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Experience: I am a secondary history/social science teacher. I obtained my California Secondary Teaching Credential in 1996. Subjects Taught include: 7th grade World History, 8th grade U.S. History, 9th grade Honors World History, 10th grade World History, 11th grade U.S. History, 12th grade Civics, 12th grade Economics, 12th grade online Civics, Adult Ed. ESL Citizenship Class. I am currently teaching 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade Civics. Teaching Style: I teach in an urban community

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Experience: I am a secondary history/social science teacher. I obtained my California Secondary Teaching Credential in 1996. Subjects Taught include: 7th grade World History, 8th grade U.S. History, 9th grade Honors World History, 10th grade World History, 11th grade U.S. History, 12th grade Civics, 12th grade Economics, 12th grade online Civics, Adult Ed. ESL Citizenship Class. I am currently teaching 11th grade U.S. History and 12th grade Civics. Teaching Style: I teach in an urban community
Getting to Know You – Six Square Activity
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Getting to Know You – Six Square Activity

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Getting to Know You – Six Square Activity This is a fun and cooperative activity to have your students participate in during the first week of school. Students are placed in groups of four and answer a series of questions about themselves. Topics include; family, personality, favorites, culture, dislikes and the future. Students roll a die to determine from which box and which question they answer. * 8-10 dice are required.
World War I Webquest "Battles and Fronts" (World History)
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World War I Webquest "Battles and Fronts" (World History)

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World War I Webquest "Battles and Fronts" (World History) Students will use the internet to search for information about the important battles and fronts of World War One. They will also analyze a primary source related to the Battle of Somme. Common Core aligned! The website is pbs.org/greatwar. Interactive maps are included. This 2-page analysis worksheet will take your students about 1 hour to complete.
Congressional Committees – Power Point Presentation and Internet Activity
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Congressional Committees – Power Point Presentation and Internet Activity

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Congressional Committees – Power Point Presentation and Internet Activity Students will be able to analyze the roles and responsibilities of congressional committee in this interesting and engaging lecture and activity. First students will complete a fill-in lecture notes template while learning about the committee system. This creative power point includes all directions, pictures, political cartoons, a film clip, pair-share and sentence frames. A review activity is included in which students will have to match the committee with a Bill. After the lecture the students will research a specific committee using the internet. They will then share their findings with their classmates in the activity, “Lines of Communication”. To assess their knowledge, students will complete several wrap-up questions. This purchase includes the following: 13-slide power point presentation instructions and review lecture 1-page Fill-in LECTURE NOTES Template 1-page REVIEW activity 2-page ACTIVITY: Congressional Committees (internet required) Link to YouTube film clip Objective: Students will be able to analyze the unique roles and responsibilities of Congressional Committees by completing “Lines of Communication”.
FREE! Historical Thinking Skills Chart
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FREE! Historical Thinking Skills Chart

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FREE! Historical Thinking Skills Chart is a great resource to teach your students how to "Think Like an Historian" when evaluating primary and secondary sources. Aligned with Common Core standards.
SMART Goal Setting and Time Management (Secondary)
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SMART Goal Setting and Time Management (Secondary)

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SMART Goal Setting and Time Management (Secondary) This is a 3-page guide to help your students create and accomplish their goals. It reviews the SMART system of goal setting, which I find is the most useful technique. Goal setting is a necessary skill that all students should know before graduating high school. This is useful for any secondary classroom. An inspirational power point presentation are included.
The Causes of the Great Depression DBQ (U.S. History)
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The Causes of the Great Depression DBQ (U.S. History)

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The Causes of the Great Depression DBQ (U.S. History) For this common-core aligned activity students will analyze primary and secondary sources to determine the causes of the Great Depression in the United States. First, students will read and answer critical-thinking questions to obtain historical context about the time period. They will then analyze several sources using a SOAPSTONE activity to determine the Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, and Tone of each source. With the information they learned, they will write a paragraph answering the essential question, “What was the Cause of the Great Depression” This purchase includes the following: 3-page Historical Context: The Great Depression Reading & Critical Thinking Questions 2-page SOAPSTONE document-based questions worksheet (key included) 1-page paragraph frame handout
Student Course Progress and Analysis Chart
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Student Course Progress and Analysis Chart

