Matt's Boredom Busters

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Using the original Oregon Trail game that can be found on the internet, students will play their way through the game. The worksheet allows the game playing to be graded and keep students on task. I have used this as an extra credit opportunity
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Just how close did the U.S. and Russia (U.S.S.R.) come to nuclear war? This is a difficult concept for students to truly grasp and appreciate. This simulation aims to allow students to gain a full understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis and just
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This project can be utilized in any language or world cultures class. The goal of the project is that students will create and present their plan to travel to a different country (that does not speak English). It walks students through the processes
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This worksheet corresponds to a website Webquest I created to walk students through the realities of the Trail of Tears. The website link is at the top of the worksheet. Students will work their way through the website while completing the
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Viewing questions to accompany the documentary 9/11 Stories in Fragments. The documentary is available on Netflix as of 12/12/16, but I would check availability to make sure. It is also available on Amazon Video as a digital download for $2.99. The
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Video viewing questions to accompany the History Channel 45 minute special "The Real Story of Thanksgiving". The handout also includes a link to the documentary on Youtube.
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This lesson is designed to be an introduction to the culture of France. This lesson revolves around a webquest I created to allow students to explore the varieties of French food and how their traditional foods differ from the foods they are
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A template / outline that can be used for any assignment where students must look closer at a certain character or person.
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This quiz is geared at assessing student understanding of Lois Lowry's book The Giver. The quiz should be given to students after reading chapters 1 to 14. Please note: The formatting in the thumbnails is off due to the file being a more recent
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Often times, learning about the Supreme Court has students wondering "why should I care?" The court can seem like a bunch of stuffy old men and women who rule on things that have no bearing in the lives of students (teaching about Marbury v. Madison
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An easy reading for middle school students or lower level readers that requires students to read and think about what they've read. It also requires students to make connections to modern day topics in the real world revolving around police
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This project is designed to allow the students to expand their knowledge of the Underground Railroad through research and creation. Students will use the website and online research tools to build a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation method
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This collection of assignments is what I use to drive home a more in-depth understanding of the people of the Roaring 20s. Students are all given a character from the 1920s that they must learn more about. They research this person on their own and
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Understanding what the Articles of Confederation were and why they failed is one of the more difficult topics for students to understand. This activity allows students to get hands on experience with the AOC system and allows students to solve
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This worksheet is designed to accompany the isidewith.com political questionnaire quiz that aligns a student's answers with one of the candidates running for the United State's Presidency. The quiz itself will the pair the student with a candidate.
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This project is designed to have students focus on the "other" amendments (11-27). The project assigns each student a different Amendment and requires them to research that Amendment (Graphic Organizer is included). Once their Amendment is
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This sheet is geared at accompanying a viewing of President Obama's address relating to the San Bernadino shooting and his call for stricter gun control laws. Students should complete this sheet while watching the speech. Afterward, students should
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This organizer is a great way to have students apply concepts from Lois Lowry's book The Giver to the real world. As a final project to correlate to the book, I have students design a Utopia in our world, or more precisely, I have students outline
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This video is great to show when preparing students to write a persuasive essay as it goes into how our brains work and highlights the ways in which they come to trust someone. The Brain Games series is available on Netflix as of 12/12/16. It is
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This activity can be used with nearly any current sitcom or procedural show (How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Spongebob, etc.) depending on the age group of your students. It does require students to know the common story element terms beforehand
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 6 years of experience teaching Social Studies and English. I have taught in both Charter and Public schools, including in the Alternative School setting, so I am familiar with the constrictions of each teaching area and I try my best to align my lessons so that they are applicable in any setting.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Nobody likes a boring class, so I utilize out of the box techniques and project based learning to bring the subject matter alive and make it applicable to students in this day and age.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I possess a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and History.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." ~ John Steinbeck

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