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Progress, Off for Chicago

Research project

Explore the importance of the Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.  Why was it such a big deal?  Why would the Progress have been there? Share the findings in an essay and/or presentation.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

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 knowledgeably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 - Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

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 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.

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 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.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/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 and at an understandable pace.

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 8 - Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

Standard 9 - Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

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

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

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 an 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.

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

 

Research project

Research the history of World's Fairs and the importance they had to people, as well as how they changed throughout time.  Do they still hold the same importance today that they once did?  Why or why not?  Share the findings in an essay and/or presentation.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

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 knowledgeably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 9 - Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

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 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.

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 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.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 4 - Report on a topic/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 and at an understandable pace.

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 8 - Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

Standard 9 - Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

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

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

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 an 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.

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

Map Activity

Research the route of the Progress from Boston to Chicago and chart it on a map.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 6 - Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences and 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 knowledgeably.

Reading for Informational Text, 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 3-5

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

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

Writing, Grades 6-12 

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

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.

Standard 2 - Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

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 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; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.

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

Photo Analysis

Using the worksheet found in the sidebar, analyze the image on the stereocard.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate an understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

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

Writing, Grades 3-5

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

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.

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.

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

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