Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Project Based Learning for World & US History

If you didn't already know, both the Students of History World and US History curricula include Project Based Learning (PBL) to use throughout the year. This highly engaging strategy has students taking on real-world roles to investigate topics throughout history.


You can learn more about PBL for both World and US History here on this page.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Civil War Guided Notes Map

I have found that it helps most of my students to visualize important information. This is especially true with geography and mapping. When we cover the Civil War and important battles in my classes, I use this 2-page interactive notebook page:


After students glue it in, we color the Union, Confederate, and Border States. Then I use a PowerPoint to cover important aspects of each battle and students take notes in the boxes and draw arrows to where the battles took place. This helps them to better understand the geography of the Civil War and how it affected both the North and the South.

In my lesson, we mostly focus on the battles of:

  • Ft. Sumter
  • Bull Run / Manassas
  • Antietam
  • Gettysburg

However, we will also briefly cover Shiloh, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, and Sherman's March to the Sea. You can also see sections of notes on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation as well as notes on how life was for soldiers.

My students have often remarked how helpful notes like these are for them!

This lesson plan is included in my Complete American History subscription plan with resources for the entire school year! That's over 600 amazing teaching resources - project based learning, PowerPoints, primary source activities, interactive notebooks - they're all there waiting to be download and used. Join today and you'll never have to worry about planning a lesson again!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Amistad Lesson Plan for American History

This excellent activity for the famous Amistad case is an excellent way to get your students to engage with primary source documents and learn about this fascinating moment in American History!


This download includes a 1-page introduction reading that explains all about the case of the Amistad, from the capture of Africans in Sierra Leone through to the Supreme Court case. There are then 6 excellent primary source documents for your students to analyze. Each includes an actual image of the document along with a typed, easy-to-read transcription of the text. Additionally, each includes a QR code that links to a full-color online high-resolution version of the document. Great for getting your students to put their devices to educational use in class!

Finally, there is a worksheet that students complete based on the documents that can be done in cooperative learning groups or individually.  A brief directions page explains how I use the resource in my classes. An answer key is included as well for your convenience.

You can download this awesome lesson plan here!

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PS: This lesson plan is also included in my Complete American History subscription plan with resources for the entire school year! That's over 600 amazing teaching resources - project based learning, PowerPoints, primary source activities, interactive notebooks - they're all there waiting to be download and used. Join today and you'll never have to worry about planning a lesson again!

Monday, January 30, 2017

America’s History of Immigration Cartoon Analysis Lesson Plan

This engaging, interactive activity has students analyzing American political cartoons from between 1869 and 1941 that have either positive or negative views of America’s immigration policies. 


For each of the 11 cartoons, students must determine who the target is (Chinese, Irish, Italian, etc), whether it is pro or anti-immigration, and provide an analysis of the cartoon’s message. I have the students work on these in groups in class so they can discuss what they feel each cartoon’s message is. An answer key for the chart is included for your convenience.

Six short answer questions serve as a debriefing and reflection activity for students to think about how attitudes toward immigrants have changed and their feelings on immigration policies.
This is a great cooperative learning or individual activity that will show your students how little has changed over 150 years regarding feelings toward immigrants and has led to wonderful discussions in my classes about immigration. I hope you find this as powerful as it has been in my classes!


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bring the Hidden Figures Story to Your Classroom!

This fantastic lesson plan on NASA’s “Hidden Figures” Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson is a great way to bring their amazing stories into your classroom!


Now made famous by the book and movie “Hidden Figures” these 3 African American women were pioneers at NASA during the Space Race and helped John Glenn and other astronauts into space. 
Included in this download are 3 1-page biography readings on the 3 women, a page on cut-out “pop up” figures of the women, a timeline activity, and a 2-page worksheet on the readings. 

The timelines are based on the readings and there are 2 options for differentiation. Completed pictures are included for your convenience. This makes for a great cooperative learning activity or in class lesson plan that combines key aspects of the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement into one engaging and important lesson. 


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alexander Hamilton: Lesson Plan for the Musical

This amazing, fun, and highly-engaging lesson is designed to teach your students all about Alexander Hamilton through a PowerPoint, graphic organizer/interactive notebook pages, cooperative learning activity, and songs from the hit Broadway show Hamilton the Musical.


Hamilton is absolutely captivating and this is an awesome resource to bring the smash hit into your classroom! Your download includes a detailed lesson plan/teacher instruction page with strategies to integrate each resource.

The interactive notebook pages feature to pages of graphic organizers that match up exactly with the PowerPoint plus 1 page of interactive responses based on songs from the musical.

The PowerPoint is 24 slides complete with engaging pictures, easy-to-follow notes, teacher-notes and suggestions, questions based on the songs, and more! The whole things is incredibly easy to create a dynamic, hyper-engaging lesson for your students!

Finally, the download includes a primary source letter from Hamilton that students use for a cooperative activity or with a companion analysis worksheet!

Note this resource recommends at least 6 songs from the show. The actual songs are not included in this purchase but can be found online for purchase or streaming for free on Youtube.

Once again, you can download this awesome Hamilton the Musical Lesson Plan here!

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This awesome lesson plan is also included in my Complete American History subscription plan with resources for the entire school year! That's over 600 amazing teaching resources - project based learning, PowerPoints, primary source activities, interactive notebooks - they're all there waiting to be download and used. You can learn more about me and the site here.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive Notebook Graphic Organizer

This digital download features 21 Interactive Notebook pages on World War 2 and the Cold War. These creative, engaging Interactive Notebook pages include graphic organizers, creative foldables, timelines, and more!


This page on the Cuban Missile Crisis features a "missile" and map of Cuba graphic organizer that students cut out and fold to create interactive notes for a lesson on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

On one side, students describe America's perspective of seeking security and Kennedy not wanting to allow long-range ballistic missiles so close to the US. On the right (or east) side, students take notes on the Soviet Union's perspective (US missiles in Turkey, Cuba asking for protection, etc). Finally, in the center students take notes on the cause, situation, and result of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

It can actually be downloaded as part of two different bundles: (1) in this Cold War and Civil Rights Movement Interactive Notebook Pages or (2) in the World War 2 and the Cold War Bundle depending on which one best suits your curricula!

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PS: If you need a lot more resources than just this one, consider a subscription to ALL Students of History resources in either World or US History!