route.

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

Acquisition and Opening Up of Land for Settlement American Indians and the Settlers Who Took Their Lands Increasing Opportunity for Migration and Settlement Forced Migration Limitations Imposed on Immigration and Settlement

Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • Geography 3.2.2a - Explain how the physical environment impacts how and where people live and work.
  • Economics 1.1.2a - Provide examples of how groups and individuals face choices and consider price and personal values, etc. in making choices in present and in historical situations.
  • Social Studies Inquiry and Information Skills 1.1.2f - Create a product that uses social studies content to support findings; present product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.2b - Use data and a variety of symbols and colors to create thematic maps, mental maps, and graphs depicting geographic information. (Location, Place, Region).
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.2d - Recognize relevant facts and ideas in social studies documents: evaluate bias of sources/ authors; classify information as fact/opinion.

Scoring

EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
Geography 3.2.2a *at highest level... Explains at least three geographic factors relating to the movement of each group with at least one factor per group.
Economics 1.1.2a *at highest level... Explains at least three or more economic factors relating to the movement of each group with at least one factor per group.
Social Studies Inquiry and Information Skills 1.1.2f *at highest level... Presents a plausible position/thesis on the factors that cause people to move that:
  • is clear,
  • outlines the central factors/reasons for the movement, and
  • makes a generalization about the cause of movement.
Geography 3.2.2a
AND
Economics 1.1.2a
*at highest level... Compares and contrasts the economic and geographic factors relating to movement of each group with three or more specific similarities and differences, including at least one similarity and one difference.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.2b *at highest level... Creates each map to accurately show each of the four elements listed below:
  • starting location,
  • destination,
  • route, and
  • geographic factors that affected their route.
Social Studies Skills 1.1.2d *at highest level... Annotated bibliography includes a variety of resources from multiple perspectives. Annotations discuss reliability and credibility and show validity through comparison of resources.

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