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.
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(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 is a great lesson to teach multiple perspectives in United States History. This lesson is situated during the American Revolution Unit and it challenges students to consider an American Perspective of the Colonists and a British perspective of the Colonists. The goal of the lesson is for students to understand how to evaluate different historical perspectives and defend a claim with appropriate evidence.
What is included in the Lesson?
1. Lesson Plan
2. Six Question Anticipatory Set
3. Timeline Student Activity (about the causes of the American Revolution- to establish context)
4. Four Primary and Secondary Sources with ten guided questions
5. Handout on Multiple Perspectives
6. Student response sheet to answer the historical question
This lesson would be great for 8th Grade US history or an ELA class practicing expository writing! Click the picture below to download.
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.