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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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 Give each student a copy of pages 55A - 55D. Read with the class the background information in the sections
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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 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 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 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 study the events which led to the framing and ratification of the Constitution. TIME: 1 class period Give each student a copy of pages 47A - 47C. Read with the class the background information and directions for writing compromises
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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 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 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 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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LESSON TITLES: 76. Sectionalism 77. Slavery and the Abolitionists 78. The Slavery Compromises 79. Causes of the Civil War 80. Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan 81. Election of 1860 82. The Civil War Begins 83. Major Battles of the Civil War 84.
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OBJECTIVE: To emphasize important information about American history found in each chapter of the textbook. TIME: Will vary since this lesson will not ordinarily be used during class time. Each student is given a chapter study guide that helps
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OBJECTIVE:: To recognize the abilities and accomplishments of the greatest navigator of the Age of Exploration. TIME: 1 class period Class members read a story about Ferdinand Magellan, who was considered to be the greatest navigator of the Age of
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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 learn about the people and events involved in the establishment of the Plymouth Colony. TIME: 1 class period In this exciting activity, the class is divided into five teams that take turns answering questions about the Pilgrims.
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OBJECTIVE: To become familiar with the structure and democratic features of colonial government. TIME: 1 class period Students will learn about colonial government by using the information on two charts that diagram how colonial governors and
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OBJECTIVE: To learn about the causes, major events, and results of the French and Indian War. TIME: 2 class periods Each student will read the background information about the French and Indian War in the section entitled A Brief Summary of the
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OBJECTIVE: To review events which led to the outbreak of the American Revolution; to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side as the war began. TIME: 1 class period After reading with the class the background information for this
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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

MY TEACHING STYLE

Yet to be added

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