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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:-)
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 - The Lost Battalion - WWI
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Movies 4 Social Studies - The Lost Battalion - WWI

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Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. The Lost Battalion is rated PG and is a film is a fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I. Students will enjoy seeing how the soldiers were outfitted but be shocked by the brutality of trench warfare. They will also become keenly aware of the courage and bravery it took to fight in WWI. 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 a movie review, an answer key, and 27 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
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
Alike But Different:  Governing Styles During WWII
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Alike But Different: Governing Styles During WWII

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The Alike but Different strategy will help your students organize their thoughts and information concerning different points of comparison. In this literacy activity, students are given a brief article and a table of information that describes: Democracy, Communism, Fascism, and Nazism. For your visual learners, I have also included a 10 minute video clip comparing governing styles. Using the Alike but Different answer template, your students will record similarities and differences concerning governing styles of countries during World War II. The activity ends with a writing prompt that encourages persuasive writing and the use of the information they organized on the template. Use the writing samples for your formative assessment. This activity usually takes me three (50 minute) class periods. You will find yourself using this template when comparing anything in your class.
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.
LINK:  Japanese Internment
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LINK: Japanese Internment

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Are you teaching about World War II? Do you need a resource to help students explore the Japanese American Internment? 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.
Movie Activity:  Avalon
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Movie Activity: Avalon

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Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. Avalon is rated PG and is a great film that follows the story of immigrant Sam Krichinsky from his arrival in America (1914) to the post World War II era. Students will enjoy seeing the style of dress, the cars, trollies, the excitement of the first televisions, and the migration of people out of the cities and into the suburbs. 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 27 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
Notes:  The Social Toll of the Great Depression
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Notes: The Social Toll of the Great Depression

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Give your students an opportunity to gain prerequisite understanding. This activity will help students frame the issues surrounding the social consequences of the Great Depression. Students are asked to read an article, view a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, and analyze some interesting statistics related to the Great Depression. After or as they read, students will pull key information from the resources and record it on to a notes template. Everything you need is included with this lesson: directions, article, and a notes template. This activity aligns easily to CCSS and is conducted in a way that allows for all students to be successful.
Project Sociology:  Public Service Announcement (Education)
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Project Sociology: Public Service Announcement (Education)

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Try this student-centered project to let your students document the importance of education. Here is the backdrop: You and your advertising firm has just been awarded a contract from the Department of Education (State of Michigan) to create a new commercial that will persuade teens to stay in school. It is your goal to be convincing to a teen audience; while at the same time making it tasteful enough to represent the State of Michigan. Producing short videos (for free) 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 relevant to education but you can easily edit in any content to suit your needs. I have included everything you will need to coach your students through the process: specific instructions, examples, and a rubric.
Project Animoto:  Economics
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Project Animoto: Economics

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Producing short videos (for free) 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 relevant to Economics 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. 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.
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.
Project - Word Cloud
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Project - Word Cloud

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Turn any vocab assignment into an authentic, creative endeavor. Project word cloud incorporates 21st century skills and can be applied to any subject. This quick project will allow you to provide the scaffolding that takes your students from vocab to creative. Be prepared to show off some great student creations!
Black History Month Bundle
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Black History Month Bundle

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I have designed this bundle for you at a great savings. It includes five movies that focus on defining events of the 20th century and how African-Americans played a role in each of them. In addition, I have also included a culminating project that could be used as a creative assessment to document your student's learning.
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.
Wordsort Activity:  Globalization
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Wordsort Activity: Globalization

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A wordsort is an organizational strategy that learners will love (view this http://goo.gl/kHJVMD). This literacy building strategy begins with the reading of an article (included) about Globalization. After reading, students are given a number of terms and phrases that must be organized to demonstrate an understanding of the content. They use what they know and the article to sort the words and phrases from general to specific. An answer template is included. The activity ends with students documenting their learning on a pre-designed template (also included). Also included is a brief graphing exercise and an area to summarize what has been learned as a formative assessment. The wordsort activity has everything you will need. This is a great two day lesson and I have also included a brief video tutorial to guide you through the process. To save you more time, an answer template is also part of this package.
Close and Critical Reading:  America's Industrial Revolution
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Close and Critical Reading: America's Industrial Revolution

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How do you teach reading in the content area? This popular question is answered by explaining how to do the Close and Critical Reading Activity. It is an engaging lesson from my literacy series and it is also referred to as Guided Highlighted Reading. This activity applies to key events that describe the factors of the American Industrial Revolution. This lesson is conducted in three parts: read prompts/highlight article, revisit prompts to discuss or correct any errors, and assess (ten question quiz). All parts can be done in one traditional class period. It has been a class favorite since it was started. Except for the highlighters, this item includes everything you will need: the teacher read prompts, article for students, quiz for students, answer key, and a video tutorial demonstrating how the activity is to be conducted. This activity also aligns easily to CCSS.
Historic Fiction Activity:  The Great Depression
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Historic Fiction Activity: The Great Depression

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Incorporate writing into your classes in a way that students will love. This student favorite is called the Historic Fiction project. The activity allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of a historic topic while using their creativity to put a fictional twist on an article they will author. An image will spark the process:-) This activity includes everything you will need: directions, rubric, answer/article template, and supporting images (all from the public domain). Check out some of the creative endeavors coming out of my classroom on Twitter @tlc34e or on my website: www.tlc34e.webs.com.
Project Mixbook:  The Civil Right Movement
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Project Mixbook: The Civil Right Movement

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Mixbook is a free program that will allow your students to create and author their first digital publication. Please check out this example: http://goo.gl/87x8d3 Giving your students an opportunity to become an author 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 Civil Rights Movement 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.
You Make the Read:  Holocaust
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You Make the Read: Holocaust

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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, links to (2) bonus video clips, and an answer key.
Movies 4 Social Studies - Selma - Civil Rights Movement
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Movies 4 Social Studies - Selma - Civil Rights Movement

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Do you want to bring several historic periods and many events to life through the character of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Dr. King was the most widely known Civil Right leader of his time. In Selma, he leads efforts regarding voter registration and the right to vote. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Selma is rated PG-13 and is a movie that address an event during the Civil Rights Movement. It is a create compliment to your U.S. History course curriculum. This lesson connects your students to history with Martin as their guide. This lesson includes an answer key and 32 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/tt1020072/ 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 TES link on your Facebook! Thanks, Mike Ward