Essential Lessons for US History

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In this lesson, students will have to work together to fill out a graphic organizer comparing and contrasting the first three British attempts at colonizing North America. The passage (PDF) provides a detailed account of each colony and the
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Mercantilism and Triangle Trade can be boring to teach but are necessary in understanding the economic relationship between England and her 13 colonies. Students will use a reading passage (PDF) and puzzle pieces to create three different trade
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Teams of students will compete to get to the finish while learning about 500 years of history and how the world existed during the time of European exploration and colonization of North America. The 68 slide power point includes a game board and
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This reading passage (PDF) provides details and characteristics about each of the three colonial groups (New England, Middle and Southern) owned by England prior to the American Revolution. Characteristics can range from life style to economics to
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This listing includes a 4 page reading passage of the French and Indian War with a follow-up worksheet and answer key. The questions on the worksheet are meant to challenge the reader to make connections from the passage with a sports team.
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This Power Point file is an excellent study tool kids can use to show they understand the differences between the three British colonies (Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth). The Power Point is simple in that students merely need to match key ideas to
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This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn about the first five presidents of the United States: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. The lesson is a "game based" debate which focuses on personality traits of the
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Shay's Rebellion proved to the American people that the Articles of Confederation, the first national government, was not given enough power to deal with the problems America would face shortly after the American Revolution. Students will be
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After the American Revolution, the newly independent country had to make big decisions. This lesson can give students an opportunity to discuss and debate what should be the first order of business for the young country. This activity can serve
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This Power Point is meant to be used as a debrief for Mercantilism (Part 1). The lesson offers a detailed account of triangle trade and mercantilism. It also allows students to see how England tried to restrict the colonies in order to strengthen
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This lesson is meant to be a follow up to French and INdian War (Part 1), but can be used as a stand alone lesson if needed. The Power Point contains 18 colorful slides which provide a detailed account of the most forgotten war in North America.
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Learning about the different British colonial groups in North America can be confusing. If you plan to quiz a short quiz over the characteristics, this study tool (POWER POINT) can help students get ready. The tool allows students to practice as
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In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to learn about the Reconstruction Era and the challenges the country faced during a time of healing for the country after the UNITED States Civil War. The first phase of the lesson involves
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Included in this listing are printable lesson plans, teacher suggestions, student game board, a debrief worksheet and answer key meant (PDFs) to be used after students have completed the "Exploration Race" Power Point. The materials are meant to
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This power point presentation is a follow up lesson (Reconstruction-Boxing Match Part 1) meant to help students understand the struggles President Johnson and Radical Republicans faced during the end of the Civil War (War of Northern Aggression).
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This lesson is meant to help students understand how the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION is organized and designed. This slide presentation provides twenty different challenges for students. Working in teams with a copy of the UNITED STATES
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This printable document (PDF) is a simple summary of the conflict in North America which stemmed the actions and events of the American Revolution.
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Teachers who use a point system for grading can allow students to set goals for themselves and see what grades they can earn in class by using this Excel file. The file also allows them to instantly see their grade after receiving a score in class
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This Power Point file is an excellent study tool kids can use to show they understand the key concepts from the American Revolution. The Power Point is simple in that students merely need to match key ideas to different points by moving things
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This Power Point file is an excellent study tool kids can use to show they understand the key concepts of the Articles of Confederation, the first national government of the United States. The Power Point is simple in that students merely need to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

18 Years Teaching Middle School Students

MY TEACHING STYLE

Lessons are designed to teach content, however content can be retained more so when emotions play into the lesson. Most lessons I use have a balance of content and emotional experience as well. Kids can read about history, but the continuing challenge is to design lessons for kids to experience history.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Iowa State University (Undergraduate Study) Viterbo University (Masters Study)

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"Mr. Groth, eighth grade. He has a creative way of teaching history. You looked forward to going to his class every day." Kasey Leisinger, High School Student

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