Yossarian Speaks

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By Yossarian Speaks
This powerpoint is a treasure trove of information about Reconstruction. It is the first of a two lesson series that can be broken up into as many segments as the user wants. It includes political cartoons, discussion questions and a great map
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lectures, Activities
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By Yossarian Speaks
This is one of my favorite activities. I loves me some controversy. For this activity, students stand up and move to different parts of the room to respond to various controversial statements. It gets the class moving, engaged and arguing on the
Subjects:
Civics
Grades:
12th
Types:
Activities
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By Yossarian Speaks
This is the second section of a multiple-class period on Reconstruction. Details the resistance to Reconstruction, the historical legacy and the final end of Reconstruction. Includes a powerpoint with maps, cartoons and project ideas and
Subjects:
Elections - Voting, U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
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By Yossarian Speaks
This worksheet is a personal favorite of mine. Using a perspective piece, students write down five facts about an idea or event, then draw a picture to help understand the concepts. This is especially useful for ELL students or students or
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For All Subject Areas
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Handouts, Graphic Organizers
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By Yossarian Speaks
Using this worksheet, the PBS Newshour Test and isidewith.com, students define their own political beliefs and research various political parties. You can simply have them follow the instructions, or do a more interactive lesson once they are
Subjects:
Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
11th, 12th
Types:
Webquests
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By Yossarian Speaks
This lesson is for a World History class that is studying the Reformation/Renaissance. First, I lead a discussion of social media and how information changes society. Then, I give a brief presentation on the printing press. Then, students will be
Subjects:
World History
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Research, Printables, Webquests
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By Yossarian Speaks
I found federalism to be one of the most difficult concepts to teach in social sciences. After last year's election, I made a lesson that really gets at the Constitutional basis for federalism by closely analyzing the Constitution itself and the
Subjects:
Civics, U.S. History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
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By Yossarian Speaks
Fascism is a difficult word to understand, so I created this sheet as part of a lesson to break down the word itself. If used interactively in groups or teacher led, going slowly through a Mussolini quote gives students a deeper understanding of a
Subjects:
World History
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Printables, Cooperative Learning
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1 rating
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By Yossarian Speaks
This webquest uses a great website that has put some World War II yearbooks online. I designed some questions to go along with it. This lesson was really powerful. Seeing the numbers of actual students and alumni that were killed in the war was a
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Webquests
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By Yossarian Speaks
First day powerpoint presentation for a U.S. history class. Covers the convergence of Africa, Europe and North American societies in 1492 and includes many examples of cultural influence. There is a lot of information here, it can easily be used
Subjects:
U.S. History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
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PowerPoint Presentations
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught Social Studies and English in a variety of capacities, from the Junior College level to Alternatie Education. I taught for several years in a Court and Community School system, working with at-risk youth and students on probation. In alternative education I taught reading intervention, history, literature and any other subject they needed. I have taught college prep, intro classes and remedial English classes. In addition to my secondary experience, I have also served as an instructor at Mendocino College for the last seven years, teaching survey courses in U.S. History and also a standalone Native American History class. Short list of courses I've taught. I consider breadth and cross-curricular lesson design to be very important. American Institutions/Civics Gardening Art Earth Science Pre-Algebra U.S. History Mock Trial World History College level Early/Modern U.S. History Leadership Consumer Math Character-Based Literacy ELA Remedial English (Phonics and Fluency) Reading Intervention 21st Century Skills College Level Native American History

MY TEACHING STYLE

High-energy and academically rigorous curriculum and informed by the Common Core State Standards. I rely on fundamental social science reading skills and literacy in my classes at every level. I support the literacy-based instruction with interactive activities, engaging powerpoint presentations and thoughtful teacher-led discussions of historical topics. Using music and sound is a favorite strategy of mine. I use a lot of visual material, especially political cartoons. During my time in Alternative Education I picked up many strategies to engage hard to reach students. I grew up in a working-class family, so I try to bring high-level academic discourse to class and make it accessible to all students. I have been training in the Common Core and appropriate reading strategies over the last few years. I have also taken up leadership positions regarding assessments, support systems and literacy. Currently I am in the process of completely integrating my curriculum with a classroom set of Chromebooks, so I will be uploading more material soon.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Education Association Representative for California Teachers Association, Washington D.C., Summer 2016 Gilder Lehrman Institute Summer Teacher Seminar, Native American History, Dartmouth College, Summer 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended Ukiah High School in Ukiah, CA. From there I studied at Mendocino Junior College, receiving an Associates' Degrees in English and Psychology. I transferred to U.C. Berkeley, and eventually ended up graduating from Sonoma State University after children were born with a BA in History. I continued my academic career at SSU, getting a Master's in History and a Secondary Teaching Credential in Social Science. I also have received training in reading intervention, Character-Based Literacy and have a VPSS (math) credential and a California Clear Credential, and have completed BTSA.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have published several academic papers, and have specialties in oral history, Modern U.S. and Modern European history and Native American history. I think all the disciplines are part of one larger branch of human knowledge, and I try to connect them as much as possible in my classes to support the whole student. I am a family man and my favorite book is Catch-22.

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