Kris McIntosh
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Kris McIntosh
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This, And the Envelope, Please! lesson hooks the students on the topic of the day by asking them to analyze the images found on envelopes; the stamp, postmark and artwork! By analyzing the images and information found on an envelope commemorating
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This Warm Up/Review Lesson for the 1862 Homestead Act is based on images found on two 1962 first day covers (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic). Students will be asked to analyze two
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Hook students on the topic of the day by asking them to analyze the images found on envelopes! Students will collect facts about the Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education and the crisis at Little Rock’s Central High School by analyzing
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This Warm Up/Review lessons uses three first day covers (envelopes containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic) to move the students from the Alamo to the independent Texas Republic. By exploring and
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Sojourner Truth Speaks for Civil Rights lesson uses primary sources to challenge students to identify the mission of Sojourner Truth. By analyzing the first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp honoring Sojourner Truth with an
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This Warm Up/Review Lesson on Eli Whitney uses a 1940 first day cover, which is an envelope containing a commemorative stamp with appropriate postmark and added artwork. By exploring and analyzing the images on the cover, students will discover the
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This Warm Up/Review Lesson for the Transcontinental Railroad is based on images found on a 1944 first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic). Students will collect the facts
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This Warm Up/Review lesson for the 19th Amendment is based on images found on a 1995 first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic.) Students will first describe the feelings of
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This Warm Up/Review lesson uses images from a first day cover - an envelope with a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic, to start the classroom discussion about the Mayflower Compact. Who are the Pilgrims? Why
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This is a Warm Up/Review Lesson using images found on a first day cover-envelopes with commemorative stamp, postmark and artwork. Start the conversation by defining civil disobedience. What law would students be willing to disobey and suffer the
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A first day cover is an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriately postmarked for the topic and then someone adds artwork to it depicting the topic. This Warm Up/Review Lesson uses an envelope containing the 2 stamps issued by the post
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Students will read a Harlem Renaissance newspaper article The New Negro, then analyze the first day cover (envelope with commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork) to identify Zora Neale Hurston. After reading an excerpt of How it Feels
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This is a Warm Up/Review Lesson using images found on a one first day cover-envelopes with commemorative stamp, postmark and artwork. Discuss with students how a war comes to an end. Show the image of the first day cover and ask students to analyze
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Clara Barton's Mission to Help Others lesson allows students to analyze the first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp honoring Clara Barton, a postmark cancelled from her birthplace in Oxford, Massachusetts and artwork depicting
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This lesson challenges students to make connections between a 1936 poem turned into song, to the work of Ida B. Wells for a national anti-lynching law. Students will first analyze a first day cover (envelope containing a commemorative stamp honoring
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Hook students on the topic of the day by asking them to analyze the images found on envelopes! President Truman issued an Executive Order to integrate the military and Black baseball player Jackie Robinson was hired by the White Brooklyn Dodgers. By
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With this Warm Up/Review lesson students will analyze the images on a first day cover (an envelope with commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic) and list key words to identify Frederick Douglass. The teacher will
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This is a Warm Up/Review Lesson using two first day covers-envelopes with commemorative stamp, postmark and artwork. One cover is from Reagan's first inauguration, the second is for the stamp released immediately after his death with Berlin Wall
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This Warm Up/Review lesson will help students review what happened on July 4th, 1776 by analyzing the information found on an envelopes' stamp, postmark and artwork. The unusual four-panel stamp becomes a painting of the men of the Continental
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This Warm Up/Review Lesson is based on images found on a first day cover - an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the topic. By analyzing the images, students will draw conclusions as to why the men
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught social studies in a public high school in Ft. Worth, TX for 28 years before leaving the classroom and working directly with social studies teachers, k-12 for 4 years. In the classroom I team taught U.S. history with an American literature teacher and we engaged 50 students for 120 minutes every day. By combining short stories, poetry, novels with history, music and art students developed a fuller sense of our nation’s history. From 2004 to 2011 I worked part time directing teaching American History grants and mentoring new teachers in low performing campuses. I am now doing consulting and writing warm up/review lessons for FDC Lessons.com

MY TEACHING STYLE

When students left my classroom at the end of the year they were able to think critically, work successfully in teams, direct their own research and verbally present and/or write out their findings. By engaging students with primary sources, whether speeches, diary entries, editorial cartoons or photographs, combined with questioning strategies, students were able to discover a more complete picture of our nation. As they discovered the history of our nation, students had to give proof for their conclusions, so after discovering the who, what, where, and when they focused on the why.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have written lessons for the Sid Richardson Museum of Western Art, the Southwest branch of the National Archives and the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Lessons can be viewed on their websites. I have presented at both the National Council for the Social Studies national convention 2007-2014, and the Texas Council for the Social Studies state convention 2008-2012 Miller Brewing Company Teaching Chair of Excellence, 1995 Outstanding Teacher, Southwest High School, 1995

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in history/geography/education Central State University, Edmond OK., 1972 MLA, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX 1986

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In 1998 while visiting Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I purchased from an antique dealer, a 1948 envelope, commemorating the 85th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. I was impressed that the envelope was then 50 years old. Fast forward to 2008 and I am mentoring new teachers who need help with developing lesson plans. That 1948 envelope with its commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork depicting the event of Lincoln at Gettysburg, became the image for a lesson’s warm up activity. Analyzing the image and answering a variety of questions immediately hooked students into the fuller lesson on the Gettysburg Address. I now own hundreds of envelopes, which are correctly called first day covers, since the envelope contains a stamp cancelled on the first day of its issue. When searching for a first day cover for a particular topic, the stamp and the postmark never change so the challenge is to find the one with the best artwork. The images from the first day cover lay the foundation for the warm up/review lesson now found at FDC Lessons.com

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