In this unit, we will search for answers to these essential questions:
Writing to Learn: Each lesson in this unit will include opportunities to write, take notes, ask questions, summarize, and do other informal writing. This writing will help you to think deeply about your learning, prepare you for conversation with your peers, and enable you to complete the assessments at the end of each lesson. Start a MN Studies Notebook for this purpose.
Quickwrite is a just what it sounds like: a brief (4-6 minutes) time to write your thoughts about a topic. Quickwrites give you an opportunity to access your thinking about a topic. This helps you to build on your background knowledge, what you already know about a topic. Quickwrites might be used to assess what you know, to help your teacher plan instruction, but it is never graded.
Pair Share: A Quickwrite is often followed by a Pair Share: an opportunity to share your writing and thinking with your peers. The purpose of a Pair Share is to clarify your thinking, build vocabulary, and make connections. Rules for Pair Share include:
1. Stay on topic.
2. Take turns.
3. Listen respectfully and without judgement.
In your MN Studies Notebook:
1. Quickwrite (5 minutes): Reread the essential questions above. What is one topic you already know something about? Write what you know about that topic.
2. Pair Share: Students share their thinking with a partner, then with the class.
Compare and contrast these Maps of North America:
In this unit, we will focus on the history of Minnesota. However, it is helpful to know that the entire continent changed dramatically during the 19th century as the United States expanded through a series of treaties.
With a partner, study and talk about these two maps of North America:
1. What countries controlled North America in 1792?
2. What countries controlled North America in 1859?
3. What changes do you notice from 1792-1859?
4. How did the United States expand from 1792 to 1859?
5. What surprises you?
6. What questions do you have?
Non-Native American Nations’ Control Over North America, 1792
Non-Native American Nations’ Control Over North America, 1859
Click here to watch how the North American continent changed from 1750-2000.
Pair Share: What surprises you?
What questions do you have?