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!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Project Based Learning Packet for ALL of World History

This awesome packet for bringing Project Based Learning (PBL) in your World History classes will be  life-changing! PBL brings real world experiences into the classroom to make lessons more meaningful and engaging for students. It gives them choice in their learning while also delving deeper into a topic World History that matters to them.


This packet gives you everything you need to use project based learning for any unit in American History and includes 196 (yes, 196!) suggested topics for projects plus 25 ideas for real world projects. Your students will have the power of choice to investigate an authentic question in US History.

All of the following are included in this packet:

★  196 suggested topics for study throughout World History (prehistory - the modern world)

★  25 suggested project ideas based on Real World careers with descriptions of each plus tips on how to turn the career into a project

★  Detailed teacher instructions on how to implement the projects, including ideas for differentiation

★  Student introduction pages that break down the project into 6 steps along with a page with tips on how to do the research

★  A project planning worksheet to help students through the project

★  Rubrics for the project and for peer evaluation

★  A self-reflection worksheet for after the project

You'll immediately have everything you need to make learning come alive for students through Project Based Learning. Once you begin, you'll see that these are class-changing projects that you and the students will love!


      


If you teach US History, you can find my packet PBL Packet for American History here.

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PS: You can also get this PBL packet when you join Students of History! Becoming a member at StudentsofHistory.org gives you access to not only this great packet for Project Based Learning, but over 600 other amazing resources for every unit in all of World History!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" Interactive Notebook and Worksheet

This is an excellent, interactive resource for teaching about Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington! It includes a reading, primary sources, worksheet, and pop-up style Interactive Notebook page!


The 1-page reading includes an introduction describing the background leading up to the March on Washington and impact that it had. Links to the speech are included as well for you to use with your students.

Five primary source images and documents are provided for students to analyze. The worksheet features questions designed to get your students to think critically about the event, speech, and primary sources. A key for this is included for your convenience.

Finally, the Interactive Notebook page has students creating a pop-up of Martin Luther King along with several signs and the Lincoln Memorial. Students then decorate these and add notes based on what they read, hear, and see in the primary sources. Completed sample versions are also included for you to look at with the download.

All of these are explained in a simple teacher's guide which is included as well!

This resource can also be download along with many more as part of this Civil Rights Movement Resource Bundle.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Middle Ages Interactive Notebook

This download features 11 Interactive Notebook pages all about the Middle Ages in Europe and Medieval Times! These amazing Interactive Notebook pages include graphic organizers, creative foldables, pop-ups, timelines, and more!


These are incredible resources for getting students engaged and active in their learning and allowing them to be creative with their notes. 

Topics covered include:

★ The Roman Catholic Church's role in Medieval Society
★ The Manor System
★ Feudalism
★ Knights and Chivalry
★ Charlemagne and the Franks
★ The Vikings, Angles, Saxons, and Barbarian Invasions
★ Education in the Middle Ages
★ Trade Routes
★ The Black Plague
★ Vocabulary activities and more!

These resources are guaranteed to help your students enjoy learning about these ancient civilizations while gaining a better understanding of important concepts, events, and people.

 

Each page is designed to engage students and get them thinking critically while also forming a personal connection to the material. The download is also filled with pictures of completed pages so you and your students can easily see how each page should be cut, pasted, folded, or completed.

An online, digital version of pages like these can be found here in the Middle Ages Google Drive Digital Interactive Notebook. That one is perfect for classes with Chromebooks or who are going 1:1. BOTH of these plus many more resources for this unit can be downloaded together in this World History Middle Ages Unit Bundle.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Complete Project Based Learning Packet for US History

This awesome packet for bringing Project Based Learning (PBL) in your US History classes will be  life-changing! PBL brings real world experiences into the classroom to make lessons more meaningful and engaging for students. It gives them choice in their learning while also delving deeper into a topic US History that matters to them.


This packet gives you everything you need to use project based learning for any unit in American History and includes 99 (yes, 99!) suggested topics for projects plus 25 ideas for real world projects. Your students will have the power of choice to investigate an authentic question in US History.

All of the following are included in this packet:


  • 99 suggested topics for study throughout US History
  • 25 suggested PBL project ideas based on Real World careers with descriptions of each plus tips on how to turn the career into a project
  • Detailed teacher instructions on how to implement the projects, including ideas for differentiation 
  • Student introduction pages that break down the project into 6 steps
  • A project planning worksheet to help students through the project
  • Rubrics for the project and for peer evaluation 
  • A self-reflection worksheet for after the project


You'll immediately have everything you need to make learning come alive for students through Project Based Learning. Once you begin, you'll see that these are class-changing projects that you and the students will love!

You can download this Complete PBL Packet for US History here on TpT!

Also! This resource can be used for every unit in my subscription package to a complete US History curriculum. This provides you multiple engaging resources to use for every day of the school year. Not only will you get the Project Based Learning projects, but PowerPoints, interactive notebooks, Google Drive digital learning resources, review games, tests, and more! You can join and start downloading now!