Standards – Yes, “I can”
At the beginning of a unit, I give my students an “I can” sheet of everything they need to be able to do by the end of that unit. The “I can” statements are grouped under student-friendly questions based on the indicators.
5-3.5 Summarize the reasons for the United States control of new territories as a result of the Spanish American War and the building of the Panama Canal, including the need for raw materials and new markets and competition with other world powers.
Why did the United States control new territories after the Spanish-American War?
- I can explain how the need for raw materials and new markets lead to imperialism
- I can summarize the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War on the United States
- I can explain the reasons the United States controlled new territories
- I can summarize the reasons for the building of the Panama Canal
- Vocabulary: imperialism, Spanish-American War, yellow journalism, U.S.S. Maine
Notice that the actual Spanish-American War is not mentioned in the indicator, just the result. I think in order to understand the effect of something, you need to understand what the something was – hence the “I can summarize the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War. This idea is based partly on Marzano’s setting goals and objectives. In the workbook, it suggests that you create a guide for each unit with the essential vocabulary and concepts that students will be expected to understand.
Ways to use:
- I use this sheet to plan out my interactive notebook handouts/activities to make sure I don’t “miss anything” – I also use it to review my tests to make sure each indicator is represented.
- I project this at the beginning of each class instead of writing objectives on the board.
- I have the students read over the statements after we have finished our lesson and rate themselves on their understanding.
- It is a goal of mine for this to become their study guide for their tests.