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American Revolution: Road to the Revolution Document-Based Questions (DBQs)
American Revolution: Road to the Revolution Document-Based Questions (DBQs)
American Revolution Document-Based Questions (DBQs) are a great way to expose students to primary sources as well as to make them think about an event in history and respond to it. This unit can be used in a few ways. I project the full-page images on my board so that we can discuss them, and then
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Historical Thinking Skills Activities
Historical Thinking Skills Activities
Historical thinking is a key skill for students to utilize when examining primary and secondary sources. In order for students to fully understand a source, they must examine it in-depth. These activities are designed to strengthen student's understanding of historical sources. They can be used with
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Causes of American Revolution: Road to Revolution Common Core Ready Unit Bundle
Causes of American Revolution: Road to Revolution Common Core Ready Unit Bundle
This unit is highly rigorous and explores the causes of the American Revolution. It is aligned with English Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards that will keep your students engaged. This package is fully loaded with a number of reading and writing strategies, 9 PowerPoints, graph
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George Washington's Presidency: Common Core Ready Unit Bundle
George Washington's Presidency: Common Core Ready Unit Bundle
This unit focuses on the presidency of George Washington. The unit is packed with rigorous activities that will keep your students engage. Your students will practice evidence-based writing and close reading. All the questions are modeled after the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium Release Que
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The Standard Oil Monopoly: teaching monopolies with a primary source
The Standard Oil Monopoly: teaching monopolies with a primary source
This activity is intended to help students understand monopolies, how they led to the rise of Big Business in the beginning of the 20th Century, and their impact on consumers. This activity can be used when teaching the concept of monopolies, or as a lead-in to teaching the Progressive Era. Prior kn
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Valentine's Day Close Reading and Writing
Valentine's Day Close Reading and Writing
<3 This Valentine's Day close reading and writing unit can be easily differentiated to support your own individual classroom needs. It has been scaffolded to follow the progression of the common core reading standards in grades 2-5. This resource comes with 2 informational units (RI) and 2 lite
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Emmett Till and The 16th Street Bombing - FREEBIE
Emmett Till and The 16th Street Bombing - FREEBIE
This is an activity that can either be used as a homework activity, in class independent activity, or used with a small group of students. The passages are taken from npr.org and biography.com and are both easily accessible. Links to the article are included in the packet. The entire file is in Wo
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Slavery in the Southern Colonies: A Socratic Seminar
Slavery in the Southern Colonies: A Socratic Seminar
Looking for a higher order thinking activity? Need a way to close out a unit on the Southern Colonies? Do you want to do a Socratic Seminar with your students? Students will evaluate three primary source documents to answer document-based questions. Students will engage in higher-level thinking and
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Causes of American Revolution: Thomas Paine's Common Sense DBQ, Common Core
Causes of American Revolution: Thomas Paine's Common Sense DBQ, Common Core
This lesson is part 7 of a larger unit. Follow the link below and save big (nearly 30%) by purchasing the entire unit. Causes of the American Revolution: The Road t
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Primary Sources & Evidence Based Essays:  Transportation
Primary Sources & Evidence Based Essays: Transportation
How has transportation changed over time? This lesson introduces primary aged students to evidence based writing, similar to the Document Based Question (DBQ) approach. In this multi-day unit, young students will analyze primary sources to determine how transportation has changed over time. Student
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ACE - Responding to Short Answer / Constructed Response Poster
ACE - Responding to Short Answer / Constructed Response Poster
This poster can be printed on 11X17 paper for display in the classroom. It reminds students to Answer the question, Cite evidence, and Extend by explaining in their own words.
