Social Studies Skills
What are critical thinking skills for?
placed in the order in which they occur, or sequential order
helps you put events from beginning to end
clue words like before, after, next, last
What does it mean to categorize?
Identifying Cause and Effect Relationships
causes—actions that lead to an event
effects—the results of an action
Examples are so, because, as a result, therefore, produced, and for the following reasons.
Comparing and Contrasting
analyzing two or more ideas, objects, or events
Signal words like similar and also tell you to compare
phrases however and on the other hand, you should contrast
Finding Main Idea and Summarizing
central focus of the text
what is most important, less important
Summarizing is restating a large amount of information in a few words.
most important information
remember the main points or events in a text
Which do you think would be a generalization? Select all that apply.
Making Generalizations and Predictions
A statement is mostly, or generally, true
Somewhat based on facts
Also based on prior knowledge or experience
Predicting involves using clues from a text to make reasoned guesses about what will happen next- finding the pattern
Reports and Presentations
Plagiarism is copying someone else’s words
This includes using someone else’s sentence structures, even if you change the important words.
Must give them credit using citations, or a bibliography (MLA, APA)
Attribution- giving credit with a direct "quotation"
Why do you need to give credit to someone that you get information from?
Which are the steps to solving a problem? Select all that apply.
Steps to Solving a Problem
1. Identify what you need to do.
2. Identify your options.
3. Gather information about your options.
4. Predict consequences- "pros vs cons" chart
5. Use findings and make a decision.
What is your best option about choosing which pair of shoes to buy?