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I'm excited to release an updated version of my party platforms assignment, featuring the platforms that were adopted during the 2016 election year! My previous assignment of excerpts from the 2012 political party platforms (this is a free download
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This is a simple assignment that can be done within 1 class period or assigned as homework. It's a short reading of Mohandas Gandhi explaining his beliefs about satyagraha and nonviolence. There is a short introduction for context, followed by his
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This is a simple assignment that can be done within 1 class period or assigned as homework. It's a short reading of a primary source account of America's first steam locomotive. There is a short introduction for context, followed by the personal
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This is a simple assignment that can be done within 1 class period or assigned as homework. It's a short, but fascinating reading of an article about Hitler's service in the military during WWI (did you know a British soldier had a defenseless
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This is a simple assignment that can be done within 1 class period or assigned as homework. It's a short reading of a primary source account of the Boxer Rebellion in China at the turn of the century. There is a short introduction for context,
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This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of two of the most significant Federalist essays in the Federalist Papers collection. I've taken several hours to go through the primary
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Whether you want to engage students or just dull the pain that this year's election brings you... look no further! Put the "fun" in dysfunctional politics by playing Bingo during the presidential debates! I had great success with this activity in
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This set of files includes a great overview of the Ohio Constitution of 1851 and of the Legislative Branch (The General Assembly). The state of Ohio recently passed a law requiring teachers of American Government to include covering the
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This is a worksheet designed to review the major similarities and differences of the Ohio and US Governments. This is the final assignment I give AFTER I teach the material in our chapter on Ohio's government, so students will need to know about
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This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of, complex writings from Rousseau's "Social Contract." I've taken several hours to go through the primary source document to excerpt it
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This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of, complex writings from Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. I've taken several hours to go through the primary source document to excerpt
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This is a complete lesson plan I made to explore the question of "how did Hitler and the Nazis become popular" in the buildup to WWII. It does this through several explorations. Students explore primary sources (with some DBQs), including details
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This set of files includes a great overview of the Ohio Executive Branch. The state of Ohio passed a law requiring teachers of American Government to include covering the Constitution of Ohio, and this can help you do that! I have always been
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This is a 2-day lesson designed to show students the difficulty the Allied Powers had in negotiating a treaty to end World War I. It also provides students a forum for structured debate and negotiation. Students work in pairs during the first day
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This set of files includes a great overview of the Ohio Judicial Branch. The state of Ohio passed a law requiring teachers of American Government to include covering the Constitution of Ohio, and this can help you do that! I have always been
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If you've been wanting to teach from primary sources, but haven't been able to find the time to select what's relevant for your students, this is for you! This is an in-depth and challenging assignment featuring readings from 3 different documents.
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This is a helpful practice test for the American Government AIR Test given in Ohio. This AIR practice test is designed to be a simple way for students to review for the AIR test. I made a Google Form with over 50 questions from released test
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This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of, complex writings from letters exchanged during the Paris Peace Conference from German representatives and the president of the
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This is a series of worksheets that go with the 2012 movie, "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis. They are unlike most other movie worksheets as they have been designed to enhance productive classroom behavior during the film and they address
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This is an in-depth and challenging assignment. Students will need to read, and demonstrate their understanding of, complex writings from William Sumner and Lester Ward. Never heard of them? Don't worry, you'll have heard of their topic: Social
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I started teaching in 2005 as a substitute teacher for all subjects and grade levels before getting two long-term sub placements. I began teaching Civics and World Studies full-time in 2007. I now teach senior government, and two Dual Enrollment courses (college classes taught in high school): Advanced Government and Western Civilization.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use my own passion for the subject to generate student interest (if you aren't pumped to be there, they won't be either)! I make my courses incredibly challenging, but I counterbalance the rigor with playfulness (e.g. dad jokes) regularly. I make myself available to my students to help guide them through the difficult material of historical documents.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Recipient of the Teaching American History Grant from the US Dept. of Education (2008-2011). James Madison Fellowship Honorable Mention. Recipient of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) grant (2013).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University Master of Arts in American History and Government from Ashland University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I found that most of the worksheets and lessons out there weren't very useful to me, so I create a lot of stuff on my own. My activities are highly customizable to fit your needs. Much of the work I put into it is centered on searching through primary source documents and excerpting them down to sizes that are more manageable for students to tackle. Generally, the worksheets that come with my textbooks aren't challenging enough to hit the full gamut of student abilities, and I try to have a wide array of questions that can push students of all abilities. If you've also been frustrated with the lack of quality and rigor, I hope you find something worthwhile in my store! Profile photo cropped and shared under the Creative Commons 2.0 License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode . Original photo from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/limaoscarjuliet/225249268/

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