Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics

Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
Back to School Activity 6-Pack for U.S. History / American Government / Civics
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Handed out your syllabus, completed a few ice breakers, now what?

Building community and purpose in your U.S. History or American Government / Civics class is crucial that first week back to school. Here are 6 tried-and-true activities to start your year strong.


Options include:
- Assess incoming perceptions of various concepts like the American Dream, Citizen, and Democracy
- Challenge your students by issuing a sample of the U.S. Naturalization (Citizenship) Test
- Develop SMART Goals for the year

You’ll want this no prep, no nonsense set of 6 activities that each function as stand alones or in concert with each other for your middle or high school course.

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Greatness is starting with the big picture in order to better appreciate the smaller parts.

Before diving into the 13 colonies or 3 branches of government, pique your student’s curiosity, connect to their incoming knowledge, and set the stage for the larger themes of America so that you can return back and “rehook” students' greater understanding to these big ideas throughout the year.

Included in this 6-Pack:
- Detailed overview and lesson plans, fully Common Core standards-aligned
- Concept Definitions to get the conversation started using a variety of terms
- Interactive Speed Dating analyzing various quotes on the meaning of citizenship
- Speech Analysis annotating a 2017 impassioned argument to remove Confederate statues from a Southern city
- Civics section of the U.S. Naturalization Test challenging the “citizenship readiness” in your students
- American Values discussion of current day America
- SMART Goal setting and Action Plan based on a personal values inventory

These activities will introduce both your U.S. History or American Government / Civics courses at either the middle school or high school level!

Feel free to mix and match according to time constraints and students’ interests!

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Want more ways to start this year off great?

Deliver Captivating Lessons: hook students Day 1 through Test Day
Facilitate Engaging Activities: teach everything from vocabulary to nonverbal to small group
Motivational, Growth Mindset, Goal Setting Posters: 42-pack of weekly inspiring posters

U.S. History PBL Unit: Who Founded America’s Values?: honor those who truly established America
- How do I Accomplish a SMART Goal?: mini-unit project version of this unit

Civics PBL Unit: Citizenship Test & Op-Ed Essay Research Project course long test series and essay unit
- U.S. Citizenship 4-Part Test Bundle: mini-unit test series of this unit
Total Pages
38 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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