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GEAR UP Writing Webinars

GEAR UP webinars have the dual purpose of providing GED® content review for teachers and providing related teaching strategies, including sample lesson plans and curriculum resources. Prior to each webinar, the Gear Up series offers “pre-work” readings and/or web activities that teachers can access in order to build their background knowledge before attending the webinar, as needed. 

Episode 1: Writing for the Social Studies Test

document Episode 1 PowerPoint   --  PowerPoint for the Writing for the Social Studies Test webinar
PDF What are primary and secondary sources?   --  Definitions and examples of primary and secondary sources
document Content Cards   --  Template for content cards for social studies assessment targets
document Enduring Issues Cards   --  Template for enduring issues for the social studies assessment targets
PDF Principles of Democracy Lesson Plan   --  Lesson plan from Deliberating in a Democracy
PDF Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan   --  Lesson plan from the Library of Congress
PDF Defining American Democracy Lesson Plan   --  Lesson plan from Gilder Lehman's Teaching Literacy through History using the Preamble to the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence
PDF Voting age - Writing Prompt   --  Questions to guide students through an example social studies extended response prompt
PDF Amendment 15 - Writing Prompt texts   --  Sample texts for the social studies extended response prompt
PDF Social Studies Extended Response Rubric   --  Extended response rubric and how it differs from the RLA extended response rubric
PDF Extended Response Score Sheet   --  Blank scoring and feedback sheet for the social studies extended response
document Website Resource List   --  List of websites for sources and resources referenced in Episode 1