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US History Thematic Inquiry PBL Full Course Bundle Print & Digital

Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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over 700 pages + over 400 PPT slides
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    Transform your U.S. History classroom to be inquiry-driven and project-based and start cultivating authentic learning with this growing course, plus bonuses!

    This is the course I wish existed my first years teaching U.S. History. Whether you are brand new and overwhelmed or looking to upgrade your impact from the same-old, same-old, U.S. History to Empower will fast-track you to cultivating a passion in your students to appreciate those who have come before them and become the history-makers of the future.

    The resources in this bundle come in print PDF and digital for Google Slides.

    This curriculum contains:

    • First-day-of-school thematic activity kit
    • Kick-off PBL project
    • 4 PBL & inquiry-driven content units
    • 2 U.S. geography test kits (cities & states / geographic features)
    • Course overview and suggested calendar
    • Stand-alone writing projects to easily turn your existing units into PBLs

    Download the FREE Course Overview and Suggested Calendar to see how inquiry PBL will increase your impact to empower students!

    And be sure to check out these FREE lesson activities to try before buying:

    Inquiry and project-based teaching bring focused rigor and current-world dimension to your daily lessons. And the personalized, authentic products students create are so inspiring. It has re-ignited a passion for teaching in me and it will for you too!

    Teach a rich and meaningful course with these resources, completely independent of a textbook. Just a few outside resources are needed and they can be easily and inexpensively accessible online or from your local library.


    Included in this course bundle

    Intro Activities

    U.S. Geography

    1700s - 1800s Foundations

    • America’s Founding Values: explore the founders of America, from 1600s colonists to 1800s activists, and their core values in order to develop one’s own goal and motivational plan of action for the school year (4-6 weeks)

    1900s Immigration

    • America’s Immigrant Story: explore the American story of diversity and hard work through the words and statistics of immigrants, Ellis Island "new" immigrants" to Vietnamese refugees, to create and preserve an oral history of their own (4-6 weeks)

    1900s Protest Movements

    • America’s Protest Movements: be inspired by 1900s activists, the Silent Sentinels to Alcatraz Occupiers, to develop one’s own statement of protest or support (4-6 weeks)

    1900s Heroic Americans

    • America's Heroes: explore what it means to be a hero from Madam CJ Walker to John Glenn in order to nominate one’s own hero for the Presidential Medal of Freedom (4-6 weeks)

    In addition, all smaller product and mini unit versions of each full unit are all also included for FREE! Perfect for customizing to your students' needs and time constraints!

    BONUS Stand-Alone Projects Kits


    What Other Teachers are Saying

    "My students loved the lessons I pulled from this! The American Protest unit was a big time favorite for us. Thematic studies for history are the way to go and Erin has done a wonderful job creating lessons with nearly endless resources to use with the students. I've begun to use her model for trying to create other lessons to expand on these lessons!" - Mike

    "I used this resource as I transitioned my history instruction from chronological to thematic. The sources are varied and easy to work with. The material is engaging to my students and easy to prepare." - Blair

    "As an American Literature teacher, I snagged this product for the thematic coverage of historical documents and writing-centric PBLs. I am overjoyed by the detail included in the lesson plans and quality of the student handouts." - Rachel


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    over 700 pages + over 400 PPT slides
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    Teaching Duration
    1 Year
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
    Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
    Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


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