Social Studies Made Simple by Ms J

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Social Studies Made Simple by Ms J
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My sense of justice is my best and worst personal trait.
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Want to challenge your students to find out about the world rather than just spoon feed them facts? This collection of seven assignments plus bonus end of the year projects will guide your student to becoming more independent learners as they are
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If you have tried to teach your students the Electoral College and voter efficacy, you know the struggles! This lesson set includes the steps in the Electoral Process, related links to videos, propaganda examples and activities, campaign
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Looking for project-based, student-centered learning that meets social studies content standards? Looking for a way to increase student involvement in civics? Want a rubric that makes grading PBL easy? Here you go! Ideally, this project should be
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Lesson plan, instructional slides, and quiz on the Watergate Scandal.
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This set of lessons takes students from colonial government Pre-Revolution to the ratification of the Constitution. It includes essential vocabulary, a detailed vocabulary key, a chronological slide show, and two tests. I have throw in a three
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If you teach government or have government in your course curriculum, you know the importance of student understanding of the three branches, particularly Congress. This unit includes comprehensive slides, activities, video links (with humor), and
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Want your students to know more than the "reality tv" version of the judicial branch? Want your students to realize real applications and the purpose of the judicial branch? This lesson set includes lessons that span 6-10+ days of instruction,
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I have spent 20 years in the classroom, the majority of which has been in various secondary social studies courses.


I believe in a combination of direct instruction, student lead activities, and project based learning. While incorporating these styles, I strive to provide at least three different exposures and types of exposure of materiel prior to formal assessment. Multi-modal tactics are my personal goal! Students must see, hear, touch, do, interact, and create in order to internalize and utilize learning. Structure is also the key. Kids need to know what to expect, have a sense of belonging and ownership in their classroom by way of being a part of what is familiar. They love to be able to tell the sub what to do in my absence because they know the expectations.


Social Studies Teacher of the Year for St. Landry Parish, 2010; Opelousas High Teacher of Year, 2012; St. Landry Parish Teacher of the Year, 2013; Opelousas High Teacher of the Year, 2015


BA in Social Studies Ed., UL Lafayette, Louisiana in 1994; Attended UL Lafayette Graduate School majoring in Gifted Ed., 2004; Pre-AP certified, APSI 2010; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, American College of Education, 2010; APUSH certified, APSI 2014


I have three teenagers; a set of twins who graduated in 2016 and a 2017 graduate. All three are in college! I stayed home with them for a couple of years when they were babies and will always treasure that time! I think it made me a better teacher. I strive to make my classroom what I would want for my own children. I LOVE social studies! It prepares students to be productive citizens and includes multiple disciplines and skill sets. History, the central social studies content area, informs our future decision makers so that they can learn from success and failures of their predecessors.

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