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47 separate worksheets -- one per episode, with all questions provided both with and without time stamps! Each packet provides both a one-page worksheet to save paper, as well as a larger-format version with plenty of room for student answers! Perfect for distance learning -- can be done fully online as a TpT Digital Activity! Makes it easy for American history classes to step outside the textbook and use highly engaging video content! Convenient for teachers -- minimal prep yet high student engagements! Full answer keys included!
ALL WORKSHEETS CAN BE DONE FULLY ONLINE AS TPT DIGITAL ACTIVITIES! Perfect for distance learning or a paperless classroom! Just click in the "TpT Digital Activities" area on the page for any included resource to get started!
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets for episodes 1-47, all the way from the Native Americans to the end of the series, which covers up through the presidency of Barack Obama! These are detailed worksheets to help students track their learning as they watch Crash Course. There are a variety of question formats including true/false, fill-in, and free response. You will get one worksheet per episode -- perfect for American history classes using Crash Course to step outside the textbook!
TEACH WITH HUMOR USING U.S. HISTORY CRASH COURSE!
Few classroom strategies are as successful as this simple approach: make learning fun! That, or course, is easier said than done, but when it comes to teaching American history content, the YouTube series Crash Course U.S. History is a fantastic place to start.
The script of each episode is packed with humorous observations about life and culture -- ones that help to make strong points about the history being communicated. Just as importantly, the host, John Green, has what it takes to keep students' interest: enthusiasm about the topics, a quirky way with props, and a funny, sometimes deadpan delivery of content. Students like watching the series, which means they pay attention to it and learn!
Primary Sources Emphasized!
Teachers like it too, though, because the content is solid, relying on the regular use of primary sources, including the "Mystery Document" feature which occurs in every episode, in which John Green reads from a famous document of the period and has to see if he can identify the author.
Where to Find Crash Course U.S. History
Each episode of Crash Course contains about 10 minutes of content plus a brief time for the credits. Episodes are available for free on YouTube at the following playlist:
If you are new to Crash Course, I encourage you to watch a few videos as soon as you can. I expect you'll be just as enthusiastic about the classroom possibilities as I am!
ABOUT THESE CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETS
- Ideal for distance learning or a paperless classroom -- students can complete the worksheet completely online! Just click in the TpT Digital Activity area of the product page!
- Time stamps are provided for each and every question to help students zero in on the answers.
- If you do not care to provide your students with time stamp information, however, each worksheet also includes a "no time stamps" version!
- Each worksheet focuses on a single episode of Crash Course U.S. History and typically contains between 10 and 20 items for students to complete.
- Worksheets are formatted to fit on one page for easy, quick copying.
- As a bonus, a larger-format version of each worksheet is also included with plenty of room for student answers.
- And of course, a detailed answer key is included!
- All questions are presented in video order so that students can easily follow along,
- These worksheets are NOT mere outlines that merely ask students to generate their own notes. Instead, they focus in on the key issues that students watching the videos should master in order to have a clear and concise understanding of the topic under study.
QUESTION TYPES INCLUDED:
- Some worksheets are free answer.
- Some are true/false -- and in the answer key, all false answers are annotated to give additional information.
- Some are fill-in-the-blank or cloze format.
The worksheets cycle through these formats in order to keep student interest high, so using the worksheets is a varied experience for them.
EPISODES INCLUDED IN THESE CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETS
This resource includes a worksheet, a time-stamped worksheet, and a detailed answer key for episodes 1 - 47 of Crash Course U.S. History:
• The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards
• When is Thanksgiving?
• The Native Americans and the English
• The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies
• The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening
• Taxes and Smuggling: A Prelude to Revolution
• Who Won the American Revolution
• The Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and Federalism
• Where Did U.S. Politics Come From? -- Federalists and Democratic-Republicans
• Thomas Jefferson and His Democracy
• The War of 1812
• The Market Revolution -- The Early Industrial Revolution
• The Age of Andrew Jackson
• 19th-Century Reform Movements: The Second Great Awakening, Utopian Communities, Transcendentalism, Temperance, Abolition...
