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You can use them, right now, today. The History Dr's lesson plans were tested for more than 30 years in my classroom, in which students were encouraged, even required, to play active roles in their learning. They are all experiential and interactive. Your students will do history; not passively watch videos or lectures and answer questions from a textbook.
Watch your classroom comes alive with the most pressing issues of American history as students assume historical identities and contest the issues. Your students will become the primary actors in the class. You will love teaching these classes.
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A Nation or a League? Jackson Faces Nullification, 18326 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
A Republican Campaign Leaflet
This four-day lesson plan will turn your classroom into the Headquarters of the fledgling Republican Party as you seek to establish your platform and have your candidate prevail over the Democrat in the 1856 election. With tension and hostility growing between North and South, there is growing danger of civil war. Can your candidate unite the nation and keep the peace? This lesson specifies learning outcomes, activities and procedures and a grading rubric. Suggested time: 4-6 class periods.9 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
Dear Abby from “Confused in Kansas”10 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
Life on the Home Front, 1942-1945
Role play, followed by an analytical writing exercise about Civil Rights in wartime, Life on the Home Front helps kids look at Japanese internment from multiple perspectives. This two-day activity includes 17 identities from which to analyze the events and compare them to other historical parallels.6 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
Rate The Colony, 1750
Which colonial region in the 1700s had the most to offer potential immigrants from Europe? Turn your classroom into a tension-filled conference to find out! Students will experience superior self-directed inquiry, create compelling public orations, work and solve problems together, and explore the connections of past and present. The conference ends with a dramatic vote. Suggested time: 8 to 10 class periods18 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
Reconstruction Reunion, 1900
Did Reconstruction succeed or fail? Use the miracle of time-warp technology to debate the issues with leading figures of the day. This allows students to look at whether or not Reconstruction fulfilled the goals of the Civil War. Suggested time: 3-5 class periods.5 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount
Your students become KGB spies at the height of the Cold War. With FBI agents closing in, your student agents have time to transmit to Moscow only one of the stolen documents in their possession. Which one will it be?5 credits ⓘ Credits worth $1 each, buy more and get discount