LDC “template tasks” provide fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful assignments. For example, Template Task 2 calls for student analysis that builds an argument:
[Insert question] After reading _____ (literature or informational texts), write _________ (essay or substitute) that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the text(s). L2 Be sure to acknowledge competing views.
Sara Ballute and Timothy Lent in New York City used that template to create a teaching task for high school world history:
Were the achievements and growth of the Industrial Revolution Era worth the cost to society? After reading secondary and primary sources pertaining to the British Industrial Revolution, write an argumentation essay that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the texts. Be sure to acknowledge competing views.
Michelle Buroker of the Kenton County (KY) School District, working with Renee Boss, Amy Klein Wesselman, and Susan Weston, used the same template for middle school science:
In a time when radioactivity was an unknown, how did Marie Curie use her discoveries to prove radioactivity can be used as a new method for searching for elements? After reading her Nobel Prize Lecture, write a report in which you analyze Curie’s claim to have proved her own hypothesis that radioactivity is an atomic property, providing examples to clarify your analysis.
After all, it is the “task” or assignment – what students are asked to do – that sets the framework for their learning and the skills they will develop. LDC template tasks offer a new way for teachers to create robust tasks aligned with Common Core State Standards for use in science, social studies, and English language arts classrooms. The rubrics that accompany each set of template tasks support shared scoring and important dialogue across subjects and grades.
|Template Task Collections||Educurious Science Template Tasks||Template Tasks
For Elementary Grades
|Template Task Collection Version 2.0Template Task Collection 2.0, a revised version of the original Task Collection, includes improvements that make it easier to use. This collection maintains the same templates and clustering around modes of writing, although some templates have been updated.The main change is the addition of a “demand” list, which offers more choices for scaffolding templates. The L system of L2s and L3s has been revised as a list of “demands” or Ds, which can be added to any template. Starting a teaching task with a question is now an available option on every template.Template Task Collection Version 2.0
||The “Select LDC Template Task Adaptations for Use in Science Classrooms” support reading and writing distinctive to scientific work. Options include a Research Design Plan, a Background Research/ piece, and a Research Abstract. Each template was created for first use with the Educurious Introductory Biology course, and is supported by discussion of the complete task used in that curriculum.
|Eleven new template tasks invite LDC work in science, social studies,and English language arts at the upper elementary level. As always, Common Core State Standards are built in, and scoring rubrics are included.Download Grades 4-5 Template Tasks
Download Grades K-2 Template Tasks and scoring rubrics
For elementary module templates that work with these tasks, see Module Development Tools
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