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.
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!
(Free!) Why has the Alien Enemy Act and similar acts been utilized by the Government over time? Lesson for 8th Grade
In This Lesson:
Students will analyze Primary and Secondary Sources about the Alien Enemy Act and related acts and evaluate the Patterns of Continuity and Change over time. Students will learn about the Alien and Sedition Acts (During Adam's Presidency) while also learning about other controversial acts in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Students will compare the acts and see their similarities as well as their differences.
What is included?
1. Lesson Plan: Includes Objective, Big Idea and Implementation Sequence.
2. Anticipatory Set Activity to Motivate and Engage the Learner (How much power should a government have?)
3. Timeline and Timeline Questions: To establish Context and review some important events (Jay's Treaty, XYZ Affair, French Quasi-War, The Alien Sedition Acts etc.)
4. Five Primary and Secondary Source Excerpts and 10 Comprehension questions (The Alien Enemy Act,
Details about the Act, WWII Executive Order 9066, The Patriot Act, and The Travel Ban Executive order).
5. Annotation and Question Guide- One is for English Language Learners and the Second One provided is for your Accelerated/ GATE Students. These off 15/10 (respectively) questions and tasks students will consider (and write on lined paper) for each document.
6. Historical Skills Handout on how to Examine Patterns of Continuity and Change over time. This offers 15 additional questions for students to consider when they evaluate Primary and Secondary Sources.
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This summer I am building out 6th and 8th Grade curriculum. Please check back throughout the summer for an innovative history curriculum to challenge, inspire and engage students! Check out the first lesson for 8th grade by clicking the picture for the link below. Cannibalism at Jamestown!? Enough said.
I love teaching about the Renaissance. One way to get my students interested and STAY interested in this topic, is to take virtual field trips using Google Earth (Internet access required and only works on some devices like Chromebooks). If you cannot access Google Earth, use the Vatican's virtual tours link. Have students "wander" around in the museum for ten minutes and then have them write a short response of what it was like in the Sistine Chapel. They can also take screen shots of their favorite artwork and try to find the painter/ sculpture and write a brief biography.
The purpose of this lesson is to show that the Renaissance covered a big period in European history and the concept is used to characterize the artistic and architectural advances of a select echelon of society and did not necessarily affect everyone across Europe in an equal manner. While, the purpose is not to underscore the accomplishments of the Renaissance (it is encouraged to teach the artistic advances and human accomplishment) but rather show a more complete picture of what life was like in Europe for all people not just the elite. Students will practice their close reading strategies as well as analysis strategies by answering the question: Is the “Renaissance” a Mischaracterization of an Age?
Students read five secondary sources, answer 10 comprehension questions, a handout how to quote, summarize, paraphrase and analyze historical evidence, an essay outline/planner (for students who need additional supports) and a rubric to help guide student's writing.
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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.