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Students will be able track their progress in your class by completing this useful 2-page Progress Chart. They will be able to track their grades for the state tests, benchmark exams, and unit tests. Every month they will update their progress and write down their analysis of their progress in the class. PDF and Word are included. Therefore, you can revise the chart if necessary. This is useful in any secondary classroom.
World War I - All Quiet on the Western Front PPT Introduction & Film Questions
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World War I - All Quiet on the Western Front PPT Introduction & Film Questions

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World War I - All Quiet on the Western Front PPT Introduction & Film Questions This purchase includes a power point presentation introducing the famous anti-war novel & film, “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. Five film clips are included to give the students an introduction to World War I and the book itself. A corresponding worksheet helps the students write down the key ideas and includes three quotes from the book to analyze. A 1-page film guide is also included. So whether you are an English teacher having your students read the book, or a history teacher having your students watch the film, this purchase will help your students understand why this was the most famous anti-war book in history. This purchase includes the following: 13-slide power point presentation introduction (film clips are included) 1-page questions & quote analysis activity introduction (key included) 1 page Film Questions “All Quiet on the Western Front” (key included)
Cornell Notes & Learning Logs- Teacher and Student Instructions Presentation (Template & Rubric)
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Cornell Notes & Learning Logs- Teacher and Student Instructions Presentation (Template & Rubric)

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Cornell Notes & Learning Logs- Teacher and Student Instructions Presentation (Template & Rubric) The Cornell Notes & Learning Logs- Teacher Instructions Power Point Presentation is for teachers to learn how to use Cornell notes and learning logs in the classroom. It also includes a presentation for the teacher to teach the students how to create Cornell Notes. This can be used for any course or subject. This purchase includes the following: • 27 slide Power Point: Cornell Notes & Learning Logs for the Classroom (Teacher Instructions) • 8-slide Power Point: Student Instructions • 2-page Cornell Notes Template • Grading Rubric for Cornell Notes What are Cornell Notes? The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. Notes from a lecture or teaching are written in the note-taking column; notes usually consist of the main ideas of the text or lecture, and long ideas are paraphrased. Long sentences are avoided; symbols or abbreviations are used instead. These notes can be taken from any source of information, such as fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, lectures, text books, etc. After about 24 hours of taking the notes, the student taking the notes must revise and write questions and then the student writes a brief summary in the bottom five to seven lines of the page. This helps to increase understanding of the topic. When studying for either a test or quiz, the student has a concise but detailed and relevant record of previous classes. When reviewing the material, the student can cover up the note-taking (right) column to answer the questions/keywords in the key word or cue (left) column. The student is encouraged to reflect on the material and review the notes regularly.
The Electoral College Simulation Activity (Civics)
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The Electoral College Simulation Activity (Civics)

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The Electoral College Simulation Activity (Civics) This is an engaging activity simulates a mock Presidential election. Students will be able to really “see” how the Electoral College works and have fun in the process. All teacher preparation and student instructions are included. (This activity requires at least 8-10 dice which are NOT included). This purchase includes the following: 12-Slide power point with teacher and students directions 1-page Handout: Student Directions 1-page Electoral Map 2-page Electoral College Activity Tally Sheet Objective: Students will be able to understand how the Electoral College System works by completing a simulation activity.
Stalin’s Rise to Power Lecture, Graphic Organizer & Sensory Figure
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Stalin’s Rise to Power Lecture, Graphic Organizer & Sensory Figure

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Stalin’s Rise to Power Lecture, Graphic Organizer & Sensory Figure Newly revised! This detailed power point presentation reviews Stalin’s rise to power in the Soviet Union and the key aspects of his Totalitarian state. As a warm-up activity, students will watch a film clip of Soviet propaganda and answer critical thinking questions. Students will then take notes on the Cornell Notes template and complete a graphic organizer while watching a film clip on Stalin’s Totalitarian state. To assess their knowledge they will complete a sensory figure of Stalin. This presentation includes pictures, film clips, animation, propaganda posters, etc. This purchase includes the following:  21-slide power point presentation instructions & lecture  2-page Cornell Notes Template  1-page graphic organizer: Stalin’s Totalitarian State  1-page Sensory Figure: Stalin  Film Clip: Stalin Soviet Propaganda  Film Clip: Stalin Objective: Students will be able to trace Stalin’s rise to power and analyze his political policies in the Soviet Union under a Totalitarian state by completing a sensory figure. CA Standard: Trace Stalin's rise to power in the Soviet Union and the connection between economic policies, political policies, the absence of a free press, and systematic violations of human rights (e.g., the Terror Famine in Ukraine).
Cold War- BUILD A BOMB SHELTER Activity & Informational Video – The Arms Race
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Cold War- BUILD A BOMB SHELTER Activity & Informational Video – The Arms Race

