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Washington State: Classroom Based Assessment(CBA)

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5th Grade

Cultural Contributions (History)

Student assignment:

In an essay or presentation, you will:

  1. explain contributions made by two cultural groups to the development of local, state, tribal, national, or world history, and
  2. compare the contributions of the two cultural groups by explaining similarities and differences.

Primary source documents from "Our Documents, 100 Milestone Source Documents from the National Archives and Records Administration," relating to this Classroom Based Assessment [CBA]:

Important notes for using this section:

  • Following each sub-topic is a list representing specific documents that are believed to best illustrate a topic. Each document is linked to an interactive digital copy of the record itself, complete with description, background information and teaching suggestions, from the "Our Documents" web site The transcribed copy is for your convenience and for students having difficulty reading handwriting. All pages can be easily downloaded and/or printed. Just click on the document title and it will take you to the specific "Our Documents" page.

Sample Topics and Associated Primary Sources:

African Americans

American Indians

Chinese Americans

Japanese Americans

Associated Washington State Standards {EALR}

  • History 1.3.1 - Describe the cultural contributions of people from various cultural groups to the development of local, Washington State, and US History.
  • History 2.1.1a - Explain how an idea has affected the way people live.
  • Social Studies Skills 1.1.1d - Locate particular facts in Social Studies documents. Identify the main idea.


EALR Scoring
(*for additional levels, see OSPI Scoring Rubric)
History 1.3.1 *at highest level... Explains at least three or more clear and accurate examples of contributions made by both cultural groups (at least one per group).
History 2.1.1a *at highest level... Accurately compares the contributions of each cultural group with two or more significant similarities and/or significant differences
Social Studies Skills 1.1.1d *at highest level... List of resources thoroughly examines six or more sources.

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