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Use this free handout in your history classes to teach how to "source" a document. Provide students with a primary or secondary source and they can answer all or some of the questions provided (they can write answers on lined paper or annotate a document on the margins or with sticky notes). These guided questions help students "interrogate" or "question" the source. This is what Historians do to make sure sources are credible or reliable. This worksheet helps students be critical consumers of information that will help develop their critical thinking abilities.
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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.
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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).
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).
SHEG's online resources are an invaluable resource for History educators. My favorite resource is thier "Historical Thinking Chart." My students have a copy of this chart in thier binder and we use it every time we read a primary or secondary source. In order to annotate quickly and efficiently, I developed Icons to help the students annotate (Similar to the GATE icons developed by Dr. Kaplan). Use the free powerpoint slides and feel free to make them your own. Click the Image below for the link to a Google Slides Presentation.
After my students investigate a Historical Question and annotate and analyze primary and secondary sources, I love to hold a Socratic Seminar (before they write an expository paragraph or essay). After we analyzed SHEG's Pocahontas Lesson Primary and Secondary Sources, I had students pick which role they wanted to be, gave them some time to examine the questions and take notes and then put them in a "fish bowl arena" (see images below) and let them start talking/ listening. Use the Presentation below (Click image for a copy of the presentation: The questions are specifically for the Pocahontas SHEG, but you can modify it to suit your class needs).
How I organized the desks...you can just do a circle of chairs. Just make sure there is an inner circle and outer circle. This was done with 40 students in a tiny classroom...so anything is possible!
Online Interactive Worksheet for students
Students need to practice investigating historical questions and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of online sources. This quick lesson with help them do both! This would be great for 8th grade history when you examine the early Colonies, but it can be used in ELA class as well.
Pose the question: what happens at Thanksgiving? Discuss. Pose the question: "Did the 'real' thanksgiving actually happen?"
Assign the document (via google classroom or Canvas or share out on google documents. Have students make a copy of assignment). Students click the links to various articles online and investigate the strengths and weaknesses of each source as well as evidence if it actually took place or not.
Extension: Assign the SHEG assessment on the first thanksgiving for an additional sourcing assessment. Play the video before to scaffold the assignment or after for your advanced classes (3 minutes long).
Click the image below to get a free copy of the assignment.
We have begun the year and before we examine the 13 colonies, I always review European Colonization of the Americas (to remind them there were millions of people already in the Americas...before Columbus!). Colonization is a deeply controversial subject with many different viewpoints, and that is why it is so important to teach. Here is what I do with my GATE identified students to encourage deep understanding.
After reviewing English, French and Spanish Colonization I pass out one of the slips below to each student (there are 6 different cards). Students write what they know, what they have read and what they have researched on the cards using the guided questions (I usually assign as HW). When they arrive to the class with research completed, they get into groups (All "ethics" in one group, all "Impact" in one group). They discuss their findings and create a giant poster, adding the most enlightened information they found (Drawings and diagrams are encouraged). After creating their poster, they can present to the class or allow for a "silent gallery walk."
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Make History Relevant Using Current Events
Trying to make historical content relevant for teenagers is our constant challenge as history teachers. Using current events may help with this challenge. The goal is by showing students how history influences our world today may make them see the importance of learning history. Use this free worksheet (click image to download a pdf version) for students along side a current event article. I recommend using NEWSELA for news articles (Be mindful that Newsela now has a lot of content that are not news articles, rather summary readings).
Added: If you are looking for a GATE alternative suitable for all grade levels look at the image below and click the image to download a free pdf worksheet (Note: I have students write their answers on lined paper)
Suitable for grades 6-8
GATE Current Event Analysis
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