• Women in the 19th Century
• War and Expansion
• The Election of 1860 and the Road to Disunion
• Battles of the Civil War
• The Civil War, Part 1
• The Civil War, Part 2
• Reconstruction and 1876
• The Industrial Economy
• Westward Expansion
• Growth, Cities, and Immigration
• Gilded Age Politics: Tammany Hall, Political Machines, Graft & Corruption
• The Progressive Era: The Movement and its ideals as well as its successes and failures
• American Imperialism including the Spanish-American War
• Progressive Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson
• America in World War I: The war abroad as well as the WWI home front
• Women's Suffrage
• The Roaring Twenties
• The Great Depression
• The New Deal
• World War II
• World War II: The United States Home Front
• The Cold War
• The Cold War in Asia
• The 1950s and the Civil Rights Movement
• The 1960s
• The Rise of Conservatism
• Ford, Carter, and Economic Malaise
• The Reagan Revolution
• George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
• The Clinton Years, or the 1990s
• Terrorism, War, and Bush 43
• Obama Nation
All questions are presented in video order so that students can easily follow along, but these worksheets are not mere outlines that merely ask students to generate their own notes. Instead, they focus in on the key issues that students watching the videos should master in order to have a clear and concise understanding of the topic under study.
ARE TIME STAMPS A PRIORITY? HERE YOU GO!
Teachers who like to provide time stamps for video questions will find the work already done for them in this resource! A question sheet without time stamps, however, is also included for each episode.
IDEAS FOR USING THESE CRASH COURSE WORKSHEETS
Only a teacher knows what constitutes best use for a particular class, but I always find it helpful to see what creative approaches other teachers are using. Here are some good options for these worksheets:
- Print off copies and have students complete them as they watch the video.
- Assign the worksheet to be completed online as a TpT Digital Activity -- look for the "TpT Digital Activity" area on the product page to get started!
- Accommodate students who claim that the worksheets "go too fast:" Assign students to do only the evens or only the odds. After watching the video, pair students up to discuss and fill in missing answers.
- Create basic and advanced levels from the same worksheet: This is easily done by declaring that the "basic" level is odds-only (or evens-only) while the "advanced" level consists of all the questions.
- Encourage students to challenge themselves to do the advanced level by offering extra credit or by announcing that the basic level can only earn a C at best, but A and B grades are available at the advanced level.
- Use a preview/review approach, using the worksheet as an anticipatory set!
- Run a game show: Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Pass out the worksheets only AFTER this discussion and have each group fill out one collaboratively. Go over the answers out loud, calling on groups to respond. This option means making fewer copies: only one per group.
- Run a multi-round game show: Print out only one copy of the worksheet and cut it apart to make question strips. Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Ask the questions out loud, handing the question slip used to the group that first supplies the correct answer. In this way the question strips become a point counter to keep track of group progress. After all questions have been used, have each group ask each of their questions of the other groups -- this provides an additional level of review and gives groups a chance to recoup points they missed on the first round. This option means making only a single copy!
- Let students self-assess their learning: Print out one worksheet per student, but hang onto them until students have finished watching the video. Then pass them out and have students work in pairs or individually to see how much they remember. Watch the video a second time to let them fill in the gaps. Finally, go over the material aloud to review with the class and let them fill in the blanks.
- Use worksheets as a traditional quiz: As above, but collect papers for grading before going over the items aloud.
I am sure there are many more fun and engaging ways to use these worksheets, but I do hope that you find them useful and that the video series helps you keep student interest in history high throughout the year.
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LOOKING FOR MORE THEMED PACKS OF CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETS?
If you're only teaching certain eras in U.S. history, you might not need worksheets for the entire series, so here are some era-based bundles:
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 1-5 -- From Native Americans and the Spaniards to the Seven Years War and the Great Awakening
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 6-10 -- From the American Revolution to Thomas Jefferson's Democracy
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 11-15 -- From the War of 1812 to 19th-Century Reform Movements
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 16-20 -- From the Women in the 19th Century to the Civil War, Part 1
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 21-25 -- From the Civil War, Part 2 to Growth, Cities, and Immigration
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 26-30 -- From the Gilded Age to World War I
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 31-35 -- From Women's Suffrage to WWII
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 36-40 -- From the WWII The Home Front to the 1960s
- Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 41-47 -- From the Rise of Conservatism to Barack Obama
U.S. history teachers in a *lot* of schools also teach other social studies subjects. Just in case that's the case with you, here are some resources you might like:
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