Kristin McManus

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This is an informational handout on the causes of the American Civil War, which I usually use to introduce the unit. I used the acronym "SACKED," which stands for "Slavery and Sectionalism," "Arguments," "Compromises," "Kansas-Nebraska Act,"
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I teach a multi-day lesson that includes a simulation of the Constitutional Convention. In order for the student to accurately represent their delegate to the convention, I have them complete this webquest on their assigned delegate. The webquest
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This essay asks students to develop a 5 paragraph essay, and describes what should be written in each paragraph. I usually use this towards the beginning of my school year to help students organize their paragraphs and essays. Students must:
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This is an informational sheet designed to allow the students to quickly remember the main causes of the American Revolution. I used an acronym "DATA" to represent "Debt," "Acts that taxed," "Taxation without Representation," and "Ammunition." When
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This activity asks students to write a diary entry as if they were a teenager during the Colonial Era. They must describe what their life is like living on a farm or in the city, in the Northern, Middle, or Southern Colonies. They need to discuss
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This is a teacher's version of notes given to students on the Articles of Confederation and Creating the Constitution. It includes a table of strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, as well as a quick overview of Shay's Rebellion.
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This is an assignment that asks the students to summarize the Declaration of Independence in their own words. (In my class, the students have already completed a children's book group activity, so they have extensive background knowledge of the
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I used this assignment in an Academic Skills Building for Social Studies class. I designed this so that the students were writing a letter to me about their family and were also utilizing research skills that I taught as part of this course. I
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This activity is made up of quotes from various people during the Civil War era. The directions tell the students to summarize the quote and decide whether or not it was from a Northern government leader, a Southern government leader, a Northern
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This is a worksheet that lists all of the 13 original colonies in a chart form. There are 3 additional columns for the date, reason founded, and leaders/founders. A few of the boxes are already filled in, but students need to figure out which colony
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This is a simple chart for the students to fill in on the Acts leading up to the American Revolution. It asks students to fill in the date, summarize the act, describe who/what it affected, and why the colonists thought it was so bad. I usually
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I have used this in both 8th grade U.S. History classes and Academic Skills Building for Social Studies classes. This can be used in conjunction with an election, during a current events lesson, or during a civics lesson. I have used this assignment
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Many high school students do not understand the different types and functions of their state court systems. In my Criminal Law class, I created a webquest to have them navigate the Massachusetts and Federal court systems. The objective is for them
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While originally geared towards simulating Small Claims court in Massachusetts, this assignment can be adapted for any state. The objective of this simulation is: Working in partners, students will create a fictional small claims court case, write
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This is the student's version of the notes from a lecture on the Articles of Confederation and Creating the Constitution. It includes the difference between a federation and confederation, a chart on the strengths and weakness of the Articles of
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I have spent seven years teaching 8th grade U.S. History I, as well as a few courses in Academic Skill Building for Social Studies in the 8th grade. I am currently teaching AP European History, Ancient and Medieval History, Criminal Law, and Civil Law. I am certified to teach 8-12 in Massachusetts and also held a certification to teach 5-12 in New Hampshire. I did my student teaching in U.S. History II for juniors, as well as Current Issues for Juniors and Seniors.

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I hold a Bachelors degree in Social Studies Teacher Education with a concentration in History and a Masters degree in History. I have taken 3 courses with the Teaching American History Grant, as well as 1 course through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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