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Buddhism in India: Origins and Beliefs
Buddhism in India: Origins and Beliefs
This worksheet, with complete teacher answer key, can be used as an in-class lesson plan, homework assignment, or sub plan. Students learn about Siddhartha Gautama and the origin story of Buddhism, and analyze Buddhist texts and primary sources (The Four Noble Truths Sermon and The Five Precepts of
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Reconstruction Amendments, Southern Resistance, Common Core
Reconstruction Amendments, Southern Resistance, Common Core
This activity is high rigor, very engaging and aligns with Common Core reading and writing literacy. This packages includes: 1.) high level questioning -- level 3 Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Document-Based Questions (DBQ) 2.) SOAPS (AP Language Arts Strategy) reading strategy with instructions on
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Motivational Bellwork Quotes
Motivational Bellwork Quotes
I've included 30 slides of quotes from famous people around the world. Each slide includes a quote, matching picture, and 2 or 3 questions for students to complete during bellwork. This PowerPoint would also be a great closing activity for your classes. Six weeks worth of bellwork for one low pri
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George Washington's Farewell Address Common Core Ready, DBQ
George Washington's Farewell Address Common Core Ready, DBQ
This lesson is part 6 of a larger unit - Washington's Presidency Follow the link, purchase the entire unit and save big Washington's Presidency Common Core Ready Unit Bundle This l
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Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman? (The People Speak) Common Core
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman? (The People Speak) Common Core
This is a fun lesson that is highly rigorous and will keep your students engaged. It is designed as a cooperatively learning exercise where students will practice writing and reading skills and speaking and listening skills all of which align with ELA and Social Studies Common Core standards.Also, t
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Civil War: Strengths, Weaknesses on both sides
Civil War: Strengths, Weaknesses on both sides
This is a highly engaging activity. This package is titled Civil War: Setting the Stage. This package is not intended to be a exhaustive unit on the Civil War, but instead the goal of this unit is to simply set the stage for the war. This package includes DBQ Geography questioning where students w
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Step by Step Guide to Writing DBQ Essays- DBQ Writing Guide
Step by Step Guide to Writing DBQ Essays- DBQ Writing Guide
The "Step by Step Guide to Writing DBQ Essays" walks students through how to develop a strong and effective Document Based Question essay. The first few pages offer suggestions on how to set up their pre-write/planning page, while the latter provides support for writing introduction, body and concl
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Causes of American Revolution: Stamp Act DBQ, Common Core Aligned
Causes of American Revolution: Stamp Act DBQ, Common Core Aligned
This lesson is part 3 of a larger unit. Follow the link below and save big (nearly 30%) by purchasing the entire unit. Causes of the American Revolution: The Road t
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Short answer response / TTQA + 3 / Turn the Question Around
Short answer response / TTQA + 3 / Turn the Question Around
Short answer response poster, reminds students to turn the question around and add three supporting details. Great to send home to explain strategy to parents.
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Washington's Farewell Address: Common Core Text Analysis Lesson
Washington's Farewell Address: Common Core Text Analysis Lesson
Washington’s Farewell Address is a great document to use in a common core style lesson in which U.S. History students analyze text. This document touches on topics that resonate with students because students can look at what Washington’s advice was for our nation in 1796 and then judge how in mode
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Nazi Germany - how did Hitler and the Nazis indoctrinate children DBQ
Nazi Germany - how did Hitler and the Nazis indoctrinate children DBQ
This lesson is designed too help students understand why Hitler and the Nazi Party tried to indoctrinate young people and children in their beliefs. It then aims to explain how the Nazi Party did this. The lesson contains: - Two document/source based starter activities. - Worksheet of Primary sour
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What were the methods of the Vietcong during the Vietnam War?
What were the methods of the Vietcong during the Vietnam War?
