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Classroom-tested, teacher-friendly history lessons and teacher tools. Specializing in creative primary source analysis. Happy teaching!

Classroom-tested, teacher-friendly history lessons and teacher tools. Specializing in creative primary source analysis. Happy teaching!
Berlin Wall: A World Divided - Video Questions
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Berlin Wall: A World Divided - Video Questions

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This Video Guide is meant to accompany the excellent PBS documentary called The Wall: A World Divided. Files include printable copy of video guide, as well as link to Google Doc which can be copied and/or edited. The approximately one-hour video explains the split between East/West Berlin, the building of the wall, life in Berlin, and the fall. Included many first-hand interviews.
Marx - Communist Manifesto Primary Source Activity Pack
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Marx - Communist Manifesto Primary Source Activity Pack

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This primary source activity pack gives students multiple ways to analyze Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Manifesto of the Communist Party. Students will read selected excerpts and can use multiple History Made Fresh strategies, such as Primary Source Ninja to identify broader themes within the document, and Prove It or Lose It to test claims made about the document for validity. Both strategies give purpose to student reading and writing with the goal of increasing understanding and demonstrating mastery. Also included is a bonus activity for analyzing Marx and Engels’ “Ten Conditions” for communism. These activities are classroom tested.
Industrial Revolution - Child Labor: Primary Source Activity Pack
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Industrial Revolution - Child Labor: Primary Source Activity Pack

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This primary source activity pack gives students multiple ways to analyze the testimony of textile mill-worker William Cooper before a Parliamentary committee investigating child labor during the early Industrial Revolution in Britain. Students will read the testimony and can use multiple History Made Fresh strategies, such as Primary Source Ninja to identify broader themes within the document, and Prove It or Lose It to test claims made about the document for validity. Both strategies give purpose to student reading and writing with the goal of increasing understanding and demonstrating mastery. These activities are classroom tested.
United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Primary Source Activity Pack
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United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Primary Source Activity Pack

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Teaching about the United Nations? This collection of primary source analysis activities gives teachers a variety of activities to help students dig into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. History Made Fresh strategies such as Primary Source Ninja, Prove It or Lose It, and the Reading Frame are included. These can be used in class, at home, or as a simple plan for a substitute. Each activity encourages reading for understanding and prepares students for an extended writing activity or presentation. These activities are classroom tested.
Ancient Greece: Pericles' Funeral Oration Analysis Activity
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Ancient Greece: Pericles' Funeral Oration Analysis Activity

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This activity is meant to give students experience interacting with and interpreting a primary source that demonstrates the beginnings of democratic thought in Ancient Greece. This makes an especially good activity early in the school year, but could be used any time. Students read each excerpt, and - with the help of the teacher, a dictionary, or the internet - interpret the meaning of Pericles’ speech. They are then required to condense their interpretation into a four-word summary. Works great as a discussion-based activity or individual work. This lesson is classroom tested and fully customizable.
French Monarchy, Absolutism, and Divine Right of Kings - Primary Source Activity Pack
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French Monarchy, Absolutism, and Divine Right of Kings - Primary Source Activity Pack

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Explore the topic of Divine Right of Kings with this primary source activity pack. Students will get multiple ways to analyze a 1647 reading justifying absolute monarchy from King Louis XIV’s Bishop at Versailles. Students will read selected excerpts and can use multiple History Made Fresh strategies, such as Primary Source Ninja to identify broader themes within the document, and Prove It or Lose It to test claims made about the document for validity. Both strategies give purpose to student reading and writing with the goal of increasing understanding and demonstrating mastery. These activities are classroom tested.
Reading With Purpose: Prove It or Lose It
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Reading With Purpose: Prove It or Lose It

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Prove It or Lose It is like a utility knife that can be used and adapted to any reading content. History teachers can use it to encourage deep reading of a primary source or textbook. English teachers can use it to encourage critical reading of a short story or non-fiction article. The possibilities are endless! The teacher picks the reading, populates true and false claims that students will seek to either prove or disprove depending on what they learn while they read. This is meant to be presented in a fun way and works great as either individual or group work. Students can use their Prove It or Lose It work as the basis for a persuasive speech, an argumentative essay, or as a silent debate. Files are fully editable so that teachers can fine-tune to their topic du jour. It also can work great as an emergency sub plan.
World War I - Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points Speech - Close Reading Activity
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World War I - Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points Speech - Close Reading Activity

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This close reading activity is designed to enable students to dissect and understand the complex text of Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points speech. It is fully editable, allowing the teacher to customize the degree of scaffolding used to match the needs of the students. The lesson fits well within the context of a larger unit on World War One and could be used for either World History or U.S. History classes. Files Included: -Lesson plan -Student handout Standards Addressed: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.4 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.10 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2.B
Economics: Current News Portfolio
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Economics: Current News Portfolio

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Integrate current news into your semester-long high school economics course with this teacher-tested project. Encourage students to read and write about a wide variety of economics-related current events. Files are fully editable so that you can customize for your course.
The Reading Frame - A History Teacher's Best Friend
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The Reading Frame - A History Teacher's Best Friend

