Make Social Studies Their Favorite Class
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In my experience, kids appreciate a fun but businesslike classroom, and the more they enjoy class, the more they learn.
 
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LESSON TITLES: 76. Sectionalism 77. Slavery and the Abolitionists 78. Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850, and Kansas-Nebraska Act 79. Causes of the Civil War 80. Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan 81. Election of 1860 82. Civil War
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OBJECTIVE: To review major battles and other significant events of the Revolutionary War. TIME: 2 class periods Students join pages 36E and 36F together to form a map that they will use to label major battles and other significant events of the
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OBJECTIVE: To study the development of political parties by focusing on the election campaign of 1800. TIME: 1 and 1/2 class periods This lesson begins by reading with the class background information in two sections entitled The First Parties Are
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OBJECTIVE: To analyze the presidential elections which led to the rise of the Jacksonian Democrats. TIME: 1 and 1/2 class periods Give each student a copy of pages 62A - 62E. Read with the class the background information about the Election of
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OBJECTIVE: To study the causes, major events, and results of the Mexican War. TIME: 1 class period Read with the students the story about the Mexican War. At the end of each paragraph, have class members do the mapwork. I recommend providing
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OBJECTIVE: To analyze the presidential election which caused several Southern states to secede from the Union and form the Confederate States of America. TIME: 1 class period You can begin this activity by reading with the class sections 1-4,
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OBJECTIVE: To understand the events which led to the founding of the Thirteen English Colonies in America. TIME: 30 minutes Begin by reading with the class the background information about the events which led to the founding of the Thirteen
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OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the contents of the Declaration of Independence and the circumstances which led to its adoption. TIME: 1 and 1/2 class periods Give each student a copy of 35A and pages 35C-35E only. Make one copy of page 35B
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OBJECTIVE: To study the events which led to the framing and ratification of the Constitution. TIME: 1 class period Begins by reading with the class background information about the Constitutional Convention. This includes information about the
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OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the organization and powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government. TIME: 2 class periods Give each student a copy of page 50A only. Read with the class the introductory
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OBJECTIVE: To summarize national and foreign events which occurred during the administrations of James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. TIME: 1-2 class periods There are four sections in this activity (one for each
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OBJECTIVE: To review key battles and other significant events of the Civil War. TIME: 2 class periods My students really like this information-filled map exercise, and I provide them with colored pencils to make it even more enjoyable. Begin the
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OBJECTIVE: To introduce some of the people and events involved in the rapid growth of business and industry in the United States during the post-Civil War period. TIME: 1 class period Begin by reading with the class the introductory
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OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the life of William Penn and the beliefs of the Quakers. TIME: 1 class period Read the introductory paragraph with the class. It provides background information about William Penn and the Quakers. Students will
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OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the events of the 1760s and 1770s which led to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. TIME: 2 class periods Class members will read the background information that describes the worsening relationship between the
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OBJECTIVE: To review major events of the Colonial Period and the years of the American Revolution. TIME: 1 class period Begin this lesson by giving students about 10 minutes to read and study the information on page 41A pertaining to major events
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OBJECTIVE: To understand how the Monroe Doctrine became the cornerstone of American foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere. TIME: 1 class period This activity begins with a Timeline summarizing events that led to the writing of the Monroe
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OBJECTIVE: To take a closer look at the decisive military campaigns of the Civil War. TIME: 30 minutes In this neat activity, students put themselves in the position of being Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee,
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OBJECTIVE: To examine conditions at the most notorious of Civil War prisons. TIME: 1 class period In this lesson, students read a story about the Andersonville Prison. Afterwards, the stories are collected by the teacher from each class
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OBJECTIVE: To understand the extent to which Fidel Castro influenced the history, politics, economy, and way of life in Cuba. TIME: 1 class period In this lesson, students begin by reading background information in sections 1-4: 1. The Castro
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Over 30 years teaching Jr./Sr. high social studies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Fun, but businesslike. My students enjoy the wide variety of activities I have created for them to supplement the textbook and make learning about social studies more exciting.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

The average score of my students has consistently ranked in the top 3 on annual state exams.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

• Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies
• Master of Education in Social Studies

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Early in my teaching career, I began creating activities to supplement the textbook to make social studies class more enjoyable, exciting, challenging, and fun for my students. I quickly found that students walking into my classroom realizing they would not be using the textbook that day -- and instead be taking part in a fun activity -- were far more interested in class and learned a lot more than if they were just working with the textbook. After having some success in my own classroom with the materials I created, I decided to publish and market them to other teachers across the U.S. The Social Studies School Service helped me get my start many years ago and continues to carry my products today. I also sell directly to teachers through my own small business.

Although I am brand new to Teachers Pay Teachers, tens of thousands of educators across the country have used my lessons over the years. My aim has always been to create activities that students love to do as individuals, in small groups, or with the entire class. A typical lesson has 3 to 5 activity sheets, and most can be finished in one or two periods using information on the student activity sheets. Teacher instructions and answer keys are included. Lesson quizzes, each with 20 questions, are also available for most lessons and serve as a great way to measure student progress.

Things you will find in my lessons include, but are not limited to:

   • cause and effect
   • vocabulary
   • thought questions
   • critical thinking
   • reading comprehension
   • charts
   • graphs
   • map exercises
   • timelines
   • puzzles
   • games
   • contests

I have published the following lesson programs, which, in total, consist of over 700 lessons:

LESSONS ON AMERICAN HISTORY
12-Part Program - 150 Lessons

LESSONS ON RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
3-Part Program - 45 Lessons

LESSONS ON AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
7-Part Program - 105 Lessons

LESSONS ON WORLD HISTORY
12-Part Program - 150 Lessons

LESSONS ON RECENT WORLD HISTORY
3-Part Program - 45 Lessons

LESSONS ON ASIA
5-Part Program - 75 Lessons

LESSONS ON AFRICA
5-Part Program - 75 Lessons

LESSONS ON LATIN AMERICA
5-Part Program - 75 Lessons


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