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My name is Mike Ward and I am excited to share some of the activities that support my Template 4 Success philosophy. You can read more on my website and checkout some of my students work on Twitter. Feel free to reach out and collaborate:-)

My name is Mike Ward and I am excited to share some of the activities that support my Template 4 Success philosophy. You can read more on my website and checkout some of my students work on Twitter. Feel free to reach out and collaborate:-)
Movies 4 Social Studies - The Butler - Spans Many Historic Periods
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Movies 4 Social Studies - The Butler - Spans Many Historic Periods

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Do you want to bring several historic periods and many events to life through the character of Cecil Gains? Cecil Gaines served eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House. The civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. The Butler is rated PG-13 and is a film that touches upon many topics covered in a U.S. History course. This movie is used at the end of the semester as a review resource. This lesson connects your students to history with Cecil as their guide. My students love ending the year with this activity because it touches upon and ties together many of the events covered in class! This lesson includes an answer key and 40 questions that guide your students through the action. Questions are divided into three parts (days) with time built in to introduce or discuss. When shown in class, it takes three traditional (50 minute) classes. You will have to purchase the movie. Follow this link for a movie review: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327773/ If you purchase this activity, I can also send you an editable link so you can edit and revise this activity to meet your specific needs. You can also contact me for support or collaboration. Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com. Give it a try! Let me earn your business. Tell a friend or colleague. Tweet me! Review me! Put my TpT link on your Facebook! Thanks, Mike Ward
Movie Activity:  Mr. Holland's Opus
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Movie Activity: Mr. Holland's Opus

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This movie is used to reinforce the value of education and the power of caring teachers. I use it at the end of a unit in sociology pertaining to education. Your students will identify with at least one character in this movie and you might connect to Mr. Holland! This is a “Rocky” movie for teachers and can drive great classroom discussion about a variety of sociological topics. There are several pause points that will give you an opportunity to discuss and do some quick research. This lesson includes an answer key and 46 questions that guide your students through the action. Questions are divided into two parts, multiple choice and sequencing. When shown in class, it takes three traditional (50 minute) classes. You will have to purchase the movie.
Movies 4 Social Studies - Inside Out - Emotions, Personality, & Behavior - Psychology
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Movies 4 Social Studies - Inside Out - Emotions, Personality, & Behavior - Psychology

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Are you looking for an activity to help students make connections to your psychology unit on emotions and personality? Let Hollywood help. Inside Out is rated PG and is a great movie that focuses on emotions/personality and how they manifest into behavior. Students love this activity and this movie. As your students get to know the characters, you will have many opportunities to make many connections or refer back to their stories. This lesson includes a movie review, an answer key, and 30 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
Map Activity:  World War II (D-Day & Operation Torch)
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Map Activity: World War II (D-Day & Operation Torch)

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Have your students follow the action during World War II as the Allies try to regain control of Europe! This activity will engage your students with four maps that describes the fighting from North Africa to Italy to France. It also includes a YouTube clip to Saving Private Ryan (hitting the beaches) to build student interest. The printable worksheet is set up so students can record their findings on the handout or can respond via a bubble answer template to 10 questions. It is a great activity that emphasizes map skills while learning about history.
Movies 4 Social Studies - Hidden Figures - Civil Rights & Cold War
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Movies 4 Social Studies - Hidden Figures - Civil Rights & Cold War

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Hidden Figures centers on the struggles of three African-American women that worked for NASA during a pivotal time in American History. As you watch, you might find it interesting that as America struggles in the race to space, they also have many problems on earth with the topic of race. Hidden Figures is a great movie that touches upon many topics: American History Civil Rights Movement Race Gender Equity Cold War Race to Space Math Science Careers I use it in a U.S. History and Geography class but could substantiate using it in Psychology, Sociology, Math, or Science classes. This lesson includes a movie review (three days), an answer key, and 33 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie. Teacher Note: Students can identify with the young characters in this movie. The entertainment qualities of the movie also spark student interest. Leverage both to scaffold students into more complicated concepts in your course. The movie also serves as great background information that you can use as conversation starters in class. These conversations are the seeds of relationship building and help you make it more than a movie, you will make it memorable.
Movies for Social Studies:  Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
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Movies for Social Studies: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Build interest and engagement in any history class with Bill and Ted. These two high school seniors will take you and your students on a great adventure through time. Get ready for a little different setting when characters like Genghis Khan, Sigmund Freud, and Napoleon are brought into the modern age! My students love this activity and think yours will too. This lesson includes an answer key and 54 tasks that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie (rated PG). If you purchase this activity, I can also send you an editable link so you can edit and revise this activity to meet your specific needs. You can also contact me for support or collaboration. Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com. Give it a try! Let me earn your business. Tell a friend or colleague. Tweet me! Review me! Put my TpT link on your Facebook! Thanks, Mike Ward
Movie Activity:  The Grapes of Wrath
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Movie Activity: The Grapes of Wrath

