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Ohlone Teacher’s ResourceBy Richard Di Giacomoo Full color images of Ohlone sites, homes, tools, and historical paintings o Classroom activitieso A complete list of places to visit to learn about the Ohloneo An extensive bibliography of Ohlone
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
RI.3.3
$9.99
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This is a highly engaging activity that pits students against each other as small powers vying for the leadership of the Italian Unification Movement of the 1800s. The activity involves lively negotiation, strategy and compromise. This is the latest
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1b, SL.9-10.6
$1.00
1
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By Magnifico Publications
This lesson covers a topic that is seldom addressed in published lesson plans, but nevertheless critical to understanding today's world. Students will examine statements made by imaginary people who have just heard a speech advocating independence
Subjects:
World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
RH.9-10.6
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, For Parents, Cultural Activities
$9.99
Digital Download PDF (32.99 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
How social studies skills are used in everyday jobs by people of many different educational backgrounds• 50 different careers examined • Interesting career exploration activities• Open-ended research questions • Motivates students to study social
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Career and Technical Education, Geography
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Research, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
CCSS:
W.9-10.7
$2.99
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By Magnifico Publications
In this fun simulation students play the roles of Pancho Villa's allies or enemies and draft posters supporting or attacking him. This activity comes from an established educational author who has published numerous social studies curriculum books.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1b, SL.9-10.1d
$1.00
1
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By Magnifico Publications
This is a lively simulation in which students compete to be the one political faction that controls the Russian Revolution and establishes the government that will replace the Czar. This activity comes from an established educational author who has
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
$1.00
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
This is an engaging simulation where students create a pamphlet promoting one of the causes of the revolutions that swept Europe in 1848. Then in a fun twist, they read the pamphlets of other groups and pretend that they are reactionary monarchs
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1d, RH.9-10.3, RH.9-10.6
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
Students play the role of émigrés trying to escape Revolutionary France. They must get out of Paris, out into the provinces, and across the borders with revolutionary agents trying to capture them at every stage! This is a lively game that gets them
Subjects:
European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1b
$1.00
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
(Distance Learning Compatible)These projects may be assigned to your students as an extension of their learning in the classroom. They can be used in many different ways. They can be assigned to individuals or groups. The point value of these
Subjects:
U.S. History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning, Independent Work Packet
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
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
Subjects:
Ancient History, Literature, Character Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Literature Circles
$9.99
Digital Download PDF (0.87 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
This is more than your average factual report. It has open-ended questions that require research. Students must use critical thinking to analyze the overall legacy a president.
Subjects:
Civics, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Research, Activities
CCSS:
RH.11-12.7
$1.00
2
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By Magnifico Publications
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 be
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Movie Guides
$8.00
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By Magnifico Publications
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Fun Stuff
$7.99
Digital Download JPG (2.24 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
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 tree
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
EBooks
CCSS:
RL.9-10.5
$6.99
Digital Download PDF (1.98 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
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
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities
$5.99
Digital Download DOC (17.21 MB)
By Magnifico Publications
This is an assignment that teaches students to view dramatic films by using critical thinking skills. Students should never accept what they see in a dramatic film at face value. This assignment forces them to analyze the film for anachronisms,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Critical Thinking
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Homework
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
In this activity students write a one-page letter to Toussant L’Ouverture from the perspective of the role they are given. Roles include various figures around the world who may support or oppose the Haitian Revolution.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.1c, WHST.9-10.2d
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
This activity is based upon the old television game show, “To Tell the Truth”. There will be three students reading a script. Each of them will pretend to be Mahatma Gandhi. Most of the facts in their life story will sound plausible, but there will
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Asian Studies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.9-10.2, SL.9-10.3
$1.00
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By Magnifico Publications
Students will be representing a small town in the midst of the American Revolution. About one third of its citizens currently support the American Revolution and consider themselves to be Patriots. About one third of the citizens currently oppose
Subjects:
U.S. History, World History
Grades:
5th, 8th, 11th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Simulations
CCSS:
SL.8.1b
$1.00
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About Our Company

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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