How the Milton Wolf Prize project helps you 

meet MD State Teaching Standards 

The Milton Wolf Project provides Baltimore City Public School students with an opportunity to develop their voices and agency through learning skills that they will need to successfully complete their education and get a job in the 21st century: critical thinking and communication, writing and presentation skills, collaboration and problem solving, media and technology. 

Below are the Social Studies and World Language Skills BCPS teachers will meet when assigning this project.

Social Studies Standards


1.0 Content standard: Civics - Students will understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens, and engage in political participation and contribute to the public process. 


2.0 Content Standard: Peoples of the nations and world - student will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States, and the world through a multicultural and historical perspective. 


3.0 Content Standard: Geography –Students will appreciate their own place in the world and foster curiosity about environment and cultures; use geographic reasoning associated with physical and human factors, locations of places and regions, historic changes in political boundaries, economic activities, and cultures; use spatial and environmental perspectives; and apply geographic representation including maps, imagery, and geospatial technologies. 


4.0 Content Standard: Economics -Students will evaluate decision making of individuals, businesses, governments, and societies to allocate resources; consider the cost benefits and the interaction of buyers and sellers in a global market; and develop economic reasoning to understand the historical development and current status of economic  principles, institutions, and processes needed to be effective citizens, consumers, and workers participating in local communities, the nation, and the world.


5.0 Content Standard: History:Students will evaluate why and how events occurred; locate and assess a variety of sources; engage in historical inquiry involving acquiring knowledge about significant events, developments, individuals, groups, documents, places, and ideas to support investigations about the past and its connection to the present; and analyze how individuals and societies have changes over time in Maryland, the United States, and the world. Examine significant ideas, beliefs, and themes; organize patterns and events; and analyze how individuals and societies have changed over time in Maryland, the United States, and the World.


6.0 Content Standard: Social Studies Skills and Processes- Students shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.

Grades 6-8: 

A. Read to Learn and Construct Meaning about Social Studies

1. Use appropriate strategies and opportunities to increase understandings of social studies vocabulary

a.Acquire and apply new vocabulary through investigating, listening, independent reading and discussing a variety of print and non-print sources

b.Identify and use new vocabulary acquired through study of relationships to prior knowledge and experiences

c.Use context clues to understand new social studies vocabulary

d.Use new vocabulary in speaking and writing to gain and extend content knowledge and clarify expression


2.  Use strategies to prepare for reading (before reading)

a.Identify the characteristics of informational texts, such as print features, graphic aids, informational aids, organizational aids, and online features 

b.Preview the text by examining features, such as the title, pictures, maps, illustrations, photographs, charts, timelines, graphs, and icons

c.Set a purpose for reading the text

d.Ask questions and make predictions about the text

e. Make connections to the text using prior knowledge and experiences


3.  Use strategies to monitor understanding and derive meaning from text and portions of text (during reading)

a. Identify and use knowledge of organizational structures, such as chronological order, cause/effect, main ideas and details, description, similarities/differences, and problem/solution to gain meaning

b.Reread slowly and carefully, restate, or read on and revisit difficult parts

c.Use a graphic organizer or another note-taking technique to record important ideas or information

d.Look back through the text to search for connections between and among ideas

e.Make, confirm, or adjust predictions about the text

f.Periodically summarize or paraphrase important ideas while reading

g.Visualize what was read for deeper meaning

h.Explain personal connections to the ideas or information in the text


B. Write to Learn and Communicate Social Studies Understandings

1. Select and use informal writing strategies, such as short/response/essay answer/ brief constructed responses, journal writing, note taking, and graphic organizers, to clarify, organize, remember, and/or express new understandings

a.Identify key ideas

b.Connect key ideas to prior knowledge (personal experience, text and world)


