Correlation of Objectives of the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, grades 7 and 8,
with Interactive History of the United States
This new publication from New Intelligence Inc. documents the correlation of the series Interactive History of the United States, published by New Intelligence Inc., with the TEKS curriculum at the 7th and 8th grade levels. Over 90% of the content of Interactive History of the United States correlates closely with TEKS at the 8th grade level. Interactive History is a valuable instructional resource for helping students master United States history through the Civil War and reconstruction, in preparation for the Social Studies section of the 8th grade Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test.
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Interactive History of the United States can be used effectively in parallel with, or as a supplement to, a 7th, 8th, or 9th grade American history textbook.
The TRAC Structures for Learning system and the Interactive History of the United States: The Story of Our Nation series from New Intelligence Inc. are designed to help students meet the following critical challenges identified in the TEKS curriculum:
Each student must master social studies skills and content necessary to be a
responsible adult citizen
Each student must become a more effective reader
Each student must master a wider range of technology
While focused on social studies in U.S. history from the pre-colonial period through the Civil War and reconstruction, and designed to help students achieve content mastery in this area, the TRAC system is cross-curricular in design and also helps students build reading, writing, and reasoning skills through text reconstruction exercises integral to each paragraph.
The approach for content mastery, and for building reading, writing, and reasoning skills, has been refined and proven over a number of years by the authors, Dr. Myra Linden and Dr. Arthur Whimbey, in their series of textbooks and workbooks used in schools across the U.S.
The recent development of appropriate methods for content delivery in the TRAC Structures for Learning computer software not only strengthens the approach through the unique management capabilities of the TRAC software, it also engages the student in using technology in the form of small computers in a manner central to the instructional approach of Dr. Linden and Dr. Whimbey, thereby helping to address the third critical challenge listed above. The student reads from the computer display, interacts with the instructional content using the keyboard or pointing device, receives printouts, and accumulates incentive points for accomplishments.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
In 1997 the Texas State Board of Education adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as Texas’ new statewide curriculum, replacing the earlier essential elements. Beginning with the 1998-1999 school year, districts have been required to use the TEKS as the basis for instruction.
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum addresses the four foundation areas of English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. TEKS identifies what Texas students should know and be able to do at every grade and in every course in the foundation and enrichment areas as they progress through each grade in Texas public schools.
Assessment of Academic Skil ls
Students in grades 3-8 and at exit level (before graduation) take the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). The TAAS test is based on TEKS -- each TAAS test is a subset of the TEKS curriculum. A process beginning in July 1997 linked TAAS to the TEKS curriculum at each grade and in each subject area, insuring that TAAS and end-of-course tests are expressed in the language of the TEKS.
The TAAS testing program measures academic skills in reading and mathematics at Grades 3 and 8 and at the exit level; writing at grades 4 and 8 and at the exit level; and science and social studies at grade 8. Spanish-version TAAS tests are administered as well. End-of-course examinations in Algebra I, Biology, English II, and U.S. History are administered at the end of the last semester of the appropriate course.
The publication Educator’s Guide to TEKS-Based Assessment and numerous related resources are available from the Texas Education Agency or can be downloaded and printed from the TEA’s web site at http://www.tea.state.tx.us.
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