The Attic

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Field trips bring blessed relief, but if you’re letting your students roam free, you’re not doing your job. You don’t have to impose lock-down assignments that take the fun out of field trips. Just apply a little creativity, a goal, or a game and
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Social Studies - History
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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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The Attic is an online magazine, updated weekly, featuring "a kinder, cooler America." Your students can rummage on their own through 50+ articles, with photos, songs, lists, and videos. The short, readable features focus on American arts, history,
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U.S. History, Other (Arts), Literature
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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
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Using a National Geographic online recreation, students will investigate the bombing of Pearl Harbor, following maps, simulations, and sequences and answering questions. Answers to the questions are in the Preview File.
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Handouts, Simulations
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A concise timeline, for reference use only, of the war from 1945-1975
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U.S. History
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10th, 11th, 12th
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Provides a guide for online research into the pressing issues and events surrounding the Vietnam War. Students will research the war and the protests at home, then answer specific questions from contrasting points of view.
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U.S. History
Grades:
11th, 12th
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Handouts
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Students investigate Watergate by reading six online articles from the Washington Post coverage and answering questions about each.
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Wrapping up your year, "America on Trial" lets students weigh our ideals against our actions. This week-long simulation has students summoning witnesses, from Jefferson to Sojourner Truth to Ronald Reagan, who will testify about their lives and
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Simulations
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When they spoke out for women's rights at the 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, NY, women used the Declaration of Independence as their model. This handout asks students to compare the two declarations and see how Jefferson's words echoed through
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Handouts
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Students studying the Constitutional Convention get a chance to make their own checks and balances on the pressing issues of 1789.
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U.S. History
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10th, 11th, 12th
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Reconstruction provides an ideal week-long study and simulation. Students divide into socio-political groups, do their own research, then design a Reconstruction plan favorable to their group. Plans are shared in class and voted up or down.
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Simulations
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American politics of the early 20th century can be confusing. This activity allows students to use their own beliefs to understand the differences between the major political parties of the Progressive Era.
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Students may think today's politics is rude but have them check out the 1790s! This handout gives juicy examples of political insults from the days of the Founders, then lets them have fun devising their own, obscenity free, of course.
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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Fun Stuff, Handouts
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Students will learn about a key media tool of the ante-bellum era -- the broadside. Instructions are given for making your own broadside in class.
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U.S. History
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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
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Students sort through the confusing differences between Federalists and Anti-Federalists by answering 11 questions based on their own beliefs. Manufacturing vs. Farming? Banking control? That pesky French Revolution? Ranking 1-5 (Strongly Agree
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U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 10th, 11th, 12th
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After studying the issues of the Jacksonian Era, students will prepare their own fiery soapbox speech on one topic. Independent research will lead to a Soapbox Democracy Day in class when all speeches are given, to raucous cheers!
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U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

One room shacks in Costa Rica (Peace Corps). Deerfield Academy. Private alternative schools in San Francisco and elsewhere. Inner city in Lawrence, MA. GED in Philadelphia. Adjunct classes at Hampshire, Bard, and Westfield State Colleges. Online at the University of Massachusetts.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I provide the questions, the inquiry. Students learn by investigating.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Pomona College 1971-1973 Univ. of Cal, Berkely, 1974-76, B.A., Journalism San Francsico State, 1980-81, elem credential Univ. of Mass, Amherst, 1989-91 - M.Ed. elem ed. Univ of Mass, Amherst, 1993-95 -- M.A. American history

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Author of The Attic, online website of short, readable articles about America. The Attic -- for a kinder, cooler America. www.theattic.space

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