Category Archives: History

Teaching the Constitution: Bill of Rights Marketing Campaign (an improv-inspired activity)

What happens when you mix an improv game with history? Answer – a magical long period! This activity is based on an improv game called Ad Game. In Ad Game players invent something to market, a slogan for the item/service, a … Continue reading

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Teaching the Constitution: Superheroes and the Branches of Government

As a new teacher to both the US History I curriculum and to teaching 9th graders, I was struggling teaching students about the difference in the branches of governments. I tried a variety of ways to do this: I gave … Continue reading

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Snap Debates: Using Evidence to Support Opinions*

It is no secret that I enjoy two things, debating and snapping**. Prior to an observation last year, I decided to merge there two loves together (after being inspired by this video about Stanford’s Reading Like a Historian). Oh, please take … Continue reading

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History Lab Reports: A Template

Have you ever watched TV? Particularly a television program set in a high school (or with high school-aged people)? At the beginning of scenes that take place inside a classroom, there is brief shot to establish the type of classroom … Continue reading

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Social Media Meets the Enlightenment: Year 2

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What better way to make the Enlightenment come alive than to have my World History students create Blogger sites and set up a conversation on Twitter! In our activity, students were hired by…

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Absolute Monarchy’s Ultimate Class Playlist: Pairing Music with History

When I began school this year, I decided to create a class playlist – finding music that encapsulated what we did for each day in class and posting it in the room for all to see. Not only will this … Continue reading

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Common Core State Standard Rubric for History/Social Studies 11-12

For the past few weeks, my colleague Todd Whitten and I have been sharing some work that we have done with the Common Core State Standards for History/Social Studies. During this process, we created rubrics based upon the 9-10th Grade … Continue reading

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Primary Documents, Social Studies, and the Common Core: The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

Last week, Todd Whitten and I shared ways to hit the different Common Core Standards for Social Studies/History using technology. This week, we are launching our work on Primary Documents and the Common Core (check out Todd’s post on using … Continue reading

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Technology, Social Studies, and the Common Core: Part II

This summer I have been working with Todd Whitten on how we can integrate the Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies into the classroom for this upcoming year. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing what we have … Continue reading

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Edit: I have transitioned this to using todaysmeet.com rather than Twitter. The activity works the same, but we are in a walled garden that is much easier to set up than Twitter is. In…

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