This worksheet uses contemporary sources to investigate the different methods used by the Vietcong fighters during the Vietnam war. The focus is on the Guerrilla tactics and the American GI's reactions to them. Students have to be able to infer from the sources to get a fuller picture of the method
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Flipchart teaching and practicing short answer and extended response
Flipchart teaching and practicing short answer and extended response
This 41 slide flipchart was designed for use through activinspire and is designed to cover between 2 and 3 weeks worth of primary writing instruction. Each slide includes the objective. The flipchart teaches how to answer common core questions that require short answer and extended response questi
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4th Grade Common Core Math Test Prep {Operations and Algebraic Thinking}
4th Grade Common Core Math Test Prep {Operations and Algebraic Thinking}
This resource was designed to build confidence and prepare 4th grade students for CCSS math assessments. Included are 10 practice pages covering all assessed standards of 4.OA {operations and algebraic thinking}. You can use this resource as morning work, homework, or even as an assessment. This
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Primary Documents for American History
Primary Documents for American History
This product was developed to put thousands of primary source documents that engage students in the study of US history at your fingertips. It is a list of 15 websites containing hundreds of texts, manuscripts, photos, prints, maps, oral histories, political cartoons, motion pictures, sound recordin
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Common Core Document Assessments: Cold War 1945-1991: US History
Common Core Document Assessments: Cold War 1945-1991: US History
Get a jump start on Common Core Document Assessments. Modeled after the Smarter Balanced Assessments, thi s set contains 18 documents and questions and the answer key to get your students reading, assessing, synthesizing,and working with the critical skills of historical documents. Topics include: L
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Socratic Seminar Guide for Teachers (Common Core)
Socratic Seminar Guide for Teachers (Common Core)
**Updated** Socratic Seminar have so many benefits for students and developing their critical thinking skills. Includes assessment ideas for seminar. Use this easy guide to help get you started with using Socratic Seminars within your classroom. I have used seminars for all subject areas and use
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Turn of the Century; Social Studies 5th Grade DBQs
Turn of the Century; Social Studies 5th Grade DBQs
This is a ppt DBQ presentation for the Turn of the Century. It aligns with 5th grade common core in social studies. You may use this presentation in multiple ways; as an introductory part to daily lessons, as a review tool, or as a tool to enhance common core writing in the subject of social studi
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Person of the Year Close Reading & Writing Response
Person of the Year Close Reading & Writing Response
This is a paired passage set and informative prompt designed to help students prepare for any CCSS writing assessment. There are four text sources on the same topic, a writing prompt (opinion), a planning sheet, and blank lined writing pages that are similar to what students will see on the assessme
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The White House is On Fire - War of 1812 (Teaching Literacy Through History)
The White House is On Fire - War of 1812 (Teaching Literacy Through History)
In 1814, the British set fire to the White House. The tale of Dolley Madison rescuing the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington is well-known because she wrote an account of it herself. Paul Jennings, a slave at Madison’s Montpelier plantation, also wrote a firsthand account. This lesson pr
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Valley Forge - The Making of a President Common Core Ready, DBQ
Valley Forge - The Making of a President Common Core Ready, DBQ
This lesson is part 1 of a larger unit - Washington's Presidency Follow the link, purchase the entire unit and save big Washington's Presidency Common Core Ready Unit Bundle This
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Apartheid in South Africa Test preparation and history source questions
Apartheid in South Africa Test preparation and history source questions
This 26 page book is intended to help students prepare and review what they have learned about the history of South Africa between 1948 to 1994. It contains cloze questions to help with knowledge recall and longer source based questions. These require students to analyse sources as evidence and ass
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Databases Task Booklet in Microsoft Access Database Files
Databases Task Booklet in Microsoft Access Database Files
This is the accompanying database files to the Database work booklet which is available for free download from my resources. It contains the digital files needed for the pupils to work through and complete the tasks in the task booklet. It contains 8 partially completed database files which pupils
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Common Core: The Treaty of Versailles DBQ
Common Core: The Treaty of Versailles DBQ
In this 7 page packet students will explore the end of World War I and the causes of War II. Students will read selected parts of the treaty of versailles, and analyze it's contents. The students are provided with relevant vocabulary and asked varying levels of questions along the revised blooms tax
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Slavery: House & Field Slaves (6 of 9) Common Core, Constructed Response
Slavery: House & Field Slaves (6 of 9) Common Core, Constructed Response
This lesson is part of a larger unit on the life of a slave, documenting the journey from captivity to freedom (see link below). This lesson focuses on the living and working conditions of house and field slaves. This lesson is highly engaging and highly rigorous. Students will analyze primary sour
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Causes of American Revolution: Declaration of Independence DBQ, The People Speak
Causes of American Revolution: Declaration of Independence DBQ, The People Speak
This lesson is part 9 of a larger unit. Follow the link below and save big (nearly 30%) by purchasing the entire unit. Causes of the American Revolution: The Road t
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Primary Document Analysis Guide
Primary Document Analysis Guide
This handy and compact analysis guide walks your students through the critical thinking process involved with primary document analysis. Students are asked to identify basic document information, connect that information to their prior knowledge of the person/event/time that is the subject of the d
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AP Language Synthesis Essay with Bully Documentary
AP Language Synthesis Essay with Bully Documentary
This prompt is an AP English Language and Composition Synthesis Essay question. It contains six reviews of the documentary BULLY that students must use to defend, qualify, or challenge a statement provided. I have limited the number of pages students may write to two, but it is an editable Word docu
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APUSH new essay outline
APUSH new essay outline
This is a new essay outline created at a AP conference this summer to go along with the new essay (long & short) & DBQ for the 2015 APUSH test.
