Mr Holdren's History Hotspot

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Based on a Pew Research poll on websites categorized by the ideology of their audience, this exercise has students compare liberal and conservative websites, cite evidence to support their claims, and ends with students contemplating their own news
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This activity will prompt students to dig in to the Constitution. In addition to introducing them to each part, the questions will force them to authentically engage with the document. I give this to students over two nights of homework, though it
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In my class, I use the two axis, four quadrant, political spectrum to get students to understand political ideology. This activity has students use websites, including govtrack.us and ballotpedia.com, to analyze specific positions of two of their
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With the latest mass shootings in the news, students in my classes are curious about the arguments on both sides of the gun control debate. This handout will guide students through looking up arguments for both sides of the debate on ProCon.org,
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This is perhaps the most engaging lesson I use in CP and AP Government classes. This simulation takes students through an authentic, meaningful experience as they work to pass bills that could potentially improve their school. Students are all given
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An excellent activity for either Government or Economics classes is to have mock job interviews. Students can interview each other, or teachers can recruit professionals from the community to do it. This is especially effective when combined with
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Get your Government or Civics class researching an Interest Group. They will look at the different incentives groups offer, and explore whom they give their money too.This is an excellent activity to process the information in the Interest Groups
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Committees can be a tough subject to teach, but as we know, they are where the work of Congress takes place. This lesson requires students to discover information on committees by using the official House and Senate web sites, including watching
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One could easily teach 2 weeks of Congress for an AP or CP Government or Civics class using this 47 slide Prezi. I have it updated (I'm posting this in September of 2017), and includes all the basic information on the House and Senate, with graphics
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What better way to have your students learn about 9/11 than from the original New York Times article? Have them brainstorm what they know on the Confirm to extend chart, then have them learn new information from the article and generate more
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For use with the Website, Allsides.com, this Common Core aligned activity has students explore both sides of the DACA debate, identify language bias, and consider their own feelings. This will help them understand elements of the current debate over
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A great capstone project to finish your political spectrum unit, this assignment causes students to think deeply about their beliefs relative to others. The set-up requires students to have access many to letters to the editor, so make sure you have
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Get your students in Economics, Government, or Civics thinking about what career they want to pursue. This graphic organizer has them research 3 careers and write down information about each that might help them further their thinking about the
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Get your students thinking about the Political Spectrum and focus their efforts with a prediction guide, T-Chart, and follow up questions. The prediction guide has them make educated guesses about the spectrum, while the T-Chart and follow-up
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This compact yet comprehensive guide will help new and relatively new teachers get going through the first few days of school and beyond. A back-to-school guide that is both readable and valuable, with a touch of humor, I spell out exactly how I set
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Easy way to both frontload concepts around the Atomic Bombs as well as a formative assessment before teaching about the subject. This simple tool is self-differentiating and is perfect for work with a partner.
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A self directed web search for students to explore the main players and ideas associated with the debate over the ratification of the Constitution. Can be expanded easily if you'd prefer to include more context. Students will need to be introduced
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Simple graphic organizer that allows students to connect previous knowledge to, and learn about, the Principles of the United States Constitution. Nice activity to help bring home these concepts without the teacher having to explain it all.
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This activity uses higher level DOK questions to get students analyzing a one-page summary of the Articles of Confederation (summary is included). students can work on their own or cooperatively and the assignment can be classwork, homework, or
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Get your students engaged with one of the preeminent events of the past 100 years, the decision to drop Atomic Bombs on Japan in World War II. Everything you need is included. This is a comprehensive exemplar lesson that will take students anywhere
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

15 years experience teaching all areas of high school social studies and 2 years as a Principal of a K-8 school give me a unique and informed perspective on good teaching.

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Fundamentally sound, thoughtful activities and lessons with an emphasis on content literacy, learning theory, and engagement.

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Presented strategies to over 200 social studies teachers and administrators in my career.

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BA, Brown University - MA, Chapman University - Clear Secondary Credential, Social Studies - Clear Administrative Credential

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