Emergency Substitute Plans or Distance Learning for Any Unit

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These editable activities can be used with any unit in a social studies class. They are perfect for emergency substitute teacher plans. The benefit of these activities is that they reinforce vital skills while allowing social studies/ history students to keep up with the content. With slight modifications, these editable activities can also be used for an ELA class.

♻️ If you don’t want to waste paper, assign the fillable PDF versions digitally (by email or on a platform such as Google Classroom). If students are working on Chromebooks, they can fill out the PDFs using the free DocHub App. I have a tutorial for implementing DocHub HERE.

❶ Students will read any chapter in any textbook or an online reading and complete activities that are more relevant and engaging than the questions at the end of the section.

❷ Then they will narrow a topic, generate a thesis statement, plan an essay, write a rough draft, engage in relevant peer editing, and finally compose a final essay draft.

❸ Students will watch a film and complete a film guide over their topic and create a test.

➍ Students will reflect upon their own performance with a self-guided work rubric. There is also an editable rubric for the essay final draft.

Use these activities for self-directed learning while you are there AND as emergency sub plans. These valuable activities are versatile and will help students to be self-motivated and to exercise skills of reading and writing in the content area.

You Get (All in EDITABLE Format):

☑ Teacher Instructions

☑ Substitute Teacher Instructions

☑ A Template to Align Units to Readings and Films

☑ A Student Self-Guided Work Rubric

☑ Essay Rubric (you will use this to grade their final drafts)

☑ Any Chapter Reading Guide

☑ Any Chapter Reading Comic Extension

☑ Creative Book Proposal Design and Letter

☑ Writing a Thesis Statement and Narrowing a Topic

☑ Planning and Writing an Essay

☑ Peer Editing Feedback and Reflection

☑ Film Guide for ANY Film

☑ Make Your Own Test from the Topic under Study

☑ Fillable PDFs for posting digitally!

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