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Through this simulation, the class will share the experience of young men who faced the Vietnam War draft lottery. Students will either be "drafted" or declared exempt solely on the basis of numbers randomly assigned to their birthdates.
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In this activity students learn about the 1960's counterculture by engaging in a scavenger hunt to find artifacts from the period.
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Should a Japanese American sign a loyalty oath to gain release from a World War II internment camp? Through a role play, students grapple with this personal dilemma.
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In this activity students try their hand at being historians. Examining bank checks, they draw their own conclusions about the lives of a father and son. By exploring this "mystery," they see more clearly that history is both fact and fiction.
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In this activity, students write and compare accounts of the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine from six different points of view. In the process they gain insights into the nature of emotional reporting known as yellow journalism.
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Students should recognize that political leaders like Jefferson and Madison were not operating in a vacuum during the framing of the Constitution, but rather were deeply influenced by European political philosophers. In this activity students
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Students role play pro and anti technology advocates of the late 1800's, and in the process discover how issues surrounding technology more than one hundred years ago continue to confront us today.
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What were the risks and possible benefits of the European voyages of exploration during the 1400's and 1500's? In this activity, students play the roles of European rulers trying to decide whether to support various expedition proposals. The
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In this activity students read letters written to President Roosevelt and his administration. The letters reflect the concern and needs of average Americans during the Great Depression. After reading the letters, students consider what actions, if
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Why would a victor give massive aid to its defeated enemies as well as to its allies? Students learn in this activity that the Marshall Plan posed questions similar to those asked today about the purpose and value of foreign aid.
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Revolutionaries have just taken control of the fictitious nation of Marzuca. Should the United States intervene? In this activity, students debate that question as they role play isolationists and interventionists.
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Did stereotyping play a role in the history of western expansion? In this activity students become aware of stereotypes that Native Americans and settler had of each other.
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In cooperative learning groups, students teach each other the basic goals of the Progressive party, using the party's platform of 1912. Then they create cartoons illustrating progressive beliefs. Finally, they explore the question "What did the
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For high school students, the events of September 11, 2001 are as much a part of history as the Vietnam War or the Cold War. This activity provides an opportunity for students to learn about 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the election
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Becoming mini drama playwrights and actors, students work in small groups to dramatize major events that led up to the Revolutionary War. The activity should be conducted after students have studied the period 1763 to 1776.
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What do Frankenstein and the framers of the Constitution have in common? In this activity, students consider the analogy between Frankenstein trying to form a living being without creating a monster and the framers trying to structure a strong
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As students study the mid 1880s, when the Industrial Revolution was well under way, this activity provides a quick but powerful simulation of the impact of mass production. Students apply both craft and mass production methods in constructing
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In this historical dilemma activity students experience the unfairness of the literacy tests that were designed to deny African Americans the right to vote. Students will take a test based on one used in Alabama before the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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What kind of politic is "dirty"? Who distinguishes between political right and wrong? this activity requires students to draw an ethical line in a case study of political ethics.
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To capture the excitement and tensions of the1920's, students work in groups to create newspapers reflecting events and life during the twenties.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

High school social studies teacher. University adult education and teacher development program director. Staff development and curriculum development specialist. Public Television education project director. National service learning project director.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Interactive, activity and project-based instruction to expand learning beyond textbooks and promote critical thinking and decision-making.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Academic Freedom Award, National Council for the Social Studies. Emmy award, Heartland Chapter for "TV Confidential" Educational Television program, Rocky Mountain PBS.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS - Social Science Education, Colorado State University MA - Political Theory. University of Colorado

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

High school social studies teacher. High school alternative school director and teacher. Instructor, program director, Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver. Staff Associate, Social Science Education Consortium. Education project director, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcast System. Project staff, Democracy in Education Project.

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