Chrestensen Education

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By Chrestensen Education
UPDATED WITH KEY. This activity is a graphic organizer for each of the seven articles of the Constitution. It is not especially detailed being one sheet, but it does contain what I feel are the condensed, key parts of each Article- such as major
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Outlines, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
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By Chrestensen Education
Looking for a relatively simple way for students to follow Super Tuesday and reflect upon it? I created this for my students for them to fill out as they follow the news that night. They will check off the winner of each race and write out the
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
11 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
I wanted my students to get a more detailed understanding of "yellow journalism" and the other events surrounding Cuba, which pushed the US into declaring war on Spain. I created four sections: Rebellion Against Spain, Yellow Journalism, The De Lôme
Subjects:
Civics, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Scaffolded Notes
$2.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
This is a two part activity. The first will be taking place in class- ideally a day or a few days before the actual election on November 6th. This page is specifically a history of congressional elections, then a look at the uniqueness and struggles
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Homework, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RH.11-12.1
$2.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
I have been using this activity as long as I've been teaching, making many changes along the way. I think I've finally gotten to the point to where I really like it and the kids also seem to really enjoy it. The idea is pretty simple, each group is
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Fun Stuff
$2.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
Looking at textbooks, organizers for the US Court System are really nothing new, BUT I didn't like how they were all pretty narrow in scope or impossible for a student to do anything interactive with it; except maybe read through it. I had the idea
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Worksheets, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
2 ratings
3.9
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By Chrestensen Education
Looking for a fun and simple way to remind your students of these historic presidential (and one VP) debates, then have them watch it? I created this BUNDLE of four individualized sheets which students fill in the location, moderators, candidates,
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Printables
$8.00
$4.50
13 ratings
3.9
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By Chrestensen Education
ANSWER KEY INCLUDED. A difficult concept for students to grasp, I created 13 scenarios, some which read like news headlines, others which are more like the name of a political leader or program (ex. "President Nixon's New Federalism") where students
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Worksheets, Activities
$2.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
This activity is two parts which can be separated, but I prefer to use both because the second part involves creativity and I make it into a contest based upon originality and design. First, students, go to the websites of a liberal, conservative,
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Internet Activities, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
7 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
Using house.gov and senate.gov, students track down information on their local house members and senators. I call it an "internet scavenger hunt" because they will eventually go to those congresspersons sites (the links are in house.gov) to get
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Homework
$2.25
1 rating
3.5
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By Chrestensen Education
American campaign finance laws are complicated, as is trying to keep track of the myriad of significant contributors. In this activity I have my students first use their text and the chart at http://www.fec.gov/info/contriblimitschart1516.pdf to
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Activities, Internet Activities
$2.25
4 ratings
3.9
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By Chrestensen Education
ANSWER KEY INCLUDED. A major event in US History, the Haymarket Affair is remembered for not only the violence that surrounded it, but also the subsequent trial, and impact on the labor movement. Students analyze the controversial flier, a sketch of
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, DBQs, Printables
$2.25
2 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
Answer key included. I really like how this activity clarifies the ideology of each of these groups. Students pair up and read statements, some comical, then try to choose whether it is a liberal or conservative stance. Next they choose the issue as
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Fun Stuff
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By Chrestensen Education
KEY INCLUDED! In this activity I had students pretend they were strategists for one of the two major political parties, then based on a current electoral vote map figured out the 11 states needed to win, their safe states, least valuable states, and
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Simulations
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By Chrestensen Education
This bundle contains all the resources I made for my classes' assignment which took approximately two periods to complete. It could also be done partial/whole as homework. The idea behind it is to give the students tools about the Harlem Renaissance
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Projects, Fun Stuff, Cultural Activities
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$5.00
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By Chrestensen Education
Federalism: Another in a series of graphic organizers I created for my students in order to force them to read the Constitution and get a visual of it. This one deals specifically with Article IV sections 1, 2, 3, & 4, powers found in relation
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
1 rating
3.9
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By Chrestensen Education
Students use this organizer to fill-in national powers (expressed, implied, and inherent), concurrent powers, and reserved powers -plus other rights guaranteed to the states. I've found it's best used once we have discussed most of these powers and
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$2.25
1 rating
3.5
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By Chrestensen Education
Students use the Constitution, or sometimes notes in my classes to fill in the missing portions of these six organizes I have designed for them. Great for studying and visual notes. I've created them to try and cut down on the confusion and monotony
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
$13.50
$10.25
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By Chrestensen Education
I created nine basic steps to make-up the process to become president. I included pictures, clues, and other visuals to try and make it easier and more memorable for students (such as "Super Tuesday" and "270 is the minimum"). They choose an item
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Study Guides, Test Prep, Graphic Organizers
$2.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Chrestensen Education
I have my Civics kids complete this poster project at the end of the semester, spending three or four days on it- the bulk being research. I usually have them in pairs and then choose the country they want. There are seven different topics to
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Research, Projects, Posters
$2.00
1 rating
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 17 years in a large and diverse urban district in Orange County, Ca. This has included every core subject in Social Sciences at the high school level, which would encompass Civics, Economics, US History, World History, and additionally, AP US Government and Politics (elective). However, I have been teaching AP Government and US History for the longest and would say that those are the subjects I am most passionate about. I am a mentor teacher for AP US Government and Politics for others in my district and also a master teacher for local college students. I love delving into my subject matter and creating lessons out of it.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I have always believed that I need to hit on all different learning styles in order to not only help students, but to also keep things fresh. I truly do believe that interactive lectures and discussion are important, but that there also needs to be a balance with group work, simulations, research, and student-led presentations. I think these activities are at the heart of critical thinking and the common core. I teach at a school with many English language learners and therefore really try to push writing and vocabulary development as a key to their success.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Dean's list at CSULB, Certificate of Environmental Studies in Great Britain

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

California State University Long Beach: BA in History, Full Clear Credential from CSULB with 60+ units, Exchange Student at Nottingham Trent University (England), Foundation for Teaching Economics Seminars, Two-time participant for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs, Participant of UCI Summer Writing Project, California History-Social Science Project Programs, Hillsdale College Seminars, and numerous College Board AP Institute Trainings.

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