The History Habitat

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A different way of looking at primary documents and learning about the ratification debate for the US Constitution. A good way to get students engaged with one another and with history through a game-like assignment. Good for use in Middle School or
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This presentation is a overview of Us political parties, their history, political ideology (liberal v. conservative), third parties, and party organization. A great overview for a High School government class or an Intro to Political Science course.
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This presentation gives a great overview of how public opinion is used in American politics and how aspects of mass media are used in political campaigns. Includes clips from famous campaign ads and other public opinion examples, clips, and
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A great set of movie questions for the 2010 film "Freakonomics", based on the best-selling book of the same name. The movie questions include both questions straight from the film and deeper, critical-thinking questions that draw on a student's
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This movie guide goes along with the 2016 Netflix documentary "13th", which looks 13th Amendment to the US Constitution and its impact of US criminal justice system. Includes questions from the film and deeper analysis questions. Great for a High
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This movie guide goes along with the 2007 National Geographic documentary "Inside North Korea", which looks at the travels of journalist Lisa Ling inside North Korea. Includes questions from the film and deeper analysis questions. Great for a High
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A great activity that gets students to think about the Medieval code of chivalry in a humorous way using scenes from Monty Python's "The Search for the Holy Grail" and Sean Connery's "First Knight" Answer key included. Great for a World History or
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A great set of movie questions for the 1987 film "Cry Freedom" staring Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. The movie questions include both questions straight from the film and deeper, critical-thinking questions that draw on a student's knowledge of
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Popularly referred to as "fantasy football for social studies and literacy standards," Fantasy Geopolitics is a free, exciting, and easy-to-use new learning game for teachers to use with their classes. Developed by Minnesota social studies teacher
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A great set of movie questions for the 2005 documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices". The movie questions include both questions straight from the film and deeper, critical-thinking questions that draw on a student's knowledge
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This video guide goes along with the PBS / FRONTLINE documentary "Juvenile Justice", which looks at the controversial aspects of juvenile justice system. Includes questions from the film and deeper analysis questions. Great for a High School
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This presentation focuses on the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900's with a look at some of the major events, figures, and influences. Great for a US History of World History course.
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A great mix of questions for the 2007 film "The Kite Runner", based on the popular and critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. This collection of questions has both questions straight from the film and deeper knowledge
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This movie guide is set to the 1980 TV movie "Gideon's Trumpet" starring Henry Fonda. Does a great job of showing the workings of the US Supreme Court. Includes questions from the film and deeper analysis questions. Great for a High School
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A great introductory overview of some of the major taxes in the US currently complete with discussion questions and video clips to illustrate for the major points of the presentation. Includes also a neat little introductory activity that allows
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Provided in this lesson are film questions for the classic 1984 film, "The Gods Must Be Crazy" as well as a discussion article and questions that talks about the movie's star and his effect the movie had on his people, the "bushman" of South Africa.
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This presentation focuses on the concepts of the Fourth Amendment, includes discussion points and video clips to illustrate different topics and ideas. Great for a High School Government class and an Intro to Political Science class.
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A great partner or small group activity that helps students understand some of the big themes of the famed medieval document, the Magna Carta. I often use this worksheet as a review or as a critical-thinking activity with my Honors World History
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This movie guide goes along with the 2011 documentary "Hot Coffee", which analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Great for a law class or High School Government course. Includes questions from the film
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This sheet looks at a number of primary sources that look at the different points of view during the 1950's over the emergence of rock 'n' roll. Includes some guiding questions. Great for a US History course.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for over a decade at my current district of Elizabethtown Area School District in Elizabethtown, PA where I teach 11th Grade World History and 12th Grade Government and Economics. I have also taught classes in Middle School / High School World Cultures, 20th Century American History and Honors 20th Century American History, 18th and 19th Century US History, and Pennsylvania History and Government.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Many of my co-workers have called me an "old soul in a young teachers body". I put a heavy emphasis in my classroom on original thought, responsibility, discipline, and communication. While I don't currently teach an AP class, I do put a big emphasis in my classroom on primary documents and drawing original conclusions from them through writing. I'm a project and hands-on oriented teacher; I like to find new and creative ways to engage my students in the student and enjoyment of history. I also like incorporating Internet and web-based activities into my lessons.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had lessons and my website featured on the Fantasy Geopolitics homepage (FANSchools.org) as inspiration for other educators to look to and follow

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I'm a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelors degree in Education and a minor in Political Science. I am also a graduate of Millersville University with a Masters degree in History. Currently working on a second Masters in Online Education from Wilkes University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live with my wonderful wife (also a teacher), my beautiful daughter Olivia, my son Owen, my pug Otis, and my cat Missy. If you have an issue with a product or a comment / questions feel free to email at gerald_huesken@etownschools.org or follow me on Twitter under the handle @MrHuesken (https://twitter.com/MrHuesken) or on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerald-huesken-jr-56953593)

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