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No more hunting for answers without reading. Read for understanding with the History Made Fresh Reading Frame. A go-to reading strategy that goes along with nearly any history textbook. Depending on the publisher’s layout, students can either approach reading a textbook section to answer a Focus Question with a thesis and evidence to back it up, or they can read with the goal of proving the author’s stated thesis. Master file included so that the Reading Frame can be edited to match your history textbook. This lesson is classroom tested.
Gandhi Letter - To Every Englishman in India -  Primary Source Activity Pack
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Gandhi Letter - To Every Englishman in India - Primary Source Activity Pack

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This collection of primary source analysis activities gives teachers a variety of activities to help students dig into the letter written by Gandhi in 1920 titled To Every Englishman in India. History Made Fresh strategies such as Primary Source Ninja, Prove It or Lose It, and the Reading Frame are included. These can be used in class, at home, or as a simple plan for a substitute. Each activity encourages reading for understanding and prepares students for an extended writing activity or presentation. These activities are classroom tested.
First Day of School - People BINGO
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First Day of School - People BINGO

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This first-day activity is great way to start the school year in a fun and welcoming way. Students get to move around the room, meet new people, strategize their game, and share about themselves. The teacher has an opportunity to observe their new students interacting and can even play along too. This game board is oriented toward high school, but it can be edited for any level. Includes editable spreadsheet so that you can personalize for your own classroom.
Paternalism in the Age of Imperialism: Lesson and Primary Source Activity
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Paternalism in the Age of Imperialism: Lesson and Primary Source Activity

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This lesson teaches students the concept of Paternalism, as it was a commonly held belief and motivator during the Age of Imperialism in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Students will first learn the concept through a short, focused PowerPoint slide set. They will analyze two visual sources (a political cartoon, and a newspaper advertisement) at the end of the presentation. Then, students will read Rudyard Kipling’s poem The White Man’s Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands. Students will analyze the poem using the Primary Source Ninja strategy pioneered by History Made Fresh. This lesson is classroom tested and the slideshow is fully customizable.
Back To School: Get To Know Me
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Back To School: Get To Know Me

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Get to know your students with this worksheet of sixteen ice-breaking sentence starters. This is a classroom-tested, fully editable activity that is ready for your students. Included are a printable pdf, and an editable .doc file
Special Education Collaboration Form
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Special Education Collaboration Form

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This form is meant to increase communication between General Education teachers and Special Education case managers. It is a game-changer for increasing the coordination and care of students with an IEP. Three fully customizable forms print per page. Easy for teachers to fill out and slip into co-worker's box, or copy and paste into an email.
Tracking Economic Data - Weekly Activity
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Tracking Economic Data - Weekly Activity

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This weekly activity allows students to measure and analyze changes in financial markets and economic data on both a short and long-term basis. It was created for the semester long Economics class commonly taught in United States’ high schools, but could be modified for longer/shorter duration – or location. The file is fully customizable. Students will look at trends and gain fluency with oft-referenced measures of economic status. It also provides a regular classroom structure for building understanding of macroeconomic principles throughout the course.
Primary Source Ninja - World History
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Primary Source Ninja - World History

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It’s flexible, powerful, compact, and can help you in a pinch – Primary Source Ninja to the rescue! This versatile primary source analysis tool is designed to deeply engage students in close reading, evidence-backed writing, and personal reflection through the lens of six themes of world history (Power, Conflict, Cooperation, Morality, Innovation, Exploitation). This CCSS oriented analysis framework can be applied to any historical document and is meant to be used and re-used throughout the year with different sources so that students gain comfort with their ability to independently read, analyze, and write about history. The Primary Source Ninja neatly fits on one page, so a primary source reading can be copied on the other side. After students gain comfort with the assignment, it can be easily assigned for homework, or used as a go-to sub plan. The Ninja can also serve as a basis for theme-based projects and formative assessments. Comes with editable file so you can adjust to your liking.
Primary Source Ninja - Combo Pack (U.S. & World History)
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Primary Source Ninja - Combo Pack (U.S. & World History)

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It’s flexible, powerful, compact, and can help you in a pinch – Primary Source Ninja to the rescue! This versatile primary source analysis tool is designed to deeply engage students in close reading, evidence-backed writing, and personal reflection through the lens of historical themes specific to U.S. and World History. This CCSS oriented analysis framework can be applied to any historical document and is meant to be used and re-used throughout the year with different sources so that students gain comfort with their ability to independently read, analyze, and write about history. The Primary Source Ninja neatly fits on one page, so a primary source reading can be copied on the other side. After students gain comfort with the assignment, it can be easily assigned for homework, or used as a go-to sub plan. The Ninja can also serve as a basis for theme-based projects and formative assessments. Comes with editable file so you can adjust to your liking.
Reading and Writing Strategies for History
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Reading and Writing Strategies for History

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Tired of the traditional Q&A worksheet? This bundle features three signature strategies from History Made Fresh. Each strategy is designed to analyze either primary or secondary historical readings by promoting critical thinking, evidence usage, and organizational structure. All three strategies can be applied to any historical era and are provided in customizable filetypes.