Rationale

SMART GOALS
  • By March 2009, at least 80% of my students will demonstrate their knowledge of the territorial acquisitions as the United States expanded west by scoring at least a 70% on the Unit Test.
  • By March 2009, at least 80% of my students will demonstrate their understanding the motivations for different groups moving west by scoring at least a 70% on the Unit Test.
  • By March 2009, at least 80% of my students will demonstrate their understanding of the hardships different groups of people faced as they moved west by scoring at least a 70% on the Unit Test.
  • By March 2009 at least 90% of my students will be proficient in the use of digital video cameras through use of the pre-class survey and post project survey.
  • By March 2009 at least 80% of my students will be proficient using iMovie through use of the pre-class survey and post project survey.


CALIFORNIA STATE STANDARDS FOR 8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES
  • 8.4.1 Describe the country’s physical landscapes, political divisions, and territorial expansion
    during the terms of the first four presidents.
  • 8.5.2 Know the changing boundaries of the United States and describe the relationships the country had with its neighbors (current Mexico and Canada) and Europe, including the influence of the Monroe Doctrine, and how those relationships influenced westward
    expansion and the Mexican-American War.
  • 8.8 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
NATIONAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS (ISTE)

            Communication and Collaboration
    • Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
      • interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

      • communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
      • contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

        Digital Citizenship
    • Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

      • advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

      • exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.

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