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Ohlone Teacher’s Resource By Richard Di Giacomo o Full color images of Ohlone sites, homes, tools, and historical paintings o Classroom activities o A complete list of places to visit to learn about the Ohlone o An extensive bibliography of
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Finding, funding, and using the right films and video equipment can be challenging for history teachers. Did you know that… • The Movie Prince of Egypt was banned in Egypt? • In the Movie Troy, ancient Trojans are shown using llamas that could only
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A Guide to Museums, Historical Sites, History Parks, and Historical Homes Over 200 fascinating sites to visit! This is a book that every visitor, teacher, historian, and citizen interested in local history should have at within reach as they head
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Time travel, immortality, alternate history, and more! Fascinating tales from the past, the present, and the future... Examining the intriguing aspects of the nature of time, these stories include: Seeing the world through the eyes of ancient
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This assignment will help your students become more intelligent consumers of historical films. The Documentary Film Review is to be used for documentary or educational films that are not fictionalized. It goes beyond merely summarizing the film.
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Funny puns, quips, and jokes to liven up your history class! These jokes add a little excitement to your classes and help students to have fun with history. Table of Contents: Chapter One: Geography Chapter Two: World History
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Motivate your students to study history and social studies. When faced with an uninteresting part of their lesson, social studies students will sometimes say, ''When am ever I going to use this stuff?'' This book addresses this common lament by
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Historian and educator Richard Di Giacomo brings us a multi-generational tale about a family's journey to define and defend their faith. First their is Agga, a humble potter in Ur, in Ancient Mesopotamia. He is struggling to escape the hopelessness
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Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Ancient and Medieval history, a BA in Social Science and an MA in American History. He has been a teacher for over 25 years. He has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include US and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History. He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and has been a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich's love for role-playing and strategy games led him to develop his unique books which combine the open-ended outcomes of role-playing with the tough decisions made by people in times of historical crisis. Students often relate that these are their most memorable and enjoyable activities of the year. They bring history to life so vividly that students cannot seem to stop talking about the simulations long after class is over!

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Ancient and Medieval history, a BA in Social Science and an MA in American History. He has been a teacher for over 25 years. He has taught in a variety of schools from private and continuation schools to public high schools. He has taught everything from at risk and limited English students to honors and college preparatory classes. The subjects he has taught include US and World History, Government, Economics, Bible and Ethics, History of the Cold War, and Contemporary World History. He has been a reviewer and contributor to textbooks, and has been a frequent presenter at social studies conferences on the use of simulations, videos, and computers in education. Rich's love for role-playing and strategy games led him to develop his unique books which combine the open-ended outcomes of role-playing with the tough decisions made by people in times of historical crisis. Students often relate that these are their most memorable and enjoyable activities of the year. They bring history to life so vividly that students cannot seem to stop talking about the simulations long after class is over!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Students learn how to practice history. They learn to evaluate and use primary sources, distinguish fact from opinion, and recognize bias and propaganda. In my classroom, the textbook is merely a reference tool. We do simulations and other hands-on activities. We learn how to dissect and criticize movies and literary sources. I believe that teachers do great harm when they try to just brain wash students to follow their political views. I am not afraid to lecture, but I demand participation. You will hear jokes, thought-provoking questions, and frequent calls for students' opinions and analysis. Nobody sleeps in my class!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Who's Who Among American Teachers (twice). National Medal of Merit and Outpost Commander's Award of Excellence for Royal Rangers. Recipient of multiple grants.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Richard Di Giacomo graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Ancient and Medieval history, a BA in Social Science and an MA in American History.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Federal Teaching American History grant evaluator. Director of a Learning Center. Staff Development Committee member.

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