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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 - Hidden Figures - Civil Rights & Cold War

Movies 4 Social Studies - Hidden Figures - Civil Rights & Cold War

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.
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Black History Month Bundle

Black History Month Bundle

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.
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Video Activity:  Forrest Gump

Video Activity: Forrest Gump

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.
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Movie Activity:  Red Tails

Movie Activity: Red Tails

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.
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Similes in History Activity:  Great Depression & New Deal

Similes in History Activity: Great Depression & New Deal

The Similes in History strategy will challenge your student’s creativity while requiring them to demonstrate content knowledge. In this literacy activity, students must document their learning by constructing seven similes that touch upon the Great Depression & New Deal. All literacy strategies can easily be aligned to CCSS. You can assign or students can decide the topics. This activity can be done individually, with partners or groups, or split between both to encourage collaboration. It includes a brief 10 minute video clip explaining what a simile is, directions, examples, and an answer template for students to record their creativity. This activity serves as a great non-traditional assessment piece. It usually takes me one (50 minute) class period and every time it is used several students amaze me with the creative examples they generate. They will do the same for you too!
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Movie Activity:  Mr. Holland's Opus

Movie Activity: Mr. Holland's Opus

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.
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Movies for Social Studies:  Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Movies for Social Studies: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

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
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Movies 4 Social Studies - Inside Out - Emotions, Personality, & Behavior - Psychology

Movies 4 Social Studies - Inside Out - Emotions, Personality, & Behavior - Psychology

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.
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Map Activity -  Imperialism

Map Activity - Imperialism

Have your students chart the growth of America as a world power! This activity will engage your students as they research territorial acquisitions from 1870 to 1930. The printable worksheet is set up so students can record their findings and once finished, plot the new territories on a world map. Map is also included.
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Movie Activity:  The Ernest Green Story

Movie Activity: The Ernest Green Story

Do you want to bring a historic period or event to life? Let Hollywood help. The Ernest Green Story is rated PG and is a film that follows the story of the Little Rock Nine as they become the first students to integrate a high school in the south. Students will enjoy seeing the style of dress and the cars. They will also become keenly aware of the courage and bravery it took to end segregation. 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 30 questions that guide your students through the action. You will have to purchase the movie.
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Map Activity:  World War II (D-Day & Operation Torch)

Map Activity: World War II (D-Day & Operation Torch)

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.
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Movies 4 Social Studies - The Butler - Spans Many Historic Periods

Movies 4 Social Studies - The Butler - Spans Many Historic Periods

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
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Imperialism - Close and Critical Reading Activity

Imperialism - Close and Critical Reading Activity

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 describes the why America became involved with imperialism. This lesson is conducted in three parts: read prompts/highlight article, revisit prompts to discuss or correct any errors, and assess. The assessment for this activity is to create a graph using a table of data and brief paragraph. 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, brief assessment, answer key, and a video tutorial demonstrating how the activity is to be conducted.
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Movie Activity:  Apollo 13

Movie Activity: Apollo 13

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.
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Movie Activity:  The Grapes of Wrath

Movie Activity: The Grapes of Wrath

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.
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Guided Reading & Notes:  Introduction to Sociology

Guided Reading & Notes: Introduction to Sociology

Give your students an opportunity to gain prerequisite understanding. This activity will help students frame the topics that are associated with the study of sociology. Students are asked to read from a resource and analyze some interesting statistics. After, or as they read, students will pull key information from the resource and record it on to a notes template. Everything you need is included with this lesson: directions, resource link, and a notes template. This activity aligns easily to CCSS and is conducted in a way that allows for all students to be successful.
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LINK Activity:  Progressive Era & Social Issues

LINK Activity: Progressive Era & Social Issues

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.
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You Make the Read - Causes of WWI

You Make the Read - Causes of WWI

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.
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