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This guided inquiry into the Agricultural Revolution features some picture analysis and a long article by Jared Diamond, "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race." The article has been shortened some and adapted more for a middle school
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RH.6-8.6
$2.00
9 ratings
3.8
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By Uncommon History
These worksheets feature a lyric analysis of Flocabulary's song "We're Nomadic," and reading comprehension activities for Collective Learning, Foraging, Evolution of Hominids, Human Migration and identifying Claims, Evidence and Theories. The
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.6, RH.6-8.8
$2.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By Uncommon History
This set of guided reading and guided inquiry worksheets, PowerPoints and assessment directs students through a series of activities that review and build on their knowledge of climate types and climate graphs. Students will learn the five major
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Assessment
$4.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Uncommon History
This guided inquiry explores the purpose of maps, common definitions, the representational element of maps, how world maps become distorted, and the basics of map projections. Students will analyze key differences between shape preserving maps like
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes
$2.50
6 ratings
3.8
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By Uncommon History
This packet of worksheets introduces students to Jared Diamond’s theory of Geographic Luck. It uses key quotes from professionals and researchers from the documentary Guns, Germs & Steel: Out of Eden (episode 1). Students will analyze quotes
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Movie Guides
$2.00
5 ratings
3.9
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By Uncommon History
This guided inquiry begins with song lyrics to an Eduparody of Chris Daughtry’s Home (the song is included as an MP3 attachment). There are fill in the blank reading activities that make for a quick and easy read-aloud activity and become the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Assessment
CCSS:
RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
$4.00
6 ratings
3.9
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By Uncommon History
This worksheet can be used in conjunction with or independent of John Green's Crash Course World History videos (on YouTube). This worksheet contains portions of the transcript for reading and analysis. Firstly, there are short "Fill in the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$1.00
2 ratings
3.6
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By Uncommon History
This guided inquiry utilizes 12 quotes from a variety of sources on Columbus and his legacy: everything from the Traditional Children’s Poem that heroizes him, to Howard Zinn’s less than favorable view of the legendary figure, to a few of Columbus’
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, DBQs, Google Apps
$2.50
$2.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Uncommon History
This worksheet can be used in conjunction with or independent of John Green's Crash Course World History videos (on YouTube). This worksheet contains portions of the transcript for reading and analysis. Firstly, there are short "Fill in the
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Uncommon History
This packet of worksheets with accompanying PowerPoints is a guided inquiry into the definition, characteristics and purpose of civilizations. Students will analyze quotes for vocabulary comprehension and exploration of key concepts including:
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Original Textbooks, DBQs
CCSS:
RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
$2.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Uncommon History
The Islam episode is a great introduction or review of key ideas and terms with the religion of Islam. This worksheet can be used in conjunction with or independent of John Green's Crash Course World History videos (on YouTube). This worksheet
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes, Movie Guides
$1.00
3 ratings
3.9
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By Uncommon History
This is a vocabulary building and reading analysis worksheet that corresponds with the Smithsonian/ BBC's Operation Stonehenge videos. Over 90% of the questions do not require viewing the movie, as the worksheet itself supplies significant portions
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
$1.00
$0.95
1 rating
4.0
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By Uncommon History
Revised and Expanded for 2016: This is a vocabulary building, reading comprehension and argument analysis worksheet that corresponds with the Smithsonian/ BBC's Operation Stonehenge videos. Over 90% of the questions do not require viewing the
Subjects:
Ancient History, European History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Movie Guides
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.8
$2.00
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By Uncommon History
This worksheet can be used in conjunction with or independent of John Green's Crash Course World History videos (on YouTube). This worksheet contains portions of the transcript for reading and analysis. There are short "Fill in the Blank"
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Scaffolded Notes, Movie Guides
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Uncommon History
This song was incredibly popular among my students. They couldn't believe it was me and they couldn't believe that it was made in GarageBand. I even had former students who were spreading it around to enjoy. The lyrics breakdown the shift of
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Songs
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By Uncommon History
This unit has several activities for exploring key questions surrounding Ancient Egypt.How did the Nile River allow a civilization to develop in the desert of Egypt?Who built the pyramids, How, Why and When did they build them?Who were the pharaohs
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, African History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, DBQs, Assessment
CCSS:
RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7
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By Uncommon History
This is a vocabulary building and reading analysis worksheet that corresponds with the Smithsonian/ BBC's Operation Stonehenge videos. Over 90% of the questions do not require viewing the movie, as the worksheet itself supplies significant portions
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Geography
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Homework
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.8
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my tenth year teaching secondary Social Studies in Michigan. Over the years, I've been designing a curriculum to stay as far away from lecturing and textbooks as possible. My goal is to create activities where students are continually processing the information, ideas and concepts to which they are exposed. Rather than lecturing and telling them what to learn, they explore ideas and information through means like guided inquiry, games and small projects.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to use the following strategies as a teacher/ facilitator: Guided Inquiry, A Gamified Learning Environment Student Response System/ Clickers, Game-Based Learning, Problem/ Project Based Learning, Interactive PowerPoints, Learning Games, Multimedia Presentations, Musical Adventures, Scaffolded Notes

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College and received my Teaching Certificate and Master's Degree from Grand Valley State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am married with three children and reside in Grand Rapids, MI.

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