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By Surdacki Originals
All Quiet on the Western Front is, in my opinion, the best war novel ever. This download includes Chapter Questions for all 12 chapters along with vocabulary with definitions for unfamiliar words (including British slang and military terms). The
Subjects:
European History, World History, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Novel Study
$5.00
30 ratings
3.9
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By Surdacki Originals
"What is my Economic IQ?" is a tool for the first week of a high school Economics course. It is a series of questions introducing many of the main topics of an Economics course. The activity covers inflation, unemployment, interest rates, stocks
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Assessment
$4.50
30 ratings
3.9
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By Surdacki Originals
All Quiet on the Western Front is, in my opinion, the best war novel ever. This download includes lesson plans and a schedule for reading the entire novel in 8 or 9 class periods or at home, vocabulary handouts with definitions for unfamiliar words
Subjects:
European History, World History, Literature
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Novel Study
$5.00
11 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.13 MB)
By Surdacki Originals
The Rise of Fascism Worksheet is an extensive 5-page fill-in-the-blank history that details Mussolini's and Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. It includes fourteen markers of a fascist regime, Mussolini's rise to power in Italy, the
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
10th, 11th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$3.00
12 ratings
3.5
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By Surdacki Originals
Democracy and Law in Ancient Greece is a worksheet that traces the development of popular sovereignty in Athens. An introduction to the Polis, and "rule of law," the laws of Draco, the reforms of Solon, the reforms of Cleisthenes, and Pericles are
Subjects:
European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$3.00
7 ratings
3.8
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By Surdacki Originals
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Cartoon is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of events leading up to (1) Israel's independence in 1948; (2) the conflicts
Subjects:
World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
8 ratings
4.0
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By Surdacki Originals
This two-page summary begins with a list of 17th & 18th century scientific discoveries (Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier & Priestly, Jenner) that contributed to the prevailing idea that "through the use of reason we can solve every problem and
Subjects:
European History, World History, History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$4.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Surdacki Originals
The Apartheid Cartoon/Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of events defining apartheid and describing how it was dismantled; this
Subjects:
World History
Grades:
9th, 10th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
12 ratings
3.9
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By Surdacki Originals
I created this 2-page worksheet with illustrations to define and describes the Industrial Revolution for my high school students. It addresses the Enclosure Movement in England, inventions such as the Spinning Jenny and Cotton Gin which
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
9 ratings
4.0
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By Surdacki Originals
The French Revolution Cartoon is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of events causing the French Revolution; this could be Enlightenment thinkers'
Subjects:
European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
8 ratings
3.9
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By Surdacki Originals
The Cold War Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of (1) events during the Cold War; and (2) events that led to the end of the Cold
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
4 ratings
4.0
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By Surdacki Originals
The Years Between WWI and WWII summary activity is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of events connecting WWI with WWII II, which could include the Treaty
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
2 ratings
3.8
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By Surdacki Originals
The World War II Graphic Short Story is a worksheet that requires analytical thinking, yet looks simple and students love it. It asks students to create their own list of events from (1) World War II in Europe, beginning with September 1, 1939,
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
$2.50
5 ratings
3.8
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By Surdacki Originals
This one-page descriptive list has a Gold-Medal Olympic theme ("category: world-changing inventions"), complete with photo of Michael Phelps. It lists and describes Industrial Revolution inventions in the fields of agriculture, textiles, steel,
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$1.50
2 ratings
3.0
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By Surdacki Originals
The Missing Assignment Grade Simulation is a motivational tool for students in any class. It is something I use at the beginning of the year because when I resorted to creating it later in the year, students said, "Why didn't you show us this
Subjects:
Applied Math, World History, Study Skills
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Other, Transparencies
$0.50
6 ratings
3.9
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By Surdacki Originals
This packet takes the tedium out of Supply and Demand and will save you SO much time and effort. This 9-page student packet (plus extra practice sheets) was developed over a decade of teaching standard and honors Econ. It acts as a workbook for
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
$5.00
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By Surdacki Originals
This simulation is my high school seniors' FAVORITE activity of the year in Economics. In small groups, students form corporations (handout included), take them public in Initial Public Offerings (stock certificates included for copying), draw
Subjects:
Business, Economics , Entrepreneurship
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Games, Simulations
$15.00
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By Surdacki Originals
This resource/activity packet will take the tedium out of teaching Supply and Demand and save you SO much time and effort. This 11-page student packet, developed over a decade of teaching Economics, acts as a workbook for explanations, notes, and
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
$9.50
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By Surdacki Originals
This resource packet will take the tedium out of teaching Supply and save you SO much time and effort. This 10-page student packet, was developed over a decade of teaching standard and honors Econ. It acts as a workbook for explanations, notes and
Subjects:
Economics
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Unit Plans
$9.50
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By Surdacki Originals
The Cold War in a Nutshell: From the creation of the USSR to Boris Yeltsin, this 5-page student packet clearly defines the rivalry between East and West. Lenin, Stalin, the 15 Soviet Republics, definitions of communism and capitalism and the Cold
Subjects:
U.S. History, European History, World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2 years at Calabasas High School in Southern California (public). 1 year at Plateau Road Elementary School in Eldoret, Kenya, East Africa (private). 5 years at Rolling Hills Preparatory School in Southern California, last 3 years as Social Science Department Head (private). 2 years at Westmont High School in Northern California (public). 1 year at EDS Middle School in Northern California, Special Education Teacher for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities. Supervised university student teachers in Nashville, TN. 10 years teaching in a Williamson County public high school in the Nashville, TN area.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style depends on the material being taught. I have students write a rap or country song on their favorite Enlightenment thinker with the 18th century; I use excerpts from Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" with World War I (the BOOK, not the movie); testimonials from Steven Spielberg's "Shoah" project (interviews of Survivors) with the Holocaust; and I have students create a cartoon (sorry, "graphic short story") of the French Revolution so they can internalize the progression of events. While studying World War II, I ask students to interview their grandparents who often turn out to have had amazing experiences during those years. I make up my own scenarios and examples to illustrate all economic concepts, because I have found that other national best-selling resources just aren't efficient or interesting or funny enough.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My shining teaching moments are when a student says "I printed out this article about airstrikes in Gaza from CNN.com last night, it's just what we were talking about in class..." or "I watched something on World War I this weekend and I actually understood it!" (from a "D" student--she's learning something!). The excitement on their faces when they understand historical or economic references in everyday life is my best reward.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. in Economics, Pepperdine University, 1987. California Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential: Social Sciences, 1990. M.A. in Education, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, 1992. Tennessee Professional Teaching Certificate 2009, current. Highly Qualified in Economics, Government, and History.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have taught World History for 15 years and Economics for 10 years. If you are looking for materials on a particular topic, send me a message and I might be able to upload something for you; I have a large amount of material I have not yet uploaded.

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