Daily Activities – Delta Begins Passenger Service to Atlanta
The daily activities created for each of the Today in Georgia History segments are designed to meet the Georgia Performance Standards for Reading Across the Curriculum, and Grade Eight: Georgia Studies. For each date, educators can choose from three optional activities differentiated for various levels of student ability. Each activity focuses on engaging the student in context specific vocabulary and improving the student’s ability to communicate about historical topics.
One suggestion is to use the Today in Georgia History video segments and daily activities as a “bell ringer” at the beginning of each class period. Using the same activity daily provides consistency and structure for the students and may help teachers utilize the first 15-20 minutes of class more effectively.
Level 1: Provide the students with the vocabulary list and have them use their textbook, a dictionary, or other teacher provided materials to define each term. After watching the video have the students write a complete sentence for each of the vocabulary terms. Student created sentences should reflect the meaning of the word based on the context of the video segment. Have students share a sampling of sentences as a way to check for understanding.
Level 2: Provide the students with the vocabulary list for that day’s segment before watching the video and have them guess the meaning of each word based on their previous knowledge. The teacher may choose to let the students work alone or in groups. After watching the video, have the students revise their definitions to better reflect the meaning of the words based on the context of the video. As a final step, have the students compare and contrast their definitions to their textbook, dictionary or other teacher provided materials definitions.
Level 3: Provide the students with the vocabulary list and have them use their textbook, a dictionary, or other teacher provided materials to define each term. After watching the video, have the students write a five sentence paragraph based on the provided writing prompts.
1. The video segment argues that Delta “played a crucial role in the rise of post-war
Atlanta.” In a five sentence paragraph use your knowledge of post-war Georgia two
guesses at how Delta helped with the development of Atlanta after World War II.
2. In a five-sentence paragraph explain how Delta Air lines brings jobs to the state of
Georgia. In your answer think about other industries and businesses that rely on Delta
that also employ Georgians.
3. Do you think Hartsfield Jackson International Airport would be as successful without
Delta Air Lines? In a five-sentence paragraph explain the importance of the Hartsfield-
Jackson Airport to the economy of Georgia.
Related Georgia Performance Standards:
Reading Across the Curriculum (Grades 6-12)
SSRC1 Students will enhance reading in all curriculum areas by:
c. Building vocabulary knowledge
• Demonstrate an understanding of contextual vocabulary in various subjects.
• Use content vocabulary in writing and speaking.
• Explore understanding of new words found in subject area texts.
d. Establishing context
• Explore life experiences related to subject area content.
• Discuss in both writing and speaking how certain words are subject area
• Determine strategies for finding content and contextual meaning for unknown
Common Core, College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing
Text Types and Purposes
1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using
valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and
information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and
analysis of content.
3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective
technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
Theme 8: Science Technology and Society; Theme 9: Global Connections
Grade 8 Georgia Studies
SS8G2 The student will explain how the Interstate Highway System, Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport, and Georgia’s deepwater ports, and the railroads help drive the
a. Explain how the four transportation systems interact to provide domestic and
international goods to the people of Georgia.
b. Explain how the four transportation systems interact to provide producers and service
providers in Georgia with national and international markets.
c. Explain how the four transportation systems provide jobs for Georgians.
SS8E3 The student will evaluate the influence of Georgia’s economic growth and
a. Define profit and describe how profit is an incentive for entrepreneurs.
b. Explain how entrepreneurs take risks to develop new goods and services to start a
c. Evaluate the importance of entrepreneurs in Georgia who developed such enterprises
as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Georgia-Pacific, and Home Depot.