Mapping by Unit for Early American History (United States History)

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Curriculum review needs to happen ALL YEAR LONG. It can become an easy part of the classroom with Thematic Warm-ups. This lesson explains "Mapping Monday".

Purpose: Create a system of “history fluency” by using the thematic warm-up of Mapping Monday in which students are able to review the major concepts of each unit as they recreate the map EVERY Monday and add new information. Teachers are able to check for understanding each week as they quickly work through the map. Students can then recreate this “reference sheet” when they test.

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1. Video Example: My students review the major ideas of every unit every Monday in class my recreating the map. Mapping should last about 8 minutes. Please note that this video is 12 minutes. I slowed down for the taping but under normal circumstances, we complete the warm-up within the 8 minutes.

2. Mapping Monday Directions: These are broken down by unit. It includes an example map that is hand drawn to reflect how the students will be creating their own maps. Included within the unit breakdown are questions to ask the students as your draw the map.

3. Mapping Monday by Unit: The pdf is an example of each map by unit. The units buildup on each other to allow year long review.

4. Supplemental Aids for Mapping: Some states allow supplemental aids to be used by designated students on their state tests. These supplemental aids follow the rules from the state of Texas for the STAAR test. Also included are the "answers" to these aids. By recreating the the map, students are able to practice their mnemonics and maps. On Fact Friday or Common Assessments, my designated students are given these supplemental aids to practice using. Only give supplemental aids if you practice using them in class. Mapping Monday allows this to happen EVERY WEEK. Please see your state requirements for supplemental aids.
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