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Cold War- BUILD A BOMB SHELTER Activity & Informational Video – The Arms Race This a fun and engaging activity when teaching about the arms race during the Cold War. Students will begin by reading and watching an informational (1950’s) film clip about how to create a bomb shelter and then they will create their own by designing their shelter and listing the items they will bring. Fun!
World War II Causes – Primary Source Analysis Activity BUNDLE
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World War II Causes – Primary Source Analysis Activity BUNDLE

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World War II Causes – Primary Source Analysis Activity Students will be able to understand the causes of World War II by analyzing several primary sources (political cartoons, speeches, radio-addresses, charts, graphs, etc.) Several documents are included. Pick and choose which documents work best with your class. This purchase includes the following: 2-page worksheet: Causes of WWII – Appeasement, Isolationism, Domestic Distractions. (students will analyze charts and graphs from the Great Depression to understand how appeasement and isolationism caused WWII) 2-page worksheet: SOAPSTONE: The Appeasement of Hitler (students will analyze multiple sources to understand the appeasement of Hitler) 2-page worksheet: SOAPSTONE: The Appeasement of Hitler (for English Language Learners and Special-Ed students) Note: SOAPSTONE is a primary source analysis strategy (find the Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone) and a list of questions related to each source.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Jigsaw -  Print or Google Drive!
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Jigsaw - Print or Google Drive!

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In this student-centered activity students will analyze the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Students can work in groups, pairs or individually. A two-page analysis worksheet (both print and Google Drive) and the entire Civil Rights Act document is included. Perfect activity when teaching the Civil Rights Movement in your U.S. History class! Print or Google Drive!
Federalists V Anti-Federalists Group Project and Review Game  (U.S. History)
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Federalists V Anti-Federalists Group Project and Review Game (U.S. History)

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Federalists V Anti-Federalists Group Project and Review Game Your students will be challenged with this fun and creative activity. Students will work with groups to create a project about the either the Federalists or Anti-Federalists. They will then complete an engaging gallery walk of the projects while completing the corresponding Venn diagram. You can then check their comprehension of what they learned by completing the fun and interactive game: "Quote Smack Down". As a formative assessment students complete a paragraph summary explaining the differences between the groups. A paragraph template with sentence frames is provided to help struggling writers. This purchase includes the following: 1) A detailed lesson plan 2) 45-slide power point presentation: Directions and Review Game: "Quote Smack Down" 3) 1-page student worksheet Venn diagram 4) Readings: Federalist V Anti-Federalists, Federalists, Anti-Federalists 5) Student Directions and Grading Rubric 6) 2-page paragraph summary template 7) links to a Film clip: Federalists v Anti-Federalists
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Film Questions (Civics)
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Film Questions (Civics)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Film Questions (Civics) This purchase includes a 2-page worksheet of 15 questions related to the film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). This is a great film to show to your U.S. Government class. Film Synopsis: Starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. Topics depicted in the movie: The Legislative Branch, How a bill becomes a law, Congressional leadership, filibuster, political corruption.
Apartheid in South Africa Web Quest with QR Codes - Print and Digital
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Apartheid in South Africa Web Quest with QR Codes - Print and Digital

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Students will learn about apartheid in South Africa by completing an engaging Web Quest. Students will browse specific internet sites to find the answers to 25 questions. Students will read secondary sources, analyze primary sources, listen to a speech and watch a film clip. Students can use the internet using a computer, chrome book, etc or follow the QR codes with their smart phone to obtain the information. Includes both print and digital (Google Drive) versions. Suggestions: • Have the students bring ear buds so not distract other students when listening to the media • Have students download a QR code app if they are going to be using their smart phone • If using chrome books you may want to copy and paste the links to the websites onto your school or classroom website • This can also be assigned as homework if your classroom does not have internet access.