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In this simulation, students are asked to come up with the Compromise of 1850. This helps them understand the issues more in depth and when the real terms of the compromise are given to them, they are more engaged and will remember it better.
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In this lesson, students get to understand how political machines worked by actually becoming one! (There is no better way to learn how crooks work than by being a crook yourself). Divide the class in pairs and tell them that they are the city boss
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In this game, students will all represent one country. Countries will vary in power of course. They have to choose an alliance in secret. After the alliances are set up, some go to war and then the alliances are revealed. It’s a great way of
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In this lesson, students are divided into sharecroppers and tenant farmers. Each round, they have to choose a crop to plant which is dependent on market forces and the weather. If they choose well, they'll do well even after paying their dues to
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Right after you have finished the Civil War, it is time to cover Reconstruction. Tell your students that they will represent Union government officers and will be responsible for “reconstructing” the South. This of course involves more than
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In this activity, students are FBI agents trying to determine who the real communist spies are among a list of seven suspects. It is a great way in teaching the fifties, McCarthyism experientially. Students will have no choice but to accuse people
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Students will get a taste of how totalitarianism and communism actually work through a simulation. They will be high ranking government officials working under Stalin and trying to implement the five year plan successfully. Therefore students will
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This lesson is a great way of teaching civil liberties by engaging students in controversial cases regarding civil liberties. There is always a conflict of interest in practicing a civil liberty which is great for discussions. (For instance, Freedom
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In this lesson, students get to find out how the war played out on the most part during the Peloponnesian War. When covering wars, I usually don’t like to simply lecture about it but let them come up with strategies to win and defend. In this case,
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This lesson is a thoroughly experiential hands-on approach to learning as students in a history class actually perform some of the scientific experiments that were done during the Scientific Revolution. Through performing a series of experiments,
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In this short lesson, students will try to gerrymander a state given to them by drawing district lines among the population to favor a specific party. (No better way to learn how crooks work than being a crook yourself!). The hypothetical state with
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In this lesson, students try to solve the problems that were brought by Roman expansion (too many slaves widened the gap between rich and poor farmers). In doing so they take the role of the Senate and also military generals. It is a great way for
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In this lesson, students will learn a brief history of jazz and the role the Harlem Renaissance played in it by actually immersing themselves in the music. (links to youtube are provided as well). A worksheet is provided in which students have to
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The powerpoint file includes 10 slides that must be printed out in color. (just one set, so it's not that expensive). Usually they are primary sources, or charts and maps with questions or a mini activity. Post the slides around the classroom. Then
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The Inca are known for very special achievements. For example, they built great buildings in earthquake zones that have stood the test of time (better than some of our modern Chilean buildings) without using mortar! They also came up with a system
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Tell the students that they are Suleyman the Lawgiver and they face the challenge of maintaining a large empire. (They do not want to see it fall as many other large empires did, such as Rome). Divide the class in pairs so that they can discuss
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This worksheet may be best used as an introduction to the gospels or to answer the question on why there are four gospels instead of just one. The perspective taken here is that by looking at what each gospel says about the origins of Jesus (if
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This lesson is a thoroughly experiential and engaging series of activities in which students actually produce some of the achievements of Ancient Chinese Civilization. Students print using a “printing press” made of block stamps, they produce paper,
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This is a thoroughly experiential lesson on the European Renaissance in which students go around four different stations set up in the classroom engaging in various things Renaissance men did, such as painting, sculpture, primary source translation
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The powerpoint file includes 10 slides that must be printed out in color. (just one set, so it's not that expensive). Usually they are primary sources, or charts and maps with questions or a mini activity. Post the slides around the classroom. Then
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Taught almost all possible subjects in the Social Studies for high school for the last four years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

The style of teaching that you mostly see in this store is simply trying to overcome a challenge that most teachers face in the social studies, namely how do you get to the higher levels of learning in Bloom's Taxonomy? This comes naturally when the subjects taught are heavy on skills such as science and math, but not in the social studies, where the subjects are heavy on content. I find that the best way to engage students at the highest levels of Bloom is by giving them a challenge or a crisis (there are many in history). Let them solve it before you lecture on how the crisis was resolved. This can be as simple as a worksheet on how the Senate and military generals tried to resolve a crisis on Rome or as complex as actually engaging in scientific experiments to study the Scientific Revolution. Then the students are engaged in higher level thinking and then they come to anticipate the answer from you. It really works!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Will have a publication on the way.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. History, Minor in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago M.A.T. from National-Louis University M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught a wide variety of subjects in the Social Studies including History, Government, Philosophy, Economics, Psychology, Geography, Bible and even Spanish. I am well experienced in all of these areas. I am happily married, try to be a committed Christian and live in Illinois.

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