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Teaching History Creatively!

I am on my 20th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.

I am on my 20th year of teaching. I am so excited to share my creative student centered experiences with others! I love to rock out the classroom! I have taught everything from Geography, Free Enterprise, English, History and Athletic Coaching. I'm devoted devoted to Teaching Like A Pirate: Bold, Daring, Risk Taking and adventurous! My teaching style is all about building relationships with my students. Students will do anything for you if they know you care about them.
The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets
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The War that made America Video Guide Worksheets

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Description: "The War That Made America" brings to life a vastly important—but often misunderstood—period of American history, a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. Narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award nominated actor for "Dances With Wolves" and an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in this war, "The War That Made America" combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling filmed portrayal of the dangerous world of the 18th-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, then a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military, whose blunders actually trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has long been distorted or forgotten, is the critical military importance and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between the English and French for the expansion of their colonial empires. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Revolutionary War. This file comes with 5 printable's for 5 segments of the PBS movie.
Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre
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Jay's and Pinckney's Treaty Readers Theatre

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This ORIGINAL and engaging readers theater will bring this typically boring material to life. Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Readers Theater. The ideal way to use this play is to put students in groups of 4 so they all have a part to read. Print copies for each students or read off of your website/google drive. A Student Reflections sheet keeps students engaged and accountable for what they are learning.
Gold Rush:  See Think Wonder!
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Gold Rush: See Think Wonder!

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In this lesson students will use the SEE THINK WONDER strategy on Gold Rush images. This encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations of primary sources. This thinking routine will be used on 5 images and one letter. The HOOK activity will get students interested in the learning phase of this lesson. Next, students will use the reading material answer some questions to show what they have learned. The final EXIT ticket requires students to demonstrate understanding by completing a twitter conversation with John Sutter, James Marshall and a 49er. TOPICS covered in Reading/Worksheet: Background to the Discovery of Gold Gold is found Gold and immigrants The growth of California Your purchase come with: Clear Teacher Guide SEE THINK WONDER Primary Source Activity Background Reading Material Student Worksheet Answer Key
Causes of Civil War Recipe Project
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Causes of Civil War Recipe Project

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The purpose of this assignment is to get students to creatively think about the various causes/events leading to the United States Civil War and to evaluate which events they feel were the most significant. Students will write a recipe for the United States Civil War using the causes of the Civil War as ingredients. A Grade Rubric and sample project is included.
American Revolution Battle Simulation
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American Revolution Battle Simulation

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Awesome Battle Simulation that students love. They take the role of either the British or American leadership and make decisions on either side of the military conflict. Their choices will reflect different point values as you the teacher lead them through. You will have the teacher guide/answers that you will reveal to students. COMPETITIVE and lively!
President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds
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President James K. Polk in 60 Seconds

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James Polk | 60-Second Presidents PBS Video Collection TIME SAVER! Fun, energetic, and entertaining video. You will be surprised about how much information can be packed into this 60 second video. James Polk accomplished a lot more in one term than many presidents accomplish in two. Find out how he delivered on his promise of westward expansion. Includes: 1. Teacher Answer Key 2. Student worksheet with 10 questions (all on 1 piece of paper)
Abraham Lincoln in  2 1/2 Minutes
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Abraham Lincoln in 2 1/2 Minutes

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Time Saver! Description: Honest Abe—what a nickname. Abraham Lincoln was the president who led the country through the Civil War and abolished slavery. And he rocked that black top hat. Let's all give him a pat on the back. This short, fun, entertaining video by Shmoop covers how Abe overcame his depression to become President. This fill in the blank worksheet will keep student accountable but will not take too much time to complete.
Andrew Jackson by Schmoop
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Andrew Jackson by Schmoop

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION If you have not watched and used Shmoop videos for your history class, now is your chance. Shmoop creates hilarious and sarcastic videos to teach many subjects. Video Description: Believe it or not, the Battle of Orleans wasn't the time Drew Brees and the Saints finally won their Super Bowl. It was an actual battle, with an actual general at the helm—Andrew Jackson. He was a military hero and more… and he threw very few interceptions to boot. This worksheet is perfect for: 1. Learning Stations 2. Flipped Classroom 3. In class independent work 4. Fits perfectly into what you already do in the classroom.
Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise
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Andrew Jackson Critical Thinking Exercise

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What are Metaphors & Analogies? Metaphors and analogies are comparisons between unlike things that have some particular things in common. Why should we use them in class? Good teachers use metaphors and analogies to make new and unfamiliar concepts more meaningful to students by connecting what they already know to what they are learning. 1. Good readers know how to use analogies and metaphors to get at the meaning of a passage. 2. When students create their own analogies for new concepts, the analogy can provide a way to assess their understanding of the new concepts. 3. Metaphors and analogies add "sparkle" to student writing. These Andrew Metaphors are a great critical thinking exercise to help assess understanding of this topic. Kids love these!
American Revolution Sports Movie Connections
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American Revolution Sports Movie Connections

