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Scaffolding Teaching Strategies by Mind Map: Scaffolding Teaching Strategies
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Scaffolding Teaching Strategies

by Nate Binzen

Addressing New York 8th Grade Social Studies Standard 8.1f: “Students will examine the Populist Party as a reform effort by farmers in response to industrialization.”

Big Ideas to be addressed in the unit:

1. Industrialization contributed to the urbanization of America, putting strains on agrarian traditionalists.

2. Not uncommonly during large-scale changes, a struggling interest group perceives certain “villains” harming their cause.

3. Problems resulting from these changes sparked the Progressive movement and increased calls for reform.

Unit objectives:

1. Student can identify the main problems farmers were facing.

2. Student can identify more than one force or group farmers blamed for their plight.

3. Student can define a consequence or implication of the farmers’ actions during this era.

The lesson: students examine several primary sources pertaining to the financial struggles of American farmers in the late 19th century, then select roles from which they comment on a series of events.

Key factors about these students (as to why these scaffolding strategies were selected)

In this class, 1 student has ADHD; 1 student has a reading disability; and 5 students are English Language Learners. Meanwhile, several students whip through this material fast.

I looked for ways to engage some students in the task of showing other students how to do the tasks.

And I looked for ways to team up students to support those who need more help.

Mainly, I looked for ways to give everybody a way through the tasks at hand without slowing things down. So many of the scaffolds are intrinsic to the unfolding of the lesson content.