A quote for each day, a corresponding journal write,
a vocabulary word, a trivia fact and a historical event
for each day of the school year.
This can be used in a self contained classroom, or to supplement curriculum. It can be used for an opening activity in the morning. Use this as a starting point for further investigation in history.
I began teaching at-risk students in a self-contained secondary classroom. I wanted to teach them as much as possible, as quickly as possible, while making school interesting and engaging. I would put Today in History on the board every day leaving blank spots and letting them guess some of the who, what, when and where. I left the trivia open-ended as well. I turned it into a game. I would make the historical events as interesting as possible, and from the student perspective it was more fun when it didn’t come from a text book. The quote and journal write were excellent starting points for discussion. If the setting allows, students can further investigate the historical events for that day on the internet, it is a stepping stone to spark interest. Some students become very interested in the quotes as well, and who said them.
I used much of this same material in 6th grade and middle school classrooms.