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Explore the question – Should the National Anthem be Changed? Students will analyze the primary source document of the Star-Spangled Banner and explore the possibility of the United States National Anthem being changed. Classes will learn a brief
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Music)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$3.99
4 ratings
3.7
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Can you catch a spy? Students delve into the espionage work of spies of the Civil War? This lesson begins with the class working together to solve an inquiryriddle. The students ask yes/no questions centered on the items used in espionage. Next,
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$7.99
6 ratings
4.0
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Explore the American Civil War through Gary Paulsen’s novel, Soldier’s Heart. Students will probe into the history of the Civil War through the eyes of a teen solider, Charley Goddard through activities and assessments. This activity guide
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Examinations - Quizzes, Handouts
$6.99
7 ratings
4.0
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Delve into the history of Jamestown colony and the mystery of the many deaths that occurred during the “starving time.” Students will begin the lesson with a forensic exercise. Groups will be challenged to examine evidence from an archeological
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$5.99
5 ratings
3.9
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Who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys?” Delve into the conflicts between the Native Americans and white settlers over land ownership in the 1800s. Students must determine who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys” during major
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.50
4 ratings
4.0
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Challenge your students with their knowledge of Plymouth Colony and the Pilgrims. Students will learn about the history of Plymouth and debate whether Plymouth Rock was the actual landing spot of the Pilgrims through analysis of primary and
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
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Delve into the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride to determine what is Fact and what is Fiction. In this lesson, students learn about the events the night before the first battle of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Geography
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
4 ratings
3.9
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Delve into the journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark! Analyze these primary source documents to map the journey of the Corps of Discovery! In this lesson, students will analyze excerpts from Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s journals
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$3.99
1 rating
4.0
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Challenge your students to learn about the history of the first English settlement in the New World, Roanoke Colony and the mystery behind the disappearance of the colonists. This lesson is introduced as students’ analyze artifacts from an
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$5.99
1 rating
4.0
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Delve into the primary sources of Lewis and Clark’s journals as students discover and debate the actual role Sacagawea played in the Corps of Discovery Expedition. This lesson begins with a warm up activity in which the students discuss their prior
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$3.99
1 rating
4.0
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Delve into the Emancipation Proclamation to determine whether Lincoln helped, hurt or had little effect on slaves in the 1860’s. In this lesson, students will be learning about the Emancipation Proclamation by close reading and analyzing the
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
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Bring the major battles of the Revolutionary War to life with Living Paintings! Working in groups, students will re-create a scene from the battle using a famous painting. The lesson begins with a warm up activity, a hidden picture inquiry. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$6.99
3 ratings
4.0
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Analyze Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech– What is America’s dream today? Students will analyze the primary source document of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The lesson begins with warm-up questions
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
4 ratings
4.0
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Discover the men and countries who participated in the race locate a faster route to reach Asia and create trading cards for each explorer. This lesson begins with an inquiry method riddle. The class will be posed with a puzzle of a riddle and
Subjects:
Ancient History, World History, Geography
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$5.99
1 rating
4.0
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Delve into the historical dilemma of whether codes were used in quilts during the Underground Railroad to assist fugitive slaves. Analyze excerpts from a wide variety of experts who share their knowledge of this important topic! The lesson
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
1 rating
4.0
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Need clever ideas to close a lesson in the Social Studies classroom? This product provides instructors ten ideas of exit slips to use in a social studies classroom. Exit slips are tools for teachers to use to assess a lesson, gauge understanding
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Critical Thinking
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Homework
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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Bring the Legends of the Wild West to life with Living Monuments! Students will work in groups of three to design a monument to reflect the life of a famous or infamous person from the American West. The lesson begins with warm-up questions about
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
1 rating
4.0
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Discover the impact of the Columbian Exchange! This lesson engages students in exploring the changes in the world due to Columbian Exchange. Students will be asked, if the world is better because of the Columbian Exchange. The lesson begins with
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Cooperative Learning
$4.99
1 rating
4.0
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Challenge students to demonstrate the variety of perspectives of the French and Indian War. Students will read, analyze and complete reflection questions about the conflicts between the French and British during the Seven Year War. Students will
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
$4.99
2 ratings
4.0
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Challenge your students to decipher the meaning of the Gettysburg Address and determine if Lincoln’s speech has meaning for America today. The lesson begins with the class solving an inquiry riddle to lead the students to this speech. Next, the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$3.50
1 rating
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade social studies classes. The subject areas included World Geography, Ancient History, Government, and American History. In mini courses, I have taught Multiple Intelligences, Creativity, Route 66 and Around the World in 80 Days. Beyond the public school classroom, I have instructed adults in interactive methods both within district and around the country.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is an interactive style that engages the learners to discover history themselves through primary and secondary sources. With the discovery of knowledge, students must formulate their thoughts and beliefs about a time in history. My role as the educator is to guide the acquisition of knowledge while the student engage in activities.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Professional Teaching Standards-Early Adolescence in History 2008 National Board Professional Teaching Standards-Early Adolescence History/Social Studies Renewal 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate Degree at Southeast Missouri State University Masters Degree at Washington University, St. Louis

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