Friday, June 23, 2017

New US History Curriculum Packages with free LIFETIME Updates!

Over the past few years of creating new resources, I added more and more to the point that my Complete US History Curriculum was too big to be hosted online (about 1.6 GB). As a result, I made it available only on a USB Flash Drive that I mailed out.

However, TpT recently increased their file size limit up to 1 GB. While this still isn't big enough to hold ALL my American History resources, it is big enough to break the curriculum up into 2 halves! 

     

As a result, I created 2 new Complete Curriculum packages for US History! These are: 

This bundle of over 300 resources covers the Age of Exploration through the Reconstruction Era. There are 10 complete units full of resources: 
This bundle covers The Gilded Age to Modern America and includes almost 400 total teaching resources and 9 Complete Units: 
Both packages also include my popular Daily Warm Up Activities for US History along with amazing resources like:  

Best of all, these 2 downloads give you free updates for life! Every new resource that I add in the future for US History will get added to these 2 bundles. That means more Google Classroom activities, projects, interactive notebooks, and more! 

These resources are thorough, rigorous, and hyper-engaging. Your students will love your class and you'll finally have time to devote to their needs instead of stressing about planning.

You can download them here:

 US History Part 1

 US History Part 2

I promise you you'll love these packages! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

America's Constitution and Constitutional Convention Unit Plan

This download includes over 30 amazing teaching resources for a complete unit on America's Constitution and the Philadelphia Convention!


Everything is planned out for you throughout the 2-3 week unit. Every day is packed with activities to engage your students and help them understand the Constitutional Convention, Founding Fathers, and America's government.

Each of these amazing resources is included in this download:

Constitution Google Drive Digital Notebook
Interactive Notebook for the Constitution and Early America
Class Constitution Group Project
 ★ Constitution and Constitutional Convention PowerPoint Lesson
Compromises of the Constitutional Convention Reading
Bill of Rights Scenarios Analysis Worksheet
Constitution and Convention CLOZE Vocabulary Reading
Comparing Plans of the Constitutional Convention
Federalist Papers 10 and 51 Analysis Worksheets
Founding Fathers of America Magic Portrait PowerPoint
Constitutional Convention Pop-Up Figures "Rise of Democracy" Lesson
Alexander Hamilton: Lesson Plan for the Musical
★ Plus a selection of Warm Up Activities

Plus there's more resources included on the Articles of Confederation, a Jeopardy-style review game, and editable test. You won't find better lesson activities to teach about the Constitution anywhere!!

If you teach American History and are looking for more great resources, this entire unit plan bundle is included as part of the American History Part 1: Complete Curriculum Digital Download.

Thanks for checking it out and happy teaching!!






Monday, June 19, 2017

Evaluating Reconstruction Lesson Plan for US History

This awesome activity on the Period of Reconstruction has students assume the roles of different Americans during the 1870's to evaluate how various Reconstruction policies and events would affect them.

reconstruction lesson

Students are assigned one of 6 different characters:

  • Freed slave
  • Poor white farmer
  • Former plantation owner
  • Freedmen's Bureau teacher
  • Former Confederate general
  • Radical Republican

After reading about their character, students have to think critically about each aspect of Reconstruction. They then decide which parts of Reconstruction would be positive for their character and which would be negative.

There are 14 different aspects of Reconstruction (Scalawags, Carpetbaggers, Black Codes, the KKK, etc), students must analyze. They then decide whether Reconstruction was a success or failure from that person's perspective.

This is an awesome higher-level thinking activity that will help your students gain a deeper insight into the lasting effects of Reconstruction.

This download includes both printable and Google Docs versions of the activity! If you're in a paperless classroom or just want to integrate more digital resources, you can use the provided link to bring this resource into Google Classroom!

The Google Doc version also includes links to online sources for students to research how each aspect of Reconstruction affected different Americans.

You can find a great companion PowerPoint on the Age of Reconstruction here which I use prior to this activity. Both of these activities are also part of my Civil War & Reconstruction Unit Bundle.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Boxer Rebellion in China Activity

This lesson plan on the Boxer Rebellion features engaging primary sources, videos, and a reading activity all in one download!


This is a fantastic resource for covering Imperialism and gives an excellent overview of the China's 1899-1901 Boxer Rebellion.

