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I am a 7th and 8th grade middle school social studies teacher. My favorite subjects to study in history are World War 1, The Great Depression and World War 2.

I am a 7th and 8th grade middle school social studies teacher. My favorite subjects to study in history are World War 1, The Great Depression and World War 2.
Selma 2014-Video Guide and Essay questions

Selma 2014-Video Guide and Essay questions

"Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South" This video guide will demand students use their critical thinking and writing skills to look at the perspectives of key figures in African American's quest for the right to vote. Included is essay questions as well as video questions that follow the movie.
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The Men Who Built America Video Guide

The Men Who Built America Video Guide

This video guide will explore how Carnegie, JP Morgan, Edison, Rockefeller and Henry Ford built and transformed the United States into a World Power. Students will watch both episode 7 and 8. Links are provided for the videos. The first video is a short clip on the traits of successful leaders and the vision that they had for America The second video reviews their rise to prominence. The third video discusses Henry Ford, the end to their monopolies and the ushering progressive era and workers rights. Total Pages 4 Teaching Duration 2 hours
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US Civil War Project: Battles and New Technology and video guide

US Civil War Project: Battles and New Technology and video guide

In groups of three or four, students will study a pivotal Civil War battle and technology that made the Civil War one of the first modern war. There are 10 key battles and new technologies that students can select from. There are three roles in this project: Historian, Artist and Thespian. The Historian will study the battle and answer 10 questions relating the the battle. They should put this on a powerpoint presentation or a Prezi. The Artist will draw an overhead view of the battle, so students can have a visual of the battle that occurred. Make sure they include arrows and directions for troop movement. The Thespian is in charge of creating a 45 second play of the battle as well as studying the technology. Recommended-Students will need technology for this project. Attached is also a video guide that introduces the civil war to your students.
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5 US Supreme Court cases bundle

5 US Supreme Court cases bundle

1. Religious Freedom: Engel vs. Vitale-School Prayer This activity is very excellent when studying the first amendment, religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Students will be researching and having a Socratic seminar on whether prayer should be allowed in school. Provided is videos, resources and links to scaffold student research etc... Students will also have a worksheet to help them fill out arguments for their respective side. -3 day assignment with debate 2. Four Supreme Court cases Students will examine four Supreme Court cases and research how they relate to the Bill of Rights. Great homework assignment! -1.5 hour assignment
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American Genius video guides-space race, computers, Edison

American Genius video guides-space race, computers, Edison

Provided is three video guides designed for the movies American Genius on Netflix.com. I designed these videos for my 7th and 8th classes, however they may be able to be applied for high school. Video guides: Gates vs. Jobs- follows video and ask students what they think it means to be "think different" Apples slogan Space race-Soviet Union vs. USA Edison vs. Tesla- AC vs. Direct Current
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Civil Rights bundle

Civil Rights bundle

1. Reparations Students will discuss if African American’s should be given reparations (repaid) for past slavery and discriminated. There are online resources available to help students with their research. 2. Affirmative action and Free Speech This worksheet discusses affirmative action and should Americans, even extremist groups (KKK, neo-nazis) have freedom of speech. This great for Socratic seminars. Has online resources to help students answer questions 3.Busing The worksheet with the video included discusses busing issue that occurred in the 1970's in Boston. Students will examine the perspectives of African Americans, whites and the elected leaders involved.
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Avoiding the Civil War: Compromises between the north and the south

Avoiding the Civil War: Compromises between the north and the south

In this web quest, students will learn about the Missouri compromise, the compromise of 1850, Harpers Ferry and the election of 1860. Students will research the growing rift between the North and the South and the attempts to keep the country united. Provided are links for each of the questions. To be directed to the links, students just need to click on the link with their mouse. If you have any questions or comments please right it down below. Enjoy! Powerpoint is also included
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