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This lesson plan focuses on how the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution was a fundamental change in the way people lived. It includes notes, a worksheet activity that asks students to explain the ways in which life was impacted by this turning
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This lesson plan requires students to identify and explain the important contributions that different civilizations and empires of the Fertile Crescent made to culture (and acknowledge their connections to today). It includes detailed instructions,
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These detailed notes provide background information on both the city-states of Ancient Sumer and Ancient Egyptian civilization, the Kingdom on the Nile River, as well as address the similarities and differences between the two early river valley
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These fill-in-the-blank notes (with an answer key provided) describe how the cities of the Indus River Valley were both impressive and well planned. Students will get an in depth look at the two main cities of the first Indian civilization, Harappa
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These review notes cover the origin, beliefs, and caste system (complex social order) associated with Hinduism, one of the major religions that emerged in Ancient India. Additionally, students are asked to use their critical thinking skills to
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These fill-in-the-blank notes (with an answer key provided) address the ways in which Maurya and Gupta rulers achieved peace and order for Ancient India (classical civilizations). Details are included throughout about the Gupta Empire's golden age
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This mini bundle of three lessons introduces students to Ancient Greece so they can fully understand the importance of: its geographic location, the two early civilizations that developed there (as forerunners, their achievements influenced later
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This lesson focuses on the political and ethical ideas developed by the three most famous and important Ancient Greek philosophers: Socrates, Plato (Socrates' student), and Aristotle (Plato's student). It includes review notes on the life and
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This lesson focuses on the civilizations that developed early on in Mesoamerica (Olmecs, Mayas, and Aztecs) and South America (Incas). *The material can be taught over a few days. It includes a note chart worksheet that asks students to work
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Everything you need on Athens and Sparta! This lengthy lesson focuses on the unique characteristics that defined Athens (a limited democracy) and Sparta (a warrior society) as well as the ways in which the two Ancient Greek city-states were similar.
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This lesson focuses on how the Persian Wars lead to the rise of Athens as a power (entered a golden age) and how the Peloponnesian War lead to the downfall of Athens with the plague. It includes review notes, main ideas explained in detail as well
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Test Study Guide: Foundations of Civilization, Ancient Middle East, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient India Covers: Study of History/Understanding Our Past; Turning Point: Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution; Beginnings of Civilization; City-States of
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This lesson introduces students to Ancient Rome so they can fully understand the importance of its geographic location and how Roman civilization developed in Italy (with influences from both the Etruscans and Greeks). All of this helps the teacher
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These fill-in-the-blank notes (with an answer key provided) focus on why many of the early villages and then first cities and civilizations developed around rivers. Concepts covered: river valleys (over time rivers have carved out river valleys as
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These fill-in-the-blank notes (with an answer key provided) describe how the Indus Valley Civilization declined and the Aryans were able to build a new, strong civilization in India. Details are included about the Aryan caste system. Additional
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This quick activity asks students to consider the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution from two different perspectives in order to understand the overall changes/developments it led to. An answer key is provided and students may even have additional
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These review notes cover the Leadership Philosophies/Three Schools of Thought that developed in Ancient China (Confucianism, Daoism/Taoism, and Legalism). After reviewing the information on their own or along with the teacher, students are asked to
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These fill-in-the-blank notes (with an answer key provided) describe how Shi Huangdi ("First Emperor") built the strong, authoritarian Qin government and ultimately, unified China. Although his rule was harsh (he increased his power by following the
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This lesson focuses on how different forms of government developed in Ancient Greece over time, including a monarchy, aristocracy, and oligarchy. It also introduces the existence of a tyranny, the military state of Sparta, and the limited democracy
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This lesson focuses on the Persian Wars, during which the Greek city-states briefly united together to save themselves from the Persian threat. It includes detailed notes on the major battles, such as the Battle of Marathon, Battle of Thermopylae
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Grade 9: Global History and Geography (both Regents and Honors levels); Grades 10–12: Ethnic Studies and Human Rights Issues (two Social Studies electives); and Adjunct College History Professor: Conflict and Consensus in History.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My goal is always to provide students with all of the facts and then leave room for them to analyze and interpret the information they've gathered in different ways. You can definitely see my love for detailed notes, graphic organizers, and visuals (especially maps) as a result! With my lessons, I also enjoy developing interdisciplinary activities, implementing multiple learning strategies to meet the needs and interests of all students (encouraging critical thinking and creativity is essential!), and integrating a mixture of primary and secondary sources to further their understanding. The list goes on!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA): Master of Arts in History (Specialization: History for Educators and Public History); Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY): Bachelor of Arts in History/Adolescent Education; and NYS Department of Education Certification: Adolescent Education 7-12, Social Studies.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I hope my lessons are helpful as you apply them to your own classroom. I love learning about different places and cultures around the world (and traveling to them) and I hope your students will feel the same too!

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