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The Civil War 5th Grade Social Studies DBQs
The Civil War 5th Grade Social Studies DBQs
This is a ppt DBQ presentation for The Civil Wa. It aligns with 5th grade common core in social studies. You may use this presentation in multiple ways; as an introductory part to daily lessons, as a review tool, or as a tool to enhance common core writing in the subject of social studies. Slides
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Cells; 5th Grade DBQs
Cells; 5th Grade DBQs
This is a ppt DBQ presentation for Cells. It aligns with 5th grade common core in science. You may use this presentation in multiple ways; as an introductory part to daily lessons, as a review tool, or as a tool to enhance common core writing in the subject of science. Slides can be projected who
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How to DBQ Cheat Sheet
How to DBQ Cheat Sheet
My AP World History students needed a more detailed DBQ writing guide than the one provided by AP central. When I allowed students to use this "cheat sheet" when writing DBQ's their understanding of the task, overall confidence, and essay scores increased dramatically. This teaching tool also help
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Ancient Hebrews/Israelites and Judaism in the Middle East Lesson Plan
Ancient Hebrews/Israelites and Judaism in the Middle East Lesson Plan
In this inquiry-based 6 page packet, students analyze maps, images, primary sources, and short notes sections to learn important Jewish origin stories, the roots of Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and the lasting significance of Judaism in the Middle East. Primary sources include compare/contrast acti
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HISTORY SKILL: Assessing evidence. Reliability, Accuracy and Utility
HISTORY SKILL: Assessing evidence. Reliability, Accuracy and Utility
In order to assess evidence, students must be able to use the sources origin nature and purpose to evaluate its reliability, accuracy and utility. I try to get my students to interrogate sources as if they were a person standing in front of them. Would you trust what they have to say? Are they in
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Love and War:  Civil War Love Letters Primary Source Analysis
Love and War: Civil War Love Letters Primary Source Analysis
Unique Civil War Primary Source Activity. Students will analyze ten primary source "Love Letters" from 1861-1864 in order to analyze a shifting society through the preferred communication medium of the time-- letters. Students will use these documents to answer the essential ques
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Constructed Response & Critical Thinking Strategy: Social Studies & ELA
Constructed Response & Critical Thinking Strategy: Social Studies & ELA
This strategy is called OPTIC and is highly engaging. I added an extra writing step -- constructed response -- so that it will align with Common Core and assist students and teachers in the transition to Common Core instruction. Social Studies and Language Arts teachers can use this strategy to gu
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Slavery: Plantation System (7 of 9) Common Core and Constructed Response
Slavery: Plantation System (7 of 9) Common Core and Constructed Response
This lesson is part of a larger unit that documents the life of a slave from captivity to freedom (see link below). This lesson is highly rigorous with level 2, 3 Depth of Knowledge Questions (DOK). This lesson focuses on the various tasks within the plantation system and the diabolical practice of
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Causes of American Revolution: Natural Rights, Common Core Aligned
Causes of American Revolution: Natural Rights, Common Core Aligned
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Activating Character in the Classroom--Research Exploration
Activating Character in the Classroom--Research Exploration
Offering students guidance about how to make good choices at school can be tricky. Teachers might struggle to feel overly preachy or vague when giving life lessons. This lesson takes you a different route--it fuses some of the most critical research in character (optimism, mindset, gratitude, grit
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Manifest Destiny Document Study
Manifest Destiny Document Study
This Document-Based Question (DBQ) includes a central question and 9 supporting documents from a variety of sources, including both primary and secondary items. Use it with the free Essay Writing Organizer to help students improve their skills throughout the year or before the AP US History exam.
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The Gingerbread Gazette Newspaper Activities
The Gingerbread Gazette Newspaper Activities
THIS IS NOT A SEASONAL NEWSPAPER--NO MENTION OF CHRISTMAS, SANTA CLAUS, ELVES, ETC. About the Activities The Gingerbread Gazette (newspaper) Using Text Features How Well Did You Read? Word Splash Describe a gingerbread Man Gingerbread Man template Favorite Character (poster) Character Traits (black
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