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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.
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 - 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Map Activity:  World War I
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Map Activity: World War I

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!