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Essential Questions: 1) What working conditions led to the development of labor unions? 2) What tactics did labor unions use to try to get their needs met? 3) How did corporations and businesses respond to labor unions? 4) What role did government
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This worksheet asks the question: "Did the New Deal solve the problems of the Great Depression?" Major Great Depression issues are listed out, and students must choose the appropriate New Deal organizations that were created to address them, as well
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This worksheet is a useful way to review Jefferson's presidency and asks students to think about what Jefferson would say about different concepts. It covers the election of 1800, judicial review and Marbury v. Madison and the Lousiana Purchase. It
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This activity asks students to think about the situations that George Washington faced as president of a brand-new nation and to consider the possible responses. It is best completed as a class in a step by step process--think about each question
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This is a fun, creative way to get your students thinking about the differences between the regions in the antebellum era. Divide students into groups and assign them different regions. Each region comes with a set of vocabulary terms they will need
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This simple chart helps students understand the historical thinking skill of causation (great for Period 2 in APUSH) in regards to the French and Indian War. Use as a homework/classwork assignment or to help guide reading.
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This set of handouts is a great way to review the political issues and non-issues of the Gilded Age! The assignment starts off with several questions on the Populist Party, and then asks students to work with a partner to assess the elections and
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Modeled after a magazine quiz, this is a six question worksheet that asks students to consider whether they are more nationalist or sectionalist in their ideals. It's a fun and silly introduction to two meaningful ideas that will play an important
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Beginning with George Washington and covering through Helen Hunt Jackson, this is an array of excerpts of primary sources reviewing Native American policy, along with five questions assessing how attitudes towards Native Americans have changed (or
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Do you need a way to practice writing thesis statements with your AP US History students? This worksheet covers both content and writing skills! After a brief review of what a thesis SHOULD be (DADS--defensible, analytical, debatable, and specific),
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Need to compare the patterns of settlement of British, French, Dutch, and Spanish settlers in the Americas? Perfect for Period 1 in APUSH, this graphic organizer also includes a bonus activity challenging students to write a promotional rap for one
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This short worksheet has a space to review the basic details of the Homestead Act, as well as two excerpts from Uriah Oblinger's letters--he was a Homesteader who wrote back to his wife to tell her of his experiences. Short on time? An answer key is
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This powerpoint begins with the question: What does it mean to be American? Intended for a lesson after you have taught about the Plains Indian Wars, this 12 slide powerpoint covers the basics of assimilation policy, including Helen Hunt Jackson's
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This project is in a tic-tac-toe format...what does that mean? Students choose from nine assignments, but they have to choose three in a row! Assignments are organized in the grid so that all students will have to complete some academic writing, but
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This includes everything you need to incorporate the book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford into a unit on World War II. The book allows for a wonderful look at how the war impacted families on the West Coast, including a window
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This slightly excerpted version of the inaugural address given by Jefferson Davis to the Confederacy will get your students thinking about the Confederate States of America and their perspective on the reasons for the Civil War. The speech is
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Two forms of an 8-question quiz (some overlap and some different questions on each form). Covers Andrew Jackson's presidency and comes with answer keys. Great for a quick pop quiz with or without notes. Save some time!
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This Gilded Age lesson can be used to support the teaching of primary source skills and cartoon analysis. It asks students to think about why labor unions formed and how government tried (or sometimes didn't try) to control big business during the
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This PDF has everything you need to host a mock trial of Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt right in your classroom, no matter the level of your students. There is an overall assignment sheet with spaces for due dates to be
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Need a fun way for your students to get to know each other in your World Religions or Comparative Religions class? Try this Bingo activity. Give students a time limit to find the names of classmates that fit into the various categories. There are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a National Board Certified Teacher with ten years of experience teaching in a large urban public high school. I taught Social Studies courses (primarily World Religions and American History) to all levels of students including Advanced Placement, standard, and English as a Second Language with great success. I also adjusted instruction for several visually impaired and Deaf students in my courses. When not teaching, I coached sports, advised the Habitat for Humanity club, mentored new and beginning teachers, and developed curriculum for our department and district.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I don't like to rely too heavily on lecture, and so I've learned to incorporate a huge variety of activities into my classroom. You'll find primary source work, simulations, creative assignments and more in my store. That being said, learning can't just be entertainment, it has to be meaningful and relevant. It's important to me that students understand why history matters.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Some recent awards and honors include: • Article spotlighting AP US History class blog: http://www.sherpalearning.com/blogs/a-push-to-innovate/kate-harris (2015) • Teacher of the Year nominee (2013 and 2015), Teacher of the Month winner (Oct 2012) • Superintendents Staff Appreciation Award (2009) • University Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha International Political Science Honor Society, Terry Sanford Foundation Travel Award, and the J. H. and E. B. Thompson Award (fully funding honors thesis research in Guatemala)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Duke University in Durham, NC (July 2005) for my M.A. in Teaching Social Studies. My undergraduate education took place at the other end of Tobacco Road at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where I earned a B.A. in Political Science with Highest Honors and had an English minor.

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Want more information? Check out my professional website at: http://www.katevilanovaharris.com

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