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I love teaching about the Columbian Exchange. Students are fascinated about how different foods, animals and diseases developed differently in the "Old" and "New World." In this lesson student examine the IMPACT of the Columbian Exchange on the "New" and "Old World" by examining secondary sources. Students will then practice searching for credible sources online that would explain the IMPACT of exchanging animals, diseases, plants and technology. My favorite part is when students find a recipe (I challenge them to ask a Grandparent or relative for a family recipe- I have kids calling their abuelitas in Mexico who they haven't talked to in ages!) and then they create a "Cooking Show" or "Cookbook" that shows other students how to make the recipe with historical details about that particular food time (Example: The potato comes from the "New World" and there are thousands of varieties of potatoes). Sometimes students will even bring a sample for other students to try (I got the Principal permission first!).
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Instead of a "physical interactive notebook" my students have Online Interactive Notebooks. I call these notebooks "Hidden Histories" in which I focus on people who are marginalized or not mentioned in history. For my first digital notebook of the year I have students learn about the basics of History and provide them many prompts for reflection. Use this free resource to help your students start thinking about where history comes from.
How to implement the Digital Notebook?
If you have access to technology students can complete a little at a time (or make it an independent assignment). If students do not have access to the internet these documents can be printed out display a question or prompt on the screen and students can write responses on paper.
If you click the image below it will take you to an online google document. Make a copy of the document and feel free to modify for your class.
Students must learn that we cannot just “accept” information, but rather “interrogate” the text for information. As historians, we must always examine the sources and question its credibility and reliability. The goal is for students to start critically analyzing textual information. In this lesson students will read a secondary source as an introduction to the Roman Empire and use a "Sourcing"/ "Annotation" guide that teaches students how Historians read textual evidence in a effort to reconstruct the past.
As history teachers it is important not to just teach the "Names, Dates and Locations" in history but our true role as educators is to teach them critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout life!
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The study of history is really an investigation into the past. For this activity students investigate why the senators of Rome murdered Julius Caesar by examining primary sources. Students examine five primary sources and try to determine the Senator' motives. Students will answer some comprehension questions and formulate a thesis and write a historical essay. Click the Image below to download this free resource.
No prep, No hassle. Students will critically analyze the past with this engaging DBQ.
Every year, my school site hosts a school wide Project Based Learning Event called "Symposium." This year as GATE coordinator I have put my own spin on the project and developed Curriculum for our students. I developed a six week project for our students, and they will showcase their final work at a "Community Night" and present to their families and people from our community.
Feel free to use this resource at your school site and modify to suit your student's needs. This curriculum is intended for Advanced Learners but all students are capable of completing the project with enough support and guidance. This Curriculum is also suitable for Grade 6-12.
(Click the image above to download the Free PDF)
Developed by Dr. Caldwell 2018-2019
Below are screen shots of some of the Booklets Pages (All activities are included in the Free resource above)
This would be great for 7th Grade Medieval World History when you examine South East Asia and the Middle East.
When I start the unit on Islamic Civilizations I always try to deconstruct student's misconceptions and stereotypes about Islam. I have students fill out an anticipation guide (see below) and then give them placards that will inform of truth. This activity also teaches them how to cite information and evidence and write accurate claims. Use the free resources below to help your students gain a truthful and accurate insight about Islam.
Click Below for three free resources.
(Above: Just an image with essential questions) Below are the resources
(Above: Click Image for Anticipatory Guide)
(Above: Click the image above for Evidence Placards)
(Above: Worksheet for students to use with placards)
Hold a "Mock" Election at your school using google forms. My 8th Graders will be conducting research on some California Propositions, filling out a worksheet, and as a school "Voting" on a google form. After everyone has voted, we will tabulate the responses and let the school know what their overall decision was. Click below on the pictures to take you to editable versions of the assignments and form, feel free to modify to suit your classroom needs.
*I could not include the Google Form (because it doesn't let you made an editable copy)
Note: I used Ballotpedia.com for all of the information.
Extension: Have students find "Commercials" and have students compare claims the advertisements made and discuss the accuracy of said claims.
(Above: Google Slide Presentation for Students)
(Above: Worksheet for Students)
(Above: I Made a simple google form and will send out to students. There is no link for this picture).
Instead of using a "physical notebook" opt for a digital notebook. If you teach 7th Grade history, feel free to use this Digital Portfolio and modify for your class. I usually do one activity per day an an anticipatory set before I dive deeply into the topic. Click the images below for the free resources.
Suitable for All Grade Levels
When I taught 7th Grade Medieval world history, I taught feudalism using gummy bears. Feudalism is just one economic system in history so I wanted to compare and contrast it to other economic systems, so students could fully grasp the complexity and nuance of feudalism (and how restrictive it was and how it impacted societal structures).
I had students read a few chapters from Dr. Eric Nilsson;s book on economic systems. I found this free reading by googling: Nilsson, Eric “ Different Economic Systems” (it will pop up as a pdf from CSULB's economic dept). Its a challenging reading, but completely manageable if read together in class or broken apart. Or you can have students research different economic systems andtake notes.
Use the presentation to introduce and explain gummy bear project (Note: I also did this for political systems).
*If your school has access to technology, be it ipads or Chromebooks, I recommend making a digital notebook for your students. You can do it two ways:
1) Make assignments and tasks BEFORE you share out the questions and activities (this takes a lot of planning ahead, but once its done its awesome! (Then you will have it every year and you can just modify).
2) Make assignments one at a time, but students copy and paste in task (on a running google document). Therefore, with this option it gives you a lot of flexibility and can make more of a dynamic living document (It does take a couple minutes to copy and paste activities from a MASTER copy, that you have posted on google classroom or CANVAS).
Take a look at what can be included in a Digital Notebook...I will post more ideas and sample notebooks in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned! (Click the image to make a copy of the document) All resources are FREE!
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