My Rights, My Voice
My Rights, My Voice
During this unit, students learn social studies and English Language Arts (ELA) standards using a variety of blended learning strategies, including independent study, small group study, large group study, mixed grouping, and learning maps. The unit challenges students to analyze student power within an elementary school. Through actual simulations analogous to the American Revolution and self-paced blended learning maps, students answer the driving question, “How can we as students have more voice and power like the colonists during the American Revolution?”
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Examine the main ideas of the abolitionist and suffrage movements.
Describe how physical systems affect human systems.
About the Teacher
Tara graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education and dance. After graduating, Tara’s love of working with kids led her to become a dance teacher. After teaching ballet for seven years, she traded her ballet shoes for chalk and decided to become a classroom teacher. Before entering the classroom, Tara received her master’s degree in elementary education from Auburn University. Feeling equipped, she began teaching at New Hope Elementary School, a setting that gave her the freedom to hone her innovative blended learning strategies.