C.  Ask Social Studies Questions

1.Identify a topic that requires further study

a.Identify prior knowledge about the topic

b.Pose questions the about the topic

c.Formulate research questions

d.Develop a plan for how to answer questions about the topic 


2.Identify a situation/issue that requires further study

a.Define the situation/issue

b.Identify prior knowledge about the situation/issue

c.Pose questions about the situation/issue from a variety of perspectives

d.Pose questions that elicit higher order thinking responses

e.Formulate research questions

f.Develop a plan for how to answer questions about the situation/issue


D.  Acquire Social Studies Information

1.  Identify primary and secondary sources of information that 

       relate to the topic/situation/problem being studied

a.  Gather and read appropriate print sources, such as journals, periodicals, government documents, timelines, databases, reference works, and web sites

b.  Read and obtain information from texts representing diversity in content, , authorship, and perspective

c. Locate and gather data and information from appropriate non-print sources, such as music, artifacts, charts, maps, graphs, photographs, video clips, illustrations, paintings, political cartoons, multimedia, interviews, and oral histories

d. Access and process information that is factual and reliable from readings, investigations, and/or oral communications


2. Engage in field work that relates to the topic/ situation/ problem being studied

a.Gather data

b.Make and record observations 

c.Design and conduct surveys and oral histories


E. Organize Social Studies Information 

1.    Organize information from non-print sources

a.Prioritize information gathered according to importance and relevance

b.Distinguish factual from fictional information

c.Find relationships among gathered information 

d.Display information on various types of graphic organizers, maps, and charts

e.Summarize information obtained from surveys and field work


2.     Organize information from print sources 

a. Prioritize information gathered according to importance and relevance

b. Determine the bias and reliability of a source

c. Find relationships among gathered information 

d. Construct various types of graphic organizers, maps, and charts to display information


F. Analyze Social Studies Information

1. Interpret information from primary and secondary sources

a.Interpret information in maps, charts and graphs

b.Interpret information from field studies and surveys

c.Analyze a document to determine point of view

d.Analyze the perspective of the author to determine if the document or topic is historically significant

e.Identify bias and prejudice


2. Evaluate information from a variety of sources

a.Compare information from a variety of sources

b.Compare information to prior knowledge

c.Determine the reliability of the document

d.Compare ideas, models, systems, and perspectives


3. Synthesize information from a variety of sources

a.Recognize relationships in and among ideas or events, such as cause and effect, sequential order, main idea, and details

b. Reconstruct the arguments of issues or events

c. Assess the costs and benefits of alternatives

d.  Modify understandings of social studies concepts and trend

e.  Verify or change prior understandings based on new information

G. Answer Social Studies Questions

3. Use current events/issues to answer questions

a.Summarize the main points of an issue explaining different viewpoints

b.Make a decision based on the analysis of issues and evaluate the consequences of these decisions

c.Identify and formulate a position on a course of action or an issue

d.Propose and justify solutions to social studies problems

e. Use mediaresources to deliberate and advocate issues and policy

World Languages Standards

The Milton Wolf Project will address the Level III curriculum in the following World Languages areas of instruction:

Interpersonal Communication

  • I can ask and answer questions about something that’s going on in my community, the nation, or the world. (1.1.IL.b.)

  • I can ask and answer questions about why something happened. (1.1.IL.b.)

  • I can ask someone about his/her opinion about current events and give my opinion with reasons. (1.1.IL.a.)

  • I can agree or respectfully disagree with someone about his or her opinion and say why. (1.1.IL.a.)


Presentational Speaking

  • I can present information about a current issue of international interest. (1.3S.IL.a.)


Presentational Writing

  • I can write a short report or announcement about a current issue of international interest. (1.3W.IL.b.)

Interpretive Listening

  • I can follow a simple conversation when individuals talk about a current event. (1.2.IL.a.)

  • I can understand someone’s opinion about a current event. (1.2.IL.a.)\

  • I can understand what I hear from a TV or radio program dealing with current events. (1.2.IL.a.)

Interpretive Reading

  • I can understand what I read about a current event from a social media post. (1.2R.IL.c.)

  • I can understand when I read someone else’s opinion about current events. (1.2R.IL.a.)

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