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Grade 3 - 1 - What makes Washington, D.C. unique?

teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1/d
teaches Common Core State Standards SL.3.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/SL/3/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.2.d http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/2/d
teaches Common Core State Standards W.3.2.b http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/2/b
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/7
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.3.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/3/3

Grade 3 - 1 - What makes Washington, D.C. unique?

This lesson focuses on the differences between states and a district. Students will be able to explain what makes D.C. unique as a district, specifically in how D.C. lacks representation in the national political system.

Students  . . .

  • track their thinking about new terms on a vocabulary log.
  • analyze photographs in order to determine that despite the passing of time, the issue of voting rights in Washington, D.C. is significant and remains unresolved.
  • express their understanding with a formative exit ticket.

DC Content Power Standards:  

  • 3.2: Students understand the basic structure of the Washington, D.C. government.
  • 3.2.4: Describe the distinctions between local, state, and national government.

C3 Framework Indicators and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies:

  • D2.Civ.3.3-5: Examine the origins and purposes of rules, laws, and key U.S. constitutional provisions.
  • D2.Civ.4.3-5: Explain how groups of people make rules to create responsibilities and protect freedoms.
  • D2.Civ.5.3-5: Explain the origins, functions, and structure of different systems of government, including those created by the U.S. and state constitutions.
  • D2.Civ.12.3-5: Explain how rules and laws change society and how people change rules and laws.
  • D2.Civ.14.3-5: Illustrate historical and contemporary means of changing society.