Herman's Histories

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Was Charlemagne a great Christian king? That is the topic this short historical fiction piece and essay makes students grapple with. This reading should take most middle school students about fifteen to twenty minutes to read. Additional primary
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This is a work of historical fiction to motivate and engage reluctant readers. Part of my Warriors of God series, it depicts a hapless monk caught up in a Viking raid who unwittingly becomes the hero. It is a short reading that most middle
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Learning is fun, active and engaging…or at least it is supposed to be. Too many of our academic colleagues and state legislators have lost this understanding, so social studies must lead the way back to the Promised Land. In the case of this
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This is a historical fiction story taking the perspective off a Confucian scholar who is being carted off to his death for refusing to destroy the works of Confucius. The scholar recollects the rule of Shih Huang-ti, the good, the bad and the very
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Part of my Warriors of God series, this short historical fiction story details the Roman gladiatorial games, the reasons the Roman Empire persecuted Christians and gives insight to the crazed Emperor Nero of Rome. This story is inspired by the
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This homework/ thinking assignment lists out the advantages enjoyed by the European armies of the First Crusade vs. the advantages enjoyed by the Arab armies defending Jerusalem from this massive western invasion. Students are to look over the list
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Simple shield for students to color, divide and draw symbols upon to design their own medieval coat of arms. Internet link on the worksheet allows students to choose their own symbols to draw upon their crest to represent themselves. Worksheet can
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This is a short three and a half page reading from the perspective of Richard the Lionhearted and his frustrations through the Third Crusade, the crusade of kings. Richard is tormented by his inability to permanently hold Jerusalem while his
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Brief expository reading highlighting the main reasons the Roman Empire came to an end. Reading focuses on no rule of succession, constant civil wars and the migration of the German tribes. Two versions are included one a long two pages and one a
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Based on the Roman ambassador Priscus' account of a dinner party hosted by Attila the Hun. The activity asks students to read between the lines and detail the type of man Attila was. I usually read the one page account aloud or with students and
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This is a short historical fiction piece detailing Saladin's thoughts right before, during and immediately after the Battle of Hattin in which the crusader armies of King Guy were utterly destroyed. Should take middle school students roughly
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For over one thousand years, the ancient Greek and Roman thinkers held sway over the European Medieval mindset. And so, the earth was thought to be the center of the universe and everything moved around us. That mindset was later codified into
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Breaker Boys is a book we use for our 6th grade social studies class. The book is a great novel for young adults and ties into our teaching Pennsylvania history, the Industrialization and child labor. This upload includes two five paragraph essay
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Short reading on Samson of the Bible. Reading stays true to the Old Testament Bible story with my own personal story telling flavor. Writing response included which asks students to consider whether Samson was truly a hero or not considering the
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This is a short two page reading on how the actions of Charlemagne dividing the land among his greatest warlords into fiefs and the constant Viking raids helped contribute to the development of feudalism. Product is meant for students to actively
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This is a short letter from Pliny the Younger to the Roman Caesar Trajan. At the time, Pliny was a governor of what is modern day Turkey. He is asking Trajan about what he should do with these people that call themselves Christians. An
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Two page nonfiction writing about the incredible crusader siege of Antioch and the subsequent Battle of the Lance. The little known battle is a Hollywood movie waiting to be made which includes action, suspense, drama and, seemingly, the
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A short two page expository reading explaining who the Pilgrims were. Specifically, this reading explains the religious philosophy of the Pilgrims as Puritans who wanted to rid the Anglican Church of its Catholic remnants. Reading also explains
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The Battle of Liegnitz or Legnica was a smaller battle in the Mongol invasion of Europe under Batu Khan. I highlight it in my course because it exemplifies favored Mongol battle tactics. This PowerPoint and accompanying lesson ideas will help
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Spice up that review day before your test on the early Christians with my review game entitled "Stairway to Heaven." Teams compete to reach Heaven by being first to answer review questions and then move their avatars on the projected game board.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Twenty years as a middle school teacher and department chair. Ten years experience as a dad.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Crazed. Heavy focus on developing reading and writing skills especially argumentative writing and debate.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I'm still employed which is success enough!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Masters in History from Slippery Rock University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Love strategy gaming, reading and coaching all of my kid's sports. I also love my wife and family.

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