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By misskotter
Common Core-aligned literacy activity on one of the major causes of the Civil War: Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin. This download includes: 1. Student handout with two primary sources relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin. Questions
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$1.00
61 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
What makes an effective government? That is the question that guides this lesson about the Articles of Confederation. The lesson begins with a motivational activity in which students respond to a quotation presented on a powerpoint
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Activities
$2.50
22 ratings
3.9
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By misskotter
How much power should the federal government have? That is the guiding question of this problem-solving and role play activity on the Constitutional Convention. This download includes: 1. A motivating "entrance ticket" activity (w/student
Subjects:
Civics, Government, U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Simulations
$4.00
30 ratings
3.9
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By misskotter
James Monroe made a bold foreign policy decision in issuing his doctrine that warned European powers to keep their "hands off" North and South America. This Common Core-aligned lesson begins with a review of U.S. foreign policy up to 1820
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
36 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Is technology a gift or a burden? That is the guiding question of this two-day lesson on the early American Industrial Revolution. Students are motivated because the lesson connects to modern technology (something they can relate to!) This
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Cooperative Learning
$3.50
19 ratings
3.9
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By misskotter
Did the U.S. win the Cold War or did the Soviet Union lose it? That is the guiding question for this review lesson on the Cold War. Included in this download: Student handout with major Cold War events: Truman Doctrine/Marshall Plan Berlin
Subjects:
U.S. History, World History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$1.00
17 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Called a "bloodless opening to the bloodiest war in American history", the firing on Fort Sumter marks the beginning of the American Civil War. This lesson begins with the aftermath of Lincoln's inauguration. Eleven states have joined the
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
14 ratings
3.9
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By misskotter
This Common-core literacy aligned activity focuses on two major documents from the American Civil War: the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Students are provided with two excerpts of these documents and answer questions based
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Literature
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$1.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Common Core-aligned literacy activity on one of the major causes of the Civil War: the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. This download includes: 1. Student handout with two primary sources relating to the Fugitive Slave Law (1850). Questions accompany
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$1.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Were the Fifties "fabulous"? That is the guiding question of this lesson on Post World War II American Culture. The lesson begins with a split notes listening activity. Students hear a passage about the changes in American culture after WWII two
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
16 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Whose side are you on? In this engaging activity, students will learn about the two opposing sides that emerged at the time of the American Revolution: the patriots and the loyalists. They will then create a colonial persona in which they
Subjects:
English Language Arts, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
$2.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
This engaging, flipped lesson on the controversial Mexican-American War is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of our middle school students. A flipped lesson is one in which a student completes an assignment at home and then comes to class
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
$2.00
10 ratings
4.0
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"Few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle." The subject of the quote above, spoken by Ronald Reagan at his inauguration in
Subjects:
Elections - Voting, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
8 ratings
3.8
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By misskotter
The year is 1860. The country is deeply divided. The next president will either lead the country toward a peaceful resolution or a bitter civil war. Who will you choose? In this activity students examine background information about the four
Subjects:
Elections - Voting, U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Simulations
$4.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
In the years before the Civil War, the North and South disagreed over many issues. However, the differences between these two regions of our country find their roots long before then. This activity analyzes the many differences between north and
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Examinations - Quizzes, Activities, Handouts
$2.00
7 ratings
3.3
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By misskotter
In this differentiated lesson, students compare various aspects of the U.S. government with the Iroquois Confederacy. Using this single handout, students will 1. Illustration analysis 2. Primary source reading comprehnsion 3. Video analysis
Subjects:
Government, Native Americans, U.S. History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$1.50
7 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet Common Sense is considered among the most influential writing pieces in American history. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to examine actual excerpts from the text of the pamphlet and summarize the
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History), Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts
$1.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
This download includes the following EDITABLE documents: 1. Vocabulary guide for the unit 2. Vocabulary categorization activity 3. Find Someone Who...review game 4. Full test with 35 multiple choice questions and choice of 8 short answer
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Assessment
$2.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By misskotter
Who is the underdog? Which side was stronger? In this simulation activity, students will analyze the American and British advantages at the start of the American Revolution. Included in this download: 1. An engaging motivation activity using
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Simulations
$4.00
7 ratings
3.8
Digital Download ZIP (0.45 MB)
By misskotter
Everything you need to evaluate your students on your Andrew Jackson unit! All files were created in MS word so you can make adjustments for your own student population. This bundle includes the following downloads: 1. Andrew Jackson study guide
Subjects:
U.S. History, Other (Social Studies - History)
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
DBQs, Assessment, Rubrics
$2.00
6 ratings
3.9
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

It is hard to believe that I started teaching middle school Social Studies in 1996. Time just flies right by! Since then I have mainly taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies, but have also taught a law-related elective course and a prep class for a high school entrance exam. I have presented at faculty meetings, conferences and workshops on technology-related topics. I love teaching middle school and conveying my love of history to my students! Each year I look forward to improving past lessons to help make my Social Studies class engaging and fun!

MY TEACHING STYLE

As a middle school teacher, I vary teaching methods day-to-day and within a class period to capture and maintain my students interest. I am lucky to have access to technology in my district and am able to incorporate on a daily basis. For example, I use a smart board every day and also use computer labs and iPads to enhance my lessons. I love all different kinds of music! Although my students sometimes roll their eyes at my song choices (ha!) I like to enhance my lessons with music-sometimes related to the time period and sometimes more modern music.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have two master's degrees: one in Secondary Social Studies Education (7-12) and the other in Technological Systems Management. I continue to take professional development workshops and attend conferences to remain knowledgeable about current trends in education.

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