American History Fanatic

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By American History Fanatic
One of the very first lessons I teach each semester is the difference between criminal and civil law in the U.S. This is an activity that assesses students' understanding of the difference between these two "types" of laws. It includes a short
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Activities
$4.25
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By American History Fanatic
One of the very first lessons I teach each semester is the difference between criminal and civil law in the U.S. I typically start with a case study on O.J. Simpson. It is incredibly engaging for high school-aged students. I show clips of the
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Activities, Movie Guides
$4.99
3
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By American History Fanatic
In this activity, students will read a scenario and must decide which type of homicide is being described. They are provided a word bank. The bank aligns with terms taught in my Criminal Law Unit. Look for the Unit Overview in my store if you're
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$4.75
1
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By American History Fanatic
This period overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as released in the summer of 2017. Because period 7 covers such a large period of time, this overview covers only the first part of period 7. This overview
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Unit Plans, Printables
$4.25
3
Digital Download PDF (0.05 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This scoring rubric is based off the College Board's "Rubrics of AP Histories," released in 2017. While most of the language on this rubric is identical to that presented by the College Board, I have added or subtracted some points in order to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
DBQs, Assessment, Rubrics
$3.99
1
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By American History Fanatic
In my Introduction to American Law class, I show the film, Runaway Jury, at the conclusion of unit 1. It contains many of the vocabulary terms covered in my unit (IE. jury duty, voire daire examination, precedent), and is also a very entertaining
Subjects:
Government, Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Movie Guides
$5.25
2
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By American History Fanatic
This period overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as released in the summer of 2017. This overview aligns with the 2015 edition of the review book, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Unit Plans, Printables
$4.25
2
Digital Download PDF (0.05 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This Unit Overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as of the spring of 2019. I break unit 7 into 2 units. Unit 7(B) covers 1929-1945. While this overview primarily aligns with the 2018 edition of the review
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Unit Plans, Printables
$5.25
5
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By American History Fanatic
This Power Point Presentation is a content lecture filled with images and vocabulary terms that are relevant to the College Board's AP US History curriculum. I use it to review with my students in the days leading up to their first semester final
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep
$9.99
2
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By American History Fanatic
This is an activity used to assess students' understanding of defenses used in criminal cases. Students are provided with a word bank. They must then read scenarios and fill in the blanks with the correct word. It aligns with Learning Targets 7
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Worksheets, Activities
$4.50
2
Digital Download PDF (0.06 MB)
By American History Fanatic
In this activity, students will read a scenario and must identify which crime against property is being described. They are given a word bank. The bank aligns with terms taught in my Criminal Law Unit. Look for the Unit Overview in my store if
Subjects:
Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$4.25
1
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By American History Fanatic
This is the final exam for a semester-long class, entitled American Law. This class is taught to students who have an interest in various facets of American Law, such as law enforcement and legal studies. McGraw Hill's Streetlaw: A Course in
Subjects:
Civics, Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Assessment
$7.99
3
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By American History Fanatic
This Unit Overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as of the spring of 2019. I choose to teach Periods 1 & 2 together. While this overview primarily aligns with the 2018 edition of the review book, United
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Unit Plans
$5.25
2
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By American History Fanatic
These slides should be printed and hung in a classroom setting. Under each slide, I provide the size in which I print them, but of course, you may print them in any size you prefer. I enjoy having these posters hanging in my room, so that my
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Printables, Posters
$9.99
4
Digital Download PPTX (19.17 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This Unit Overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as of the spring of 2019. While this overview primarily aligns with the 2018 edition of the review book, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Unit Plans
$5.25
3
Digital Download PDF (0.16 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This Unit Overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as of the spring of 2019. While this overview primarily aligns with the 2018 edition of the review book, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Unit Plans, Printables
$5.25
2
Digital Download PDF (0.19 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This Unit Overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as of the spring of 2019. While this overview primarily aligns with the 2018 edition of the review book, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Unit Plans
$5.25
1
Digital Download PDF (0.18 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This scoring rubric is based off the College Board's "Rubrics of AP Histories," released in 2017. While most of the language on this rubric is identical to that presented by the College Board, I have added or subtracted some points in order to
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
DBQs, Assessment, Rubrics
$3.99
1
Digital Download PDF (0.04 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This period overview considers the College Board's updates to the AP US History curriculum, as released in the summer of 2017. This overview aligns with the 2015 edition of the review book, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Unit Plans, Printables
$4.25
3
Digital Download PDF (0.05 MB)
By American History Fanatic
This is a unit overview and student worksheet for a semester-long Introduction to American Law class. This class is taught to students who have an interest in various facets of American Law, such as law enforcement and legal studies. McGraw Hill's
Subjects:
Civics, Other (Social Studies - History), Criminal Justice - Law
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Outlines
$4.50
1
Digital Download DOCX (0.05 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a Social Studies Teacher since earning my Bachelors Degree in History Education in 2007. I have since earned 3 Masters Degrees in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. I currently teach A.P. U.S. History and American Law. Other courses I have taught over the course of my career include: Integrated Social Science, Human Geography, U.S. History.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use a Power Point Presentation every single day both to clarify the lesson's objectives and guide my actual presentation of material. My presentations begin with a slide stating the Learning Target(s) of the lesson, as well as corresponding vocabulary terms and the day's agenda. I would describe my typical lesson as discussion-based (guided by PPT slides), interrupted with a short activity, video clip, or soundbite.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year State Winner. 2018 VFW Teacher of the Year Local Chapter Nominee. 2017 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel: Teacher of the Year Nominee. 2017 Graduation name-reader. 2014 District Outstanding Contributor to Education. 2014 Lawrence W. McBride Outstanding Student Teacher Finalist. 2007 Distinguished Teacher Portfolio. 2007

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Concordia University, M.A. in Educational Technology: Curriculum and Instruction. 2018 Concordia University, M.A. in School Leadership. 2013 National Louis University, M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies. 2011 Illinois State University, B.A. in History Education. 2007

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In 2019, 77 out of my 78 students took the APUSH national exam. 67.5% earned a 3 or higher as compared to the global average of 53.6%. My school has 28% low-income students. I was incredibly proud of these results. I am fortunate to teach very devoted kids! Over the course of my career, I have done a lot of work with staff development. Because of my work in this area, I am confident that my year-long goals, unit overviews, and daily lesson plans are well-designed. I make a concerted effort to align each day's learning target with my long-term course objectives and summative assessments.

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