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Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Practice close reading and make claims about how Columbus is portrayed across 3 leveled texts Teach students that the way a historical figure is portrayed in a text depends on the details authors choose
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This text set allows students to craft their own narratives about how early American Colonists and Native Americans interacted. Text set includes includes: ☺ 2 secondary sources (American history textbook excerpts) ☺ 6 primary sources - - - •
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This bundle is a must-have for any teacher who intends to make primary sources an important part of their social studies curriculum. Use the PowerPoint and guided notes as the cornerstone for students' understanding of the differences between
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This assesses students' analysis of two texts on the 1609 "Starving Time" for early Jamestown settlers during the colonial period. It uses two high-interest text excerpts with some frankly gory details of what the colonists had to do to survive. Can
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Middle Schoolers CAN write historical argument essays! This packet will support students as they formulate a thesis statement, development of major points, gathering of evidence, consideration of counterclaims, and drafting of topic sentences. My
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With this essay bundle, your students will plan, draft, and publish high-quality essays aligned with Common Core writing standards that address the guiding question: Was Christopher Columbus a Hero or a Villain? Students will take a stance on the
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Can middle school students read and interpret primary sources? YES! This quiz assesses students' ability to distinguish between primary and secondary sources. It was created in the context of a US History class during a unit on early colonial
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Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Your students will love holding Columbus accountable for his crimes! Have your students integrate their knowledge of Christopher Columbus' exploration and colonization of North America by making a
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Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Learn history through analyzing primary source artwork! Enrich your social studies curriculum by incorporating visual media! In this lesson, students will explore diverse portrayals of Christopher
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Why did the Pilgrims celebrate the first thanksgiving? Teach your students to question history's "official narrative" with this interactive text! This original text dives into the history and context of the first thanksgiving by focusing on the
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What factors motivated Americans to pass the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?Students will read & analyze 5 primary sources* to answer the guiding question: "Why did Americans pass the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882?" Students will create a working
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This exit ticket checks understanding about the difference between a primary and a secondary source. Use this after teaching students the difference between PRIMARY vs SECONDARY sources. Key Topics Exit Ticket Check for understanding Common
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A must-have jumping off point for any teacher who hopes to incorporate primary sources into their social studies curriculum, this PowerPoint presentation explains the difference between a primary and a secondary source. It is meant to be used for
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This resource is a must-have jumping off point for any teacher who hopes to incorporate primary sources into their social studies curriculum! This guided notes (scaffolded notes) sheet allows students to build content-specific vocabulary as they
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Why did the Puritans migrate to North America in the early colonial days? This resource uses period artwork to explore one of the factors that pushed Puritans out of England: religious persecution. Students will view prints depicting religiously
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Why did the Puritans migrate to North America in the early colonial days? This resource uses period artwork to explore one of the factors that pushed Puritans out of England: religious persecution. Students will view prints depicting religiously
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Why did the Puritans migrate to North America in the early colonial days? This PowerPoint + guided notes bundle uses period artwork to explore one of the factors that pushed Puritans out of England: religious persecution. Students will view prints
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Columbus wouldn't have explored North America without a big check from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. What were they looking for in an explorer? In this poster project, students will integrate their knowledge of the factors leading to
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When Columbus first landed in the Caribbean islands, he had no idea where he was! In this writing project, students will integrate their knowledge of Christopher Columbus' purpose for exploring, the people he encountered in the Bahamas, and his
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What motivated explorers from Europe to explore North America? Did they even know where they were going!? Use this lesson to introduce the motivations, goals, and outcomes of European exploration of North America. Engage your students with this
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm a middle school teacher in Seattle, WA. I've taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades social studies, reading, and language arts for 7 years. I currently work at a diverse Title 1 middle school that has a high population English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with IEPs. Therefore, all the materials I develop aim to support these students as well as their general education classmates. All of my materials are standards-aligned and are used in conjunction with standards-based grading rubrics.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use a rigorous, student-centered curriculum that prioritizes inquiry, exploration, and critical thinking. Social studies/History: I believe that kids deserve to craft their own theories of history by examining the same primary documents that historians study. With support and practice, middle schoolers CAN read complex primary source documents! I believe that any curriculum can be infused with a social justice perspective, and that making connections between the events of the past and today's current events is one of the best ways to infuse my teaching with cultural relevance. Literacy: Learning to read closely and write clearly are the cornerstone of a quality education. My literacy and writing resources focus on helping the most struggling readers and writers access texts and write with clarify and purpose.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Board Certification, 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA- Grinnell College - Philosophy and Education M.Ed- University of Washington - Curriculum and Instruction National Board Certification

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