Amy Surdacki
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Amy Surdacki
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"The reward for a thing well done, is to have done it". - Ralph Waldo Emerson".
 
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All Quiet on the Western Front is, in my opinion, the best war novel ever. This download includes Chapter Questions for all 12 chapters along wi...
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The Rise of Fascism Worksheet is an extensive 5-page worksheet that details Mussolini's and Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. It in...
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All Quiet on the Western Front is, in my opinion, the best war novel ever. This download includes lesson plans and a schedule for reading the en...
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"What is my Economic IQ?" is a tool for the first day or week of a high school Economics course. It is a series of questions that can lead to at...
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I created this 2-page worksheet with illustrations to define and describes the Industrial Revolution for my high school students. It addresses th...
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Democracy and Law in Ancient Greece is a worksheet that traces the development of popular sovereignty in Athens. An introduction to the Polis, a...
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The French Revolution Cartoon is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to creat...
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The Apartheid Cartoon/Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks stude...
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The Cold War Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to cr...
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Cartoon is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks student...
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The World War II Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to...
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This two-page summary begins with a list of 17th & 18th century scientific discoveries (Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier & Priestly, Jenner) that contr...
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The Years Between WWI and WWII summary activity is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks ...
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This one-page descriptive list has a Gold-Medal Olympic theme ("category: world-changing inventions"), complete with photo of Michael Phelps. It...
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The Missing Assignment Grade Simulation is a motivational tool for students in any class. It is something I use at the beginning of the year bec...
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This handout series is the story of a high school student entrepreneur who starts out with no income but invents a product for sale. It is presen...
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This handout series is a continuation of Economics Demand Introduction. It is presented as Economics as its own language (due to the precise nat...
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This 2-page handout is intended for use with the Economics Demand Introduction and Demand Lesson 2 series. It describes, defines and illustrates...
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The Cold War in a Nutshell: From the creation of the USSR to Boris Yeltsin, this worksheet with answer key (in a separate document, also free) cl...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2 years at Calabasas High School in Southern California (public). 1 year at Plateau Road Elementary School in Eldoret, Kenya, East Africa (private). 5 years at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in Southern California, last 3 years as Social Science Department Head (private). 2 years at Westmont High School in Northern California (public). 2 years teaching in Williamson County public high school in Tennessee. 1 year at EDS Middle School in Northern California, Special Education Teacher for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities. Supervised university student teachers in Nashville, TN. Currently teaching at a public school in the Nashville, TN area.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style depends on the material being taught. I have students write a rap or country song on their favorite Enlightenment thinker with the 18th century; I use excerpts from Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" with World War I (the BOOK, not the movie); testimonials from Steven Spielberg's "Shoah" project (interviews of Survivors) with the Holocaust; and I have students create a cartoon (sorry, "graphic short story") of the French Revolution so they can internalize the progression of events. While studying World War II, I ask students to interview their grandparents who often turn out to have had amazing experiences during those years. I make up all my own worksheets and materials.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My shining teaching moments are when a student says "I printed out this article about airstrikes in Gaza from CNN.com last night, it's just what we were talking about in class..." or "I watched something on World War I this weekend and I actually understood it!" (from a "D" student--she's learning something!). The excitement on their faces when they understand historical or economic references in everyday life is my best reward.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Economics, Pepperdine University, 1987. California Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential: Social Sciences, 1990. M.A. in Education, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, 1992.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught World History for 10+ years. If you are looking for materials on a particular topic, send me a message and I might be able to upload something for you; I have a large amount of material I have not yet uploaded.