This week in Social Studies Sunday we allow students to explore a recent incident that happened at a Starbucks Cafe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Students are asked to watch a series of three short videos and then tweet their final conclusion on the issue by synthesizing their analysis of the sources provided. This activity is aligned in the following ways:
COMMON CORE STANDARDS FOR READING & WRITING GRADES 6-12
RH 1,4,5,6,7,9 & WH 1, 6, 7
C3 FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
DIMENSIONS 2, & 3
NEW YORK STATE NEXT GENERATION STANDARDS
READING STANDARDS 2 & 6
Developing Historical Context
First have students watch the first video at the link here. Second, have students watch the video again but this time have them jot down what they are seeing and reading in the captions of the short video. Students may request to view a third time to record concrete details about the video. Facilitate a short discussion and have students share out their thoughts thus far and by answering the question:
Explain the historical circumstances that led to the developments of this news story?
Sourcing: Diving Deeper through Analysis
Next , have students view the Source A (second video in link ) and analyze the video using the APPARTS strategy. (Click Here for the graphic organizer which you can adapt and edit to address individual student needs. Repeat strategy for Source B Have students share their findings of their analysis during the sourcing process of the video with a peer and then as a whole class facilitated discussion using the following questions:
On an index card or sheet of paper have students synthesize their analysis and create a tweet that they would tweet out on twitter regarding the topic being studied. Have students try to address the following within their tweet:
Students may actually tweet if they have a Twitter account. Students should be taking ownership for their own learning in this short task by ensuring that their tweet addresses the components listed above. Teachers should assist when needed. Final task can be adapted for ENL students or students with special needs.