The Accidental Historian

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Viewing guide for the Roman Polanski film Oliver Twist (2005). 27 comprehension questions that follow the film in order. I have used these questions for a focus unit on the Industrial Revolution in the past. The final question focuses on Charles
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This is a graphic organizer to accompany Episode 1 of The Dust Bowl documentary by Ken Burns. To allow students to absorb the documentary better, there are 6 themes that they sort their notes into. This allows them to pay attention to the film
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These questions accompany the movie Avatar (2009). Although most of the questions are based on the content of the movie, this worksheet was designed for an imperialism unit. I have used this film both to introduce and wrap up the concepts of
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Viewing guide for the movie War Horse (2011). This film follows Joey the horse through World War I, showing British, French, and German perspectives of the war. I use this to wrap up my unit on WWI, but it could easily be used to introduce
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This viewing guide for the Legend of Tarzan (2016) focuses on the theme of imperialism. Students first discuss the Belgian Congo and then evaluate how realistically and accurately The Legend of Tarzan presents those events. Ultimately, students
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Viewing guide for the movie Swing Kids. This film depicts the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany through three friends who find their lives changing as their country does. I use this film to support my unit on the rise of dictators before WWII.
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This postcard activity checks student comprehension as well as engages them with historical fiction writing. This assignment focuses on the perspectives of average people during WWI, both on the homefront and the warfronts. (I recommend using this
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This is a graphic organizer to accompany the documentary "The Children Who Built Victorian London" from BBC Four. I have used this documentary to analyze working conditions during the Industrial Revolution and students are generally engaged with the
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Simple graphic organizer for the movie Moana. Emphasizes elements of geography and culture as seen in the movie, such as tradition, migration, and mythology. Fun and easy to use for most grades.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my third year of teaching in Livermore. I teach most classes that fall within Social Science subject, and I most recently started teaching IB History of the Americas. Significant conferences I have attended include CUE 2015 and CCSS 2017.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Students often describe me as "chill" or "cool" but the best compliment I can receive is when students tell me they understand history for the first time. My focus on big concepts over tiny details helps students of all learning levels to succeed. My goal is for them to "see the matrix," where they can understand how history connects, overlaps, and repeats.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I got my BA in History at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then followed up with my teaching credential at the same university. Go Mustangs!

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