The Power of Journals: Going Beyond the Text

Connection to the New Hampshire Framework Proficiencies

New Hampshire Department of Education Framework Proficiency Database

New Hampshire Essential Skills for Social Studies 2.0

The Social Studies incorporate skills drawn from the vocabulary and structure of its disciplines and foster critical thinking and decision-making. These skills include:

  • Evaluating and critiquing varied sources of information and the use of appropriate primary and secondary sources and technology to acquire information
  • Expressing clearly and concisely personal opinion supported by evidence

Skill 2.1 – Acquiring Information

  • Proficiency B: Students will be able to comprehend the wide range of social studies-related materials by using skills:
    • 3. Distinguish between facts, interpretations, and opinions
    • 4. Recognize author bias
  • Proficiency C: Students will be able to find information:
    • 1. Use appropriate sources to gain meaning of essential terms and vocabulary, glossary, dictionary, texts, word lists

Skill 2.2 – Organizing and Communicating Information

  • Proficiency G: Students will be able to interpret information:
    • 1. Draw inferences from factual material
    • 7. Take into account when interpreting events or behaviors context of their time and place

New Hampshire and United States History Strand:

Students will demonstrate an understanding of conceptions of reality, ideals, guidelines of behavior and forms of expression.

  • Explain how art, music and literature often reflect and/or influence major ideas, values and conflicts of particular time periods.

Standard 6.5 – Social/Cultural

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of various social groups, including their values, beliefs and practices, over time.

  • Explore attitudes towards diversity
  • Examine changes in the roles and lives of women and children and their impact on society.

Connection to the New Hampshire English Language Arts Curriculum Framework

Reading: New Hampshire and Rhode Island Grade Level/Span Expectations LOCAL (GLEs/GSEs) for grades 5-8 and LOCAL GSEs for 9-10 and 11-12

Text Complexity Descriptors Grades 7-8 and High School

  • Informational/functional texts include primary sources, personal narratives and autobiographies, schedules, and manuals, as well as synthesized information found in textbooks.
  • Increasing number of uncommon words, including words with non-literal meanings and more abstract vocabulary; word choice can reflect diverse historical and cultural context; text often includes technical words with specialized meanings.
  • Language in narrative text is more elaborate and complex, and includes a wide range of dialogue, use of dialects, and varied sentence structure to convey specific meanings.
  • Understanding content requires increasing cultural and historical breadth of knowledge.
  • More sophisticated themes