20 True Stories from History! Teaching students how to recognize Credible and Reliable sources!
Weird History by Jaime Caldwell
My incredible 10th Grade AP Euro Students deserve a nice looking workbook. This is just a notebook to help keep their notes organized and make class feel a little more tangible (my amazing school had them Printed). I enjoyed putting together these graphics and making it feel extra special (I Used Canva for the graphics). Click the image below for the link to the PDF Booklet.
At my incredible XQ high school we got to design a Passion class. I am new to Instagram so I conducted tons of research and created a presentation for my students! See below.
Instagram Masterclass by Jaime Caldwell
Having something Tangible during virtual learning means a lot. I made simple Post Cards using Canva. They send beautifully made post cards and were very inexpensive! I send these to students if they win Kahoots, make valuable contributions to class and go above and beyond (or to just a student who needs a little encouragement).
Have students collaborate using Google Slides (drag and drop features) Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation US History
In this short lesson 3-4 students (on zoom) will drag and drop a weakness of the articles of confederation that led to Shay's rebellion in a shared google slide. Students analyze context clues in the slides to determine which failure matches the effects. To make it more challenging- erase the pre-filled boxes and leave some blank and challenge students to write in their own failures. Click Here for an editable copy.
I am so excited to co-teach with an incredible English teacher this year. The first book we will be exploring through the lens of media studies is George Orwell's Animal Farm. This Google Slide Presentation is out opening assignment to get student's to ponder Tyranny and Government abuse. This book about also be great for Modern World History (Russian Revolution). Click HERE to get a copy of the slide deck.
History education is not just about the names of old dead people and dates of consequential events its about critical thinking skills that can be applied across disciplines and cultivated over time. Here are a series of images you can use for your class to emphasize and practice historical thinking skills. Challenge your students to demonstrate each skill and present to the class over zoom!
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Teaching students how to write a Historiography is important. It teaches them about previous historical literature, debates within historical circles and how to analyze historical claims and evidence. As an introduction to APUSH (after we cover pre-columbian Civilizations) students will examine the historical literature on Christopher Columbus and write a mini- five paragraph essay after they create an annotated bibliography.
I have three important goals for this lesson: 1) Show how history is not Static- it can change, and it changes for specific contextual reasons and as historians we need to be conscious of that when we read primary and secondary sources 2) How to cite Historical Evidence 3) How to analyze historical arguments and 4) practice crafting a thesis. This is just getting our feet wet for more complex historical analysis.
1. Open up the assignment with a group discussion on Columbus. Pose additional questions to class: "Does History change?" "Who writes history?"
2. As a class analyze and annotate "The Youth's Companion, 1892" discuss as a class
3. Break up class into groups of 3-4 and have students work on the annotated bibliography together. Come back as a class and compare notes and findings.
4. Assign independent work: Drafting essay and schedule 1:1 sessions with students who need more individualized support and feedback.
(Free) US Industrial Revolution: A Primary and Secondary Source Investigation into Labor Conditions Lesson and Activity
Student Objective and Purpose
Students will evaluate primary and secondary sources on labor conditions during the Industrial Revolution and will utilize evidence from the sources to support a historical claim. Students will learn about the US industrial revolution and learn how to cite evidence to support a claim. This is a great introduction to writing historical expository paragraphs.
What is Included?
1. Lesson Plan
2. 2 Page Anticipatory Set: Internet required (or print a class copy of an article prior to lesson) about Careers and current event investigation about working conditions in the world today.
3. Two Timelines and student comprehension questions: One timeline examines the technology that spurred the Industrial Revolution in America and the second timeline examines labor conditions in the 1800's.
4. Five Primary and Secondary Sources with 10 comprehension questions: Three questions will teach students how to cite historical evidence.
5. Historical thinking skills handout: This handout explains what a "claim" and "evidence" is and provides questions and a checklist on how to cite appropriate historical evidence. This will help improve students analytical skills and expository writing.
Click the image below to get the lesson!