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Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. The Grapes of Wrath is rated G and is a film that follows the story of the Joad family as they are removed from the family farm and struggle to make it during the Great Depression. Students will become keenly aware of the problems facing farmers during the depression. As your students get to know the characters, you will have many opportunities to make many connections and/or refer back to their stories. This lesson includes an answer key and 50 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
Movie Activity:  Apollo 13
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Movie Activity: Apollo 13

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Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. Apollo 13 is rated PG and is a film that follows the crew of the Apollo 13 space mission from training to space. After several critical mechanical failures, students will be on the edge of their seats wondering if the crew will make it back to earth . As your students get to know the characters, you will have many opportunities to make many connections and/or refer back to their stories. This lesson includes an answer key and 30 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
Movie Activity:  Red Tails
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Movie Activity: Red Tails

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Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. Red Tails is rated PG13 and is a great film that follows the story of some of the first African Americans to participate in combat during World War II. This movie will bring to life some of the struggles associated with fighting a war. As students get to know the characters, you will have many opportunities to make many connections or refer back to their stories. This lesson includes an answer key and 50 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie. The run time is 127 minutes.
Project FotoFlexer:  World War II Collage
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Project FotoFlexer: World War II Collage

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Editing images is a fun and engaging way for students to demonstrate their learning. This learning template can be used with any subject. lt emphasizes learning in the 21st century via content and creativity. It is pre-loaded with content that explores the causes of World War II in U.S. History but you can easily edit in any content to suit your needs. The activity guides your students by taking a simple three part approach: research, practice, and create. I have included everything you will need to coach your students through the process: specific instructions, examples, video tutorial, and a rubric. It even includes an element that addresses fair use and citations. This activity has been aligned to ISTE standards. It is a perfect fit for a Flipped or blended classroom because it can be designed to compliment your video/virtual instruction. It also provides a very strong advocacy piece to show off the knowledge and creativity of your students.
Video Activity:  Forrest Gump
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Video Activity: Forrest Gump

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Do you want to bring several historic periods and many events to life through a lovable fictional character named Forrest Gump? Let Hollywood help. Forrest Gump is rated PG-13 and is a film that touches upon many topics covered in a U.S. History course. This movie is used at the end of the semester as a review resource. This lesson connects your students to history with Forrest as their guide. There are several pause points that will give you an opportunity to discuss and do some quick research that is historically appropriate. My students love ending the year with this activity! This lesson includes an answer key and 29 questions that guide your students through the action. Questions are divided into two parts, multiple choice and sequencing. When shown in class, it takes three traditional (50 minute) classes. You will have to purchase the movie.
Unit Plan - Reviewing US History - the beginning to 1877
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Unit Plan - Reviewing US History - the beginning to 1877

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This all-inclusive unit is used to start a U.S. History Course and is aligned to the Michigan High School Content Expectations for Social Studies. It is free because I want you to see the quality of my lessons. For a more detailed description, read this document: http://goo.gl/sRR5FT. In this unit, students review major topics from Native America to Reconstruction. Content is presented to students using the TLC3 for E philosophy. Over 20 years of teaching students from all walks of life has led me to a unique philosophy called TLC3 for E. My philosophy leverages Technology, Literacy, Content, Curriculum, and Creativity for Educators seeking to give all students every opportunity to be successful. It blends a standards-based approach with authentic learning experiences to engage students and encourage lifelong learning. To learn more, follow this link: http://goo.gl/sRR5FT.
You Make the Read - Causes of WWI
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You Make the Read - Causes of WWI