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The American Revolution is every sports movie ever. Students will consider that the the American Revolution( OR ANY WAR)to be lot like a classic sports movie. The plots are essentially identical. All sports movies start out with a group of less-than-stellar athletes. Then SUDDENLY- there is a wonderful music montage where they train to some really upbeat music and a stunning matter of 2-3 minutes become the best team ever! Then by the end of the movie they’ve won the state championship! Wow! Spectacular! Listed in this activity are different “sports movie” scenes and characters. It is your job to relate those scenes and characters to actual events and people of the American Revolution. SUPER FUN! Students LOVE This!
Dawes, Homestead and Morrill Acts Illustrated
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Dawes, Homestead and Morrill Acts Illustrated

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TIMER SAVER for covering these three Reconstruction Acts. This assignment comes with 3 video links that illustrate how to create easy to remember icons for each one of these acts. YOU WILL LOVE THE CUTE MEMORY TECHNIQUES! Students remember best after sketching images of their learning. The definitions of each act are on the worksheet. Students can work independently or you can watch the videos to teach yourself how to illustrate this lesson while your students follow you. Finally, students critically think by putting all three acts on the triple venn diagram to compare and contrast each act.
Articles of Confederation Field Trip
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Articles of Confederation Field Trip

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This interactive introduces students to the problems Congress faced about the Articles of Confederation. Students will take a Colonial Williamsburg field trip as congressman and make decisions about what they would have done in the time period. FUN and ENGAGING. This worksheet packet holds students accountable by having them write down answers to questions each step of the way. It allows students to process the material as they progress through the simulation.
Operation Next Year/Back To School
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Operation Next Year/Back To School

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This adorable bundle includes: 1. Operation: End of School Year Student Advise sheet for NEXT years students. 2. Operation: Back to school Student Questionnaire Questions connected to Game parts are: 1. Tell me about what is near and dear to your heart. (What do you love?) 2. WRITE about your GOALS this school year. 3. What is your WISH for this class? 4. What are FUN things you do in your spare time? 5. How do you like to learn? How can I help you learn?
Parent Thank You letters
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Parent Thank You letters

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This purchase includes 4 letters or posters. This thank you letter is written in a unique poster style. Give your parents gratitude at the end of your school year with this colorful and thoughtful gift. **FOUR different styles to choose from! Each in PDFand EDITABLE word documents.
Class Syllabus
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Class Syllabus

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This Info-graphic style syllabus brings class info to life! Are you a new middle school or high school teacher? Are you confused on how to design a syllabus? Now you can use my syllabus as a template and change as much or as little of it as you want! Since this is a .docx file, it is completely editable! My syllabus was written for a middle school history class, but it can easily be adapted for any secondary grade level or subject. It includes a section on: Curriculum Textbooks Course Materials Absentee Policy Homework Policy Grading Policy Classroom Rules and Discipline Policy Class Web Site Contact Information
Secondary Back to School Kit with Social Studies Emphasis
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Secondary Back to School Kit with Social Studies Emphasis

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This awesome bundle is an excellent BACK TO SCHOOL KIT! Most of it can be used across all Secondary subjects. All of it is EDITABLE. FREE UPDATES FOR LIFE! Kit includes: 4 editable syllabus of different styles Operation Back to School Student Questions Worksheet Pokemon Get to Know You Questions Worksheet Customized Class Coupon Creative Homework Pass Unique Multi - Class Hallway Pass Meaningful parent and student back to school letters A Student Interest Inventory A TAKE HOME Detention form (VERY UNIQUE reflection - behavior intervention) Telephone Call Documentation Form NEW: ALL 10 POSTERS now INCLUDED from my Unique history posters, sold separately in my store ***MOST of this material can be used for ANY CONTENT! *Note- I have the kept the wording “as is” from my own syllabus to ensure that the document was easy to understand. You WILL need to edit this document before you use it to reflect your personal information, course name, grade level, textbook that you’re using, etc
Teacher End of School Year Kit
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Teacher End of School Year Kit

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This awesome bundle contains the following: 1. Parents Thank You Letters: 4 styles to choose from. It is the same letter with different backgrounds. These come in PDF and word files so you can EDIT them. (Sold Separately in my store Here) 2. A Student Thank You Letter in PDF and EDITABLE Word Doc. 3. Student Self Reflections in 3 different styles with modified questions on each. 4. Class Expectations Poster 5. Advise for next years students sheet. 6. "Operation Next Year" (Operation Game themed) Advise for next year sheet