All of the following are included with this lesson plan:

  • Thorough directions on how to present the lesson
  • Bellringer to get started
  • Reading activity on the Boxers
  • Primary Source poem 
  • Eight primary source cartoons on the Boxer Rebellion 
  • Printable worksheet for individuals or groups
  • Links to videos for the lesson

This also includes a Google Drive digital version of the lesson plan! If you've gone paperless or want to integrate more technology, you can use the included digital version through Google Classroom!

You can download this for your classroom today by clicking here.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

PS: You can get this great resource PLUS over 500 more amazing teaching activities for World or American History through a simple monthly subscription to my site StudentsofHistory.org!

Joining the site gives you immediate access to every engaging resource — each highly reviewed by thousands of teachers across the world! Save yourself time, energy, and sanity by joining today!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Secession of the South Lesson Plan and Activities

This fantastic lesson plan allows your students to analyze different primary sources related to Southern states seceding from the Union prior to the Civil War.


The activity is very easily adaptable for different grade levels and students. It can be done individually or in small  groups with students working together to analyze the printed copies. You can also do the activity digitally through included Google Docs version!

The complete lesson plan includes all of the following :

  • A 2-page worksheet students use to analyze the primary sources
  •  An excerpt from a speech by the Confederate Vice President 
  • Mississippi's Declaration of Secession
  • 2 primary source political cartoons
  • Extension activity for class debate on secession
  • A digital (and editable) Google Docs version of the resource
  • Teacher directions page with included key

This is an awesome lesson to help your students better understand the real reasons the South seceded from the Union by analyzing the actual primary sources from the era.

The activity can also be downloaded as part of the Civil War & Reconstruction Unit Bundle with over 50 awesome resources for teaching all about the Civil War!

Thanks for stopping by to check it out!
PS: You can get this great resource PLUS over 500 more amazing teaching activities for World or American History through a simple monthly subscription to my site StudentsofHistory.org!
Joining the site gives you immediate access to every engaging resource — each highly reviewed by thousands of teachers across the world! Save yourself time, energy, and sanity by joining today!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" - Primary Source Analysis Activity


This engaging activity on Sojourner Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is awesome for giving your students an introduction to analyzing primary sources.

The download includes 2 different versions of Sojourner Truth's speech. First is the most widely printed version that repeats her iconic rhetorical question.  The second is an earlier account from an Abolitionist newspaper. Both versions are short, compelling, and easy for students to understand.

In my class, I ask for volunteers to read them out loud so students can hear the power in her words and better differentiate between the 2 speeches.

Following the 2 versions is a worksheet with open-ended analysis questions designed to get your students thinking critically about Truth's words and the differences between the two accounts.

I love this resource because it is an primary source that is engrossing and in language students can comprehend. It's a great way to get them into more primary sources.

Thanks so much for checking it out!

PS: You can get this primary source analysis activity PLUS over 500 more amazing teaching resources and lessons for World or American History through a monthly subscription to my site StudentsofHistory.org!

Joining the site gives you immediate access to every engaging resource — each highly reviewed by thousands of teachers across the world! Save yourself time, energy, and sanity by joining today!

Monday, May 22, 2017

LGBTQ History Activity for Social Studies

This lesson plan activity on the Lavender Scare of the 1950's is excellent for incorporating LGBT your Cold War unit!


The downloadable activity includes an article on the history of the "Lavender Scare". This period of fear and paranoia in the United States coincided with the Red Scare and saw thousands of government employees lose their jobs for being homosexual.

The article details how Senator Joseph McCarthy - of McCarthyism infamy - connected homosexuality to communism and un-American activities.

Soon after, newly elected President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10450, which led to a crackdown on homosexuality throughout the government and government contractors. The article goes on to connect the scare through to President Clinton's repeal of it and his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and finally President Obama's repeal of that.

After the article is reading comprehension activity with a worksheet and questions designed to help students think critically about what they learned.  This includes an answer key for your convenience.

Finally, this activity concludes with an extension activity with links to primary sources for students to analyze. These can be used for a collaborative learning activity with students delving into the Congressional reports, Executive Orders, and documents mentioned in the article.

You can download this great LGBTQ activity here.

Thanks so much for checking this out!