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Looking for lessons that promote student skill level and an ethic of justice in the US history classroom? You've found the right curriculum.
Are you teaching US History for the first time this fall? Are you a new teacher? Are you looking to revamp your curriculum? The task of teaching a new history course or deeply changing what you do can be a daunting one. Just teaching students takes 6 hours of time, then there is grading, 2 hours. That leaves no time for lesson planning and curriculum development within the structure of the teacher’s day. Why not get those after hours back for family, friends or even yourself.
US History 1st Quarter Survival Pack covers the following topics:
-Enlightened Thought and its influence on the US
-Slavery and the story of Africans in America
-Religion and Religious Influences in Early America
-Native Americans and their Exclusion from US Society
-Latin@s and their Immigration to Early America
-Reconstruction: Integration of Slaves into US Citizenship
The approach these materials take is to focus on the people’s stories and how the various cultures present in America have shaped this nation’s history. This approach was inspired by Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States, and is a curriculum that tries to be more fair and balanced from a race perspective than more traditional curriculums. The time period covered in this curriculum spans from roughly 1750 to 1880.
And of course, all the lessons are connected to the common core standards!
This curriculum is also project based, though there are moments of direct instruction at the start of each unit to help students become oriented with the content they will learn about with more depth as the unit progresses. Students develop the following projects through the first quarter;
-Pamphlet writing & layout design
-Short film production
Through the course of this curriculum, students will develop the following skills;
Adolescent Reading Apprenticeship:
-metacognition with reading
-visualization with reading
-talking to the text
-asking questions of the text
-identifying main ideas
-summarizing accurately an academic text
-understanding primary versus secondary sources
-interpreting visual sources: graphs, pictures etc
-Writing in different genres
-Using academic vocabulary
-Supporting claims with specific evidence from primary sources
-creating a debatable statement
-improved word processing
-competence using multiple online platforms for creating unique goods
-using Diigo or other online annotation skills
-understanding reliable from unreliable sources
-using databases versus the free web
-creating a bibliography
Through this curriculum, students are empowered to become creators and not just consumers of information. They learn real-world skills that can be applied to the workplace: effective communicators, skilled readers, and knowledgeable participants in our increasingly global and multi-national society.
I’ve used this curriculum with students who are ELL levels 1 & 2, special education students and very high achieving students with success. Every student is able to achieve with this curriculum.
So, go ahead, this is the best $25 you will spend on yourself this quarter. Get your life back and have a great quarter with your students.
About the Curriculum Writer:
I have a BA from Brown University in International Relations and Religious Studies. I hold a teaching credential in California where I’ve been teaching since 2001. I also have a Master’s degree. I’ve taught US History, US Government, US Criminal Law, Geography, World Studies and European History AP.