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Do you need another approach to teaching reading in the content area? If so, I have just the activity for you. You Make the Read is a quick activity that emphasizes literacy and writing while learning about course content. It can be completed in one 50 minute period. First, students read the passage/article included in this lesson and they will write “yes” or “no” questions that focus upon the most important parts of the article. Next, students are given time to quiz each other (using the questions they have developed) before facing off against the champ…..you the teacher! The teacher finishes the activity by reading students his/her questions. Students can use the questions they made, not the article, to help answers the questions you read them. This engaging lesson from my literacy series is always a lot of fun and part of every unit. Everything you need is included with this lesson: directions, article, quiz questions, and an answer key.
You Make the Read - The Great Depression & Hoover's Response
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You Make the Read - The Great Depression & Hoover's Response

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Do you need another approach to teaching reading in the content area? If so, I have just the activity for you. You Make the Read is a quick activity that emphasizes literacy and writing while learning about course content. It can be completed in one 50 minute period. First, students read the passage/article included in this lesson and they will write “yes” or “no” questions that focus upon the most important parts of the article. Next, students are given time to quiz each other (using the questions they have developed) before facing off against the champ…..you the teacher! The teacher finishes the activity by reading students his/her questions. Students can use the questions they made, not the article, to help answers the questions you read them. This engaging lesson from my literacy series is always a lot of fun and part of every unit. Everything you need is included with this lesson:-)
Map Activity - WWI
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Map Activity - WWI

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Have your students follow the action as World War I rages throughout Europe! This activity will engage your students with an interactive map (linked to web) that describes the fighting from the beginning of the conflict, to the end. The printable worksheet is set up so students can record their findings. Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com. Give it a try! Let me earn your business. Tell a friend or colleague. Tweet me! Review me!
U.S. History Syllabus
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U.S. History Syllabus

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Need some more time to start the school year? Have you just been assigned to teach a new class. Are you a new teacher? Let me write your syllabus for you. This is my syllabus to start the year. It describes expectations, resources, contact information, and topics to be studied. Also, it includes a welcome back video. Students usually read my syllabus and then reply to a set of questions (designed using a Google Form). Since it is suited for me, I would be a happy to send you an editable copy so you can suit it to your needs. Your students and their parents will be impressed. Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com.
LINK - The Dust Bowl During the Great Depression
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LINK - The Dust Bowl During the Great Depression

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Are you teaching about the Great Depression? Do you need a resource to help students learn about the Dust Bowl? Let me help you with an engaging lesson from my literacy series. It is called LINK and it is conducted in four part: List, Inquire, Notes, and Know. All parts can be done in one traditional class period or assigned as homework. It has been a class favorite since it was started. If you can think, you can LINK, and that don’t stink:-) This item includes the LINK lesson, including a brief supporting article, and a video tutorial demonstrating how the activity is to be conducted. It also includes two links to bonus videos that will help this natural disaster come to life visually.
LINK Activity:  Progressive Era & Social Issues
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LINK Activity: Progressive Era & Social Issues

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Are you teaching about the progressive movement? Do you need a resource to help students explore social issues? Let me help you with an engaging lesson from my literacy series. It is called LINK and it is conducted in four part: List, Inquire, Notes, and Know. All parts can be done in one traditional class period or assigned as homework. It has been a class favorite since it was started. If you can think, you can LINK, and that don’t stink! This item includes the LINK lesson, including a brief supporting article, and a video tutorial demonstrating how the activity is to be conducted. It also includes a link to a bonus video that illustrates the battle between Capital and Labor.
Movies 4 Social Studies - Mongol - History
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Movies 4 Social Studies - Mongol - History

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Bring to life the historic legend of Genghis Khan with the movie, Mongol! Follow his early life from childhood to adulthood as he unites all Mongol tribes into one of the fiercest dynasties of antiquity. This lesson includes an introduction passage, an answer key and 33 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie. Also, for this movie your students will have to read subtitles to understand what is happening. I find it intriguing that the subtitles engage students more than simply listening. Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com. Give it a try! Thanks, Mike Ward