Mrs Tidwell's Social Studies Classroom

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This PowerPoint focuses on the ancient Chinese Shang and Zhou dynasties. It includes maps and pictures of artifacts for the students to analyze, and includes notes on the bottom of the slides with discussion questions, Higher Order Thinking
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This is a two-day group activity where students work in groups of 2-3 to analyze excerpts of Hammurabi's Code of Law. There are 4 pages of translated laws for the students to discuss in groups or whole-class. They can evaluate them, compare them
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This 12-slide PowerPoint includes notes, pictures, and maps of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, as well as an introduction to the 6 parts of a civilization. There are study notes to give the teacher ideas of Higher Order
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This is a Unit Test that is designed to come at the end of the unit on the Ancient River Valley civilizations (Mesopotamia, India, China, and Egypt). There is a detailed study guide designed for the students to fill out using their notes (see my
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After the students have learned what constitutes a civilization they get the opportunity to create their own! This download includes an introductory sheet explaining the project and a detailed rubric. How the students choose to show their final
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This 21-slide PowerPoint covers the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Eras. There are outline-style notes that the students can copy or follow, as well as plenty of pictures for the students to analyze and discuss, including pictures of
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This 50-point quiz is designed to be given after my Early Humans and Mesopotamia PowerPoint notes. It includes multiple choice questions, listing the 6 parts of a civilization, and short answer questions.
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This 15 slide PowerPoint presentation includes notes about the causes of the French and Indian War, the highlights of the war, and the treaty ending it. It includes four maps and a population chart, along with discussion and analysis questions for
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This is a fun 10-question activity designed to get to know the students at the beginning of the year. Using this you don't just get to find out fun facts about the students, but you also see who reads and follows the directions, who is going to
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After the students have completed a lesson on Lewis and Clark, it's time for them to put themselves in the explorer's shoes! This project can be done as a whole class exploring the playground, or individually as homework. Creativity is the key
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This PowerPoint discusses Ancient Egypt, through the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms. It includes pictures of artifacts, examples of art, and maps for the students to analyze. There are also notes at the bottom of the slides that include discussion
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This 7-day unit includes detailed lesson plans, YouTube resources, activities, and a quiz with an answer key. Each day's lesson plan includes the unit objective, daily objectives, Bellringer, detailed lesson procedures, a closure, and higher order
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've spent the past five years teaching gifted 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at our local public school in South Louisiana. Our 6th graders learn World History (Prehistoric Era to Renaissance), our 7th graders learn American History (American Revolution to the Civil War), and our 8th graders learn Louisiana History.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love history because I had amazing history teachers that I try to mimic. History is not about memorizing dates. History is an epic adventure full of violence, romance, betrayals, discoveries... My students take a lot of notes, but they also do a lot of creative projects including creative writing, creating Minecraft civilizations, exploring the park across the street to create a Lewis and Clark style journal, and writing a newspaper fit for the Olympian gods. We debate, explore, analyze, evaluate, and act as archaeologists and historians rather than middle school students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2012 Teacher of the Year Nominee 2015 Teacher of the Year Nominee

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Gifted program 2nd grade - 8th grade, Studied History at UT-Austin, Bachelor's of General Studies from ULL, Alternative Teaching Certification from ULL, currently working on a Master's degree from ULM

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a 4 year old, a 2 1/2 year old, an 8 month old, and a patient and understanding husband who often takes over household duties when the grading, lesson planning, curriculum mapping calls!

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