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Ideas for Classroom Use

Finney's Tusks, Abe Warner, & The Cobweb Palace

Research Project

Research San Francisco, and the changes that occurred in the state from pre-colonialism, to the Gold Rush era (1849), to post-Gold Rush and the rise of the Barbary Coast, to Chinese Immigration, up to the 1906 earthquake. Have students either pick an era to research and present on, split the class into groups to report back on the changes that occurred, or even have students create a timeline of the history of San Francisco.  Fosuc on what changes occurred, and why these might have happened when they did?  What else what going on in the United States at the time?  What else what happening worldwide at the time?

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Standard 3 - Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount and experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well structured event sequences.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the evidence.

Standard 2 - Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Standard 3 - Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g. how a bill  becomes a law, how interest rates are raised or lowered)

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject uer investigation.

Standard 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

 

Art Project

After learning about the Cobweb Palace, have students create advertisements or posters to help attract visitors. How would they overcome the possible problems that the name "Cobweb Palace" might present when drawing in patrons?  Or, can the advertisement use this to their advantage?

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Standard 3 - Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Reading for information, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 4 - Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adquate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 - Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Standard 3 - Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/ social studies (e.g. how a bill becomes a law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

Standard 7 - Integrate visual information (e.g. in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narror or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Standard 8 - Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Standar 9 - Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

 

Worksheet Activity: Object Analysis

Take a close look at these tusks.  What do you notice about them?  How about the images that are etched onto them? Using the Object Analysis Worksheet in the sidebar, conduct an in-depth analysis of these artifacts.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Reading for Information, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Standard 7 – Integrate visual information (e.g. in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.