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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A look at the terrible conditions Washington's men faced and overcame during the winter of 177-1778. Topic for discussion: Perseverance. What is it, why do some people have it, and others do not? Why did some of the soldiers stay all winter, while
Subjects:
Character Education, Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
In Douglass' own words, students are taken into a world of slavery, where some owners are good, while others are brutal, where a young boy remembers his slave mother, owned on another plantation, visiting him at night and bringing a glazed pastry
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A detailed look at the Puritans, the religious group which shaped all of New England. Serves as a foundation for lively discussion of values (were Puritans right to focus on heaven, and are modern Americans wrong to focus more on things of this
Subjects:
Religion, Character Education, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A detailed look at a native civilization that looks nothing like the "Indians" usually seen on TV and in movies. Tribes along the Northwest Pacific coast lived mainly on salmon, lived in wood plank homes, selected leaders based on wealth and hunted
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A description of a variety of women who helped the American cause during the Revolution. Includes Abigail Adams, who called for greater rights, Molly Pitcher, who fired a cannon, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man and joined the
Subjects:
U.S. History, Women's History Month
Grades:
9th, 7th
Types:
Original Textbooks, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
Use for starting a discussion or for group work or writing practice. How were colonial schools different than schools today? How were they better or worse?
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
$1.50
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
When news came that the Thirteen Colonies were willing to fight for liberty and freedom the 1 in 5 Americans who were black were anxious to do their part. African Americans drove wagons, spied, labored and even joined in battle in hopes of winning
Subjects:
U.S. History, Black History Month
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$1.50
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
The story of Jacob Riis, the immigrant who became a reporter and exposed the terrible living conditions in the New York City slums. Perfect for starting a discussion about immigration today--or the effects of poverty.
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Original Textbooks, Handouts
$1.50
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
Booker T. Washington, a slave during his early years, describes what life for his family was like. Firsthand account. Washington experienced slavery in its mildest forms; this handout can be paired with "Tale of an American Slave" to help students
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Homework, Printables
$1.50
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
This reading looks at the life of Lincoln up until the Civil War. I found that Lincoln's story was perfect for a discussion about how each of us, as human beings, can "make ourselves better than we are." How did Abraham, for example, get a good
Subjects:
Character Education, Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
Firsthand account of conditions at Andersonville Prison. Ransom kept a diary during his time in Andersonville; can be used to spark a discussion of the treatment of prisoners during any war, may even be tied to current events.
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
Rhodes served through four years of bloody war with the Army of the Potomac. Combined with other readings, it is easy to create a skit in which students take the roles of Rhodes, Sam Watkins, in A Rebel Soldier's War, and others, to describe their
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A few days before President Richard M. Nixon left office in disgrace, an adviser tried to cheer him. History would mark him as one of our great presidents, the aide predicted. A gloomy Nixon could only reply, “That depends, Henry,
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
The story of hysteria in 1692, told in a little less than 2700 words. A perfect reading to set up discussion of the modern American justice system and protections of the accused under the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th amendments. Modern students can
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Criminal Justice - Law, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Handouts, Homework, Printables
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A detailed look at the fight for women's rights in the 1800s. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, among others, is told in a lively fashion sure to lead to discussion in any class. My students loved to do a "panel discussion"
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Women's History Month
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
A lengthy description (4,200 words) of the Holocaust. The only problem I ever had using this reading, myself, was that students often broke down in tears. A good writing assignment was to ask students to write about the ghost of some victim, coming
Subjects:
Other (Social Studies - History), Religion, European History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Original Textbooks, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
1
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
What was life like for women during Colonial Times? Most girls today are aghast when they find out. My students loved to do a skit based on this handout, where modern women and their colonial ancestors met and discussed how they were treated. It
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
Iroquois life is described in 25 paragraphs, focused on topics like homes, food, sports, marriage, government and how the Iroquois handled death. This reading is designed to get students thinking about and discussing the differences in cultures
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
The story of Jamestown: including John Smith, Pocahontas, the "Starving Time," the first steps toward self-government in America, the introduction of slavery in 1619 and the troubles between settlers and natives that would bedevil the nation for
Subjects:
Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
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By Middle School History and Tips for Teachers
The reading begins with Washington's appointment to command the newborn American army. Featured are the shortcomings he faced: lack of food, ammunition, tents, bayonets and more, poor discipline, militia prone to flee in the middle of battle, and
Subjects:
Character Education, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Printables
$2.00
1
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I spent two years in the Marine Corps (1968-1970) and then taught middle school in Loveland, Ohio for thirty-three years (1975-2008) My subject areas were American and Ancient World History. I have devoted the years since retirement to writing a book about teaching called: Two Legs Suffice: Lessons Learned by Teaching, based on my experiences with 5,000 teens. The book has been extremely well reviewed on Amazon.com

MY TEACHING STYLE

I found that there were all kinds of tricks to keep teens interested, including drilling a hole through Jenny's textbook. (It's a long story.) I found if I worked hard to find and present material in interesting fashion, I always had a chance to keep students engaged. Beyond a doubt, I would argue that motivating students was the key to success.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I sold older versions of some of these materials to Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1989. They paid for my work but never published it. So I started over and made my materials better. I was chosen "Educator of the Year" for my building in 1990 (the first year the award existed, but did not accept), again in 1997 and 2002. I am Facebook "friends" with more than 1,300 former students.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I was a malcontent in school and finished 104th in my graduating class. My disdain for school helped me understand unmotivated students once I had a classroom of my own. A trip to Parris Island in 1968 changed my attitude. I learned more about motivation in the Marines than in all the years before and all the years since. I graduated from Ohio University in 1973 with a BSEd. I earned a Masters in American History at the University of Cincinnati in 1976.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In keeping with my focus on motivation, I once told students I would ride a bicycle across the United States if they helped raise $5,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2007, we collected $13,500 and I pedaled from Avalon, New Jersey to Yellowstone Park to Tilamook, Oregon, a journey of more than 4,000 miles. In 2011, I pedaled my bicycle from Acadia, National Park to Yellowstone, south to Salt Lake City, across Nevada, through Yosemite and on to San Francisco. This time I rode 4,186 miles and raised $10,000 I have four children and an beautiful wife.

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