Grade 9 Social Studies

Unit 1

Ancient World: Rise of Civilizations

Unit 1 Targeted Skills
  1. Map Reading
  2. Timelines – BC vs. AD
  3. Vocabulary Development- develop a list of essential social studies ("domain specific") vocabulary to be taught in context
  4. Vocabulary- assist students in noting in reading passages the use of words and their effect on tone, meaning and point of view.
  5. Annotating
  6. Essay Writing:
  • Thesis Statement
  • Introduction Paragraph
  • Paragraph Development

Unit 2

Flowering of Civilizations: Classical Civilizations

Unit 2 Targeted Skills# Map Reading/Interpretation
  1. Chart Reading
  2. Vocabulary Development
  3. Use generic questions as unit organizers- GRIPES/GRAPES
  4. Essay Writing:
  • Thesis Statement
  • Paragraph Development
  • Document Analysis (summation, outside info, citation, grouping of documents within the essay, point-of-view, incorporating scaffolding questions into the essay)

Unit 3

Comparative Religions and Philosophies

Unit 3 Targeted Skills
  1. Map Reading/Interpretation
  2. Chart Reading
  3. Vocabulary Development
  4. Art/Visual Analysis
  5. Essay Writing
  • Thesis Statement
  • Paragraph Development
  • Document Analysis (summation, outside info, citation, grouping of documents within the essay, point-of-view, incorporating scaffolding questions into the essay)
  • On-Demand Essay Writing (timed, self-organized essay writing)

Unit 4

Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (500-1200)

Unit 4 Targeted Skills
  1. Chart Reading
  2. Vocabulary Development
  3. Art/Visual Analysis
  4. Essay Writing:
  • Thesis Statement
  • Paragraph Development
  • Document Analysis (summation, outside info, citation, grouping of documents within the essay, point-of-view, incorporating scaffolding questions into the essay)
  • On-Demand Essay Writing (timed, self-organized essay writing)
  • Evaluating evidence to support/refute a position/thesis (To what extent and in what ways...; Assess the validity of...)

Unit 5

The Emergence of Western Europe as a World Power

Unit 5 Targeted Skills# Chart Reading
  1. Vocabulary Development
  2. Art/Visual Analysis
  3. Essay Writing:
  • Thesis Statement
  • Paragraph Development
  • Document Analysis (summation, outside info, citation, grouping of documents within the essay, point-of-view, incorporating scaffolding questions into the essay)
  • On-Demand Essay Writing (timed, self-organized essay writing)
  • Evaluating evidence to support/refute a position/thesis (To what extent and in what ways...; Assess the validity of...)
  • Analytical Essays (analyze issues;factors;policies;role of individuals;institutions;reforms)

Unit 6

The Age of Exploration and the Slave Trade Reshape the World

Unit 6 Targeted Skills
  1. Posing Questions/Formulating and testing hypotheses
  2. Organizing/Classifying evidence (GRAPES/GRIPES)
  3. Analyzing multiple causation and the relationship between immediate and background causes.
  4. Evaluating change/continuity over time
  5. Studying the impact of historical turning points
  6. Essay Writing:
  • Thesis Statement
  • Paragraph Development
  • Document Analysis (summation, outside info, citation, grouping of documents within the essay, point-of-view, incorporating scaffolding questions into the essay)
  • On-Demand Essay Writing (timed, self-organized essay writing)
  • Evaluating evidence to support/refute a position/thesis (To what extent and in what ways...; Assess the validity of...)
  • Analytical Essays (analyze issues;factors;policies;role of individuals;institutions;reforms)